By releasing most of “Alpha House” and “Betas” week to week, Amazon will avoid a difficulty created by Netflix’s practice of releasing its shows all at once: keeping buzz sustained. While Netflix says it’s what customers want, it means chatter dies down quickly, without new material spread out over a span of weeks to keep it bubbling up. The buzz benefit of Amazon releasing its shows week to week, though, depends on the programs starting conversation to begin with, and the company runs the risk of interest petering out rather than building. In addition, Amazon is giving all customers a free taste of its originals, having found that a good proportion of people who sign up for free trial Prime memberships end up as paying subscribers . Netflix has a one-month free trial offer, but some have questioned whether that allows people to sign up and watch an entire season of originals before quitting without ever paying. Netflix has said that practice is the exception, not the standard.
‘Alpha House’ comedy of D.C. politicians as ‘frat-house’ roomies with plots ripped from headlines — premieres Friday
The resolution was introduced by Rep. Pete Olson, R-Texas, who claims Holder has committed the offenses of lying to Congress, refusing to comply with a subpoena, and failing to fulfill his oath of office. Olson cites Holders unwillingness to cooperate during the investigation into the botched Operation Fast and Furious, his refusal to prosecute those involved IRS targeting of conservative groups, his failure to enforce laws including the Defense of Marriage Act, and his false testimony about the DOJs monitoring of Fox News journalist James Rosen as articles that are grounds for impeachment. For nearly five years, Attorney General Holder has systematically deceived Congress and destroyed the credibility of the Justice Department in the eyes of the American people, Olson said in a statement. Olson was joined by 19 other Republican representatives in the resolution. One House Democrat spoke out against the resolution before it was introduced Thursday, calling it the most fundamental abuse of the impeachment power. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., a former federal prosecutor who led the Senate in the impeachment of a federal judge in 2010, said the articles of impeachment in the resolution are simply a list of debunked conspiracy theories. It is the height of irresponsibility to use the Congress’s power to impeach office holders a power that has been used very rarely and judiciously to settle political scores, Schiff said. The House Republican Leadership should disavow this misguided effort immediately; it is far more damaging to Congress and its impeachment authority than to anyone in the administration. The DOJ did not respond to requests for comment from Fox News. FOX NEWS FIRST NEWSLETTER
7 seeks to realign the PDAF balance to the calamity fund and to authorize President Aquino to use it to help victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda. The measure has to be approved by the House and the Senate so it could be the legal mandate of the President to use the PDAF balance. PDAF is the official name of the congressional pork barrel. Another joint resolution, which has to be adopted also by the two chambers, seeks the creation of a reconstruction fund for the typhoon-ravaged communities. The House is proposing P20 billion, while the Senate is suggesting P10 billion. The third measure that is up for a vote today is a simple resolution calling on all House members to each contribute P10,000 of their salary to a relief fund.
House Republicans introduce resolution to impeach Attorney General Holder
George Miller, D-Calif. ; Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. ; and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who did actually live together to keep costs low. (Leibovich compiled his vast knowledge of the Districts underbelly with his insidery account, This Town which supposedly helped actor John Goodman prep for his lead Alpha House role but the Times journalist says he wasnt consulted on the Trudeau project.) Inspired by the ironic idea of some of the most powerful men in the country living like fraternity brothers, Trudeau wrote the show and developed the memorable characters, thanks to the decades he has spent birthing the zany personalities on his comic script, his former agent and current collaborator Elliot Webb told the Daily News. Webb and veteran political journalist Jonathan Alter served as executive producers of the series, along with Trudeau. Amazon Studios “Alpha House” shows the antics of the politicos playing house while navigating life on Capitol Hill. It was originally penned by Gary Trudeau in 2008 but the nets passed on it. But TV bosses didnt catch the political fever and passed on the project when Trudeau initially presented it in 2008. The networks liked the script, they just didnt want to do anything political, Webb said, saying that with the exception of West Wing there wasnt much by way of political sitcoms on the airwaves at the time. So the idea was tabled and minor modifications made, making the roomies Republicans and not true-to-life as Democrats. Alter also lent Trudeau a hand shedding some light on the Washington scene, helping incorporate political shenanigans into the scripts. RELATED: CONGRESSMEN IN D.C.