Article posted: 4/20/2013 8:04 AM

Amazon nears debut of original TV shows

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This undatated image provided by Amazon shows actor Ed Begley Jr. playing a financier in an episode of žBetas,Ó one of the 14 TV show pilots being made by Amazon.com Inc. Amazon is hoping people will sign up to pay $79 a year for an Amazon Prime membership, a free shipping, online video and e-book borrowing service that will include access to the full series on the Web, connected TVs and mobile devices when they're completed.

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This undated image provided by Amazon shows actors Joe Dinicol, left, and Sarah Stouffer act out a scene from an episode of žBetas,Ó one of 14 TV show pilots being made by Amazon.com Inc. Amazon is hoping people will sign up to pay $79 a year for an Amazon Prime membership, a free shipping, online video and e-book borrowing service that will include access to the full series on the Web, connected TVs and mobile devices when they're completed.

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There used to be just one way for getting shows on TV. Networks would spend tens of millions of dollars ordering scripts and shooting pilots and then show the fruits of their labor to focus groups. A small group of executives would cherry-pick a few promising shows to put on TV, hoping they'd be a hit with bigger audiences.
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    • This undatated image provided by Amazon shows actor Ed Begley Jr. playing a financier in an episode of žBetas,Ó one of the 14 TV show pilots being made by Amazon.com Inc. Amazon is hoping people will sign up to pay $79 a year for an Amazon Prime membership, a free shipping, online video and e-book borrowing service that will include access to the full series on the Web, connected TVs and mobile devices when theyíre completed.
    •  This undated image provided by Amazon shows actors Joe Dinicol, left, and Sarah Stouffer act out a scene from an episode of žBetas,Ó one of 14 TV show pilots being made by Amazon.com Inc. Amazon is hoping people will sign up to pay $79 a year for an Amazon Prime membership, a free shipping, online video and e-book borrowing service that will include access to the full series on the Web, connected TVs and mobile devices when theyíre completed.
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