Mort Pfefferman's entire life has been an identity crisis. A divorced dad of three grown, though not always grown-up, children, melancholy Mort is truly at ease only when in the heretofore secret guise of his feminine alter ego, Maura. In a flashback from 20 years earlier, Maura laments, "No one's ever seen me except me" — a situation that's about to change as the funky younger Pfeffermans slowly get to know the truth about their trans parent in Amazon's Transparent (get it?), creator Jill Soloway's deeply felt, intensely human comedy. This series (available on Amazon Instant Prime starting Friday) should do for Amazon, reputation-wise, what House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black achieved for Netflix. It's at least their equal, with the feel and tone of...read more
Transparent, the new original series from Amazon Studios, is groundbreaking television in every sense of the word. The show follows the Pfefferman family of Los Angeles, anchored by a remarkable performance by Jeffrey Tambor as Maura.
When we first meet Maura, she's Mort, struggling with how to tell her children (played by Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker and Jay Duplass) that she's going to start living openly as a woman. read more
Amazon has unveiled its latest slate of original pilots — and, per usual, will let fan votes determine which ones get full series orders.
The five shows in Amazon's third pilot offering include three half-hour comedies — Red Oaks,The Cosmopolitans and Really — as well as two dramas, Hand of God and Hysteria. Viewers can watch the shows here, and rate/comment on them.read more