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Amazon dishes out details on Woody Allen TV series

Entitled "Crisis in Six Scenes," the six-part series is scheduled to debut this fall as Amazon looks to Allen to help draw in viewers.

Will Woody Allen help draw in subscribers to Amazon's Prime Video?


Amazon Prime Video users will be able to catch Woody Allen's first-ever TV series come September.

On Sunday, Amazon said Allen's new show, entitled "Crisis in Six Scenes," will kick off on September 30. Written and directed by Allen, the six-episode series takes place in the 1960s "during turbulent times in the United States, and follows a middle class suburban family that is visited by a guest who turns their household completely upside down," according to the official synopsis.

The Woody Allen series is just the latest show from Amazon, which is increasingly leaning on original content to get people to sign up. Amazon's Prime Video service has started to catch up to streaming leader Netflix with its own big name artists like Allen.

Allen stars in the series alongside Miley Cyrus, Elaine May, Rachel Brosnahan and John Magaro.

A sneak peek video gives us a small clue about the series. The video starts with some news clips showing people protesting the Vietnam war and police trying to quell a riot. Then we segue to Allen's character, Sidney Munsinger, getting a haircut and asking his barber to give him a cut that makes him look like James Dean. But with Allen's balding hair, that may be asking too much.

"I could work on your hair for ten years, Sidney," says the barber, "you're never going to look like James Dean."

Known as a writer and director who's worked in film since the 1960s, Allen is making his first foray into the land of streaming video. Allen said he found the series harder to do than he originally thought, according to an interview with the Hollywood Reporter.

"I thought, I'll sandwich this in between two films and knock it off," Allen said. "What's the big deal? It's television. But over the years, television has made enormous strides, and wonderful things are being done on television. And I found as soon as I started to get into the project, I couldn't bring myself to slough it off because this is not television of 50 years ago, where every silly thing was acceptable."