Streaming Originals: Woody and Spike

Two of New York’s and America’s most prominent – and original – independent film directors are testing the streaming video waters with original series.

Woody Allen caused a buzz in 2015 with a deal to create his very first TV series for Amazon Studios. The result is the comedy Crisis in Six Scenes, whose six 30-minute episodes will premiere on Amazon Video September 30.

You can watch the trailer, which Amazon just released, here:

Allen is writer, director and also a featured actor, along with Elaine May (also a famed writer, director and actor), Miley Cyrus, John Magaro, Joy Behar and Lucas Black, among others.

The series, set in the 1960s, revolves around a middle class suburban couple (Allen and May) whose house-guest (John Magaro) creates turmoil.

To view the series, you’ll need an Amazon Prime membership.

Meanwhile, Netflix has secured its own deal with another renowned filmmaker, Spike Lee.


Lee is producing a 10-episode update of the 1986 independent featured that heralded his arrival on the film scene, She’s Gotta Have It. The plot involves “Nola Darling, a Brooklyn-based artist in her late twenties struggling to define herself and divide her time amongst her friends, her job and her three lovers.”

Lee, who is director, creator and executive producer for the series, said, “She’s Gotta Have It has a very special place in my heart…We are getting an opportunity to revisit these memorable characters who will still be relevant and avant garde three decades later.”

A production schedule and premiere date were not announced.

The original She’s Gotta Have It is currently unavailable for streaming, though you can borrow the DVD from Netflix with a subscription plan or purchase it from Amazon.

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