Crisis in Six Scenes
|Crisis in Six Scenes|
|Created by||Woody Allen|
|Written by||Woody Allen|
|Directed by||Woody Allen|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||6 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Erika Aronson|
|Original network||Amazon Video|
|Original release||September 30, 2016|
Crisis in Six Scenes is an American television miniseries written and directed by Woody Allen for Amazon Studios. Allen wrote and directed six episodes for the half-hour series, marking the first time he has done so for television. It is available exclusively on Amazon Video.
The series is set in the 1960s during turbulent times in the United States. A middle class suburban family is visited by Lennie Dale (played by Miley Cyrus), a radical beatnik who is wanted by the FBI. While Kay Munsinger (Elaine May) finds Dale charming, her husband Sid (Woody Allen) is anxious about the situation.
Cast and characters
- Woody Allen as Sidney Munsinger
- Miley Cyrus as Lennie Dale
- Elaine May as Kay Munsinger
- Rachel Brosnahan as Ellie
- John Magaro as Allen Brockman
- Becky Ann Baker as Lee
- Joy Behar as Ann
- Lewis Black as Al
- Christine Ebersole as Eve
- Gad Elmaleh as Moe
- David Harbour as Vic
- Margaret Ladd as Gail
- Michael Rapaport as Trooper Mike
- Rebecca Schull as Rose
The deal with Allen was seen as giving Amazon a possible advantage in its competition with Netflix and television networks. The series was announced within days of Amazon winning the Golden Globe Award for the comedy-drama Transparent, another original series. Allen had last written new material for television in the 1950s, when he wrote for Sid Caesar.
In a May 2015 interview, Allen said that progress on the series had been "very, very difficult" and that he had "regretted every second since I said OK". Allen has said of the series, "I don't know how I got into this. I have no ideas and I'm not sure where to begin. My guess is that Roy Price [the head of Amazon Studios] will regret this."
In January 2016, it was announced that the series would star Allen, Elaine May and Miley Cyrus, and that shooting would begin in March. In February 2016, it was announced that John Magaro and Rachel Brosnahan had joined the cast. In March 2016, Michael Rapaport, Becky Ann Baker, Margaret Ladd, Joy Behar, Rebecca Schull, David Harbour and Christine Ebersole had joined the cast of the series.
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On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 17%, based on 48 reviews, with an average rating of 4.7/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Woody Allen's filmmaking skills prove a poor fit for the small screen in Crisis in Six Scenes, a talk-heavy, unfunny, and overall disengaged production buried below numerous superior offerings." On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating, the series has a score 44 out of 100, based on 29 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
Allen himself had openly expressed severe misgivings about the project. At the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, Allen said in reference to the show, "It was a catastrophic mistake. I don't know what I'm doing. I'm floundering. I expect this to be a cosmic embarrassment."
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