After nearly five decades of making films, Woody Allen is coming to streaming television.
Amazon announced Tuesday that it had signed Allen to write and direct his first-ever television series. The company said that it had ordered a full season of half-hour shows, but provided few other details.
"I don't know how I got into this," Allen said. "I have no ideas, and I'm not sure where to begin. My guess is that Roy Price will regret this," referring to the vice president of Amazon Studios.
The series, like other Amazon original TV productions, will be available exclusively on the company's Prime Instant Video service in the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany. The service is $99 for an annual membership and includes free two-day shipping. "Woody Allen is a visionary creator who has made some of the greatest films of all-time, and it's an honor to be working with him on his first television series," Price 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."
The news comes just two days after Amazon's original series "Transparent," a dark comedy about a family in which the father comes out as transgender, won a Golden Globe for best television comedy. With the award, Amazon became the first digital streaming service to win a Golden Globe for best TV series.
Allen came under heavy scrutiny last February when his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, wrote an open letter accusing him of sexually molesting her as a child. Allen has denied the abuse claim and he was never charged with criminal wrongdoing.
Polanski confident in Polish system
Filmmaker Roman Polanski says he hopes Poland won't extradite him to the U.S. where he is wanted in a 1977 sex case. The Oscar-winning director is in Poland, preparing for a movie. The U.S. justice authorities recently asked Poland to arrest and extradite Polanski, who has Polish and French passports. Polish prosecutors refused to arrest him, but are planning to question him. Polanski told TVN24 on Tuesday, "I have confidence in Poland's justice system."
last wish: A terminally ill Detroit-area teen who was surprised by a visit from rapper Eminem has died. Rainbow Connection Executive Director Mary Grace McCarter said Tuesday that the parents of 17-year-old Gage Garmo, who had bone cancer, told her that he died Monday in their Rochester Hills home. Gage had a wish fulfilled when Detroit native Eminem stopped by Sunday. The Detroit Free Press says the pair talked about hip-hop and football.