The conversation about streaming television often seems to begin and end with Netflix, which is a bit of a shame. While they may be the biggest player in the game (and have the library of original programming to match), the competition is nothing to scoff at. Take at look Amazon, who have just dropped a new trailer for Transparent season three and a trio of new shows: the law drama Goliath, Tig Notaro‘s One Mississippi, and the dark comedy Fleabag. If you’re steaming world begins and ends with one destination, you’re missing out.
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In today’s edition of TV Bits:
- Showtime has ordered 20 episodes of Todd Field‘s series Purity, which will star Daniel Craig.
- Netflix has ordered 10 episodes of the wrestling comedy G.L.O.W.
- Outlander, Transparent, and UnREAL have all been renewed.
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Amazon’s original television series Transparent became one of the biggest critically acclaimed shows of last year, earning two Golden Globes and five Emmy wins. Jill Soloway’s series proved that Netflix had real competition in the streaming subscription television game, and also showed what kind of entertainment was still possible outside of the traditional ad-supported content sources.
The acclaimed Amazon Studios original series will return with a second season on December 11th 2015 (a week before Star Wars: The Force Awakens is unleashed upon the world, give g you a few days to marathon through it). Amazon has premiered a new two-minute Transparent season 2 trailer, which you watch now embedded after the jump.
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The second season of Transparent, ordered just after the debut of the first season, has not yet premiered on Amazon Prime. But there’s already a deal to continue the story of Jeffrey Tambor‘s character, originally the patriarch of the Pfefferman family, who in the first season began a new life as the transgender Maura. Amazon has ordered Transparent season 3, which comes along with a deal that will see the show’s creator, Jill Soloway, making TV exclusively for Amazon.
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Posted on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 by Angie Han
Amazon’s Transparent got some much-deserved attention at this year’s Golden Globes, when the HFPA declared it the year’s best comedy and star Jeffrey Tambor comedy’s best actor. But unless you have an Amazon Prime subscription, or a generous friend who does, you probably haven’t had the opportunity to check it out.
Well, this weekend is the perfect time to change that. Amazon will let non-members stream the entire first season for free for just 24 hours. And if you like what you see, it’s also offering a discount on its usual Prime membership. More on how to watch Transparent free after the jump. Read More »
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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 »
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.
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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 »