Amazon Studios is dutifully trying to beef up its original programming slate to, if not catch up to Netflix, then at least keep itself in the same conversation. The best way for them to do that at this point is to keep their most critically acclaimed series to date going as long as possible, and they’re doing just that by renewing the hit comedy drama Transparent for Season 3, months before Season 2 is even set to air. Amazon has got the kind of confidence that Jeffrey Tambor’s Maura started building up by the end of Season 1.
Season 3 of Transparent is set to hit the streaming site at some point in 2016, exclusively for Amazon Prime members. Right now, it’s virtually impossible to predict where the season might go, or what the characters will be up to. Although I am expecting Gaby Hoffman’s Ali will get into some kind of a mess with sexual ramifications. Actually, the same prediction goes for Amy Landecker’s Sarah and Jay Duplass’ Josh, and probably everyone else.
At least it sounds like show creator Jill Soloway, who entered into an overall deal with Amazon Studios for more projects, has some ideas about where this show is headed in future years.
Transparent, which was easily one of my favorite shows of last year, follows the transgender lifestyle embrace of Tambor’s Maura Pfefferman, and how it affects the somewhat sordid lives of the three kids she shares with ex-wife Shelly (Judith Light). The show took home the Golden Globe for Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical, and Jeffrey Tambor won the comedy/musical Globe for Best Performance by an Actor. Tambor has been interviewed by everyone about the show lately, following the big reveal of Caitlyn Jenner, which should help to bring more attention to Transparent.
Amazon Prime subscribers are currently waiting to see if the service’s next batch of original series will stand up in quality to Transparent, which is the only series to date to make it to a third season. Some possible standouts include the Philip K. Dick adaptation The Man in the High Castle, the Shawn Ryan-created comedic thriller Mad Dogs and the 1980s coming of age comedy Red Oaks.
Here’s hoping her overall deal will bring a lot more Jill Soloway to Amazon Prime subscribers in the future. In the meantime, though, you can check out the very first episode of Transparent for free by going here. Season 2 is currently kicking off production, and it’ll hopefully show up on the streaming service at some point this fall, around a year after Season 1’s September 26 debut.
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