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For Jeffrey Tambor, Maura is not just a character.
That’s how Tambor views the trans woman he portrays on the critically-acclaimed Amazon series, Transparent.
In fact, in order to become Maura on screen, the 70-year-old actor went through a transformative process, which included do something as simple as getting a manicure.
Because Maura has her nails done on the show, Tambor reveals--in a behind-the-scenes interview with Audible--that he wanted the same experience off screen. “Just on my own, I went and had my nails done,” he says of his manicure, which he still had during the recording. “I just sat there and I went, ‘I love this. I really like this a lot.’”
While a manicure may seem very surface-level, Tambor explains that by keeping it, he was able to understand how people react to change. “[The crew] said, 'Do you want to take it off,' and »
This is the story of how transgender comedian Ian Harvie went from background actor on Amazon's acclaimed series Transparent to writer's room consultant to an actor on the series. Click here for more of EW.com's Best of 2014 coverage. Transparent, which was named EW's best show of 2014, centers around the Pfefferman clan and their "moppa," Maura (Jeffrey Tambor)—who comes out as transgender at the beginning of season 1. After appearing in a scene in the pilot, Harvie connected with creator Jill Soloway on Twitter, who invited him to the show's writers' room. He initially thought he was just going to »
- Esther Zuckerman
The holidays are here, and while some would argue that this time should be spent with your family and friends, we think you should grab some coco and use this much-needed break to catch up all of the best TV shows that you keep putting off.
While the usual batch of television shows are currently hibernating in their winter hiatus, you should take advantage of the small screen slumber to get caught up on all the series that are worth watching (or even re-watching) before the new year approaches.
We at ETonline have created your ultimate guide to help you figure out which shows you need to catch up on or binge before Christmas break is over. So put on those sweatpants and blow off those family obligations because your schedule is now jam-packed with these can't miss shows…
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Award shows have always wrestled with balancing art and commerce — weighing the noble ability to recognize deserving fare that might not be widely viewed against lauding projects with which more of the audience is familiar, which is generally beneficial ratings-wise.
Yet as original TV series move into the “It’s not even just on TV anymore” phase, those considerations have become even more complicated — and, occasionally, unknowable.
The broadcast networks that share TV rights to the Emmys have long chafed at the bounties harvested by premium cable, particularly HBO, which has at times turned the industry’s annual bash into an extended commercial for pay TV. (The networks enjoyed a mini-resurgence at the most recent Emmys, thanks to such series as “Modern Family” and “The Good Wife.”)
The appetite for original programming, however, has expanded the balloting beyond even HBO’s and Showtime’s niche audiences to the “We’re »
- Brian Lowry
2014's fall TV line-up delivered some seriously stunning performances, not to mention a few truly incredible new shows -- but the only problem? There was such an abundance of critically acclaimed television that our DVRs could barely keep up. If you missed out on more quality viewing than is healthy, don't sweat it. Moviefone's rounded up a list of hits that you may have missed in 2014 (too busy binging "Gilmore Girls" on Netflix, probably), which means you officially have a plan for winter break!
If the multiple Golden Globe nominations aren't enough to inspire you to watch "The Affair," you might be interested to know that it stars none other than Joshua Jackson, aka Pacey from "Dawson's Creek." "The Affair" -- which follows the romantic dalliances of a married man and woman in Montauk -- is one part mysterious and one million parts evocative, but the show is »
- Mehera Bonner
Sometimes great TV comedy makes you laugh so hard you cry. And sometimes it just makes you cry.
If one thing became entirely clear in 2014, it’s that traditional descriptors like “sit-com” are so last century. Defining what makes a small screen laffer is no longer cut and dry. Digital platforms like Netflix and Amazon are following in the footsteps of industry innovators like HBO and Showtime and shattering the barrier between drama and comedy — and the obvious winner in this genre revolution is the viewing audience.
That doesn’t mean there aren’t great examples of the classic multi-camera comedy format still on the air (our list includes two of them), or that trendy single camera shows can’t be non-stop joke machines (we’d argue both “Veep” and “Silicon Valley” place laughs over pathos in every episode). But let’s also thank the shows pushing the envelope to make TV comedy a riskier, »
- Variety Staff
10. The Leftovers
There have been a number of new and returning shows that have enthralled, horrified, excited, and caused numerous other emotional reactions among the viewing public. However no show, new or old, has left an impression as deep as that of HBO’s The Leftovers. While the series’ 10 episode first season ended its run in early September, its impact has lasted much longer, making it a strong entry in the list of the best shows of 2014.
The key strength of The Leftovers is its seeming disinterest in what caused the event at the center of the show. The series’ decision to focus on the effect rather than the cause not only sets it apart from nearly everything else on television, it also helps develop the show’s wide swath of characters. In addition, putting the disastrous event as the backdrop, rather than at the forefront, allows the audience to »
Disney-owned network ABC Family has ordered a docu-series about a family whose father, Charlie, is divorcing the mother to transition into life as a woman named Carly. The show, My Transparent Life – whose title not so subtly alludes to the Amazon Instant series Transparent – will also focus on the couple's teenage son, Ben. Ryan Seacrest Productions, which makes the family reality show Keeping Up With the Kardashians, is handling the series' development, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"At Rsp, we love family stories, and we couldn't be more excited that »
Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has announced the nominees in both film and television for the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards. Check out the full list of nominees below. In the film categories, "Birdman" has seven nominations, followed by "Boyhood" and "The Imitation Game" with five each. In the TV categories, HBO received a total of 15 nominations. The Golden Globe Awards will be televised live on NBC from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on January 11th, 2015. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will co-host the show. Best Motion Picture, Drama: * Boyhood * Foxcatcher * The Imitation Game * Selma * The Theory of Everything Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama: * Julianne Moore (Still Alice) * Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) * Reese Witherspoon (Wild) * Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) * Jennifer Aniston (Cake) Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama: * Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) * Steve Carell (Foxcatcher) * Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game »
Amazon's Transparent received two Golden Globe nominations on Thursday, and Et special correspondent Janet Mock sat down with the show's star, Jeffrey Tambor, to discuss how the series is breaking ground in entertainment.
Jeffrey was honored to sit down with Janet, who is a New York Times best-selling transgender author for her book Redefining Realness. He was equally humbled to be playing the role of a trans woman on the streaming series.
2015 Golden Globes: And the Nominees Are...
"The honor of being able to play Maura is transformative," Jeffrey told Janet in his Et interview. "I'm 70 years old. I should be in a reading room, reading Dickens or something."
While the show racks up accolades (it was nominated for Golden Globes for Best TV Series, Comedy and Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series, Comedy for Tambor's impressive turn) not everyone is quick to accept the notion of a non-trans actor playing a trans character »
Our writers and editors love great TV, so we had no shortage of opinions when the Golden Globes announced their nominations in 11 categories on Thursday morning. The Hollywood Foreign Press is notoriously fickle -- jumping on the bandwagon for new shows, snubbing old favorites and recent winners -- so here's what we thought of their latest choices. -Break- Shocking Golden Globe (TV) snubs: Benedict Cumberbatch, Amy Poehler, Julia Roberts ... Good I thought these would happen but still very glad to see Clive Owen, Viola Davis, Matt Bomer, and Colin Hanks make the cut. Allison Tolman was a great surprise, especially as a lead for "Fargo." - Chris Beachum It's always great to see new programs get singled out and both "Silicon Valley" and "Transparent" are especially deserving of their nominations, not to mention Jeffrey Tambor getting nominated for Best Musical/Comedy Actor. - Charles Bright "Silicon Valley," &q »
There are many firsts in this year’s Golden Globe nominations, but among the most remarkable is a subtle sea change in the best TV comedy series field.
Not only are four of the five contenders first-time nominees (second-season series “Orange Is the New Black” was entered as a drama last year and missed the field), but four of the five are overseen by female showrunners.
In addition to Jenji Kohan’s “Orange” from Netflix, the Globe noms announcement also brought a third consecutive series mention for HBO’s “Girls” (overseen by Jenni Konner and star Lena Dunham) along with recognition for critically praised freshmen “Transparent” (created by Jill Soloway and available on Amazon Instant Video) and the CW’s “Jane the Virgin” (run by Jennie Urman). HBO’s “Silicon Valley” is the literal odd man out.
“I love hearing people say, ‘I don’t think women are funny,' »
- Geoff Berkshire
The cast and crew of Amazon Original Series Transparent woke up to some very exciting and unexpected news this morning: two big nominations for their bold new series, including Best Comedy Series and Best Actor in a Comedy for Jeffrey Tambor.
The nods represent a couple of big firsts, including the first nominee among Golden Globe contenders that viewers helped to greenlight. The pilot first aired on Amazon Instant Video in February of this year, and earned passionate reviews and a devoted following, paving the way for the full series.
"I’m so grateful that the show is being recognized," Tambor told Et after learning the news. "We’re sort of the little engine that could."
The veteran actor is just a little reluctant to celebrate. “I grew up in a house where, if anything good happened, my dad would say ‘Don’t celebrate, they’ll take it away from you. »
It’s not easy being a woman in Hollywood. But today — or at least, this round of award show nominations — has been kind to women. Good on you, Golden Globes. Let us count the ways...
News: Check out the complete list of Golden Globe nominations
Ava DuVernay became only the fifth woman ever to be nominated for Best Director at the Globes for her work on Selma. The only woman to have ever actually won Best Director is Barbra Streisand, for Yentl in 1983.
Ava is also the first black woman to ever be nominated in the category.
Looking ahead, only four women have ever been nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards and only one has ever won — Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker in 2009. Maybe Ava will become the fifth nominee there too. Maybe she’ll become the second winner.
News: Meryl Streep just earned her 29th nom — and broke a record!
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has today announced the nominations for the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards, with Birdman leading the movie field with seven nods, including Best Motion Picture – Comedy / Musical, where it will contest the award against The Grand Budapest Hotel, Into the Woods, Pride and St. Vincent.
Nomination for Best Motion Picture – Drama are Boyhood, Foxcatcher, The Imitation Game, Selma and The Theory of Everything, while Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Ava DuVernay (Selma), David fincher (Gone Girl), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Birdman) and Richard Linklater (Boyhood) are up for Best Director.
On the TV front, there was no love for popular shows like The Walking Dead, Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory, but newcomers Jane the Virgin, Transparent and The Affair all managed to secure nods.
Best Motion Picture – Drama
Best Motion Picture – Comedy »
- Gary Collinson
Tis the season… to celebrate the 2015 Golden Globe nominations!
In case you we're sleeping (consider us extremely jealous) the full list of Golden Globe nominees was revealed this morning. Among the acting elite in the TV categories there were plenty of snubs and surprises that we need to discuss immediately. (And for all the movie buffs out there, take a look at our big screen edition of snubs and surprises.)
News: The Full List of Golden Globe Nominations!
Let's rave about these surprises:
1. Jane the Virgin: We've been in love with this show from the very beginning so to see The CW's freshman comedy snag a nod is beyond thrilling — especially since the series' captivating star Gina Rodriguez also made the ballot for Lead Actress in a Comedy. Fyi, this is a huge deal for The CW as these nominations mark the first Globe mentions for the network since its debut in 2006.
2. Transparent: We were »
“Transparent” revolves around the impact on a family of the patriarch’s decision to come out as a transgender woman. Jeffrey Tambor also earned a Globe nom for his much-praised performance in the lead role.
Transgender stories and characters are becoming more prominent in mainstream TV, as evidenced by the acclaim for “Transparent.”
“ABC Family is best known for its complex, loving and relatable family programming, and we are so proud to partner with Ryan Seacrest Productions to share Ben’s incredible real-life story,” said ABC Family prexy Tom Ascheim. “While Ben’s family situation is unusual, »
- Variety Staff
Netflix isn’t the only streaming video service in the running for a Golden Globe this year. Amazon just nabbed its first-ever nomination from the high-profile entertainment award show, thanks to its hit comedy Transparent from Amazon Studios. Transparent has been nominated for Best Television Comedy alongside other titles like HBO’s Girls and Silicon Valley. The Amazon series starring Jeffrey Tambor as a transgender father has a high chance of taking the Golden Globe this year, if the show’s success is any indication. Transparent debuted to rave reviews from fans and critics alike, and its second season was greenlit by Amazon Studios only two weeks after that. However, the digital studios’s show still has its work cut out for it. Transparent is up against Netflix’s popular Orange Is the New Black in the “Best Comedy” category. Tambor himself has a better chance at his own Golden Globe, »
- Bree Brouwer
The start of awards season can feel like Groundhog Day. Wednesday morning, the SAG Awards nominees. You go to bed and wake up and it's Thursday: the Golden Globes have been announced. The dawn skies are dotted with the fleecy phantoms of shiny trophies. But the game and the stakes all get bigger with the Globes, awarded annually by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Commentators instantly noticed the absence of Angelina Jolie, described this week in The New York Times as entering the awards season "like a queen" and being borne "on a tsunami of expectation." Her attendants will have »
- Tom Gliatto, @gliattoT
The nominations for the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards are in and once again HBO shows swept the TV categories (Girls, True Detective, Veep), but there were also some surprises (Jane the Virgin, Annie's Quvenzhane Wallis) as well as Jennifer Aniston's first Golden Globe nod since 2003.
Our presenters have arrived! @jeremypiven, @PaulaPattonXO, #KateBeckinsale, #PeterKrause #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/n4D8z5OCZ7
— Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) December 11, 2014
Check out the Full list, below:
Best Motion Picture, Drama
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
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