Amazon has announced that it is ending its policy of letting viewers vote on which TV pilot episodes they would like to see turned into full-length series.
Amazon’s co-head of TV Albert Chang tells EW that the problem wasn’t the voting so much as the time involved in getting a new series rolling – time and resources better directed towards just letting the streamer do straight to series orders: “One of the things we learned is it took too long to get shows customers wanted. You need up taking way too long to get the actual season done.”
Amazon Studios chief Jennifer Salke adds that she hasn’t shut the door permanently on the program, but they have moved on from it: “I’d never say ‘never’ but that version is not something we’re doing. We’ll use our own testing barometers and some user data but the public voting process has been set aside for now.”
Some of Amazon’s most high-profile series came out of the pilot program including “Bosch,” “Transparent,” “The Man in the High Castle,” “Mozart in the Jungle” and the reboot of “The Tick”. Amazon is, however, upping its game shortly and will be pouring billions of dollars into original content in the near future.