After making big waves by landing the Golden Globes for Best TV Series, Comedy or Musical for their progressive series “Transparent,” and also an award for Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical for Jeffrey Tambor’s lead role in the same show, Amazon Studios has made another big move towards becoming more relevant in the original programming game.
Today, Amazon Studios announced that they have struck a deal with veteran, acclaimed filmmaker Woody Allen to create, write and direct his first television series. The project currently doesn’t have a title, but it’s already received a full season order with all of the half-hour episodes written and directed by Allen himself. Not even Allen seems sure what he’s going to create yet as he says:
I don’t know how I got into this. I have no ideas and I’m not sure where to begin. My guess is that Roy Price will regret this.
Roy Price is the Vice President of Amazon Studios, and he doesn’t seem worried about not knowing what he’ll get from Allen. He says, “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.”
The series will be available exclusively to subscribers of Prime Instant Video in the United States, United Kingdom and Germany. There’s no way to predict what we’ll get from Allen on TV, especially since all of his films have remarkably different settings, characters and stories. He’s done romantic comedies like Annie Hall, thrillers like Match Point, whimsical adventures like Midnight in Paris, and dozens more films that are all unique (though not all are great).
The only question I have right now is whether or not this will slow down Allen’s streak of releasing at least one new film each year, which he has done since 1982. Either way, this is a huge deal for Amazon Studios, and they’re quickly becoming a major player in original programming, joining the domination of online shows on the awards circuit. But they’ve got a lot of catching up to do with Netflix.
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