What just happened? For years we’ve mocked the Golden Globes as a joke, a drunken farce that leads into the last few weeks of Awards Season before the Oscars. The show is basically one last hootenanny, like New Years Eve for celebrities, before the Important Awards sweep in to codify all that is good and worthwhile from the previous calendar year. (Note: no awards actually codify anything.)
But something happened in 2015. The Golden Globes, especially when it came to awards for TV, did not appear to be decided entirely by self-congratulatory voters more interested in getting loaded with celebrities than in the actual films and shows. The film winners were almost entirely independents, and the TV winners were diverse both in who they represent, and the ways in which those stories are getting to audiences. A big win for Amazon’s Transparent isn’t just unexpected; it is a great step forward.
Now, instead of bringing attention to stuff like The Tourist, the Golden Globes suddenly look almost progressive. The problem is that some of the 2015 awards winners are still things audiences haven’t seen, for a variety of reasons. So here’s a guide to some of the lesser-known achievements the Globes highlighted this year. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, October 9th, 2014 by Angie Han
Amazon first started releasing original series last year, but it wasn’t until this fall’s Transparent that they had a real smash hit. The dramedy debuted to great critical acclaim, and attracted enough viewers to “smash Prime Instant Video records.” And so, because Amazon is not stupid, it’s going back for more. The company has just re-upped Transparent for a second season to premiere in 2015.
Hit the jump for more details on the Transparent renewal. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by Angie Han
Amazon has made no secret of the fact that it wants to compete with Netflix, but so far it hasn’t offered much of a challenge on the original programming front. Though the web retailer has debuted several new shows already, none have attracted nearly the attention of a House of Cards or an Orange Is the New Black.
But that could change with Transparent. The “psychosexual comedy” stars Jeffrey Tambor as a father who comes out as a trans woman late in his life, rocking the lives of his family including his ex-wife (Judith Light) and their three adult children (Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, and Gaby Hoffmann).
The dramedy pilot earned some very strong buzz when Amazon debuted it later this year. And if the first Transparent trailer is any indication, it’s likely to get even more once the full first season debuts next fall. Check out the Transparent trailer after the jump.
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Earlier this year Amazon posted a new round of ten pilots, offering viewers the chance to check them all out before voting on ones they liked best. Five of the pilots were aimed at kids, with the other five geared towards adults. Now four of the five “adult” shows have been ordered to series. Two are particularly notable: the new Chris Carter show The After, and Transparent, in which Jeffrey Tambor plays a father who reveals a truth about his own life, and in so doing really changes the family dynamic.
Also getting orders are Bosch, and Mozart in the Jungle. Details on each is below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 by Angie Han
Despite her considerable talent and versatility, Kathryn Hahn‘s mostly been relegated to supporting roles in films like Wanderlust and Our Idiot Brother, and guest spots on shows like Girls and Parks & Recreation. So it’s great to see her take center stage for once in Afternoon Delight, a Sundance dramedy written and directed by TV vet Jill Soloway.
Hahn plays Rachel, whose brings her husband Jeff (Josh Radnor) to a strip club in an effort to spice up their marriage. She becomes friendly with one of the dancers, 19-year-old McKenna (Juno Temple), and eventually offers to take her in. Trouble quickly follows. Watch the trailer after the jump. Read More »