Based on the just-released trailer, it’s hard to tell what Amazon’s generational comedy Crisis In Six Scenes is about. These are the facts we know: Creator Woody Allen plays a nebbishy guy with high pants, Miley Cyrus is a stoner hippie, Elaine May is his wife and a therapist, it’s set in the 1960s, and some Black Panthers startle an old white woman. It’ll be interesting to see how all these pieces come together into a six-episode season, which premieres on Sept. 30.
Woody Allen — who didn’t know what Amazon was until they reached out to him; he still uses his trusty Olympia typewriter — had trouble making it work. “Amazon kept coming to me and saying, please do this, whatever you want. I kept saying I have no ideas for it, that I never watch television. I don’t know the first thing about it,” he told Deadline. “Well, this went on for a year and a half, and they kept making a better deal and a better deal. Finally they said look, we’ll do anything that you want, just give us six half hours. I have regretted every second since I said OK… How to begin something and end it after a half an hour and then come back the next time. It’s not me.”
It’s weird that Allen doesn’t know the ins and outs of writing for television — he’s watched so many episodes of Hannah Montana.