Woody Allen to Create, Write and Direct New Series for Amazon

In what can only be another sign that TV trumps movies, four-time Oscar winner Woody Allen has signed on to create his first-ever series for Amazon Studios.

Currently being referred to as the Untitled Woody Allen Project, the half-hour series received a full-season order. Allen will write and direct the episodes, which will be available to U.S. viewers exclusively on Amazon’s Prime Instant Video.

Information about casting and the show’s logline will be made available in the future, the streaming service added — although from the sounds of it, Allen may still be in the brainstorming stages. “I don’t know how I got into this. I have no ideas and I’m not sure where to begin,” he joked, via press release.
“My guess is that [vice president of Amazon Studios] Roy Price will regret this.”

Price, for his part, added that “Woody Allen is a visionary creator who has made some of the greatest films of all-time, and it’s an honor to be working with him on his first television series. From Annie Hall to Blue Jasmine, Woody has been at the creative forefront of American cinema and we couldn’t be more excited to premiere his first TV series exclusively on Prime Instant Video next year.”

We’re going to go out on a limb and suggest a working title of Tragedy Plus Time — provided the show bends (without breaking).

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  1. j says:

    A Woody Allen show? Now? I can only assume it will star Bill Cosby…

  2. Simon Jester says:

    Woody Allen got his start writing for TV, including for Sid Caesar. Looking forward to see what he does with this — maybe he can get some of Caesar’s other writers (Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, etc.) to contribute!

  3. Et al says:

    Nice Crimes & Misdemeanors reference :)

  4. Lizo says:

    Hollywood racism at its best. Everyone is eager to boycott Bill Cosby, but oh no, not Woody Allen. It’s disgusting. Shame on Amazon.

    • Simon Jester says:

      Cosby has been accused by over 20 women, while Allen was accused by one person whose testimony was questionable (and who had their day in court). Hard to see how ‘racism’ is possibly to blame.

      • J says:

        Um… Her testimony was “questionable” because she was seven years old at the time. Are you seriously suggesting that we can only believe that people are rapists if they’re accused by many adults instead of one young girl? And what is your point about the “day in court”? Putting aside the fact that Allen’s was not anything close to a criminal trial, I guess that once the allegations are made in a court room, that’s the end and we should all just forget about it?

        • Simon Jester says:

          A judge found the sex abuse charges were inconclusive. Whether or not you choose to “forget about it” is up to you… but the cornerstone of the American justice system is that they remain mere allegations until proven otherwise.

          • Zack Quinti says:

            he married his daughter.

          • Simon Jester says:

            LOL, no he didn’t. He married the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow (with whom he had previously had an affair) and André Previn. If only there were some sort of global computer network that could be used for basic fact-checking. :-D

      • Drew says:

        I should point out that the reports of the Cosby accusers are questionable as well, since there is no evidence and none of the 20+ accusers went to the police. If he did it, there is no way to convict. So technically, both cases hold about the same amount of water. (though in Allen’s case, there are at least documents going back to the time of the alleged crime)

        We’re talking about the court of public opinion in either case. Now, Lena Dunham actually admitted to what she did and joked about it as though it was all good clean fun. She is sick, and HBO should have fired her as soon as they learned about any of this. Sites like this shouldn’t be willing to promote her series. But everyone loves her for some reason, so she will get away with it.

        Bottom line is that this is Hollywood we’re talking about. These things have been going on behind the scenes for as long as the industry as existed (why do you think so many child actors turn to drugs?). Covering up for their celebrities is built into the backbone of the industry. Roman Polanski gets A-list actors and is showered with awards. That alone should tell us all how corrupt and disgusting the industry really is.

    • lechatnoir says:

      It reminds me of Chris Brown treatment vs Charley Sheen who even managed to lead a show with the title anger management .# w privilege . As for Cosbie he has not been tried yet but he’s lost most of his gigs .

  5. RMR says:

    Ugh,,he creeps me out. He is a great director and writer and all.. but still a creep.

  6. Kate says:

    Well, that made my decision to cancel my Amazon Prime a little bit easier.

  7. yurie says:

    Wanna bet it will include atleast one creepy romance involving an extremely older male with a very young female?

  8. Babygate says:

    I’m glad it’s not with Netflix because then I would have to seriously consider cancelling my membership. How men like this continue to get a pass is bewildering to me.

  9. Nancy says:

    Have been boycotting woody Allen for years. Woody and Cosby are monsters.

  10. Nancy says:

    I will not subscribe to Amazon because of woody Allen. I praise Netflix for canceling cosby. To Hollywood only the number of abused women count. One or two individuals not important enough to risk not being able to work with child rapist woodly allen.