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Posted Friday 2/16/18 at 6:45AM EST
What does Jeffrey Tambor's ouster mean for the future of Transparent?
Will Tambor's absence cast a pall over the Amazon series, or could it bring fresh interest in a show that had lost its buzz even before Tambor was accused of sexual harassment?
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 9:04PM EST
Jeffrey Tambor calls Amazon's investigation "deeply flawed and biased," blasts Transparent creator Jill Soloway's "unfair characterization of me"
“I am profoundly disappointed in Amazon’s handling of these false accusations against me,” Tambor said in a statement released a few hours after he was officially dropped from the series that earned him two Emmys. “I am even more disappointed in Jill Soloway’s unfair characterization of me as someone who would ever cause harm to any of my fellow cast mates.” He added: “In our four-year history of working together on this incredible show, these accusations have NEVER been revealed or discussed directly with me or anyone at Amazon. Therefore, I can only surmise that the investigation against me was deeply flawed and biased toward the toxic politicized atmosphere that afflicted our set. As I have consistently stated, I deeply regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone and I will continue to vehemently defend myself. I also deeply regret that this ground-breaking show, which changed so many lives, is now in jeopardy. That, to me, is the biggest heartbreak.”
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 4:12PM EST
Amazon officially drops Jeffrey Tambor from Transparent
Amazon recently concluded its sexual misconduct investigation into Tambor, and the decision to cut ties was made in the last week, according to Deadline. Tambor had originally said he wasn't returning to the Amazon series after he was accused of sexual harassment on set, but the actor and his reps later tried to walk back his declaration. Deadline reports that no details of Amazon's investigation were revealed, but Tambor’s behavior “could not be justified or excused under scrutiny.” “I have great respect and admiration for Van Barnes and Trace Lysette, whose courage in speaking out about their experience on Transparent is an example of the leadership this moment in our culture requires,” creator Jill Soloway said in a statement Thurdsay. “We are grateful to the many trans people who have supported our vision for Transparent since its inception and remain heartbroken about the pain and mistrust their experience has generated in our community,” Soloway added. “We are taking definitive action to ensure our workplace respects the safety and dignity of every individual, and are taking steps to heal as a family.”
Posted Wednesday 12/06/17 at 2:18PM EST
Jeffrey Tambor may not be done with Transparent
The New York Times reports that "a representative for the actor disclosed to The Times recently that, in fact, Mr. Tambor had no plans to quit." That line is part of a new Times report about how the sexual misconduct allegations against Tambor particularly hit the cast and crew of Transparent hard because they considered their show a safe space from that sort of behavior. Tambor's representative, publicist Allan Mayer, explained that what Tambor said in his original “I don’t see how I can return" statement "was that given the toxic atmosphere and the politicization on the set, it’s very hard for him to see how he can possibly return. But no final decision for next year has been made, either by Jeffrey or by Amazon.”
Posted Wednesday 11/22/17 at 10:51PM EST
It’s time to stop associating TV's new Golden Age with only men
There are plenty of women who have created groundbreaking TV shows, including Transparent's Jill Soloway and Orange Is the New Black's Jenji Kohan.
Posted Monday 11/20/17 at 11:08PM EST
Why Transparent should replace Jeffrey Tambor with a transgender actress
Tambor’s casting was the Amazon series’ “one glaring, underlying weakness,” says Dorothy Snarker, who adds that “it should go without saying that a show called Transparent would be able to survive past its straight, cisgender star.” She adds: “While I think the show could work without Maura, it doesn't have to. The simplest and most just solution would be to simply hire a transgender actress to take over the role. You could say it would be a way for the series to finally come full circle on its mission of including and understanding trans lives and stories. Since its inception Transparent has strived to showcase trans talent in front of and behind the camera. It has had trans cast and crew, and has had trans writers on staff since season two. But series creator (Jill) Soloway's so-called ‘Trans-Affirmative Action’ initiative never quite made it to the top.
Posted Sunday 11/19/17 at 8:34PM EST
Jeffrey Tambor leaves Transparent amid sexual harassment allegations
“Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life,” the actor told Deadline on Sunday. He added: “What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago….I’ve already made clear my deep regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being aggressive, but the idea that I would deliberately harass anyone is simply and utterly untrue. Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to Transparent.” Neither Amazon nor Transparent creator Jill Soloway has responded to Tambor's exit, but Deadline reports that his option for Season 5 had yet to be picked up.
Posted Sunday 11/19/17 at 6:12AM EST
Transparent creator Jill Soloway wouldn’t discuss Jeffrey Tambor during an appearance Saturday, but spoke in favor of anti-harassment on-set rules
“We have our own complications on Transparent,” Soloway said Saturday at Vulture Fest. “And because there is an investigation that we are amidst I am not able to say anything at all about it. I’m trying to just protect the process and make sure that we do the most, have a process with the most integrity to make sure that everybody, that turns out fair, so I’ve been asked not to speak at all about it.”
Posted Friday 11/17/17 at 6:40PM EST
Report: Transparent considers writing Jeffrey Tambor out of the show as it fights for survival
According to The Hollywood Reporter, creator Jill Soloway and the show's writers are “fighting to save the show from cancellation" after Trace Lysette's allegation of sexual harassment against Tambor surfaced Thursday night. Transparent writers had already begun working on Season 5 when the first allegation from Tambor's former assistant Van Barnes was made last week. The Hollywood Reporter reports that “the creator, according to a well-placed source, is asking for the right amount of time to creatively write Maura out of the show, possibly with a death.” Meanwhile, Soloway is scheduled to speak publicly at a panel on Saturday. ALSO: Transgender Transparent writer Our Lady J says “I honor the strength and courage” of Tambor’s accusers.
Posted Wednesday 11/08/17 at 9:32PM EST
Transparent creator Jill Soloway responds to sexual harassment allegation against Jeffrey Tambor
“Anything that would diminish the level of respect, safety and inclusion so fundamental to our workplace is completely antithetical to our principles,” Soloway said in a statement. “We are cooperating with the investigation into this matter.” The accuser, Van Barnes, a transgender woman who worked as Tambor’s assistant, appeared in an episode of I Am Cait with Caitlyn Jenner. She also was consultant on Transparent, inspiring the character Devina, who mentored Tambor’s transitioning character in Season 1.
Posted Friday 10/27/17 at 10:04PM EDT
David E. Kelley and Jill Soloway react to the Amazon Studios management shakeup
The respective creators of Amazon’s Goliath and Transparent are weighing in after a week that saw the loss of several key Amazon programming executives. “It can only be good for Amazon. It was not well-run,” says Kelley, who adds: "I think a good first step is getting grown-ups in the entertainment division because I think that they were in over their heads.” Soloway, for her part, says: “It’s a hard time. It's in a painful time. It’s a time of reckoning for all studios and for all businesses really. It's happening in the art world."
Posted Friday 9/29/17 at 11:05PM EDT
Has there ever been a TV series as Jewish as Transparent?
“Sure,” says Isaac Butler, “other shows are about Jews, and other shows have the occasional yiddishisms thrown in, or, in Curb Your Enthusiasm’s case, build an entire subplot around getting tickets to Yom Kippur services. But Transparent, which returned last Friday for a masterful fourth season, feels like the Jewiest of them all. It feels as Jewish as a Seder Plate, or Jon Stewart’s original last name… Transparent, in other words, isn’t just Jewish because of its subject matter, or its characters, or its setting. It’s Jewish in its sensibility and concerns, even as both can prove hard to define.”
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Posted Monday 9/25/17 at 1:26PM EDT
Transparent returns for Season 4, and it’s as good as ever with a trip to Israel
In fact, says Andrew Wallenstein, the Amazon drama “succeeds this season as a travelogue that makes the country so entrancing that the Israeli Ministry of Tourism should give (Jill) Soloway a medal. Not since Hannah Horvath packed up her pals for an adventure in Japan has a series made such good use of a vacation storyline.” ALSO: This season functions as a subtweet of the Trump Mexican wall controversy.
Posted Monday 9/25/17 at 1:24PM EDT
Transparent shows TV’s first transgender full-frontal nude scene
Transparent actress Alexandra Billings pitched her groundbreaking nude role. “She was like, ‘I’m ready to show my body.’” says creator Jill Soloway.
Posted Wednesday 9/13/17 at 2:32PM EDT
Amazon and Jill Soloway fined for I Love Dick director violations
The Directors Guild of America has imposed fines that may be up to $2 million after directors complained that they didn’t receive credit for scenes they shot that appeared in other episodes, and that Soloway was interfering with their work on set.