'Transparent' to End Fifth and Final Season With Musical Episode

The upcoming fifth season will be the last for the Amazon series.
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Alexandra Billings (left) and Trace Lysette on 'Transparent'

Transparent is going to end with a musical episode.

The Amazon series will conclude with a musical installment that will be shot later this year to debut next fall, creator Jill Soloway told The New York Times. 

"This idea of music rescuing our family was all there," Soloway told the news outlet. "So we're like, Let's just keep blowing on the flame. The Pfeffermans will live on, and that's what kept us going."

Added Soloway: "It will hopefully feel like Jesus Christ Superstar mixed with La La Land mixed with Flight of the Conchords with something more Jewish thrown in — a little Yentl."

Soloway, who identifies as non-binary and prefers to be referred to with the third-person plural pronoun "they," has been working with their sister Faith Soloway and transgender performer Shakina Nayfack on the music for the episode.

While the Times reported that the finale will be two hours in length, sources told The Hollywood Reporter that the episode length has not been set. No further details were immediately available.

The show made headlines earlier this year after sexual harassment claims surfaced against its star Jeffrey Tambor. Following a subsequent internal investigation by the retail and streaming giant, the actor was fired from the series.

Soloway broke the news to The Hollywood Reporter in a May cover story that the upcoming fifth season would be the last for the Emmy-winning show.

"Hopefully it sets the Pfeffermans up with some sort of beautiful reclaiming," they said at the time. "I think we're going to get there with some time."

The news of Tambor's firing came just days after Amazon Studios hired NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke to replace embattled exec Roy Price earlier this year as head of Amazon Studios after sexual harassment allegations were raised against the latter.

In June, Salke told THR that the show had no plans to recast Tambor's character, transgender matriarch Maura Pfefferman.

"Jill has a great idea about how [they want] to close it. We're talking about, is it a full series? Is it a limited special? Is it a movie? What is it? There's a conversation around what form best serves the creative, and she wanted to spend the summer thinking about the creative, and then we're going to get together in September and talk about that," Salke said.