After an investigation, which the lead star of the Amazon comedy-drama called ‘deeply flawed’, the Emmy winner will not return for future seasons
Jeffrey Tambor has been dropped from the Emmy-winning Amazon comedy-drama Transparent after sexual harassment allegations.
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Low-cost, plug-in stick and new download service a response to new rivals
Sky is taking the fight to rivals Netflix and Amazon Video with the launch of a low-cost plug-in stick that will provide access to its films, television shows and live sport such as Premier League matches on any TV set.
It is launching a smart stick for its Now TV streaming service, the broadcaster’s response to the rise of US streaming services such as Netflix, that works in the same way as Amazon’s Fire TV stick by plugging into the back of any smart TV.
By axing their most off-kilter sitcoms, Amazon and Netflix have shown that the era of experimentation is over. Now, they are morphing into traditional broadcasters
In November, Amazon released a pilot for a sitcom that was unlike anything seen before. Entitled Sea Oak, the sitcom had abnormal pedigree. It was directed by Hiro Murai, lauded for his work on Atlanta and Snowfall. It was written by George Sanders, who had just won the Man Booker Prize for Lincoln in the Bardo. And it starred Glenn Close, who is Glenn Close. Better yet, the show was about a put-upon pensioner who dies during a home invasion and then comes roaring back to life as an all-powerful, foul-mouthed avenging angel.
It was spectacular, but it will never be made into a series. Because, no matter how great Sea Oak was, the major streaming services have come to the conclusion that smartly idiosyncratic comedies – especially those with female leads – are not the way to go. Netflix has just binned Maria Bamford’s kaleidoscopic Lady Dynamite, a show that was like watching your brain explode inside a hall of mirrors. And Amazon? As well as not picking up Sea Oak, it has doubled down by cancelling Tig Notaro’s One Mississippi and Jill Soloway’s I Love Dick.