Published On: Wed, Jan 14th, 2015

Amazon Signs Up Woody Allen for TV Series, Many Teeth Gnashed

Woody Allen

Woody Allen has signed on with Amazon for a full season of  a TV show. Excited by its show Transparent winning Best Television Series, Best Actor, the website that once sold only books is revving up Amazon Studios with more projects, and the Woody Allen series is at the head of the line-up, as reported in a press release.

Amazon apparently offered the contract based purely on the strength of the Woody Allen brand, since they are letting Woody have control, and a basic plot, characters, and tone has not been hinted at yet (but wild guess—it is likely to be a comedy). The show will consist of half-hour episodes and will be available to those who have an Amazon Prime subscription. Woody Allen said, “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 [VP of Amazon Studios] will regret this.”

I have an idea for Woody Allen. He could do a sit-com about a famous funny film director pushing 80 whose been signed on by a major company to do a TV series, and he has no ideas. Plus, and here’s the kicker, anyone who tries to work with him is harassed by his estranged adopted daughter who has accused him of molesting her. Can even hear the laugh track on that one.

Kevin Fallon of the Daily Beast is probably not the only person (besides Mia Farrow and Dylan Farrow) who is upset by this news, which comes 11 months after his adopted daughter Dylan wrote in The New York Times that Allen sexually molested her at the age of 7. Since then, Dylan has castigated those who choose to work with Woody Allen, whose film in 2014, Blue Jasmine, won Cate Blanchett an Oscar for Best Actress. Fallon writes, “While Allen’s current wave of success is probably unstoppable, his (adopted) daughter has certainly condemned those who separate the artist from the art. And she’s made sure that those do business with Allen in future will have her words ringing in their ears, even if they choose to disbelieve or ignore them.”

If there is an alternative for Amazon, which seems to dominate the planet nowadays, you can be sure Dylan Farrow will be shopping there instead.

Read an earlier version of this story here: Woody Allen to Make New Show for Amazon

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