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Amazon: ‘Okay, Fine, We Have Nerd Shows, Too’

After Netflix announces a scifi show, Amazon counters with a startup comedy.
Now is the part where I throw my head back and laugh. (Photo: flickr.com/oreilly)

Ohhh no. (Photo: flickr.com/oreilly)

No sooner did Netflix announce its new science fiction show Sense8 than Amazon made its own original content announcement: The company will be developing Betas, a comedy pilot about startup nerds. This is in addition to the recently green-lit Zombieland show, confirmed two days ago.

Take THAT, Reed Hastings!

From the announcement, it looks like we’ve got a challenger to Mike Judge’s HBO pilot about the tech business:

Set in the land of Silicon Valley start-ups where the right algorithm can make you king, Betas, written by Evan Endicott and Josh Stoddard, follows four computer geeks and their quest for nerd fame as they attempt to crack the ultimate code. Ed Begley Jr., Jon Daly, Joe Dinicol, Margo Harshman, Charlie Saxton and Karan Soni star in the pilot.

Michael Lehmann–who made Heathers–will direct.

Said producer Michael London: “Betas is a half hour comedy about a group of tech-savvy millennials trying to connect with the world both personally and professionally.”

Sweet Jesus, not another show about fucking millennials. Saints preserve us.

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