Television

Alpha House will return in October, Bill Murray among Guests

Amazon recently premiered the Jill Soloway dark comedy Transparent, and the company will following-up that premiere with 10 episodes of the second season of Garry Trudeau’s critically-acclaimed political comedy series Alpha House on Friday, October 24 exclusively on Amazon Prime Instant Video.

John Goodman (Argo), Mark Consuelos (All My Children), Clark Johnson (The Wire) and Matt Malloy (Six Feet Under) will reprise their roles as Republican Senators living under one roof in Washington, D.C. dealing with the outrageous—and sometimes all-too-real—foibles of Beltway life. The series is produced by Trudeau, Elliot Webb and Jonathan Alter.

Delivering hilarious insider insights from the master of political satire, the new season of Alpha House finds the Senators maneuvering the hallways of Capitol Hill with a looming midterm election and an unclear political future. Republican Senators Biggs (Goodman), Bettencourt (Johnson) and Laffer (Malloy), having survived bruising primaries, are facing strong Democratic challengers and will use every trick in the book to woo voters on the road to re-election. Meanwhile, Senator Guzman (Consuelos) prepares for a 2016 bid for the presidency, a pursuit that will bring him into possible competition with one of his roommates. Also returning for the new season are Wanda Sykes (Evan Almighty), Amy Sedaris (Strangers with Candy), Julie White (Transformers), Yara Martinez (Jane the Virgin), Alicia Sable (Dan in Real Life), Kobi Libii (Girls), Brooke Bloom (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close), Ben Rameaka (The Wolf of Wall Street), Haley Joel Osment (The Spoils of Babylon), Natalie Gold (Love & Other Drugs), and Willa Fitzgerald (Royal Pains).

Guest stars set to appear this season include Bill Murray (Groundhog Day), Penn & Teller’s Penn Jillette, Andy Cohen (Watch What Happens Live), Matt Lauer (Today Show), Savannah Guthrie (Today Show), Former Presidential Advisor David Axelrod, U.S. Senators John McCain and Elizabeth Warren, Janel Moloney (The West Wing), Marylouise Burke (Sideways), Tony Plana (Ugly Betty), Rachel Maddow (The Rachel Maddow Show), Former Democratic Political Advisor George Stephanopoulos (Good Morning America), Wolf Blitzer (The Situation Room), Jake Tapper (The Lead with Jake Tapper), Jane Pauley (CBS Sunday Morning), Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, CNN’s John King, Andrea Mitchell (Andrea Mitchell Reports), Americans for Tax Reform Founder Grover Norquist, Alex Witt (Weekends with Alex Witt), and Toure and Abby Huntsman (The Cycle), among many others.

“We are grateful that Garry Trudeau took an extended hiatus from his Doonesbury daily strip to focus his time on producing an incredible second season of Alpha House,” said Roy Price, Vice President of Amazon Studios. “Customers are going to love the new season, particularly with election season on the horizon.”

“Our cast members hit their stride in season two,” said Trudeau. “Alpha House is blessed with actors who can find three laughs for every one on the page, and a crew that rivals any in episodic television. It’s been a privilege to come to work.”

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