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But will the entire cast be able to fit in one tiny car?
That’s one question to ask now that FX has ordered a 10-episode first season of Zach Galifianakis‘ single-camera comedy Baskets, about a man with aspirations of becoming a professional clown.
Galifianakis co-wrote the pilot and will serve as executive producer alongside Emmy winner Louis C.K. and Emmy-nominated writer/director Jonathan Krisel (Portlandia, Saturday Night Live), who will serve as Baskets‘ showrunner and also directed the pilot.
FX describes the series as follows: »
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Is Amazon about to score its first breakthrough hit?
The online streaming giant — whose foray into original programming has yet to yield any Netflix-sized hits — may have a game-changer on its hands with Transparent, a 10-episode dark comedy from Six Feet Under’s Jill Soloway and starring Arrested Development‘s Jeffrey Tambor as Maura né Mort Pfefferman, the transgender patriarch of a Los Angeles family.
Related Amazon (Sorta) Sets Premieres for Chris Carter Drama, Boschand Other Series
Amazon today announced it will premiere all ten episodes of Jill Soloway's (Afternoon Delight, "Six Feet Under") dark comedy "Transparent" on Friday, September 26 exclusively on Prime Instant Video in the Us and UK. Starring Jeffrey Tambor ("Arrested Development"), Judith Light ("Dallas"), Gaby Hoffmann ("Girls"), Amy Landecker ("Louie") and Jay Duplass ("Togetherness"), "Transparent" follows the Pfeffermans - a Los Angeles family forced to deal with their long-held secrets together. »
Amazon’s new original comedy “Transparent” will premiere on Friday, September 26 in the U.S. and the U.K. through Prime Instant Video, the site announced Wednesday. All ten episodes will be released at once.
The series is written, directed and produced by Jill Soloway and stars Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker and Jay Duplass. The story centers around the Pfeffermans — a Los Angeles family forced to deal with their long-held secrets together. Tambor stars as Maura, who has spent her life as Mort — the Pfefferman family patriarch. When she reintroduces herself to her family, everyone’s secrets finally start to come out. This includes her ex-wife Shelly (Light), and their children; meandering Ali (Hoffmann), record producer Josh (Duplass), and sexually conflicted Sarah (Landecker). Each family member spins in a different direction as they begin to figure out who they are going to become.
Recurring guest stars include Bradley Whitford, »
- Laura Prudom
Amazon has announced a premiere date of Friday, Sept. 26 for all ten episodes of the highly-anticipated Jill Soloway dark comedy “Transparent.” Written, directed and executive produced by Soloway, an Emmy nominee and 2013 Sundance Best Director winner, the half-hour episodes examine family, identity, sex, and love. The series stars Jeffrey Tambor as Maura, who has spent her life as Mort, the Pfefferman family patriarch. Also read: Amazon Provides TV-Sized Budgets as ‘Transparent’ Marks Transition From TV to Online Her transition brings out many family secrets for his ex-wife Shelly (Judith Light), as well as their children: meandering Ali (Gaby Hoffmann), record. »
- Tim Molloy
All parents have their secrets. Some smoke cigarettes behind their childrens’ backs; others lie about their past recreational drug use. In Amazon’s Transparent though, Jeffrey Tambor’s Mort has a much bigger secret: As one of his children, played by Gaby Hoffmann says, “Dad is a woman.”
Mort’s three grown children are finding out their father’s identity for the first time while their mom is more aware of her spouse’s feminine taste—although she’s under the impression it’s a simple game of dress-up. “It’s his thing; it’s his little private kink,” Mort’s wife, »
- Ariana Bacle
It was the groundbreaking pilot that scored passionate reviews from viewers and critics alike back in February, earning a pickup to full series. Just seven months later, all 10 episodes of the wry, dark comedy Transparent will debut September 26th on Prime Instant Video. For a sneak peek, check out the just-released trailer on YouTube.
Created by Sundance Directing Award winner Jill Soloway, the series stars Jeffrey Tambor as Maura, who has spent her life as Mort — the Pfefferman family patriarch. When Maura reintroduces herself to her family, everyone spins in a different direction as they begin to figure out who they are. This includes ex-wife Shelly (Judith Light) and their children — meandering Ali (Gaby Hoffman from Girls), music producer Josh (Jay Duplass), and sexually conflicted Sarah (Amy Landecker from Louie).
If you missed the pilot or want to see it again, you can get a head start and watch the first episode here. »
While producing a few interesting efforts (notably Jeffrey Tambor comedy Transparent), Amazons pilot seasons where a handful of shows are trialled and the best are given a full series order have largely felt underwhelming. This third pilot season, though, looks promising, featuring contributions from David Gordon Green (80s comedy Red Oaks) and World War Z director Marc Forster (antihero drama Hand Of God), and acting turns from Ron Perlman (Hand Of God) and Mena Suvari (sci-fi thriller Hysteria). Were most excited by The Cosmopolitans, a Paris-set comedy drama from that master depicter of the haute bourgeoisie, Whit Stillman. Catch the lot from Thursday on Amazon Prime.
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- Gwilym Mumford
Giving Netflix a run for its money in terms of the sheer number of original series under its belt, growing production company Amazon Studios will premiere its third pilot season Aug. 28. As in the past, viewers will be able to provide feedback on the pilots to determine if they’ll be ordered to series. Since this crowd-pleasing model first launched three years ago, Amazon has brought several new shows to online viewers, including the upcoming premieres of “Bosch” (based on the book series); “Mozart in the Jungle,” starring Gael García Bernal; “Transparent,” starring Jeffrey Tambor; and “The After,” from “The X-Files” creator Chris Carter. “Alpha House,” the politics-and-comedy series starring John Goodman that was part of Amazon Studios’ first pilot season, is now entering its second season. In the realm of children’s shows, “Wishenpoof!” “Annedroids,” “Tumble Leaf,” “Creative Galaxy,” and “Gortimer Gibbon’s Life On Normal Street” have also all been ordered to series. »
Joel McHale stars as Boyd Mitchler, a man who takes his family to spend the holidays with his eccentric father Mitch (Williams). Once there, they realize they've left all the presents for the kids back at home so Boyd and Mitch jump into the car to attempt an eight-hour round trip before sunrise. Lauren Graham, Candice Bergen, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Oliver Platt and Jeffrey Tambor also star.
- Garth Franklin
Robin Williams impressive filmography includes the comedies Mrs. Doubtfire and The Birdcage, the dramas Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting and the animated features Aladdin and Happy Feet. At the time of his death Monday, the beloved comic had four films slated for release in 2014 and 2015. The actor, who died of an apparent suicide at age 63, stars in the indie comedy Merry Friggin' Christmas. It co-stars Candice Bergen, Clark Duke, Pierce Gagnon, Lauren Graham, Tim Heidecker, Joel McHale, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Oliver Platt and Jeffrey Tambor. Phase 4 Films will release the movie in theaters and video on demand (VOD) Nov. 7. Universal Pictures International will distribute it overseas. Williams reprised »
Amazon has set an Aug. 28 premiere for its third pilot season, at which time viewers can screen and vote on a total of five new projects, featuring familiar faces such as Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy), Dana Delany (Body of Proof), Chloe Sevigny (Big Love) and T.R. Knight (Grey’s Anatomy).
This past April, Amazon customers had a role in greenlighting six series, including the Jeffrey Tambor-fronted dramedy Transparent, X-Files creator Chris Carter’s The After and the novels-to-screen adaptation Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. (Premiere timetables for those shows can be found here.)
Related Amazon Sets Premieres for Chris Carter Drama, »
Shortly before Arrested Development made its glorious return with Season 4 on the Netflix streaming service, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos hinted that they may be developing both a fifth season and a movie at the same time. While we haven't heard much about either a movie or Season 5 since then, Ted Sarandos recently revealed that he's "positive" a new season will happen, but he isn't sure when that may happen.
"It's just a matter of when."
He added that sorting out all of the busy cast members schedules is one of the main reasons why they don't know when Season 5 may happen.
Season 4 episodes primarily focused on one character in the Bluth family at a time, instead of the family as a whole, which didn't sit too well with some longtime fans. Ted Sarandos acknowledged their criticisms, but he wouldn't reveal if the new season would rectify this concern. »
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It was a sad day for Arrested Development fans back in 2006 when it was cancelled after three seasons. One of the most original and innovative, not to mention funny, shows on television it didn't conform to any of the usual norms for television comedy, and instead forged its own wry, witty path as the saga of the Bluth family unfolded on our screens.
When Netflix announced that they were bringing it back there was joy in this reviewer's heart as I'd missed the Bluth family, as dysfunctional and appalling as they are, and couldn't wait to see what further adventures they would get up to.
This being Arrested Development, nothing about returning for a fourth season was ever going to be conventional. Rather than being shown weekly, all fifteen new episodes were released simultaneously on Netflix, and for good reason, as while they »
at the TCA panel for Transparent (Getty)
Let’s make this clear from the start – this is not the first time actor Jeffrey Tambor has been in a dress.
If you’re a fan of the actor’s work over the years, he’s donned a dress in previous roles on Hill Street Blues and Arrested Development but during Saturday’s panel for the new Amazon series Transparent, the actor explained his role as a transgender husband/parent is new territory for him. “This is far different,” he said. “I think this is probably the most transforming experience I’ve had and had such depth. It also shows how far television has gone in terms of content and this is far more leveled and centered. And I feel very honored in bringing forth this whole subject…it’s really cool.”
In the series, »
- Jim Halterman
Amazon Studios held court on Saturday at the Television Critics Assoc. summer press tour in Beverly Hills, where they shared fresh sneak peeks at four of their new series — dramas Bosch and The After, and half-hours Transparent and Mozart in the Jungle — and then hinted at time frames for their respective launches.
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The closest critics came to nailing down a premiere “date” was a “late September” debut for Transparent, Six Feet Under scribe Jill Soloway’s Jeffrey Tambor-fronted dramedy about a Los Angeles family with boundary issues.
Soloway also revealed that, »
Binge is the new black: Amazon Studios is taking a cue from streaming rival Netflix in its release of an upcoming series. The TV studio division of the online retailer plans to make available all 10 episodes of its new dark comedy Transparent at the same time this fall. Transparent creator Jill Soloway announced the move to reporters at the show’s Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour panel in Beverly Hills on Saturday.
When Amazon released its first round of major shows — comedies Alpha House and Betas, which debuted last year — the company rolled out new episodes on a staggered basis, »
- James Hibberd
All ten episodes of the series will premiere at once through Amazon Prime Instant Video, in the so-called “binge” model popularized by Netflix. Decisions have not yet been made on the exact airdates or delivery models for a number of Amazon’s other new original series, which may debut weekly or in one block like “Transparent.” Returning comedy “Alpha House” will debut in October, “Mozart in the Jungle” will premiere in December, and “The After” and “Bosch” will premiere early 2015. “The After” will be released on a weekly basis.
“Transparent” centers around an La family with serious boundary issues who have their past and future unravel when a dramatic admission causes everyone’s secrets to spill out. It stars Jeffrey Tambor, Gaby Hoffman, »
- Laura Prudom
Amazon Studios' Transparent is breaking the rules. From creator Jill Soloway (Afternoon Delight), Transparent — which has already received critical notice — centers on a Los Angeles family and their lives after they learn that their father Mort (Jeffrey Tambor) is transitioning to become a woman. Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, Gaby Hoffmann and Judith Light co-star, with guest appearances by Kathryn Hahn and Rob Huebel. In March, the series was picked up for a 10-episode season by Amazon (Roy Price, Amazon Studios director, called Transparent "distinctive" at the time), which will be available all at once in
- Philiana Ng
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