Amazon to Go All-Out with ‘Alpha House’ Season 2
By Sahil Patel
The second season of “Alpha House,” Amazon’s original political comedy series from “Doonesbury” creator Garry Trudeau, will debut on Friday, October 24.
And in a move that suggests Amazon is inching closer to maybe fully adopting Netflix’s all-at-once release strategy for original programming, the second season of “Alpha House,” which will run for 10 total episodes, will be available in its entirety on that day to Amazon Prime customers in the US, UK, and Germany.
This will be the second time Amazon has employed the more binge-friendly release strategy for one of its adult-oriented original series. Most recently, the company did the same with Jill Soloway’s “Transparent,” which has been receiving a lot of critical love. While not providing any real numbers, Amazon noted that the debut of “Transparent” was “strong,” and hopes to double that success with its first original series.
Starring John Goodman (“Argo”), Mark Consuelos (“All My Children”), Clark Johnson (“The Wire”), and Matt Malloy (“Six Feet Under”), “Alpha House” centers on four Republican senators who live in the same house in Washington, DC. The fratty comedy pokes fun at the all-too-real absurdity of the lives of politicians — especially those who seem more interested in getting re-elected than doing actual work.
Notable guest stars in season one included Bill Murray, Wanda Sykes, Amy Sedaris, Julie White, Yara Martinez, Alicia Sable, Kobi Libii, Brooke Bloom, Ben Rameaka, Natalie Gold, Willa Fitzgerald, and Haley Joel Osment. All will be returning in season two.
They will be joined by a list of DC and news personalities also scheduled to appear during the coming season, including Andy Cohen, Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, David Axelrod, John McCain, Elizabeth Warren, Rachel Maddow, Wolf Blitzer, Jake Tapper, Andrea Mitchell, and Grover Norquist, among others.
“Alpha House” is produced by Trudeau, Elliot Webb, and Jonathan Alter.