Jeffrey Tambor, the beloved patriarch of the Bluth family on Netflix's hit series 'Arrested Development,' has signed on to star in another pilot. After headlining the comedy pilot 'Onion News Empire' for Amazon Studios, Tambor is working with Amazon once again, in the half-hour pilot 'Transparent.'
But wait a second: Tambor remains under option with 'Onion News Empire,' which could very well earn a series order at Amazon. With this new project, 'Transparent,' going to pilot, there is a possibility that both series could get picked up, meaning Tambor would be starring in two of Amazon's new original series in their first such programming release. This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Tambor was also recently cast in a guest appearance on 'Raising Hope' for FOX, where he will play Arnold, a resident of Natesville who seems to continually and mysteriously pop up in the lives of everyone in the Chance family.
Whereas 'Onion News Network' is a show based around the wildly popular 'The Onion' fake newspaper, the subject matter of 'Transparent' is a tad more high-brow. 'Transparent' centers on Mort (Jeffrey Tambor) who gathers his three adult kids — Ali (cast as Gaby Hoffman from the upcoming 'Veronica Mars' feature), Sarah and Joshua (yet to be cast) — for a talk about the future, but everyone is shocked to learn that it’s not a financial inheritance at stake, but rather the complex legacy of a secret life as a transgender. So their father is a trans parent... hence the title. Okay, the title is a little weak.
The pitch for 'Transparent' promises that "everyone’s relationship — to the world, themselves, and each other — through the lens of boundaries, intimacy, sex and gender — is about to change." Jill Soloway is writing and directing the project, famed for her work on 'Six Feet Under' and 'The United States of Tara.' Coming off of a recent successful Indie feature release, Soloway's star has never been higher--I expect 'Transparent' to receive a series order. Filming on 'Transparent's pilot is slated to begin in September.