By Sahil Patel
“Alpha House,” an original political comedy series from “Doonesbury” creator Garry Trudeau, has been picked up for a second season by Amazon Studios.
The news comes via a statement from Garry Trudeau’s Universal Uclick, in which he says: “To my delight, Amazon Studios has recently decided to move forward with another season of ‘Alpha House.’”
In a separate video interview with RadioTimes on the red carpet for “The Monuments Men,” “Alpha House” lead star John Goodman confirmed the second-season renewal. He added that shooting for the next batch of episodes will begin in July. (The relevant part comes near the tail-end of this clip.)
Based on a group of politicians that actually do this, “Alpha House” tells the story of four Republican senators who live together in the same house in Washington, D.C. The show premiered as part of Amazon Studios’ first original pilots slate, and was only one of two comedies to be picked up for a full season (the other being “Betas”).
Alongside Goodman, the “Alpha House” cast includes Mark Consuelos, Clark Johnson, Matt Malloy, Cynthia Nixon, Wanda Sykes, and Amy Sedaris.
To focus on writing the second season of “Alpha House,” Trudeau has also decided to put his other, critically acclaimed passion project, “Doonesbury,” on long-term hiatus. “As I discovered last year,” he said in the same statement, “the demands of producing a show are considerable, and my efforts to return to the daily strip while we were still in production had to be abandoned.” Going forward, Trudeau will continue with Sunday releases, while the daily strips will be re-runs of older panels.
No official announcement has been made as-of-yet by Amazon Studios. But that should be coming shortly at this point.
“There’s no way of knowing how many seasons of ‘Alpha House’ lie ahead,” Trudeau added in the statement, so don’t count him out from returning to the strip in the future.
Though, as he also notes in an email to the Boston Globe, television is not the only traditional media format being threatened by streaming video. “The comics were once an enormously influential part of the cultural conversation, but now it’s streaming video that’s a leading edge. We all have to adapt. I do plan to return to the strip — I see myself as a lifer — but the field obviously isn’t as robust as it was when I was starting out.”