January 13, 2015

"If you were wondering what Amazon was going to do to follow up its Golden Globes success with Transparent, wonder no more..."

"... Tuesday morning, Amazon Studios announced that Woody Allen will create his first TV series ever for it."

IN THE COMMENTS: Eric the Fruit Bat said: "Fantastic!!! Now I can treat myself to even more of an elderly neurotic man's internal dialogue as spoken by gorgeous young women I'd love to bang!"

27 comments:

Rob said...

Following up Transparent with Bad Parent. (Having said that, I'll note that I enjoyed Transparent and I don't care about Woody Allen's living arrangements as long as he's funny. Besides, Mia Farrow is a nutcase.)

David said...

Mamma Mia!

rehajm said...

The stigma of “slumming” in TV is pretty much gone. Maybe it didn’t need to be said at this point, with directors from Steven Soderbergh to Lena Dunham to David Fincher making TV—and making it hands-on, not just slapping their names on a project as producers.

TIME says it's okay for Allen because great directors like Lena Dunham have done it.

Charlie said...

Take The Money And Run!

Scott said...

Will Woody Allen's new series feature pubescent girls?

Revenant said...

Neat!

tim in vermont said...

TIME says it's okay for Allen because great directors like Lena Dunham have done it.

Ha!

William said...

I saw his latest movie, Magic in the Moonlight. It's pretty good. I don't know if his dialogue was all that clever or witty, but the actors delivered the lines like they were. Colin Firth added a bit of Henry Higgins overlay to his standard Darcy character and wore terrific clothes. The cinematographer could have been Manet's grandson, and the location scout knew where the prettiest places are in the south of France. It's a very pleasant movie to watch.....Woody Allen has some executive skills. He knows how to recruit a good cast and support staff.

Brando said...

I've liked a lot of Allen's movies. Would this be the first time he did television? If so, good for him and good for Amazon competing for new content. These are only good signs for television.

tim in vermont said...

Is it really "Television"?

I have always like Woody too. If I refused patronage to the product of artists I disagreed with morally or personally, I would be left reading maybe half the Harvard Classics.

CJinPA said...

This was the announcement. Wait for The Internet to mull it over and pass judgment before considering it official.

mrs.e said...

You saw, in today's Inside UW-Madison, that Transparent director, Jill Soloway is a UW alumna?

steve uhr said...

TV is much better than the movies these days. We just signed up for Acorn -- mainly smart British crime/detective series. Only $5 per month.

Anonymous said...

TV is operatiing on tighter budgets and is extending more creator freedom than in the past. Movies, carry larger budgets (especially promotional budgets) with greater financial stakes, leading to more studio control.

Though when dealing with Amazon and Netflix, you could do movies or TV just as easily. The line is starting to blur, to where the only distinction is the serialized nature of TV (or given how a "season" tends to be released all at once, maybe "chaptered" would be a better word to coin to describe the difference.

Lauderdale Vet said...

We gave Transparent a shot. We turned it off before the first episode was over.

We did make it through the whole season of Mozart in the Jungle, however. We liked it well enough to wonder what would happen in season 2, if there is such a thing.

Chriscom said...

TV is much better than the movies these days

I was saying to a friend just the other day that the best TV is consistently better than the best movies these days.

Alex said...

Jeffrey Tambor is amazing in Transparent. He's what you call a 'master' at his craft.

Alex said...

We gave Transparent a shot. We turned it off before the first episode was over.

Transphobic.

Left Bank of the Charles said...

That makes Woody Allen a half-coworker to all those fact-checking reporters you like to skim at The Washington Post.

Eric the Fruit Bat said...

Fantastic!!!

Now I can treat myself to even more of an elderly neurotic man's internal dialogue as spoken by gorgeous young women I'd love to bang!

Char Char Binks said...

I was ready to hate on Allen, and then I remember the rape allegations, and I just can't.

tim in vermont said...

Now I can treat myself to even more of an elderly neurotic man's internal dialogue as spoken by gorgeous young women I'd love to bang!

Nailed it. I always had that thought half formed, I think, but hearing you say it? Snap!

rhhardin said...

I have a large Woody Allen DVD collection, from some Amazon sale or other, of which I've watched Sleeper and Annie Hall.

I got distracted by a Pink Panther collection and haven't gotten back to it.

Also I'm watching cheap ($) romantic comedies, which seem to have an underlying standard plot but may have clever dialogue and situations, the chief danger being tears, diseases and weddings if you stumble into a chicks-only one.

Titus said...

I love Woody Allen movies.

I am not into seeing trannies though.

I never watched television shows....but now with Netflix I love them. It makes the long winters go by faster.

tits.

madAsHell said...

Woody Allen is the male version of Lena Dunham. I expect similar results.

Anonymous said...

Who's next, Polanski?
Sports and police procedurals, all that is left on TV.

Crunchy Frog said...

"Transphobic." (interesting that my spellchecker flags this)

"Phobia" implies fear. No fear here. Sadness and dismay that the enablement of a severe psychiatric disorder is not only tolerated, but celebrated (to borrow from a previous thread). The sickness is in the head, not in the man- or ladyparts.

It's like giving someone with a heroin addiction an insulin pump filled with morphine and calling it therapy.

If someone I loved thought he was Napoleon the last thing I would want is for the docs to hand him a tricorner hat, salute him, and then send him on his merry way.