Originally Posted by keenan
Garry Trudeau's(Doonesbury) "Alpha House" about a quartet of Republican senators is really good, basically anything with John Goodman in it is going to be a winner. They released the first 3(I think) all at once, but the rest are coming out weekly.
Amazon is more interested in getting "hits" on their site-- basically people buying things-- than they are with huge ratings. The "activity", that is a result of the viewing of Alpha House, is the real deal. Viewers are secondary-- and this is the reason they did not release Alpha House all at once like House of Cards or Orange via Netflix.
With a staggered release they force people to revisit their site with the hope of more activity. They gave away three episodes for free and now you have to buy Prime for the rest. I finally did the Prime thing. I was always on the fence because most of my Amazon purchases are free and arrive fast enough. But I wanted to see all of Alpha House
The show should be renewed. They shot it in Astoria Queens at Kaufman Studios. They just finished this season about a month ago but didn't strike the sets. They're paying for stages as if they were using them. That's a good sign that they will start up a new season, probably in a couple of months. Unless this "activity" formula fails for them, we should see more of Alpha House
I love House of Cards. I prefer the staggered release only because it makes it more of an event. It's hard to chat with friends or family about these shows, whether it's here or in the real world, since spoilers could occur because of where they are in the season.