Amazon Studios has picked up a second season of their original comedy series Transparent, TVWise has learned.
Written and directed by Jill Soloway, Transparent is a darkly comedic story about the Pfeffermans, an LA family with serious boundary issues. In this exploration of sex, memory, gender and legacy, the past and future unravel when a dramatic admission causes everyone’s secrets to spill out. The comedy stars Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker and Jay Duplass.
The streaming giant trialled a Netflix style release when they debuted the entire first season of the show on Friday September 26th in the US, the UK and Germany. That strategy paid off, with Amazon claiming that Transparent has since become the no. 1 ranked series on Amazon Prime Instant Video. It is presently unclear how many episodes Amazon has ordered for season two – which is eyes for a 2015 premiere – but they are largely expected to match the 10 episode order for season one.
“We are absolutely thrilled that the response to Transparent has been so positive,” said Roy Price, Vice President of Amazon Studios. “Our goal is to create series that customers love, so it’s great to hear that Transparent has not only risen to the no. 1 series on Prime Instant Video, but that it’s deemed ‘binge worthy’ as well. Given all this great feedback, it only makes sense to bring the Pfeffermans back next year in season two.”
With today’s renewal, Transparent becomes only the second Amazon Studios produced series to make it to a second season since Amazon entered the originals game back in 2012. The other being the John Goodman fronted political comedy Alpha House, which launches its 10 episode second season on Amazon Prime Instant Video in the US, UK and Germany on Friday October 24th.