TV Around the Web – September 6, 2014

– One of the strengths of period dramas is the ability to address issues that still have contemporary resonance, but with the remove of time. Dee Locket at Slate gives her take on the connection between the fictional racial divide on Masters of Sex in light of the very real one manifesting in Ferguson.

Transparent, about a transgender woman and her family navigating the early stages of her transition, will be unveiled on Amazon on September 26th. The pilot, starring Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development) was far and away the best of Amazon’s second pilot season. Before you watch the series, go read Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s excellent New York Times Magazine profile on creator Jill Soloway and her methods of making sure the real voices of the trans community are represented.

– While Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater is beyond the strict purview of this television website, The Daily Show counts as a classic around these parts. Fortunately, Stewart talks about both in this week’s The Hollywood Reporter cover story by Marisa Guthrie.

– Tara Bennett’s book Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show hit shelves earlier this week, and Slashfilm has an exclusive excerpt.

Boardwalk Empire‘s fifth and final season kicks off tomorrow night. Darren Franich at Entertainment Weekly wrote a great column about the show’s place in television history and the impact of 2010 on the television we watch today.