Today, Amazon officially takes on Netflix.
Today is when the giant online retailer debuts its very first original series made for Amazon's Watch Instantly service. You have to be an Amazon Prime member to watch all of the series, but Amazon has graciously made the first three episodes available for free.
The show is called "Alpha House." It's a half-hour comedy by "Doonsbury" creator Gary Trudeau about four Republican congressmen who live in the same apartment in Washington, D.C.
The pilot wasn't as biting or as funny as it ought to be, but it's got a great cast, including John Goodman and "The Wire's" Clark Johnson (who's also a great director), and it's got a lot of potential for great political satire. Hopefully it pays off.