Amazon Prime Video’s comedy-drama Transparent is set to go out on a literal high note later this year with a musical final bow.
The fifth and final series of the show was cut down to one feature-length episode, written and directed by creator Jill Soloway, after lead Jeffrey Tambor was dropped from the show following an internal investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against him.
In a statement, Soloway said that the decision was made to “ensure the workplace respects the safety and dignity of every individual [on the show].”
Tambor denied all accusations and said he was “profoundly disappointed” in the way the production studio and the show’s creator handled the situation.
“As I have consistently stated, I deeply regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone and I will continue to vehemently defend myself,” he said in a statement. “I also deeply regret that this ground-breaking show, which changed so many lives, is now in jeopardy. That, to me, is the biggest heartbreak.”
Tambor’s character, a transgender woman named Maura (formerly the patriarch of the Pfeifferman family) has been killed off ahead of the episode, which will see the family coping with her death.
Who is in the cast?
Judith Light leads the line as Shelly Pfeifferman, while Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, and Gaby Hoffmann play siblings Sarah, Josh and Ali.
Recurring cast members Alexandra Billings, Kathryn Hahn, Shakina Nayfack and Trace Lysette are all set to feature, too, along with “a number of fan favourite characters.”
What is it about?
The final episode will be centred around how the family deals with Maura’s death.
According to a release from Amazon, it will be a “movie fantasia inspired by the classic musicals that shaped a culture”.
“When the Pfeffermans face a life-changing loss, they begin a journey hilarious and melancholy, brazen and bold.As they face this new transition, they confront grief and come together to celebrate connection, joy, and transformation.”