Alpha House


Alpha House is an American political satire web television series produced by Amazon Studios . [1] The show stars John Goodman , Clark Johnson , Matt Malloy and Mark Consuelosas four Republican US Senators who share a house in Washington, DC It was created by Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau . The show premiered on Amazon.com on April 19, 2013.

The series is inspired by actual Several Democratic Legislators Who share a row house in DC: Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Representative George Miller (D-CA). [2] The series: has a number of cameos from celebrities Such As Bill Murray (as Senator Vernon Smits) and politicians Such As Schumer did himself. Amazon Studios offered the first three episodes of Alpha House for free, with each subsequent episode released weekly thereafter for Amazon Prime members on Amazon Video . [3]

On February 11, 2014, the series was renewed for a second season. [4] Production for the second season Began filming in July 2014, [5] and the second season Entire est devenu disponible Amazon.com on October 24, 2014. [6] The series Was Canceled partner after the second season. [7]

Cast

Starring

  • John Goodman as Gil John Biggs, a Republican US Senator from North Carolina and basketball coach of North Carolina Tar Heels .
  • Clark Johnson as Robert Bettencourt, a Republican US Senator from Pennsylvania who is currently eighth in seniority.
  • Matt Malloy as Louis Laffer, a Republican US Senator from Nevada who owns the house where the Senators live.
  • Mark Consuelos as Andy Guzman, a Republican US Senator from Florida and candidate for president.
  • Yara Martinez as Adriana de Portago, Andy Guzman’s girlfriend and Cuban-American heiress who has a great PAC that assists Republican campaigns.
  • Alicia Sable as Tammy Stackhouse, Legislative Assistant to Senator Biggs.
  • Julie White as Maddie Biggs, the demanding wife of Senator Biggs.

Recurring

  • Bill Murray as Senator Vernon Smits (3 episodes, 2013-14)
  • Haley Joel Osment as Shelby Mellman, a reporter from Reno, Nevada (12 episodes, 2013-14)
  • Amy Sedaris as Louise Laffer, the wife of Senator Laffer (14 episodes, 2013-14)
  • Wanda Sykes as Sen. Rosalyn DuPeche (D-IL), the senators’ next door to the Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee (14 episodes, 2013-14)
  • Brooke Bloom as Julie Carrell, Senator Laffer’s Chief of Staff (18 episodes, 2013-14)
  • Kobi Libii as Aaron Stimson, a legislative aid to Senator Bettencourt (7 episodes, 2013-14)
  • Ben Rameaka as James Whippy, Senator Laffer’s social media help (17 episodes, 2013-14)
  • Bjorn Dupaty as Hakeem Agabi, body man to Senator Biggs and one of his train players (5 episodes, 2013)
  • Willa Fitzgerald as Lola Laffer, Senator Laffer’s Daughter (12 episodes, 2013-14)
  • Lila Newman as Charlotte “Cee” Biggs, Senator Gil John Biggs’ daughter (6 episodes, 2014)
  • Natalie Gold as Katherine Sims, Senator Guzman’s chief of staff (15 episodes, 2013-14)
  • Sofiya Akilova as Marta Stjepanovi-Majdandzic, the Senators’ Croatian housekeeper and mistress of Senator Guzman (7 episodes, 2013-14)
  • Tony Plana as Benito “Benny” López, Adriana’s help (6 episodes, 2013-14)
  • Richard Cox as Graydon Talbot, a spin doctor counseling Senator Guzman (9 episodes, 2013-14)
  • Owen Campbell as Dilly DeSantis, Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2012 [8] (3 episodes, 2013-14)
  • Molly Kate Bernard as Angie Sullivan, a videographer working for the Republican Party Chair (4 episodes, 2013-14)
  • Lee Tergesen as Col. Eugene Drake, a gay army commander who intrigues Louis (3 episodes, 2014)
  • William Thomas Evans as Senator Lamar Farkus (R-DE) (9 episodes, 2013-14)
  • Cynthia Nixon as Sen. Carly Armiston (D-NY), the chair of the Senate Ethics Committee (6 episodes, 2013)
  • Kenneth Tigar as Sen. Paul Mower, (R-ID) (5 episodes, 2013-14)
  • Marylouise Burke as Sen. Betty Mower (R-ID), widow of Sen. Paul Mower (4 episodes, 2013-14)
  • Janel Moloney as Sen. Peg Stanchion (R-ND), Libertarian activist and member of the Tea Party (4 episodes, 2014)
  • Bianca Amato as Sen. Alice Graves (R-ME) (2 episodes, 2014)
  • Bob Balaban as Sen. Elliot Robeson (D-CA) (2 episodes, 2014)
  • Lucy DeVito as Charity Robeson, daughter of Senator Robeson (4 episodes, 2014)
  • Anita Petry as Camila Perez, a Spanish Professor visiting from Barcelona (3 episodes, 2013)
  • Chance Kelly as Bo Carthage, the CEO of a private military contractor (2 episodes, 2013)
  • Matty Blake as Captain Brandon Carshaw, Ret. (2 episodes, 2013)
  • Wendy Makkena as Molly P. Andresun (2 episodes, 2014)
  • Tracy Howe as Colonel Wozniak (2 episodes, 2013)
  • Ted King as Al Hickok, a Tea Party Activist Running for Senator Laffer’s Season in the Primaries (2 episodes, 2013)
  • Penn Jillette as a fictionalized version of himself, running as the Democratic candidate for Laffer’s Senate seat (5 episodes, 2014)
  • Ed Rendell , Robert Bettencourt’s Senate Seat (2 episodes, 2014)
  • Matthew Humphreys as Colonel Leland Grimmel as a Democratic Candidate for Senator Biggs’ Seat (4 episodes, 2014)
  • Tod Susman and Lee Wilkof as the Watt Brothers wealthy casino owners and business men from Nevada funding Louis Laffer Gil and John Biggs (4 episodes, 2013-14)
  • Tamara Tunie as Eve Bettencourt, Robert Bettencourt’s Divorced Wife (2 episodes, 2014)

Cameos

  • Stephen Colbert
  • Chris Matthews
  • Joe Scarborough
  • Mika Brzezinski
  • Michael Steele
  • Chuck Schumer
  • Dick Morris
  • Anthony Weiner
  • Grover Norquist
  • Tom Brokaw
  • Chris Jansing
  • Matt Lauer
  • Jane Pauley
  • Kelly Ripa
  • Michael Strahan
  • Rachel Maddow
  • Jon Ralston
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • John McCain
  • David Axelrod
  • Bradley Whitford
  • Jake Tapper

Episodes

Season 1 (2013-14)

No. title Directed by Written by Original release date
1 “Pilot” Adam Bernstein Garry Trudeau April 19, 2013
Re-election battles, looming indictments, parties, their Party … these senators need a drink. And a new housemate.
2 “No Shame” Adam Bernstein Garry Trudeau November 15, 2013
The Congressional Delegation to Afghanistan continues. Meanwhile, Louis’ appearance on The Colbert Report takes a turn turn, leaving him to search for an alternate way to win over voters.
3 “All Weapons Red” Adam Bernstein Garry Trudeau November 15, 2013
As the re-election battles heat up the four senators to Afghanistan as part of a Congressional Delegation and encounter a surprise.
4 “Triggers” Jake Schreier Garry Trudeau November 22, 2013
After a surprise explosion in Afghanistan leaves, Louis recovering from an injury, Adriana makes controversial private arrangements for the group to return home.
5 “Hippo Issues” Michael Mayer Garry Trudeau November 29, 2013
Tempers heat up as Gil John’s wife Maddie ( Julie White ) arrives to help him prepare for his upcoming debate with Digger Mancusi. Meanwhile, Louis and Leon Armiston ( Cynthia Nixon ) lead an ethics committee investigating Robert.
6 “Zingers” Bob Balaban Garry Trudeau December 6, 2013
Louis continued to gain support as Shelby ( Haley Joel Osment ) chronicles his recovery. Gil John faces Digger Mancusi in a town hall where he struggles to keep up with his polished and well-liked opponent, much help and coaching from Robert and Andy.
7 “Prayer Brunch” Bob Balaban Garry Trudeau December 13, 2013
Rosalyn ( Wanda Sykes ) organizers a prayer brunch to celebrate Louis’ homecoming from the hospital, but the Senators and their fellow Democrats find it difficult to set aside their differences. Aaron and Tammy’s relationship to grow and Lola has a surprise in store for James.
8 “Ruby Shoals” Michael Mayer Peter Gwinn & Alison McDonald and Garry Trudeau December 20, 2013
While on the campaign trail through North Carolina, Gil John is blowing off a meeting with the governor to visit Ruby Shoals where he becomes re-inspired about his campaign. Robert’s pro-fracking visit to a home in Pennsylvania does not go as planned.
9 “The Rebuttal” Jann Turner Will Graham & Jared Gruszecki and Garry Trudeau December 27, 2013
Robert proves to the ethics committee that he would never take a mohair follows while Andy prepares to deliver a rebuttal after the State of the Union. Louis is put in the spotlight on his first day back when James mistakenly tweets a photo intended for Lola from the wrong account.
10 “Showgirls” Andrew McCarthy Garry Trudeau January 3, 2014
Louis decides to help showgirls organize, but the Watt brothers stand in his way. A video of Gil John hitting a soldier with a flesh in Afghanistan goes viral so Maddie looks for a way to humanize him and Andy’s Vanity Fair cover shoot takes an unexpected direction.
11 “In the Saddle” Clark Johnson Garry Trudeau January 10, 2014
When another senator dies unexpectedly, Gil John is asked to organize the funeral arrangements. Louis wins the Nevada primary, but Robert has to face off in a Pennsylvania debate to cool the competition.

Season 2 (2014)

On February 11, 2014, the series was renewed for a second season. [4] Production for the second season began filming in July 2014, [5] and the entire season premiered on Amazon.com on October 24, 2014. [6]

No. title Directed by Written by Original release date
12 “The Love Doctor” Michael Mayer Garry Trudeau October 24, 2014
Gil John helps a player become a hero, and quickly regrets it. Robert hosts an engagement party for his latest matchmaking success, but is not prepared for the surprise guest.
13 “Gaffergate” Andrew McCarthy Garry Trudeau October 24, 2014
Gil John is an American journalist and author of the book “Gaff John”.
14 “The Contest” Michael Mayer Garry Trudeau October 24, 2014
Andy and Adriana start planning for a future worthy of a first family. Louis preps for the “Funniest Celebrity in Washington” contest, while his opponent, Penn Jillette, preps for their senate race. Back at the house, the Watt brothers find a way to taunt Gil John.
15 “Shelter In Place” Andrew McCarthy Will Graham, Garry Trudeau October 24, 2014
Cee Biggs brings her show to her father’s office – just in time for a gunshots that trigger a lockdown on Capitol Hill. Rosalyn (Wanda Sykes) forces Robert to face the truth about his marriage, and Louis is forced to let go of a fantasy.
16 “The Apparition” Michael Mayer Garry Trudeau October 24, 2014
Gil John tries to right things after the Watts brothers “Swift Boat” his former player. Julie shocks Louis and Louise (Amy Sedaris) by announcing she’s pregnant from an anonymous donor, while Adriana confronts Marta the housekeeper about Andy. Louis tries to debate Penn Jillette, but he’s no match for what the magician has up his sleeves.
17 “The Retreat” Andrew McCarthy Garry Trudeau October 24, 2014
The senators head to a Republican retreat at a Virginia plantation, where they are haunted by the ghosts of slavery, Ronald Reagan and their exes. After a soul-cleansing bonfire with the housemates, Gil John awakes with a new fire in his belly.
18 “The Civility Zone” Jann Turner Garry Trudeau October 24, 2014
Gil John finally breaks through to daughter Cee, then gets a lesson in civility from the women’s caucus. Andy heads to Miami to try and win back Adriana, and gets some insights into his “condition” from a therapist. Meanwhile, Robert ignores his advisors and helps register black voters.
19 “Bugged” Bob Balaban Will Graham, Garry Trudeau October 24, 2014
After a break-in at the Alpha House, the NSA does a sweep, and gets suspicious – which lands Robert a new covert mission. Meanwhile, Gil John goes to bat for the women’s caucus bill, earning him a whole new following. And Louis’s aides inspired him to publicly “evolve” on gay marriage, much to their grief.
20 “There Will Be Water” Antoine Douaihy Garry Trudeau October 24, 2014
Gil John gets attacked by Sarah Palin and embraced by the media. Pressured by the party chair, Louis nudges Julie to consider a big wedding. Robert Rosalyn (Wanda Sykes) is a young woman who has been working for a long time.
21 “The Nuptials” Adam Bernstein Will Graham, Garry Trudeau October 24, 2014
As the election returns come in, Gil John meets with a presidential campaign advisor, while Robert wonders if he still has a job. Katherine and Julie discover their wedding has been turned into a major political event – after they arrive.

Reception

Reaction to Alpha House has been positive. [9] Metacritic gives season 1 an average rating of 68/100 based on reviews from 18 reviews. [10] Rotten Tomatoes gives the show a score of 72% based on reviews from 25 reviews. [11]

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Broadcast

In Australia, where Amazon Video is not available, the series premiered on SoHo on July 14, 2014, [12] and returned for season two on February 26, 2015. [13]

Production

Post production including ADR recording for Cherry Beach Sound recording studio . [14]

Awards and nominations

year Award Category Recipients result
2014 Satellite Awards [15] Television Series, Comedy or Musical Amazon Studios Nominated
Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical John Goodman Won

References

  1. Jump up^ Lazarus, Susanna (May 29, 2013). “John Goodman’s Alpha House given full series by Amazon’s new pilot scheme” . Radio Times . Retrieved November 8, 2013 .
  2. Jump up^ Bash, Dana (December 4, 2013). “The real ‘Alpha House’: Yes, this is where some Senators actually live” . CNN Politics . CNN . Retrieved December 5, 2013 .
  3. Jump up^ Cavna, Michael (2014-02-11). “Trudeau puts daily ‘Doonesbury’ on long-term hiatus to work on renewed ‘Alpha House'” . The Washington Post . Retrieved 2014-02-17 .
  4. ^ Jump up to:b Cavna, Michael (2014-02-11). ‘I’m ready for an extended break’ – Comic Riffs . “This JUST IN-Trudeau puts daily ‘Doonesbury’ on long-term hiatus to work on renewed . The Washington Post . Retrieved 2014-04-22 .
  5. ^ Jump up to:b Dionne, Zach (2014-03-12). “Amazon Ordered Four of Its Pilots – Including ‘Transparent’ – to Series” . Grantland . Retrieved 2014-07-31 .
  6. ^ Jump up to:b “Alpha House on Amazon.com” . Alpha House on Amazon.com . Retrieved 6 October 2014 .
  7. Jump up^ “Alpha House Canceled By Amazon – No Season 3” . RenewCancelTV.com . August 7, 2016 . Retrieved September 21, 2016 .
  8. Jump up^ “Cast details from imdb.com” . Retrieved October 25, 2014 .
  9. Jump up^ “Amazon says its original show” Alpha House “-” Tech News and Analysis ” . Gigaom.com . Retrieved 2014-04-22 .
  10. Jump up^ “Alpha House – Season 1 Reviews” . Metacritic . Retrieved 2014-04-22.
  11. Jump up^ “Alpha House: Season 1” . Rotten Tomatoes . Retrieved 2014-12-18 .
  12. Jump up^ Purcell, Charles (July 14, 2014). “New this week: The Recruit, The Bridge, OITNB, Rake (US), RHONJ, Super Rugby Finals and The British Open” . Foxtel . Retrieved February 28, 2015 .
  13. Jump up^ Purcell, Charles (February 26, 2015). “NEW THIS WEEK: NAB Challenge, V8 Supercars, Alpha House, Project Runway All Stars and more” . Foxtel . Retrieved February 28, 2015 .
  14. Jump up^ “Post production for Alpha House in the studio via ISDN” . Cherry Beach Sound . October 7, 2014 . Retrieved October 7, 2014 .
  15. Jump up^ “2013 Nominations” . International Press Academy . Retrieved 27 December 2013 .

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