Amazon Releases ‘Transparent’ Audio-Commentary Version

Amazon Studios — looking to capitalize on its highest-profile original series — released an audio-commentary version of “Transparent” featuring insights from show creator Jill Soloway and series star Jeffrey Tambor.

The audio-commentary version of the transgender dramedy, similar to the bonus material often included on DVD releases, also includes input from cast members Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker and Jay Duplass.

“People are always coming up and asking me questions about how the show came together,” Soloway said in a statement. “With this audio commentary, they can hear it for themselves — whether we’re reminiscing about the technicalities of production or just showcasing some of the chemistry we shared.”

Transparent” won a Golden Globe for best musical or comedy series, and Tambor won a Globe for best actor; Amazon is now pushing the show for Primetime Emmy consideration. To listen to the audio commentary, Amazon Prime members in the U.S. and the U.K. (but not Germany) can select the “audio commentary” version of “Transparent,” available on the web and across a range of devices.

Separately, Soloway on Tuesday said the story of Caitlyn Jenner’s recent coming out as transgender would be part of the next season of the show — whether or not Jenner actually appears in the series. Amazon renewed “Transparent” for a second season last fall and it is currently in production.

Among the details about “Transparent” season one revealed in the audio-commentary: Tambor’s line, “My whole life I’ve been dressing up like a man,” was inspired by a reaction from one of Soloway’s friends to the news of her own parent’s transition. Also, the scene in episode four where Ali (Hoffmann) and Sarah (Landecker) have their first discussion about their father’s transgender identity was their first scene together and the dialogue was based on Soloway’s actual conversation with her sister Faith, a staff writer on the show.

“Transparent,” written, directed and executive produced by Soloway, stars Tambor as Maura, who has spent her life as Mort — patriarch of the Pfefferman family. When she reveals the news to her family, the rest of their secrets finally start to come out.

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