'Transparent' returns with family wedding but few happy endings

Tue Dec 8, 2015 12:25pm EST
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By Jill Serjeant

NEW YORK (Reuters) - How do you follow up an award-winning first television season about an elderly man transitioning to a woman?

Make season two even riskier, says Jill Soloway, creator and director of "Transparent", which arrives on Amazon.com's streaming platform on Friday.

The drama-comedy starring Jeffrey Tambor as a divorced father of three adult children who comes out as transgender kicks off the new season with a big family wedding.

But not everyone in the extended Pfefferman clan is happy.

"In this season, people are facing consequences a little bit," Soloway said. "They are getting everything they ever wanted and are realizing it's not that simple."

Maura Pfefferman (played by Tambor) struggles with reactions from the wider world to her transition, confronts people from her past and finds a new love interest, played by Angelica Huston.

Life also is far from breezy for Maura's children, with a new baby on the way, ruptured marital ties and their own sexual identities to explore.

"One person transitioning in a family makes it so everybody has to begin a journey of becoming themselves," Soloway said. "One person might be left out, who isn't moving as quickly as everybody else. One person might be way ahead of everybody."   Continued...

Creator and executive producer Jill Soloway (R) and actress Lisa Edelstein pose at a screening of Season Two of Amazon's Original Series "Transparent" in West Hollywood, California November 9, 2015. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok