Amazon commissions new trans-based TV series ‘Transparent’
Amazon Instant Video has commissioned a 10-episode series of ‘Transparent’, a new trans-based drama-comedy series.
The series, which released a free pilot episode in February, will receive a further 9 episodes to take it to series length, the company revealed today.
The series follows Mort (played by Jeffrey Tambor), who reveals to her ex-wife and grown children that she is transitioning to female.
The show’s creator Jill Soloway said: “There’s so much confusion around what it means to be trans! I feel so excited to be able to tell stories that will illuminate the difference between somebody who may be medically transitioning, or somebody who may be socially transitioning; somebody who’s a cross dresser, somebody who’s inter gender, somebody who’s a butch lesbian, somebody who’s a drag queen — all these categories sometimes fall under the umbrella of ‘trans’.”
“I see so many people watching their teenage children transition, their parents transition, their cousins, brothers, and saying ‘well, you’re not the person I remember’; holding onto these ideas of your identity within your family of origin.”
“It’s is a great metaphor for all the ways our parents don’t stay put where we wanted them to be, or our kids don’t stay where we want them to be.”
Soloway is no stranger to provocative shows, having served as showrunner on ‘United States of Tara’, which dealt with Dissociative identity disorder (DID).
Transparent also stars Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker and Jay Duplass.
It has not yet been announced when the series will air.