Transparent musical movie: Creator Jill Soloway says show is not ending but 'transitioning'

'[After Jeffery Tambor] there was no way to just go back to a plain old season five'

Louis Chilton
Thursday 14 February 2019 16:15
Jill Soloway, creator of 'Transparent'
Jill Soloway, creator of 'Transparent'

Following the departure of Jeffery Tambor from Transparent, many fans were left questioning how the series would continue.

Creator Jill Soloway has elected to wrap things up with a musical movie rather the a final season featuring multiple episodes, as has recently been confirmed by Amazon Prime.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Soloway – who based the show on her own experiences as the child of a trans parentteased the finale – adding that the series is “transitioning” rather than ending.

“Right as my parent came out, the very first instinct I had before I wrote Transparent was that my sister, Faith, and I were going to make a documentary musical,” Soloway said.

The showrunner previously told The New York Times that described the finale as being “Jesus Christ Superstar mixed with La La Land mixed with Flight of the Conchords with something more Jewish thrown in. A little Yentl.”

For its first five seasons, the Amazon Prime series had centred on Tambor’s Maura Pfeffermanm, a retired professor who comes out as a trans woman. After the actor was accused of sexual misconduct in 2017, he was dropped from the show.

Soloway framed the release of a musical finale rahter than proper television season as partly a reaction to Tambor’s departure.

“When everything went down last year and we lost Jeffrey Tambor, we went through so much as a family that felt like this very emotional… there are no words,” Soloway said. “There was no way, really, to just go back to a plain old season five.”

On 8 November 2017, Tambor was accused by his former assistant, Van Barnes, of propositioning and groping her, allegedly threatening to sue her if she spoke up.

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Trans actress Trace Lysette later accused Tambor of sexual harassment on the set of Transparent.

Makeup artist Tamara Delbridge, who worked with Tambor on the 2001 indie romance Never Again, also accused the star of sexual misconduct.

Amazon began an investigation into Tambor’s behaviour and the actor confirmed he was leaving Transparent, less than two weeks after the first allegation.

He remained part of the cast of Arrested Development for its fourth season on Netflix, but the actor faced a fresh scandal when his co-star Jessica Walters accused him of verbal abuse.

After an extended hiatus, Transparent season five will premiere later this year, with no release date yet confirmed.

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