September will be Amazon’s Month of Comedy, Joe Lewis, Amazon Studios’ head of half hour programming, announced this morning at TCA. “We will debut four new comedies in a row,” he said. That includes Woody Allen’s series, which will be titled Crisis in Six Scenes, the Tig Notaro starrer One Mississippi and Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag.
Allen’s first TV series will debut on September 30. It will follow the series premieres of One Mississippi on September 9 and Fleabag on September 16 as well as the third season opener of Transparent on September 23. Transparent and Crisis in Six Scenes will debut against the first two weeks of the broadcast fall season.
“I think it’s an experiment,” Lewis said of the scheduling decision. “Each show can bring its viewers to other shows.” He added that although the idea of traditional TV scheduling is no longer relevant with streaming, viewers still think in terms of TV seasons, and there is “some iteration to be done.”
If it works, Amazon would consider launching new shows in this manner again, he adds.
Amazon also announced a November 11 premiere date for Season 2 of coming-of-age dramedy Red Oaks, and December 9 for the third season premiere of Globe Globe-winning Mozart in the Jungle.
Allen’s comedy stars the veteran filmmaker who is joined by Miley Cyrus, Elaine May, John Magaro, and Rachel Brosnahan, Michael Rapaport, Becky Ann Baker, Lewis Black, Margaret Ladd, Joy Behar, Rebecca Schull, David Harbour and Christine Ebersole. As per usual with Allen’s fare, little was known about the project other than that it takes place in the 1960s.
“Welcome to the contemporary services,” Amazon Studios head Roy Price joked as the streaming services’ TCA panels got underway on a Sunday morning.