Jill Soloway Says ‘Transparent’ Season 4 Will Be ‘More Political’


Amazon’s “Transparent” hit the Emmy trail once again with a For Your Consideration event Saturday evening, featuring a two-episode screening and Q&A with the cast and creative team. The panel was moderated by a “surprise guest,” singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette.

Held at the Hollywood Athletic Club in Los Angeles, “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway was joined by stars Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker, Kathryn Hahn, Alexandra Billings and Trace Lysette to discuss the series’ third season.


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Tambor, whose portrayal of Maura Pfefferman has already garnered him two lead actor Emmys, said he is “grateful” for the time he has spent with the role. “I think it’s made me a more responsible actor and person, and also made a better husband, citizen and dad,” he said.

Given the current tense political climate, nearly every member of the cast and crew agreed it was “unavoidable” not to address the influx in LGBTQ discrimination since the 2016 presidential election. Tambor added that, as entertainers, it is their job to address these issues on the screen.

“You go to work with a mission statement, as we do, to reflect on people’s lives and anxieties, and trying to connect with them,” Tambor said. “I think one of the things I like most about what we do is that people trust us. We’re not messing around — this is a real family, and these are the lessons we’re telling.”

Though “Transparent” has been insurgent for the trans community, the series has collected praise from cisgender viewers as well, which Soloway attributes to the approachable nature of the show. Comparing “Transparent” to the likes of “Eight Is Enough” and “All In The Family,” they noted that the comforting essence of the show draws viewers in.

“You tune in to feel cozy and at home with people you know and love,” Soloway said. “It feels like a classical American television show.”

Though careful not to divulge too much, Soloway did tease the upcoming season. “I can’t really say more than that, but things will get more political than they’ve ever been,” the creator and showrunner stated.

Following the screening and Q&A, star Light gave a special performance of Morissette’s “Hand in my Pocket,” which she also performed during the third season. Writer Our Lady J accompanied Light on the piano for the duration of her set.

“Transparent” Season 4 is currently in principal photography and will premiere on Amazon this fall.

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  1. I enjoy Transparent, but really, REALLY do not wish to see MORE politics on TV and in movies! These are my much-needed escape! I don’t recall there ever being this much divisiveness amongst so many groups, especially with politics. We’ve somehow gotten to the point where people physically attack each other simply for supporting a candidate they don’t like, or for their political views in general. Assumptions are made about people to a much greater degree – for example, if you’re conservative, you automatically hate or are unsupportive of LGBT people. This is one reason I am politically agnostic, as I see the whole thing sickening.

    The mainstream media (mainly the newspapers and cable TV news) and politicians have managed to pit us against each other more now than at any other point in decades. Nobody can deal with ANY type of disagreement or other viewpoints – from both sides.

    While I have many libertarian ideals, I also have many liberal ideals and fully support LGBT issues as I am a trans woman. But I am sick of seeing celebrities telling us how to vote or think about issues, and sick of having TV shows and movies do the same. I often do not agree with their messages (along with half of the country). Many are abandoning movies & TV altogether because of this.

    I strongly feel that we need to relearn tolerance for each other and for differing viewpoints. We need to recognize that although differences exist, in reality most of us have far, far more in common with each other than not. At the root, we want the same things. “Hands across the isle” and all that. And for this to happen, TV, movies and celebrities who preach to us need to stop stoking the fire. Stop putting so much divisiveness out there in the first place! I am one of those who is a big supporter of movies & TV that I enjoy (which is getting harder and harder to find) because it’s a nice distraction from reality, but I stop supporting those shows and movies that preach to me to any large degree. I would hate for Transparent to become a show I used to watch.

    • Christina says:

      I’m trans. I’m libertarian. And I support LGBT people.

      And I abhor this tv program. I don’t loathe it simply because yet another cis male actor attempts to play a transsexual woman, but because the characters in the program all are grossly dysfunctional adults. I tried to watch the entire first and second season. But halfway though the first season episodes, I started skipping over the numerous and interminable sex scenes. The second season was substantially worse, but on the other hand, I could fast forward through the dialog of an episode in about ten minutes.

      This show plays into all of the stereotypes of mental ill, dysfunctional transgenders. And because of that, I execrate it.

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