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‘Transparent’ finale, ‘First Wives Club’ remake among Tribeca TV Festival world premieres announced


A screening of the "Transparent Musicale Finale” will close out the 2019 Tribeca TV Festival. (courtesy of Tribeca TV Festival)

For four days next month, the small screen can be seen on the big screen.

Lucky New Yorkers won’t have to wait for fall for some of their favorite shows to come back or for highly anticipated new ones to debut when the Tribeca TV Festival returns Sept. 12 to 15.

World premieres of everything from the “Transparent” musical finale to the “First Wives Club” remake can be seen at the third annual fest from the same group behind the longer-running Tribeca Film Festival. This year’s TV extravaganza will take place at the Regal Battery Park movie theater.

In addition to new series debuts and new episodes from returning classics, there will also be talks with series creators and stars.

A 25th anniversary celebration of “Friends,” the Big Apple-set sitcom that premiered in September of 1994, is set for Sept. 13. The show, which helped boost the careers of Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox, among others, famously centered on six 20-something friends navigating life in Manhattan.

For the first time, two episodes — “The One with the Embryos” and “The One Where Everybody Finds Out” — will be shown in 4K digital restoration. After the screenings, “Friends” executive producers David Crane, Marta Kauffman, and Kevin Bright will chat about the series’ legacy in front of ticket-holders.

World premieres at Tribeca include a Sept. 12 screening of the upcoming BET+ comedy series, “First Wives Club,” a modern TV remake based on the 1996 film of the same name that starred Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton. This version will feature actresses Ryan Michelle Bathe, Jill Scott and Michelle Buteau in the lead roles of best friends who regroup to help each other through troubled times including a divorce, troubled marriage and cheating husband.

Following the screening will be a conversation with Buteau and creator and executive producer Tracy Oliver. The new streaming service BET+ will launch sometime this fall with “First Wives Club."

Closing out the fest on Sept. 15 will be another world premiere, the "Transparent Musicale Finale.” Amazon Prime Video’s comedy-drama series wrapped its fourth season in 2017, and the fifth and final season will be a feature-length musical finale that the rest of the public won’t get to see until Sept. 27.

Star Jeffrey Tambor, who played trans woman Maura in “Transparent,” was fired from the show last year following sexual harassment allegations. Maura will be killed off in the finale. After the screening, executive producers Jill Soloway and Faith Soloway, along with some cast members, will hold a discussion.

Other festival highlights include a preview showing of the reimagining of the ’90s series “Party of Five,” and the premiere of AMC’s upcoming documentary series, “Hip Hop: The Songs that Shook America.”

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