“Transparent” to End With a Movie Musical

Judith Light in "Transparent"

Transparent is ending with a musical finale and according to Amazon’s Jennifer Salke, it is “going to astonish and reward fans.”

The Amazon series about the Pfefferman family isn’t ending, it’s “transitioning in a musical,” said series creator Jill Soloway to reporters during the executive session that the Television Critics Association winter press tour Wednesday.

“We would never have wanted to take a special, incredible show like that and just end it unceremoniously. It was Jill’s idea to do a musical movie,” Amazon Studios chief Salke told reporters during the session. “We signed off on that idea, trusting her that she would come up with something incredible. We all sat in the front row of a musical run-through of this movie where we were crying. It is really special.”

The musical finale will bring the story “full circle.” The unconventional creative choice also allowed the creator to overcome Jefferey Tabor’s exit and the subsequent absence of his character, Maura Pfefferman’s absence. 

“When everything went down last year and we lost Jeffrey Tambor, we went through so much as a family that felt like this very emotional … there are no words,” she said. “There was no way, really, to just go back to a plain old season five.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter Soloway’s sister had already been putting songs together for a potential Transparent musical, which will now be put to use for the series musical ending.