Woody Allen makes a deal with Amazon for his first TV series

The 79-year-old filmmaker will write and direct a full season of a yet-to-be-titled, half-hour series premiering on Prime Instant Video in 2016.
January 13, 2015

Woody Allen is entering the streaming space with his first-ever TV series. On Tuesday, Amazon Studios announced that the 79-year-old filmmaker will write and direct the entire season of a yet-to-be-titled, half-hour series that will premiere next year as an exclusive for Prime Instant Video subscribers in the U.S., the U.K. and Germany.

Additional details, including casting, will be announced at a later date.

“I don’t know how I got into this,” said Allen in a statement. “I have no ideas and I’m not sure where to begin. My guess is that Roy Price will regret this.”

The announcement comes on the heels of Amazon’s triumph at the Golden Globes on Sunday, where its original series Transparent won the award for best TV comedy and its star Jeffrey Tambor won for best actor.

Allen began his career in TV in 1956 as a writer for The Colgate Comedy Hour, where he worked under the tutelage of Danny Simon, the older brother of playwright Neil Simon. He followed with a writing gig on The Sid Caesar Show, where he worked alongside Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner.

Allen’s other TV work includes the 1996 small-screen remake of Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys, which he starred in with Peter Falk, and the 1994 telefilm version of his play Don’t Drink the Water (originally brought to the big screen in 1969 with Jackie Gleason in the lead role), which he directed, as well as starred in with Michael J. Fox.

“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, VP of Amazon Studios, in a statement. “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.”

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