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Weekend TV: Amazon's Brilliant Transparent, Simpsons Death and Family Guy Crossover

Jeffrey Tambor

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

Is Amazon's New Series Transparent the Next Orange Is the New Black?

Jeffrey Tambor, Gaby Hoffman

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 HoffmannAmy Landecker and Jay Duplass) that she's going to start living openly as a woman. read more

Watch Amazon's New Original Pilots Now

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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.

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Amazon Sets Premiere Date for Transparent

Amy Landecker and Jeffrey Tambor

The highly-anticipated comedy Transparent will premiere on Amazon on Sept. 26, the streaming service announced Wednesday.

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Ask Matt: Reboots and Finales, Binge-watching, Nashville, SVU, and More

Eric Close

Send questions and comments to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: There have been quite a few resurrections from the TV graveyard as of late and I must say I love it, way more than Hollywood's obsession of making a sequel out of everything as well as making too-soon remakes. Firefly and Veronica Mars both have movie continuations, Dallas and Boy Meets World have spawned new series chronicling the next generation (I know you're not too big a fan of the new Dallas, but I have to say I welcome the return of Judith Light to the series), Netflix brought back Arrested Development for a fourth season, and Heroes is coming out with Heroes: Reborn next year. So I'm wondering what are your thoughts on this phenomenon, and are there any shows that you feel should be next in this craze.

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The 60 Greatest Soap Opera Moments of All Time

Anthony Geary, Genie Francis

Sordid secrets, evil twins, mind-blowing returns from the dead and love in the afternoon so lushly romantic it makes our knees buckle. We're talking, of course, about daytime soaps, which have been bubbling over with escapist thrills since 1946. Here, like sands through the hourglass, are the grandest, wildest, most shocking moments of our soap-viewing lives — the ones that made us all tune in tomorrow... read more

Kinky Boots Wins Big at Tony Awards

Neil Patrick Harris

Kinky Boots was the big winner at Sunday's 67th annual Tony Awards, taking home six trophies including Best Musical and Best Score (penned by Cyndi Lauper).

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Dallas Season 2 Burning Questions Answered: J.R.'s Farewell, Hiccups for Ann and Bobby

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Christopher's petition for annulment was rejected! Ann's long-lost daughter hates her guts! Sue Ellen lost the election! It was an eventful return to Dallas on last week's two-hour season premiere. After five months off the air, the Ewing clan & Co. wasted no time answering some of fans' biggest burning questions from the first season finale, and raising some new ones for Season 2 (Mondays at 9/8c on TNT). Although she did her best not to spoil what's to come, we turned to showrunner Cynthia Cidre for answers:

1. Could Elena and John Ross be the real deal? It wasn't a complete surprise to see brokenhearted bad guys John Ross (Josh Henderson) and... read more

The Monday Playlist: Dallas, RuPaul, Following and a Foster Brother on Bunheads

Dallas

It's hard to imagine Dallas without J.R. — a sentiment shared by many when Larry Hagman passed away last Thanksgiving, midway through production of the rebooted soap's second season. Even harder not to contemplate that sad future while watching TNT's two-hour premiere (Monday, 9/8c), where once again the veterans wipe the floor with the young whippersnappers. None more gleefully than Hagman, whose gaunt frailty can't mask the devilish glint beneath those statuesque eyebrows.

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Dallas Remembers Larry Hagman With a New Season 2 Mystery

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Two months after Larry Hagman's November 23 death, the Dallas cast past and present has assembled at the city's swanky Petroleum Club to shoot an epic, drama-filled memorial for his legendary J.R. Ewing. Among the mourners who have returned to pay their respects — or disrespects — are Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval), Gary and Lucy Ewing (Ted Shackelford and Charlene Tilton), Ray Krebbs (Steve Kanaly), Mandy Winger (Deborah Shelton) and Cally Harper Ewing (Cathy Podewell). On set, the late actor's spirit is still very much alive. Each morning when he passes Hagman's trailer, Patrick Duffy, who plays Bobby Ewing, knocks on his friend's door. "Not like I'm expecting him to say, 'Come in,'" Duffy says. "But just to say to Larry, 'I'm still here, pal.'" And if you believe some of Hagman's costars, he's been knocking right back.

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