Director Woody Allen is to create his first ever television series.Amazon has commissioned the Oscar-winning film-maker to write and direct a full season of an unnamed show for its Amazon Prime Instant Video service.”I don’t know how I got into this,” the Annie Hall and Manhattan director said in a statement. “I have no ideas and I’m not sure where to begin.”The half-hour episodes will be available to Amazon Prime subscribers in the US, UK and Germany in 2016. Amazon won its first Golden Globes on Sunday for its dark comedy Transparent, a show about a family dealing with a father who is transgender.Amazon Studios vice president Roy Price said it was an “honour” to be working with Allen.”Woody Allen is a visionary creator who has made some of the greatest films of all-time,” he said. “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.” Amazon is currently locked in a battle with Netflix for supremacy in the video streaming market.
Four more original Amazon series will make their debuts in 2015, including police drama Bosch; Red Oaks, a comedy series set in the 1980s; and psychological drama Hand of God.
They will join the children’s series Wishenpoof! and a second season of Transparent.
The show, starring Arrested Development actor Jeffrey Tambor alongside Gaby Hoffmann and Jay Duplass, was named best comedy series at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday.
And Tambor took home the award for best actor in a comedy series for his portrayal of Maura Pfefferman.