Television Days: Woody Allen’s new TV series


His Radio Days are over. Now, the man who once said ‘Life doesn’t imitate art, it imitates bad television’, is set to write and direct his own television show. New York’s veteran director Woody Allen, who will soon release a new mystery comedy-drama with Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone, has been hired by Amazon Studios to write and direct a new television show, perhaps something along the line of ‘Woody Allen Presents…’. The problem is that Allen has no idea what to do with it. “I don’t know how I got into this. I have no ideas, and I’m not sure where to begin,” he recently stated. Amazon executives must be hoping that whatever Allen comes up with, it will fare better than his recent filmic exploits including the not-so-inspiring Magic in the Moonlight (2014) and Fading Gigolo (2013). The show will appear on Amazon’s instant video service, adding to the power of online streaming companies such as Netflix, as more television shows are airing exclusively online. It won’t be the director’s first foray into television; Allen worked on The Kraft Music Hall in the late 60s, and the children’s television series Hot Dog in the 1970s. But it is the first time Allen will be writing and directing his own program, with executives positive that Allen’s genius will translate well on the small screen. It is said that the purchase of TV dinners will sky-rocket with the release of Allen’s show, honouring the director’s famous quote from Play it Again, Sam (1972): ‘Who bothers to cook TV dinners? I suck them frozen.’ Indeed.

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