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Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 10:55PM EDT
Transparent's Trace Lysette: Jeffrey Tambor took a softer hit from the #MeToo movement because his accusers were transgender women
Lysette, the second transgender woman who worked on Transparent to accuse Tambor of sexual harassment, said in a Variety roundtable: “I’m used to people not wanting to believe us and being at the bottom of the totem pole, as you said — being considered overly sexual beings, objectified — I would say, more so than even cis women. Our word doesn’t carry weight the same way, which is why it took him shouting down Jessica Walter to be canceled. That was what it took. Never mind the fact that these things occurred on set with me and others. It was about the incident in that New York Times interview with Arrested Development."
Posted Saturday 7/28/18 at 10:38PM EDT
Amazon boss: Transparent Season 5 will “give fans the closure they long for and do what is right for those fans"
Source: Entertainment Weekly
"Jill Soloway came in with something she’s excited about that (goes) beyond Transparent,” Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke teased at the TV press tour of the post-Jeffrey Tambor Transparent. “So stay tuned in the next week or two for something we are incredibly excited about. It’s all good. We will give Transparent fans the closure they long for and do what is right for those fans.”
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 9:19PM EDT
Amazon boss says of Transparent's future after Jeffrey Tambor's firing: There will be "some version of Season 5"
"Right now we’re in a place where (they’re) taking a little bit of time, figuring out what (they) think that final season will be, and then we’re going to talk in September about what the plan will be," Amazon Studio head Jennifer Salke tells Deadline of Jill Soloway and her Transparent staff. "I do think there’ll be some version of a Season 5, but that’s not decided, and what form it takes is also undecided. Is it a full series? Is it four episodes? Is it a movie? Those conversations are literally all going on and have been set aside for a month, because she and I decided that. (They’ve) got a full slate of other things (they’re) focused on.”
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 9:55PM EDT
Arrested Development is back to being funny in Season 5, and gets funnier as the season progresses
Source: The A.V. Club
"Tangled is a good place for Arrested Development to be," says Kyle Ryan of the Season 5's first episodes. "That may not seem like the case after season four, whose numerous plots were made additionally confusing by the non-chronological episode order, but season five feels more cohesive, like the Bluths are all mixed up with each other, not on their own tangents. And maybe it’s the placebo effect of having the show’s traditional format back, but season five has the rhythm season four lacked. Season four’s structure, such as it was, required a reset at the beginning of nearly every episode. Season five moves from point to point, building on and riffing off what came before, and Arrested Development feels like its old self again."
- To its credit, Season 5 knows about Season 4's problems and corrects exactly what went wrong
- Not everything lands, but enough does to make it worthwhile
- Season 5 really *is* "arrested development" -- it feels like a repeat, like old news
- Some trademark callbacks feel like repetition -- the focal-character structure in Season 4 has been replaced by no structure at all
- How Arrested embraced its Trump parallels in Season 5
- Arrested's Jeffrey Tambor Transparent joke was uncomfortable and unnecessary
- Ranking every episode of Arrested Development
Posted Thursday 5/24/18 at 2:03PM EDT
Has Jeffrey Tambor's abusive behavior tainted his work?
In an essay on "The Cultural Vandalism of Jeffrey Tambor," Matt Zoller Seitz writes that now that his abusive behavior on Transparent and Arrested Development have come out, Tambor has "lost the power of illusion — the illusions he created with such painstaking care — and all you can see now are allegations that seem a lot more convincing than his vague apologies and promises to do better." Seitz writes that Tambor's "performance as Hank Kingsley, the sidekick on The Larry Sanders Show, was one of the great portraits of showbiz narcissism, but I can’t imagine revisiting it with the same eyes now, especially during the season where Hank’s assistant, played by Scott Thompson, sues his boss for making homophobic jokes and contributing to a culture of harassment. I can’t lose myself in the fiction anymore because I don’t see the character he’s playing — not exclusively. I see the character for a few seconds or minutes at a time, and then the façade drops and I see the accused sexual harasser and verbal abuser who was fired from his award-winning lead role on Transparent, and who, according to (Jessica) Walter, verbally abused her on the set of Arrested Development. This sort of thing seems categorically different from, say, watching a film starring an actor whose political beliefs are different from yours (though there, too, a line could be irrevocably crossed). Once you believe that a particular actor or filmmaker or screenwriter is a predator or abuser, you’re aware that the environment that produced your entertainment — the film set — was engaged in a conscious or reflexive cover-up, in the name of protecting an investment."
- Jason Bateman showed how Hollywood has justified bad behavior for generations: "Bateman defaulted to every entrenched cultural script of minimizing fault," says David Sims, "downplaying misbehavior, and largely attributing Tambor’s verbal harassment to the unique, circumstantial pressures of acting—a process, he suggested, most onlookers could not hope to understand."
- The interview resonated because "the disrespect felt so benign in the delivery and so destructive in the effect": "How can you have 'zero complaints' about a workplace someone else remembers as containing the worst verbal abuse of her career?" says Linda Holmes. "Is that not, itself, a complaint? Why is it important that over and above forgiveness, Tambor receives absolution from the utterly unaffected men in the cast, right in front of the woman who initially told the Hollywood Reporter she didn't even want to talk about her history with him in the first place? Tambor brought all this up, put all of it out in public, just so everyone else could explain why it didn't matter? Is this reverse roast, this closing argument by a self-appointed defense attorney — is this supposed to be his reckoning?"
- Tony Hale joins Bateman in apologizing to Jessica Walter for his behavior in New York Times interview
- Bateman's apology was "actually good" and "oddly refreshing" -- a stark contrast to Louis CK's apology
- Life in Pieces star Thomas Sadowski slams Arrested men for what they did to Walter: "What in the halfpenny f*ck is happening?!"
- New York Times reporter Sopan Deb: "When I asked about Jeffrey Tambor, obviously the room's tone changed quite a bit"
Posted Wednesday 5/23/18 at 2:17PM EDT
Netflix puts Jeffrey Tambor back in the Emmy race, submitting him for Arrested Development
Season 5 of Arrested Development launches on May 29, just before the Emmy cutoff of May 31. Amazon previously declined to submit Tambor for his work on Transparent following his sexual misconduct firing.
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 1:13PM EDT
Arrested Development's fifth season is great, but the Jeffrey Tambor Transparent jokes seem in poor taste
Source: The Daily Beast
There are a lot of meta allusions to Tambor's work on his Amazon series, which don't work in the aftermath of his sexual harassment scandal.
Posted Monday 5/21/18 at 6:27PM EDT
Jeffrey Tambor: I apologized to my Arrested Development co-stars over "distraction" of Transparent sexual harassment scandal
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“I sent an email around and said an apology to these people I love so much for the distraction, and you’ll be asked questions, and things like that," Tambor said in an interview Monday with EW radio. "I gave a rather in-depth interview to The Hollywood Reporter. I’m no longer playing Maura, I’m going to miss her very much, I’m going to miss that cast that I love so much, and I wish them all the best. But I’m here now as a fan of this wonderful, wonderful group. I’m a little nervous, but I am so excited about this — and such a fan of these people — it is our best season, and these actors just knock it out of the park.”
Posted Thursday 5/17/18 at 10:42PM EDT
Arrested Development creator: We couldn't cut Jeffrey Tambor out of Season 5 because "there would be no show"
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The news that Tambor was being investigated for sexual harassment on the Transparent set broke on Nov. 8. Mitch Hurwitz wrapped filming on Season 5 at the end of November, and says Tambor was "as surprised by it as I was" by the allegations. Hurwitz says he checked with Arrested's cast and crew, as well as Netflix and studio 20th Century Fox, to see if Tambor had been the subject of any sexual misconduct complaints. Tambor wasn't fired from the Amazon series until Feb. 15. So given the information Hurwitz had at the time, he said he proceeded with Tambor on the show. “We were done shooting — there was no version of cutting him out of the show, or there would be no show,” Hurwitz explains, adding: “Am I going to cut Jeffrey out of the show, based on allegations that he disputes, that Amazon hasn’t shared, and that we have never experienced any complaints about? No, of course I am not going to…. I’m going to support Jeffrey.”
Posted Friday 5/11/18 at 6:52PM EDT
Another Transparent crew member accuses Jeffrey Tambor of sexual misconduct
Rain Valdez, a trans actor who worked on the Amazon series as a director’s assistant and coordinating producer, posted a lengthy statement to Twitter describing how Tambor allegedly kissed her on the lips the first time they met on set. Valdez said her statement was in response to Tuesday's Hollywood Reporter profile of Tambor, which she called "empathizing with the perpetrator" and "vilifying the accusers." “I want to declare again that I believe my sisters (and fellow accusers) Trace (Lysette) and Van (Barnes). I continue to stand with them 100% and I will do anything I can to help stop the vilifying because we’re done with that,” she wrote, adding: “We’re done with the lies and no pity party article is going to change that.”
Posted Wednesday 5/09/18 at 5:28PM EDT
Amazon will not submit Jeffrey Tambor in the Emmy race for Transparent
According to Gold Derby, "the streaming service confirmed to us that the two-time Best Comedy Actor winner, who left the show after Season 4 amid sexual harassment allegations, will not be submitted on the 2018 Emmy ballot by the studio."
Posted Monday 5/07/18 at 10:00PM EDT
Why Jeffrey Tambor doesn't deserve a sympathetic profile
Today's Hollywood Reporter "soft focus" article on the fired Transparent star is "illustrated with a large, blue-toned portrait of Tambor looking pensive (and) reads like a textbook opening move in the emerging redemption arc for powerful men," according to Anna Merlan. She adds of Tambor: "What he doesn’t do—what he can’t seem to do—is admit wrongdoing, even as he vaguely accedes that he knew his behavior on set was getting him into trouble."
Posted Monday 5/07/18 at 12:30PM EDT
Transparent to end with Season 5; Jeffrey Tambor denies sexual harassment but admits to being mean
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Transparent creator Jill Soloway announced that her Amazon series will end with a Tambor-less Season 5 in a Hollywood Reporter article that delves into the actor's ouster. “Hopefully it sets the Pfeffermans up with some sort of beautiful reclaiming,” she said. “I think we’re going to get there with some time.” In The Hollywood Reporter article, Tambor opened up for the first time about how he was fired by text by Soloway. But Tambor says he felt blindsided by his firing because he was expecting a "slap on the wrist." He admitted to having issues with anger management. He once had a "blowup" with Jessica Walter on the Arrested Development set. “I drove myself and my castmates crazy,” he said. “Lines got blurred. I was difficult. I was mean. I yelled at Jill (Soloway) — she told me recently she was afraid of me. I yelled at the wonderful (executive producer) Bridget Bedard in front of everybody. I made her cry. And I apologized and everything, but still, I yelled at her. The assistant directors. I was rude to my assistant. I was moody. Sometimes I didn’t talk at all.” But he denies the allegations from his two accusers, Van Barnes, his former assistant, and Trace Lysette, an actress on Transparent. “What I said was that she was a disgruntled assistant," he says of Barnes. "I think that was generous of me. I dispute her account. I did raise my voice at times, I was moody at times, there were times when I was tactless. But as for the other stuff, absolutely not.”
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 1:53PM EDT
Jeffrey Tambor will return to Arrested Development -- much of Season 5 was already filmed before his sexual harassment scandal
While Tambor was booted from Amazon's Transparent for sexual harassment, he'll remain on the Netflix's Arrested Development. According to Indiewire's Michael Schneider, Netflix conducted an investigation on whether the actor had any prior sexual misconduct allegations after the Transparent accusations emerged. "While Amazon found cause to remove Tambor from that show, Netflix found that there were no complaints from anyone about Tambor on the set of Arrested, nor had there been throughout the show’s earlier run on Fox," says Schneider. Tambor has received the support of Arrested cast members Jason Bateman and David Cross, who said "there are a number of us who stand behind him." However, Alia Shawkat recently described the situation as "strange" and "sad."
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 1:12PM EDT
Alia Shawkat is not among the Arrested Development cast members who stand by Jeffrey Tambor
In February, David Cross said "a number" of Arrested Development cast members are standing by Tambor amid his sexual misconduct scandal. Shawkat, who worked with Tambor on Arrested Development and on Transparent, is not one of them. “I’m an actor, I worked with him,” she tells Indiewire. “It’s not about sharing my personal opinion of him…What those victims said needs to be heard just as much. And that’s the facts, that’s just the truth of it. And they can’t be squashed down because of something else. But it is also, you know, it is sad, too.”