New shows 'Transparent', 'The Affair' take top TV Golden Globes

Mon Jan 12, 2015 9:35am EST
 
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By Nichola Groom

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Reuters) - Two fresh new series, Showtime's "The Affair" and Amazon's "Transparent," were catapulted into the spotlight on Sunday at Hollywood's Golden Globe awards, taking home the night's honors for best television drama and comedy.

Amazon.com Inc's win for "Transparent" marked the first time an online streaming service took home a Golden Globe for best series. The show, about a transgender woman who comes out to her three adult children, won for best comedy series.

Its star, Jeffrey Tambor, also took home a statue for best actor in a comedy series, giving Amazon wins in both of the categories for which it was nominated.

"Transparent" received wide critical acclaim for its handling of groundbreaking subject matter and has been a breakthrough series for Amazon, whose original programing had struggled to find an audience early on. Few consumers knew the largest U.S. online retailer was in the TV business.

"It was a huge risk," Jill Soloway, the creator of "Transparent" and the daughter of a transgender parent herself, told reporters backstage. "The way Amazon is distributing it is transformative and the show is transformative."

"Transparent" bested HBO's "Girls" and "Silicon Valley", The CW's "Jane the Virgin" and Netflix Inc's "Orange is the New Black" to win the top comedy series award.

The winner for best drama series, "The Affair" tells the story of an affair between two married people told from the different perspectives of the man and the woman.

It beat out four longer-running and well-loved series - "Downton Abbey", "Game of Thrones", "The Good Wife" and "House of Cards".   Continued...

 
Producer and writer Jill Soloway (4th R) accepts the Golden Globe Award for Best TV Series, Comedy or Musical for "Transparent" at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards.  REUTERS/Paul Drinkwater/NBC