The Reviews Are In!


So this past Friday Amazon premiered the first three episodes of Alpha House for free. To watch the remaining episodes, viewers will have to join Amazon Prime for $79 per year - or sign up for a 30-day free trial.  Kinda like drug dealers - the first taste is free. (But hey, most drug dealers don't offer free 2-day shipping on all your other purchases and a free Kindle e-book every month.)

I haven't had a chance to watch the other two episodes yet. but I've been checking out the reviews. Raves from Variety and the LA Times, positives from the NY Times and the Hollywood Reporter, and pure poison from the Daily Beast.

A lot of the coverage continues to be about the online distribution model, with pundits and critics all predicting whether the shift toward on-demand content with less reliance on traditional advertising will succeed, and how it will shake up the already-shaky world of traditional network television. I can't imagine what it's like to be a programming executive for any of the big networks right now. Crazy times!

© Craig Waletzko 2016