Everything We Know About Amazon’s New Series ‘Transparent’

When Amazon Studios unveiled its new pilots in February, one stood out as a promising potential series for not only the streaming service, but for all TV in general.

“Transparent,” created, directed and written by Jill Soloway (“Six Feet Under”) follows Mort (Jeffrey Tambor), who is undergoing his transition to becoming Maura and attemps to reveal his new identity to his self-occupied children, played by Gaby Hoffmann, Jay Duplass and Amy Landecker. The pilot was picked up to series by Amazon and the show is currently filming. Soloway and the cast appeared at the Television Critics Association press tour on Saturday, July 12, to reveal some new things about the show. This is everything we know so far:

All 10 half-hour episodes will be released at once in September.
Watch out Netflix; Amazon will pose some serious competition. All 10 episodes of “Transparent” will be released at once for your binging pleasure in just a couple months.

Gillian Vigman’s role was recast.
In the pilot, Vigman played Tammy, the ex-girlfriend of Sarah (Landecker). Soloway said at the press tour that since Vigman is “super duper pregnant” they had to recast her with Melora Hardin from “The Office.” Her scenes have been reshot. Here’s the new Tammy and Sarah:

Carrie Brownstein will play Gaby Hoffmann’s best friend.
We don’t think there could be a better casting match for Hoffmann’s onscreen BFF, much less for the series in general, than Carrie Brownstein. The “Portlandia” actress reportedly joined the show last month in the role of Syd.

Kathryn Hahn will appear as a rabbi.

Jay Duplass originally turned down the part of Josh.
The writer, director, actor said at the TCA panel that he was at first just helping Soloway cast the role of Josh. When she said she wanted him, he said no to the part, but once he did a reading he said it was the “most natural and freeing” experience he’s ever had in film and TV.

Jeffrey Tambor is the only Jewish cast member.
“Transparent” may be about a Jewish family, but Saturday’s panel revealed that Tambor’s the only Jewish one in real life.

According to Soloway, “there has never been a Jewier Transier show on television.”

Soloway wants to subvert the Disney trope of a parent dying.
The death of a parent is a big theme in Disney movies, but Soloway’s idea for “Transparent” was driven from her desire to subvert this with a new concept: the birth of a new parent. “The idea of replacing a wounded father by blossoming femininity would be an interesting source of comedy,” Soloway said.

The series isn’t low-budget.
Soloway said that the budget for “Transparent” was bigger than what she’s gotten for some films. The cast also mentioned that their salaries are equal to what they’d be on a network show. Soloway also described it as more of an indie film than a web series.

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Brian Doyle’s Story From The Let Love Define Family Series

installment features an interview with Brian Doyle, age 41, a Los Angeles-based Financial Services Professional and Life Insurance Agent with New York Life. Recently Brian attended a RaiseAChild.US event at the Andaz West Hollywood hotel for prospective foster and adoptive mothers where he was to work at an information table for his employer, which pursues an LGBT customer base. He was in for a surprise! — Corinne Lightweaver, RaiseAChild.US.

Corinne Lightweaver: So, Brian, it was really nice to have you at our Motherhood Celebration. I remember you raising your hand from your table at the back of the room and wanting to share something personal with the room full of guests. I wonder if you could tell me more about it.

Brian Doyle: I was moved by the whole event. I was just coming to help out with our resource table. I didn’t know that I would have such a personal connection with the event!

But during the family panel discussion, when the two moms and their three sons were sitting at the front of the room, I wanted to share with them my own experience growing up with two moms. I just remember as a kid it would have been great if I had heard from somebody that it was okay what was going on — no matter what you hear from many kids at school. As long as somebody is there to love you and to support what you’re doing and care about you, it doesn’t really matter if it’s two moms, two dads, or a mom and a dad. Not that those kids were having any issues, but I wanted to let them know that people grow up all the time with two moms and two dads and become very successful.

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How Indiana’s First Gay Marriage Was Prompted By A Series Of Text Messages

It was any other Wednesday. And then it wasn’t.

It began as an innocuous ask from one partner of eight years, Jake Miller, to the other, Craig Bowen, to join him for lunch at City Market downtown. Bowen demurred, noting that he had been practical and packed his lunch that day.

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