Earlier today, Amazon’s long-gestating Woody Allen series finally got a name and official premiere, but how about some footage? The Miley Cyrus-led period piece gets a bizarre first teaser, in that only Allen himself appears in the first Crisis in Six Scenes footage.
It’s been a head-scratcher since its announcement, and Woody Allen’s Amazon TV series will either bring sweet relief, or further confusion as early as September. The newly titled Crisis in Six Scenes has an official September premiere, along with new details of the Miley Cyrus-led series.
The prospect of a Woody Allen TV series hasn’t gotten any less strange since its announcement, between Allen’s public regret of the Amazon deal and the addition of Miley Cyrus, nor does the latest word from the controversial filmmaker, who admits in the same interview to knowing Cyrus from Hannah Montana, but never having seen Breaking Bad. Now, Allen reveals new details of the untitled project, as well his initial discomfort with TV.
See enough Woody Allen movies and you realize he only has like eight different stories and themes and he just mixes and matches them. Based on the trailer for his latest movie, Café Society, it appears that his latest effort (his tenth movie in the last ten years and 20th movie in 20 years) combines the standard issue Allen-esque nebbish (played this time by Jesse Eisenberg) who falls for a woman way out of his league (Kristen Stewart) with his deep nostalgia for the past (in this case Hollywood of the 1930s) in a story that takes a comic look at the futility of life. It ain’t the most original premise for Woody, but when make 20 movies in 20 years, how many original premises can there be?
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Amazon is going all in on the Woody Allen business. The streaming-video giant has made some decisive moves in their quest to supplant Netflix as the dominant player in this increasingly crowded marketplace, one of which was landing Woody Allen for an original TV series back in January 2015. Last time he checked in about it, Allen wasn’t doing so hot with the TV format — he told Deadline that he “regretted every second since I said okay” to helming the six-episode series for Amazon — but he evidently enjoyed working with the studio, because Amazon has now announced that they will release Allen’s untitled next film.
We weren’t quite sure what to make of news that Woody Allen would develop his first TV project for Amazon (evidently, neither was Woody), and our days of confusion are certainly coming to a middle. Not only do we know that Allen himself will star in the ‘60s-set project with Elaine May, but so too will … Miley Cyrus? What? Come on, that can’t be right. There’s no way we’re prin -