Woody Allen Will Create His First TV Show for Amazon, but Not Everyone Is Thrilled

Online video exclusive sparks dark mockery on Twitter

Woody Allen is headed to the small screen. Amazon said Tuesday that it has green-lit the first season of a new television series created by the Academy Award-winning director and screenwriter.

The Untitled Woody Allen Project will be a half-hour series available on Prime Instant Video in the U.S., U.K. and Germany. No other details were revealed.

"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 (Amazon Studios vp) Roy Price will regret this," Allen said in a statement.

As the line between programming for digital or linear platforms blurs, more renowned filmmakers and scribes are creating projects for the online audience. While Netflix has been considered the prime streaming network for original content—creating shows like House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black and Marco Polo—Amazon has been forging ahead to become a larger player in the Web television market. Its show Transparent just won two Golden Globe awards and has been renewed for a second season. And the company recently unveiled five new series that will debut this year, including Red Oaks from Steven Soderbergh, David Gordon Green, Greg Jacobs and Joe Gangem.

But, not everyone is excited about Amazon's announcement, with some taking issue that Allen would be given such an opportunty after he had been accused of allegedly molesting his daughter Dylan Farrow when she was a child. Allen has consistently denied the allegations.

#WoodyAllenTVShowNames became a popular hashtag on Twitter today, with many opponents tweeting snarky titles referencing the allegations and Allen's infamous decision to leave Mia Farrow for a relationship with her adopted daughter.

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