Amazon announced new information about the upcoming TV series by Woody Allen that it will release this fall, with the acclaimed director’s jump to TV serving as the newest indication that some of Hollywood's biggest talent is now found on the small screen.
During the Television Critics Association press tour, Amazon announced that the TV series that is created by and stars Mr. Allen is titled “Crisis in Six Scenes.”
In the 1960s-set TV show, which also stars Miley Cyrus and Elaine May, “a middle class suburban family is visited by a guest who turns their household completely upside down,” according to an official summary from Amazon.
Amazon has made a name for itself in the TV business, particularly with the series “Transparent,” for which actor Jeffrey Tambor won an Emmy Award for best actor in a comedy series. The show was also nominated for other Emmy Awards such as best comedy series.
Allen directed and wrote such well-known films as the 1977 movie “Annie Hall,” which won four Academy Awards, including the Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director, and the 1979 movie “Manhattan.” His recent film “Midnight in Paris,” which was released in 2011, was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, and Allen won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for the film.
A well-known director like Allen making a TV series – his first – may be the newest indicator that TV is a place to find particularly intriguing projects.
Joe Russo, co-director with Anthony Russo of such films as “Captain America: Civil War” and an executive producer for the NBC series “Community,” among other TV work, said earlier this year, “I think it’s very apparent now, but at the time we could sense that the independent scene that we loved in the ’90s was actually transitioning to television. I think when you look at content now, you’ll see that the TV space is much more adventurous and quirky, left of center content than the feature space does right now.”