Amy Sherman-Palladino, the creator of “Gilmore Girls,” has a new show — “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” about a 1958 New York City housewife who becomes a standup comic. It’s coming to Amazon, which is so impressed with the project it has ordered two seasons, a first for the streaming service.
The idea: The series stars “House of Cards” and “Manhattan” alum Rachel Brosnahan as Miriam “Midge” Maisel, a 1958 New York City woman who has everything she’s ever wanted—the perfect husband, two kids, and an elegant Upper West Side apartment perfect for hosting Yom Kippur dinner. But her perfect life suddenly takes an unexpected turn and Midge discovers a previously unknown talent for standup comedy. The pilot became available on Amazon Prime in March.
Joe Lewis, head of comedy, drama and VR for Amazon Studios, said:
In her onstage debut, Mrs. Maisel killed and had audiences responding overwhelmingly with digital applause,” said Like any great young stand-up, we’re excited to see what she has to say next and for a long time to come. That made it an easy decision to order two seasons from Amy and her incredible cast. We can’t wait to bring it to customers soon.”
The series also stars Michael Zegen as Midge’s husband Joel Maisel, Alex Borstein as Susie Myerson, Tony Shalhoub as Midge’s father Abe Weissman, and Marin Hinkle as Midge’s mother Rose Weissman.
The pilot became available on Amazon Prime in March.