Amazon announces it will adapt Modern Love into a brand new anthology series that will feature an impressive A-list cast, both in front of and behind the camera. Some of the biggest names involved in the upcoming series include Anne Hathaway, Dev Patel, Tina Fey, Andy Garcia, and Mad Men and The Romanoffs MVP, John Slattery. It’s an impressive assemblage of onscreen talent that points to the increased appeal of the anthology and limited series format for both networks, streaming services, and actors.
Modern Love is also yet another example of television mining the realm of podcasts for a little creative inspiration, though this series is a little different. Both a New York Times column and weekly podcast, Modern Love features essays “that explore the joys and tribulations of love.” And with that description, the new series from writer, director, and executive producer John Carney (Once, Sing Street) will be able to explore any number of scenarios in order to better understand love and all its complications.
Though the top-notch cast will likely get the lion’s share of the spotlight following the initial announcement, Modern Love has already assembled an equally impressive lineup of directors to helm individual episodes. In addition to Carney, Catastrophe co-creator Sharon Horgan and former Shameless star (and director) Emmy Rossum will helm individual episodes. An official release from Amazon details the rest of the show’s cast:
“Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway (Ocean’s Eight), Emmy Award winner Tina Fey (30 Rock), Emmy Award nominee John Slattery (Mad Men), Academy Award nominee Dev Patel (Lion), Academy Award nominee Catherine Keener (Get Out), Academy Award nominee Andy Garcia (Ocean’s Eleven), Cristin Milioti (Black Mirror), Emmy Award nominee Brandon Victor Dixon (Power), Olivia Cooke (Ready Player One), Andrew Scott (Sherlock), Julia Garner (Ozark), Shea Whigham (Homecoming), Gary Carr (The Deuce, Downton Abbey), Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service) and Tony Award winner John Gallagher, Jr. (The Newsroom) are among the stars that will appear in the upcoming series.”
Amazon seems to be focusing quite a bit on translating podcasts into television series, while also recognizing the appeal of the anthology. Along with Matt Weiner’s The Romanoffs, the streaming service has seen Lore turned into a series as well as the paranoid thriller Homecoming, which not only had Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail as director, but also brought Juila Roberts to television for the first time. Given how impressive the cast for Modern Love is, it doesn’t sound as though Amazon is going to lose interest in producing anthologies or adapting podcasts anytime soon.
Modern Love does not currently have a premiere date.