BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Woody Allen’s long-aborning and apparently long-suffering efforts to get a series to TV will officially end next month, when his new Amazon six-parter launches Sept. 30.
Amazon — speaking to TV critics and writers in Beverly Hills Sunday — offered few other details about the short-run series (which will have only one season) other than a brief description through a news release: “Crisis in Six Scenes” is “a comedy that takes place in the 1960s during turbulent times in the United States and a middle class suburban family is visited by a guest who turns their household completely upside down.”
The cast — announced on various websites over the last year or so — will include Elaine May, Miley Cyrus, Becky Ann Baker, Michael Rapaport, Christine Ebersole and others.
When Amazon first announced the Allen series over a year ago, it was considered quite the coup for the streaming service, attempting to achieve parity (and quickly) with Netflix, Hulu and others in the subscription video on demand space.
Allen was not at the press tour, of course — he doesn’t go to the Oscars and he certainly doesn’t talk to roomfuls of critics — but he did ominously tell Deadline in May 2015:
“I have regretted every second since I said OK (to Amazon). It’s been so hard for me. I had the cocky confidence, well, I’ll do it like I do a movie . . . it’ll be a movie in six parts. Turns out, it’s not. For me, it has been very, very difficult. I’ve been struggling and struggling and struggling. I only hope that when I finally do it — I have until the end of 2016 — they’re not crushed with disappointment because they’re nice people and I don’t want to disappoint them.”
Meanwhile Amazon did offer a few more details about its forthcoming series with acclaimed comic and standup, Tig Notaro — who, in fact, was here.
One of the most celebrated stand-ups working today, Amazon scored another coup last year by getting rights to her semi-autobiographical “One Mississippi.” A pilot was shot last year, the buzz began, and “One Mississippi” now has a start date for an-ongoing series.
Amazon called the show “a traumedy inspired by comedian Tig Notaro’s life. We find Tig as she leaves Los Angeles and returns to her hometown in Mississippi upon her mother’s untimely death.
What starts as Tig reconciling her mother’s affairs, becomes a poignant, hilarious and surprising exploration of family, childhood and life after grief.”
Notaro, a Mississippi native, told TV writers yesterday, “as the pilot goes, I would say it was probably 85 percent real, and there were a few parts that we, you know, bridged moments together. The timeline is off from when my life actually fell apart. We crammed all of the information into the pilot so we could kind of go from there when we if it went to series. And now, having gone to series, it’s a little it’s more fictional, but there’s still a lot of reality and real moments from my life.”
Diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer in 2012, Notaro, 45, incorporated her illness into her act. One famous (umm) joke: “Before I had a double mastectomy, I was already flat-chested and made so many jokes about how small my chest was. But I started to think my boobs overheard me. They were like, sheesh. We’re sick of this. Let’s kill her.”
“One Mississippi” begins Sept. 9.