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“Alpha House” isn’t the most popular or celebrated title amid the present onslaught of D.C.-set political series, but it might be the most honest and politically astute. Perhaps that’s because Garry Trudeau’s satire about a quartet of Republican senators sharing living quarters in Washington doesn’t pussyfoot around questions of partisanship (a la “Veep” and “Madam Secretary”) or mangle reality in pursuit of melodrama and florid flights of fancy (“Scandal,” “House of Cards”). As such, this Amazon series appears content to skewer selected targets, choose sides and let the chips fall where they may.
Appropriately returning just in time for the midterm elections, the second season finds the show loading up on star cameos from Hollywood (Bill Murray), media (Matt Lauer, Trudeau’s wife Jane Pauley, John King) and the world of political wonks (Grover Norquist, David Axelrod). Still, the formula and situations remain largely the same, »
- Brian Lowry
After creating some of TV's most memorable supporting characters (including Arrested Development's double-trouble twins George and Oscar Bluth), 70-year-old Jeffrey Tambor digs his heels (literally) into the role of his career: a transgender head of household who transitions from Mort to Maura on Amazon's groundbreaking, critically lauded series Transparent. Tambor chatted with EW about the makings of "Moppa." EW: Congrats on the show. I burned through it in a single afternoon. Jeffrey Tambor: You're all done? Wow. Someone tweeted that they were on their second time around. When I was a kid, we got up, we walked a »
- Jason Clark
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Suburban wife Roberta Glass (Rosanna Arquette) lives vicariously through the personal ads in the paper, especially those from and for a cool downtown rocker named Susan (Madonna). Roberta heads to the city for a little vicarious excitement, but she gets way more than she bargained for when a case of amnesia and mistaken identity have her on the run from the creeps seeking Susan. It's finally on Blu-ray, for anyone who's ever dreamed of escaping to NYC and drying their armpits off in a public bathroom.
"The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" (40th Anniversary Black Maria Limited Edition)
This four-disc DVD/Blu-ray combo boasts a new digital transfer and surround sound mix, but the never-before-seen outtakes with Gunnar Hansen (Leatherface »
- Jenni Miller
I loved Transparent, Amazon's dreamy dramedy starring Jeffrey Tambor. The ten-episode series explores family and gender and sexuality and how hard it is to be who we are, especially if we don't want to think about who we were. The show is confident and smart and terrific, and to my great joy it reminds me a lot of another one of my favorite shows ever: Six Feet Under. Transparent creator Jill Soloway was a writer and eventually a co-executive producer on Six Feet Under, so the parallels aren't coming out of nowhere. (Her feature film, Afternoon Delight, includes a lot of the same themes as well.) Over at Slate, David Haglund calls Transparent Sfu's successor, and I think that's true. While the Fishers and the Pfeffermans aren't clones by any stretch, there's a lot the families have in common. Claire and Ali would definitely be friends, you know?[I wouldn't »
- Margaret Lyons
A Merry Friggin’ Christmas Trailer. Tristram Shapeero‘s A Merry Friggin’ Christmas (2014) movie trailer stars Robin Williams, Lauren Graham, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jeffrey Tambor, and Joel McHale. A Merry Friggin’ Christmas’ plot synopsis: “Boyd Mitchler (McHale) and his family are forced to spend a dreaded Christmas at his parents’ [...]
Continue reading: A Merry Friggin’ Christmas (2014) Movie Trailer: Robin Williams is a Mad Dad »
- Rollo Tomasi
Amazon has been experimenting with original programming for a couple of seasons now, but for the first time, it has a critical darling on its hands in Transparent. The full first season landed on Amazon Prime on Sept. 26 (the first episode is free; the rest you have to be a Prime subscriber to watch), and it's already gotten enough buzz to warrant a renewal for season two. This is not only because of its subject matter - a transgender woman and her family - but also because of the performances, characters, and storytelling, which make it one of the most talked-about new shows of the season. It's daring and real. It's also addictive, and this is coming from someone who went in planning to only watch the pilot and spent the next five hours glued to the screen devouring the whole thing. Jeffrey Tambor's performance as Maura (formerly Mort »
It has been a big day for various TV drama series either scoring renewals or full season pick-ups.
First up, CBS has renewed its two major Summer event series "Under the Dome" and "Extant". The recent second season of 'Dome' pulled in an average of 9.4 million total viewers and a 2.2 rating per episode, down considerably from the first season (13.1 million viewers/3.3 rating) but still a big performer during the season.
Meanwhile the Halle Berry-led "Extant" has averaged 8.6 million total viewers and a 1.7 rating for its initial season. While both shows are returning, the network's Southern legal soap "Reckless" isn't so lucky and has been axed after pulling in an average of just 4 million total viewers and a 0.6 rating.
Next up, ABC has given full-season commitments to two of its new Fall shows - the mystery thriller "How to Get Away With Murder" and the comedy "Black-ish". 'Murder' will score »
- Garth Franklin
Amazon's new Transparent series has been seeing record downloads so they've ordered a second season of the dark comedy that stars Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker, and Jay Duplass.
Here are the details:
Prime Members and Critics Agree, Transparent is this Fall's Best New Show - Earns 98 percent on Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer
Seattle -- Oct. 9, 2014 -- (Nasdaq:amzn) - Amazon Original Series Transparent is already breaking records. In just over a week since its debut, the critically acclaimed dark comedy, created by Jill Soloway (Afternoon Delight, Six Feet Under) and starring Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development), Judith Light (Dallas), Gaby Hoffmann (Girls), Amy Landecker (Louie) and Jay Duplass (Togetherness), is the no. 1 ranked series on Prime Instant Video since the show's »
Transparent, Season 1
Created by Jill Soloway
Released on September 26, 2014 by Amazon Studios
I imagine my feelings after finishing Transparent’s incredible first season were much like many people’s feelings after Orange is the New Black premiered. It is wholly original and seems to exist as a result of the ways online streaming has opened up the medium of television to previously unrepresented characters. I was enamored both with the show’s characters and the way it approached issues of gender identity and sexuality. I needed to keep binge watching.
Transparent follows the Pfefferman clan, a tightly knit Jewish family living in Los Angeles, as their lives are changed by one member’s brave announcement. Maura (Jeffrey Tambor) comes out to her family as a woman, despite being their father and going by the name Mort for all of their lives. Pfefferman matriarch Shelly (Judith Light) confronts this new knowledge »
- George Morvis
Even with major networks pulling out ambitious series like Gotham and Gracepoint, the only new show that people are really talking about isn’t on television at all. Amazon’s hilarious, deeply affecting Transparent, which stars Jeffrey Tambor as Mort/Maura Pfefferman, a man transitioning to become a woman, is by all accounts the biggest breakout of the fall. And now, the tech giant has opted to order a second season, which will air in 2015.
A second season of the Jill Soloway-created series, which also stars Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, Gaby Hoffmann and Judith Light, was a no-brainer given the reception and ratings. Transparent holds the distinctions of being both the number one ranked and most binge-watched TV series on Prime Instant Video.
“We are absolutely thrilled that the response to Transparent has been so positive. Our goal is »
- Isaac Feldberg
Get ready to spend more time with the Pfefferman family: Amazon has renewed Jill Soloway's Transparent for a second season. The show, which debuted on Amazon Sept. 26, follows the Pfeffermans, an L.A.-based, Jewish clan whose patriarch, played by Jeffrey Tambor, comes out as transgender. Now Mort is Maura, and her three children, to whom she is now "moppa," are reconciling her coming out with the turning points occurring in their own lives. Transparent received rave reviews from critics; EW's Melissa Maerz wrote: "This isn't just the best fall pilot: It's groundbreaking television." Amazon is also touting its success with viewers, »
- Esther Zuckerman
Citing Transparent‘s “overwhelming success” and “incredibly positive viewer response,” Amazon Studios has greenlit the acclaimed dysfunctional family drama for a second season, it was announced on Thursday.
Transparent, which stars Jeffrey Tambor (a TVLine Performer of the Week) and released its 10 freshman episodes on Sept. 26, stands as the most binge-watched TV series on Prime Instant Video — with nearly 80 percent of all viewers watching two or more episodes of the series in the same day, a consumption rate higher than any previous release. »
Amazon Original Series "Transparent" is already breaking records. In just over a week since its debut, the critically-acclaimed dark comedy, created by Jill Soloway (Afternoon Delight, "Six Feet Under") and starring Jeffrey Tambor ("Arrested Development"), Judith Light ("Dallas"), Gaby Hoffmann ("Girls"), Amy Landecker ("Louie") and Jay Duplass ("Togetherness"), is the no. 1 ranked series on Prime Instant Video since the show's launch. Due to the overwhelming success of the show, and the incredibly positive viewer response, Amazon Studios has greenlit a second season of "Transparent," to air in 2015. »
Amazon has renewed original series “Transparent” for a second season. The dark comedy — created by Jill Soloway (“Six Feet Under”) and starring Jeffrey Tambor (“Arrested Development”), Judith Light (“Dallas”), Gaby Hoffman (“Girls”), Amy Landecker (“Louie”) and Jay Duplass (“Togetherness”) — is currently the top-ranked series on the website's Prime Instant Video, which has been the case since the show launched just over a week ago. It's also been the most binge-watched show in Prime Instant Video history. “Transparent” has been an instant critical hit as well, sitting at 98 percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, along with a 91 metascore on »
- Tony Maglio
Amazon has ordered a second season of "Transparent," its critically-acclaimed dramedy in which Jeffrey Tambor begins a late-in-life gender transition. I loved "Transparent" after the first four episodes, and have since watched the remaining six. I'm hoping to write an end-of-season review sometime next week, and perhaps talking to creator Jill Soloway as a follow-up to pre-season chats with her and with Tambor, but at the moment, I'm just glad the show will be continuing. The renewal press release says new episodes will debut at some point in 2015. As with Netflix's originals, we only have Amazon's own insistence that the show is doing well, which includes the fairly nebulous stat that "'Transparent' is the most binge-watched TV series on Prime Instant video, with nearly 80 percent of all viewers binging on two or more episodes of the series in the same day." I don't really care how many people are watching, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Amazon wants more of its hit dark comedy Transparent. The tech giant has ordered a second season of the Jeffrey Tambor starrer — which focuses on a Los Angeles family, the Pfeffermans, and their lives after they learn that their father (Tambor) is transitioning to become a woman. Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, Gaby Hoffmann and Judith Light co-star in the series created by Jill Soloway. Read more 'Transparent' Team Talks Binge Viewing, Defends Digital Platform Pay The second season will air in 2015. All 10 episodes of Transparent were made available for streaming on Sept. 26, with the show
- Hilary Lewis
**Spoilers ahead** By now, you may have had time to watch all or at least start Jill Soloway’s fantastic Amazon series “Transparent,” the story of a complicated yet relatable Los Angeles family. While the show is pitched as Maura’s (Jeffrey Tambor) coming out story, it’s also very much about her three children and their personal journeys of love, sex, intimacy and identity. The Pfefferman family has an easy and close rapport, but secrets abound just below the surface. Slacker Ali (Gaby Hoffmann), housewife Sarah (Amy Landecker) and hipster music exec Josh (Jay Duplass) all lead very different but very intertwined lives, each one independent and co-dependent. Soloway has recently spoken about her own parent coming out as trans, which not only clearly informs the story but also the warm tone and inclusive approach of the series. The consultants who helped the creator accurately represent the trans experience »
- Katie Walsh
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Kristen Stewart was on "The Tonight Show" Tuesday night, and she talked about rescuing a new dog while she was filming "Camp X-Ray." The story goes on and on, thanks to Jimmy visualizing everything. Kristen was at work and a friend of hers that she usually works with was playing Frisbee golf. He found two dogs and told his brother, who was driving Kristen at the time, that he needed to have a serious conversation with the two of them. He brought the dogs to Kristen's house, and she fell in love with them. Someone had abandoned the dogs at the park and just left. One of the guys »
- Gina Carbone
In just over a week since its debut, Transparent has climbed to #1 on Prime Instant Video and earned a near-perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes with a 98 percent critic rating.
Viewers and media outlets from Et to the Today Show to NPR continue to buzz about Transparent, helping to turn the dramatic comedy into something of a water cooler hit. Reviewers have embraced the show’s “transcendent empathy” and it’s ability to challenge expectations:
"After I saw the pilot, I called this the best show of the fall. It turns out it’s the best show of the year.” – James Poniewozik, Time “Transparent is a drama/comedy series that could, in theory, make the Emmy nominations next year in either of those categories. It’s that good.” –David Bianculli, NPR “It »
The story of the Hellboy movie franchise is an unusual one, to say the least. A comic book superhero, created by writer-artist Mike Mignola, the character was adapted for film by writer-director Guillermo del Toro as 2004’s Hellboy, with Ron Perlman in the title role. The movie was well-received, and a sequel followed in 2008 with Hellboy II: The Golden Army. It, too, was well-received but, bucking the trend of endless franchise instalments, everything fell quiet. The idea of Hellboy 3 seemed to grow more and more unlikely. Now, however, Jeffrey Tambor – who plays a prominent supporting role in the Hellboy franchise – has just hinted that a third chapter may finally on the way after all.
For the uninitiated, Hellboy is a demon summoned from Hell to Earth as an infant in 1944 by Nazi occultists (led by Russian mystic Grigori Rasputin) seeking a paranormal advantage in the final days of World War II. »
- Sarah Myles
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