By Sahil Patel
Amazon Studios has ordered a second season of “Transparent,” a dark comedy from “Six Feet Under” writer and producer Jill Soloway, a couple of weeks after the series debuted on its streaming service.
Since the show’s debut on September 26, it’s been the most popular program on Prime Instant Video, according to Amazon. The company’s decision to make the entire season available all at once — a la Netflix — might have something to do with its popularity, as Amazon says the show is also the most binge-watched TV series on Prime Instant Video. Nearly 80% of all viewers have watched two or more episodes in the same day, according to the company.
That said, just like Netflix, don’t expect Amazon to divulge any real numbers on the show’s viewership.
“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,” said Amazon Studios VP Roy Price in a statement. “Given all this great feedback, it only makes sense to bring the Pfeffermans back next year in season two.”
Written, directed, and executive produced by Soloway, “Transparent” stars Jeffrey Tambor (“Arrested Development”) as a transgender woman who decides to come out to her adult kids. Across 10 half-hour episodes, the series explores issues of family, identity, sex, and love. In addition to Tambor, the cast includes Judith Light, Gaby Hoffman, Amy Landecker, and Jay Duplass.
Season two will debut on Prime Instant Video in 2015.