Woody Allen has struck a deal with Amazon to produce a new online television series. This will mark the first time that the multi-Oscar winning writer and director will make his own television series.
Television is clearly no longer considered to be a demotion for movie stars and directors. Case and point: Woody Harrelson and Mathew McConaughey’s HBO show true detective.
The as of yet untitled show will be written and directed by Allen. Its subject matter – whether it will be a comedy or a dram – has not been revealed either and nor has its expected premiere date. It will only be available to Amazon Prime customers.
“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, ” said Roy Price, Vice President of Amazon Studios. “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.”
Woody Allen added, “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.”
For some reason certain corners are trying to compare Mr. Allen to Bill Cosby. They are asking why a man who was accused once more than 20 years ago of molesting his own child by his angry former girlfriend is being treated differently than a man who has had multiple women accuse him of rape; even though’ the allegations against the former were investigated by not one but 2 police departments in different states and no charges were ever brought.
Kevin Fallon wrote in The Hollywood Reporter, “Not even a year after sexual abuse allegations against Woody Allen turned the star into a pariah, he’s back on top with a lucrative TV deal. Why do we continue to ignore predators?”
Those sexual abuse allegations were not new and just a rehash of ones from more than 20 years ago and went nowhere.
Time magazine also brought up the issue of the charges against Allen having been raised again last year. Meanhwile Vulture, under the guise of explaining why Allen’s case is different than Cosby’s, felt compelled to raise the issue at the end of its article listing 7 reasons why Woody Allen is perfect for Amazon.