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Look Out, Emmys: ‘Transparent’ is a Drama Trapped in a Comedy’s Body

29 September 2014 4:37 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

A TV show concerning the porous biological border separating man from woman could be poised to break through another rigidly binary barrier: the comedy and drama categories at the Emmy Awards.

The murky depths of transgender identity are plumbed brilliantly in the first season “Transparent,” which Amazon Prime made available in its 10-episode entirety this past weekend.

Because each episode lasts about a half-hour and contain elements of humor, it’s only natural to classify “Transparent” as a comedy. But just like its cross-dressing protagonist Morton/Maura Pfefferman, the series eludes easy categorization.

That’s due in large part to the actor who inhabits the Pfefferman character, a sixtysomething father who decides to go public with the secret he’s harbored his whole life: his desire to live as a woman.

If you know Jeffrey Tambor’s (pictured above, right)  work from “Arrested Development” or “The Larry Sanders Show,” it »

- Andrew Wallenstein

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TVLine's Performer of the Week: Transparent's Jeffrey Tambor

27 September 2014 10:23 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

A weekly feature in which we spotlight shining stars

The Performer | Jeffrey Tambor

The Show | Transparent

The Episode | “The Letting Go

The Airdate | September 26, 2014

The Performance | Transcendent. Transformative. Transfixing.

Those are just few of the adjectives that spring to mind watching Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development, The Larry Sanders Show) completely disappear into the role of Transparent‘s Maura Pfefferman, a transgender woman coming to terms with her identity after 70 years of living as a man (and fathering three children in the process).

Related Jeffrey Tambor: Amazon’s Transparent Is Part of a Civil-Rights ‘Revolution’ (and Funny, Too)

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Jeffrey Tambor: Amazon's Transparent Is Part of a Civil-Rights 'Revolution' (and Funny, Too)

26 September 2014 5:02 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Don’t be afraid of Transparent, Amazon’s new comedy about a 70-year-old transgender woman breaking the news of her late-in-life gender transition to her three children and ex-wife.

Series star Jeffrey Tambor says that while the dramedy from writer Jill Soloway (Six Feet Under) is “unlike anything you’ve seen on television before,” his character Maura (formerly Mort) Pfefferman is totally relatable.

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“We all know about secrets — to have that pressure of something you can’t reveal,” says Tambor. “That’s universal: ‘Am I safe? »

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'Transparent' star Jeffrey Tambor on finding his inner woman

22 September 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Jeffrey Tambor has been to the comedy mountaintop twice with "The Larry Sanders Show" and "Arrested Development," and has had a long and productive career that's seen him working pretty much non-stop since 1979. So he knows from professional fulfillment. But he's never had a role as challenging, or as potentially rewarding, as his current job on "Transparent," the new Amazon dramedy that will premiere on Friday morning. (Amazon will make all 10 episodes of the first season available at once.) As Maura Pfefferman, a transgender woman known to her family and the world at large as Mort, Tambor has to play another gender — even in scenes set in the past where we get glimpses of Maura peeking out from under Mort's clothes — and do the kind of small, precise dramatic work that he's rarely been called upon to do in his career, let alone as the lead of a show. It's »

- Alan Sepinwall

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The Good Wife: Gloria Steinem and Alicia Florrick Will Meet!

17 September 2014 9:20 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Gloria Steinem will guest star on The Good Wife. The noted author will play herself and now we're already imagining what the feminist activist will say to the likes of Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) and Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski). CBS announced the casting on Twitter. Steinem will appear later in season six. The Good Wife has welcomed other public figures over the years including former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, current mayor Bill de Blasio and stagiest Donna Brazile. This is a rare scripted TV appearance for Steinem. She's previously appeared as herself on The Larry Sanders Show and in the movie The First Wives Club. The Good Wife season six will also include guest stars »

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'Sons of Anarchy' star Theo Rossi says it's 'total chaos and full survival mode' coming up for Juice

15 September 2014 8:51 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Ever since he turned on the club back in season 4, Juice Ortiz has been the Sons of Anarchy character you love to hate. Or is it hate to love? Or is it both? Because while Juice is a man that has made some downright terrible decisions as a member of Samcro, he also seems like a good guy deep down. As a result, viewers have been left to alternate between wanting to see Juice pay for his sins (like killing a fellow Son) and hoping he can get a fresh start. Theo Rossi, the man who plays Juice, loves hearing »

- Dalton Ross

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Comic Star Wendy Liebman Auditions on 'America's Got Talent'

23 July 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Wendy Liebman is my favorite standup comedian. She has been ever since I saw her first HBO special, and then her first Comedy Central special, and then her appearances on "Letterman" and "The Larry Sanders Show," and even her cameos as a star on the '90s "Hollywood Squares" with Whoopi Goldberg. She also had a Showtime special a couple years ago called "Taller on TV," and it's clear her style hasn't changed and shouldn't change: Liebman sticks to subliminal punchlines delivered with the wide smile of a kindergarten teacher. My favorite Liebman one-liner: "I'm going to my 30-year preschool reunion and I'm really nervous... because I've put on like a hundred pounds." Her style allows her to be both pithy and wicked, and she even won the American Comedy Award for Best Female Standup of 1997.  That's why it was so weird to see her audition for "America's Got Talent" last night. »

- Louis Virtel

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TV on Tap: Taye Diggs Investigates “Murder in the First” and Dominic Cooper Teams with “Agent Carter”

9 June 2014 4:34 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

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Lifetime has cast the lead for its upcoming Whitney Houston movie. Yaya DaCosta, who has kept herself busy with steady acting roles since her time on America’s Next Top Model, will play the pop diva.

Hayley Atwell let it slip that Dominic Cooper will appear in the upcoming Agent Carter series, reprising his role as Howard Stark, father of Tony Stark.

Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark

Nasim Pedrad doesn’t expect to return to Saturday Night Live next season, saying her role on Mullaney will keep her too busy.

The cast of The Casual Vacancy, the mini-series adapting J.K. Rowling‘s novel, will include Michael Gambon and Rory Kinnear.

Remember the homeless veteran Justin Walker befriended on Brothers & Sisters? He went on to get his head squished on Game of Thrones. Now that he’s charmed us as the Red Viper, Jezebel collects Pedro Pascal past roles on Buffy, »

- Lyle Masaki

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Ex-wga President Patric Verrone Outpaced in State Senate Race

3 June 2014 11:45 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Patric Verrone’s three-month campaign for a California State Senate seat has come to an end after gaining  meager support among voters in West Los Angeles, West Hollywood and Santa Monica.

With 18% of ballots counted in Tuesday’s primary, the TV writer and former president of the Writers Guild of America West was a distant seventh among eight candidates in the 26th District  to succeed Democrat State Senator Ted Lieu, who is running for the Congressional seat of retiring Rep. Henry Waxman. Verrone had 2.5% of the vote, or 1,111, as of 11:30 pm Pdt.

Verrone campaigned on a platform of preserving middle-class jobs and attracting new ones. He received endorsements from “Family Guy” showrunner Seth McFarlane, Judd Apatow, Greg Daniels (“Parks and Recreation”), “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner and “The West Wing” showrunner John Wells.

Santa Monica-Malibu school board member Ben Allen was leading the field with  22.8%, followed by Independent Seth »

- Dave McNary

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Briefs: “All-Star Celebrity Bowling,” Kylie Directs Traffic, And Jason Biggs Gets Naked Again

16 May 2014 2:55 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Here is last week’s caption pic winner. This week’s caption pic is at the bottom of the page.

“We really shouldn’t have let the twins dress us.”

Thanks to dostka for this week’s winning caption!

Weekend Birthdays! Jim Sturgess (above) is 36, Tori Spelling is 41, David Boreanaz is 45, Debra Winger is 59, and Pierce Brosnan is 61.

All-Star Celebrity Bowling is coming. Now, before you poo-poo it, the pilot episode has Jon Hamm and the cast of Mad Men up against Chris Hardwick and his fellow Nerdists.

Parade for Conchita Wurst banned by Russian officials

Male Soccer Players Share Kiss After Win — And Apparently People Need Answers About It

Gay marriage caused Godzilla. This is a parody, but sadly … is it really?

PETA adds are usually unwatchable, but this one features Jason Biggs getting naked at the end.

Here’s the first trailer for Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar, with Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway. »

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Judd Apatow, Matt Weiner, John Wells Endorse Patric Verrone for Senate

5 May 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

A long list of high-profile Hollywood writer-producers — including Judd Apatow, Greg Daniels (“Parks and Recreation”), “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner and “The West Wing” showrunner John Wells — are backing Patric Verrone’s campaign for the state Senate.

Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane and Richard Lewis announced their support last week.

Verrone, who won a two-year seat on the WGA West board in September, disclosed his candidacy to fellow writers in a March 15 email that included a pitch for funds. He’s best known for leading the WGA’s strike in 2007-08 and has worked on “Futurama,” “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” “The Larry Sanders Show” and “The Simpsons.”

The endorsement was included as part of a pitch to attend a fundraiser Thursday hosted by John Bowman, Verrone’s college roommate, who headed the WGA negotiating team during the strike.

Current WGA West president Chris Keyser and negotiating committee chiefs »

- Dave McNary

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Judd Apatow, Matt Weiner, John Wells Endorse Patric Verrone for Senate

5 May 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A long list of high-profile Hollywood writer-producers — including Judd Apatow, Greg Daniels (“Parks and Recreation”), “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner and “The West Wing” showrunner John Wells — are backing Patric Verrone’s campaign for the state Senate.

Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane and Richard Lewis announced their support last week.

Verrone, who won a two-year seat on the WGA West board in September, disclosed his candidacy to fellow writers in a March 15 email that included a pitch for funds. He’s best known for leading the WGA’s strike in 2007-08 and has worked on “Futurama,” “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” “The Larry Sanders Show” and “The Simpsons.”

The endorsement was included as part of a pitch to attend a fundraiser Thursday hosted by John Bowman, Verrone’s college roommate, who headed the WGA negotiating team during the strike.

Current WGA West president Chris Keyser and negotiating committee chiefs »

- Dave McNary

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Seth MacFarlane Endorses Ex-wga President Patric Verrone’s State Senate Run

28 April 2014 2:05 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane and comedian Richard Lewis have endorsed Patric Verrone’s campaign for State Senate.

Both have worked with Verrone during his career as a TV writer and producer. The former WGA West president announced last month that he was running for the 26th district seat; he is one of eight candidates who have filed to succeed Democrat State Sen. Ted Lieu, who is running for the Congressional seat of retiring Rep. Henry Waxman.

“I’m fortunate to have the support of my friends Seth and Richard, who are not only very funny guys, but are also passionate about building stronger communities and a stronger foundation for middle class families,” Verrone said. “We all have a sense of humor, but what’s been happening to California families is no joke. It’s time to get serious about the problems we face and move forward with concrete solutions. »

- Dave McNary

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Tribeca Film Review: ’5 to 7′

23 April 2014 9:22 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Aspiring novelist Brian Bloom (Anton Yelchin) receives nothing but rejection letters from publishers, but when it comes to romance, he has considerably better luck, earning coy encouragement from Arielle (Berenice Marlohe), a beautiful French woman he spies smoking on a New York sidewalk. There’s just one catch: She’s married, and the couple can only meet between the hours of 5 and 7, which isn’t nearly enough to satisfy this smitten scribbler. Courageously sentimental in an age of irony, Victor Levin’s refreshingly articulate “5 to 7” delivers romance of the sort thought lost since the days of Audrey Hepburn, for those who appreciate such finery. And who doesn’t?

Truth be told, the times are startlingly harsh for stories designed to make audiences actually feel something, and “5 to 7” risks ridicule from those who can’t abide Levin’s earnest, heart-on-his-sleeve approach. Like his naive 24-year-old protagonist, Levin would rather crash and »

- Peter Debruge

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Comedy Legend Carol Leifer on Writing 'Seinfeld', Life on 'Devious Maids' and Her New Book

17 April 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Carol Leifer  is a multiple Emmy nominee (Seinfeld, Modern Family, SNL, The Larry Sanders Show), writer of seven Academy Awards telecasts, five of her own comedy specials, and author of the bestseller When You Lie about Your Age, the Terrorists Win. The Hollywood Reporter asked Leifer (pronounced Leff-uhr), about her new, funny-but-serious memoir How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying and Lifetime's Devious Maids (back for a second Season Apr. 20), for which she is co-executive producer. THR: You told this great joke at my magazine's event in 1987: "Petula Clark sang, 'Don't Sleep in the Subway, Darling.' What kind of guys is she dating that

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- Tim Appelo

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'Captain America: The Winter Soldier': A reference guide

5 April 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Nine films in, the movies released by Marvel Studios comprise an elaborate narrative tapestry, with connections running between films, the short DVD-extra One-Shots, and the rapidly expanding universe of TV projects. The films are purposefully designed to appeal to newcomers. I’m guessing that the vast majority of people who love Iron Man have never read an Iron Man comic book. (Side note: Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man is much cooler than pretty much any comic book version of Iron Man.) But speaking as someone who grew up devouring comic books, part of what makes the Marvel Studios films »

- Darren Franich

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Interview: Jeff Garlin, Co-Directors Are ‘Finding Vivian Maier’

3 April 2014 12:29 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The story of a Chicago-based woman – who died in 2009 at age 83 – has become the subject of a remarkable new documentary. “Finding Vivian Maier” is a film about revelation, and was created by co-directors John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, with the support of Executive Producer and comedian Jeff Garlin.

The tale of Vivian Maier seems impossible. It began after her death with an auction of her storage locker, which contained negatives of her street photographer’s life – from the 1950s through the ‘90s. One of the directors of the film, John Maloof, stumbled onto her treasure by purchasing a box of these negatives. He then became her archivist, cataloging her photos, films, audio recordings and even material possessions, to reveal an artist of unique magnitude. “Finding Vivian Maier” is Maloof’s story, Vivian’s journey and the story of an artist’s life that easily could have been lost with her demise. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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'The Comedians': Billy Crystal discusses his return to series TV on FX

19 March 2014 1:50 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

After conquering the Oscars, for which he earned four Emmys, and winning a Tony, Billy Crystal is coming back to series television.

He'll tackle his first regular role on a prime-time series since the 1977-81 sitcom "Soap" by teaming with Josh Gad ("Frozen," "The Book of Mormon") in "The Comedians," which FX gave a 13-episode order Wednesday (March 19). (Crystal was also a regular on "Saturday Night Live" for one season in 1984-85.)

"It's based on a Swedish show, of all the places to be funny," Crystal tells Zap2it. "You think of that as the land of [filmmaker] Ingmar Bergman and death. This is the story of the pairing of a veteran comedian and a young comedian, and they're put together by a network to do a sketch variety show. Reluctantly."

Crystal likens the result to Garry Shandling's "The Larry Sanders Show," since it involves "our own show, which is »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Review: HBO's 'Doll & Em' good at satirizing friendship, less at Hollywood

19 March 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

One of the lessons drilled into any young writer is a simple one: "Write what you know." The problem, at least when applying this rule to television, is that what many of the people who work in television know about is television and nothing but, which is why there have been so many shows over the years — most of them failures — about characters who work in the entertainment industry. Inside showbiz stories aren't inherently bad, as seven seasons of "30 Rock," or even a showbiz-adjacent series like "Curb Your Enthusiasm" have amply demonstrated. But watching HBO's new comedy series "Doll & Em," all I could think about was how much I wished the setting was anywhere but Hollywood. The series was created by its stars, Dolly Wells and Emily Mortimer (who already has an HBO job on "The Newsroom"), and they play fictionalized versions of themselves. In reality, Wells is a working actress, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Judd Apatow: Everything He’s Done Is Revenge for Canceling ‘Freaks and Geeks’

11 March 2014 12:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

All those who have spent the past few years complaining about Judd Apatow movies — about the length or the plotlines or that they’re all about shlubby guys getting attractive girls or that they’re nothing but pot jokes — all those people can take it up with the circa 2000 NBC executives who pulled the plug on “Freaks and Geeks,” the beloved, yet low-rated, teen angst dramedy he executive produced with creator Paul Feig that helped launch the careers of Seth Rogen, Jason Segel and many others.

“Even to this day, I think I didn’t want to admit that ‘Freaks and Geeks’ was cancelled,” Apatow said March 10 at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. “Everything I’ve done, in a way, is revenge for the people who cancelled ‘Freaks and Geeks.’ It’s really demented, but it’s just like ‘you were wrong about that person, and that person and that person. »

- Whitney Friedlander

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