After those bright spots, the pilots encounter turbulence, and one of them crashes into a mountainside. The animated “Supanatural” is executive produced by the hilarious Kristen Schaal (“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “Bob's Burgers,” “Gravity Falls,” but its premise – hoochie mamas fighting the paranormal — seems like a one-off joke. But the stop-motion space opera “Dark Minions” does not even have the one joke — its best asset is a shifting visual aesthetic reminiscent of multi-artist graphic novels.
Despite original writers Rhett Reece and Paul Wernick returning from the great 2009 big-screen comedy “Zombieland,” the Amazon pilot feels like a pointless remake with a less-accomplished cast. And then there's “Browsers,” a singularly awful musical about interns at a news Web site. The bad music and trite comedy put me off my feed within minutes — a memorably terrible experience.
But the best entries of the Amazon pilot season are absolutely worth going forward — especially the aptly titled “Alpha House” and “Betas.” At this rate, “big green” is advancing on “big red.”