Thursday, October 9, 2014

Amazon Renews 'Transparent' for Season 2

With strong ratings performance (at least according to the streaming service) and critical acclaim, Amazon has renewed family dramedy Transparent for a second season to air in 2015. An exact episode count has not yet been determined.

Written, directed by and executive produced by Jill Soloway, Transparent stars Jeffrey Tambor as Maura, who has spent her entire life as Mort - the Pfefferman family patriarch. When she reintroduces herself to her family, everyone's secrets finally start to come out. This includes her ex-wife Shelly (Judith Light), and their three children - meandering Ali (Gaby Hoffmann), record producer (Jay Duplass) and sexually conflicted Sarah (Amy Landecker). Each family member spins in a different direction as they begin to figure out who they are going to become.

Based on Amazon's statements, Transparent is the most binge-watched TV series on Prime Instant Video with nearly 80 percent of all viewers bingeing on two or more episodes of the series in the same day. I expect this to be all the ratings information will ever get for the series - and I'm okay with that because the show is great and I'm glad it will be continuing.

"We are absolutely thrilled that the response to Transparent has been so positive," said Roy Price, Vice President of Amazon Studios. "Our goal is to create series that customers love, so it's great to hear that Transparent has not only risen to the no. 1 series on Prime Instant Video, but that it's deemed 'binge worthy' as well. Given all this great feedback, it only makes sense to bring the Pfeffermans back next year in season two."