(K. Brent Tomer),
THERE is a telling moment at the start of “Crisis in Six Scenes”, Woody Allen’s new television series. It is the late 1960s and writer Sid Munsinger, played by Mr Allen with familiar idiosyncratic verbosity, is in a barber’s chair in suburban New York. The barber confesses it took him the entire winter to finish Sid’s novel—he simply could not stay awake. Sid says he is taking a break from novels to work on a sitcom: “it’s very lucrative and there’s not a lot of money in novels, so”. Even as he says it, Sid does not seem convinced that his career is going in the right direction.
That one of film’s most prolific and celebrated directors should turn his attention to the small screen says much about the state of television today. “Crisis in Six Scenes”, which premiered on Amazon on September 30th, is set in a time of socio-political upheaval in America. Sid, a neurotic novelist aspiring to J.D. Salinger-like prestige, has instead made his money copywriting. His wife, Kay (Elaine May), is a marriage counsellor who takes a bottle of wine to bed. They live in a palatial white clapboard house with a hot fudge sauce machine and all…Continue reading