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‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Was Perfect — So ‘Change Everything’ Was the Plan for Season 2

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‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Was Perfect — So ‘Change Everything’ Was the Plan for Season 2
The first season of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is one of the streaming era’s most perfect stretches of television — the kind of once-in-a-generation Hale-Bopp of a comedy that can only happen when a singular talent is given a blank check to make her dream project a reality, and then the stars align so that it somehow turns out just right. And so — fresh off Emmy and Golden Globe wins for Best Series — creator Amy Sherman-Palladino knew exactly what she had to do to keep the magic alive for Season 2: Change everything.

Sitting next to her husband and creative partner Daniel Palladino in a quiet Manhattan hotel suite that felt worlds removed from the manic zeal of their work, Sherman-Palladino suggested that you might have to kill a golden goose if you want to make something more valuable out of its feathers. “The thing that interests us the most,
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'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Is A Marvel At The Emmys And Beyond

How do you follow up something as beloved as The Girlmore Girls? If you're that series' creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, you create a show called The Return of Jezebel James (which lasted three episodes in March 2008), another called Bunheads (a single season in 2012), write a four-episode reunion series called Gilmore Girls: Year in the Life in 2016, and then, the following year, create something called The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel — destined to become the belle of the Emmys. Which, earlier the year, might have been hard to imagine. The title doesn't exactly suck you in upon first hearing, does it? And it isn't necessarily enhanced by its premise: a comedy-drama set in 1958 New York, following a Jewish housewife, who, after her marriage takes a hit, discovers that she has an ability for stand-up comedy that can be honed and possibly lead to great things. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) Well the same can't be said for Mrs.
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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel combines Gilmore Girls with Mad Men in new trailer

Amy Sherman-Palladino and her husband Daniel are most famous for creating the long-running beloved dramedy Gilmore Girls, but their follow-up series haven’t been as fortunate. Bunheads was cut off too quickly after only a season, while dreadful sitcom The Return Of Jezebel James likely shouldn’t have been created in…

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Amy Sherman-Palladino & Daniel Palladino Sign Overall Deal with Amazon Studios

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Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino are making themselves at home at Amazon Studios. Deadline reports that the creative partners/spouses have signed a multi-year overall deal with the streamer. The new deal will see the duo continue to work on their previously announced stand-up dramedy “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” while developing new projects for Amazon.

Amazon gave “Mrs. Maisel” a two-season order this spring. The 1958-set series follows Miriam “Midge” Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan), a housewife who decides to pursue a career in comedy after her would-be stand-up comic husband (Michael Zegen) leaves her. Alex Borstein, Marin Hinkle, and Tony Shalhoub also star. The series’ first season is expected to drop later this year.

Gilmore Girls” creator Sherman-Palladino wrote and directed the “Mrs. Maisel” pilot and exec produced alongside Palladino. The series’ debut earlier this year marked “one of Amazon’s best received pilots ever,” Deadline writes, “with an average customer rating of 4.9.”

“Amy and Dan are brilliant. Everything they create has such an incredible vision behind it. On top of that, they’re wonderfully funny and smart people,” commented Joe Lewis, Amazon Studios’ Head of Comedy, Drama and Vr. “We’re excited about the next two seasons of ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ with them and, with this deal, we can’t wait to do a lot more together.”

“The team at Amazon has allowed us to have Dwight Eisenhower and John Kennedy as our presidents for the next few years and for that we are eternally grateful,” Sherman-Palladino and Palladino said in a statement. “Amazon is the future of television and we are thrilled to tag along for the ride.”

In addition to “Gilmore Girls,” Sherman-Palladino has created, written, and directed for the short-lived “Bunheads” and “The Return of Jezebel James.” Last November she revived her most beloved project on Netflix with “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.” It consisted of four mini-movies and brought back Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, and Kelly Bishop to reprise the roles of Lorelai, Rory, and Emily Gilmore. Almost all of the original main cast and supporting characters returned as well. Palladino served as producer on all of those series as well as on the original “Gilmore Girls.”

Amy Sherman-Palladino & Daniel Palladino Sign Overall Deal with Amazon Studios was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Amy Sherman-Palladino’s “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” Gets Two-Season Order

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”: Amazon Studios

As die-hard “Gilmore Girls” fans would say, “Copper boom!” “Gilmore” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino’s newest series, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” just got a two-season order from Amazon, The Hollywood Reporter writes. This is reportedly the first time Amazon has ever given a multi-season order to one of its pilots.

Starring “House of Cards’” Rachel Brosnahan as Miriam “Midge” Maisel, the pilot centers on a 1950s Jewish housewife who supports her husband (Michael Zegen, “Brooklyn”) as he pursues his passion for stand-up comedy. After one her husband’s sets bombs, Midge ends up at The Gaslight Cafe herself, drunkenly taking the stage and telling jokes of her own. And she kills it.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s” pilot was written, directed, and exec produced by Sherman-Palladino. Her husband and producing partner, Daniel Palladino, is also executive producing with Dhana Gilbert.

Citing the audience response as “digital applause,” Amazon head of comedy and drama Joe Lewis commented, “Like any great young stand-up, we’re excited to see what [‘Mrs. Maisel’] 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 “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” pilot is currently streaming for Amazon Prime subscribers. No word on a first season premiere date yet.

It’s heartening to see Amazon showing confidence in Sherman-Palladino and “Maisel,” especially since the streaming service tends to be rough on its women-created offerings. Dana Calvo’s women’s liberation-themed “Good Girls Revolt” was cancelled after one season despite strong ratings and its prescient subject matter. Jill Soloway, the creator of Amazon tentpole “Transparent,” was forced to go through the streaming giant’s pilot process again with “I Love Dick.” This would be perfectly reasonable if Amazon hadn’t handed out series orders to film directors Woody Allen and Nicolas Winding Refn and “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner without asking for pilots.

Sherman-Palladino’s resume is full of TV shows centered around women, often those who can spit out pages-long monologues without blinking an eye. In addition to “Gilmore Girls,” Sherman-Palladino has created, written, and directed for the short-lived “Bunheads” and “The Return of Jezebel James.” Last November, she revived her most beloved project on Netflix with “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.” It consisted of four mini-movies and brought back Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, and Kelly Bishop to reprise the roles of Lorelai, Rory, and Emily Gilmore. Almost all of the original main cast and supporting characters returned as well. Netflix is reportedly leaving the door open for additional “Gilmore Girls” installments, so Amazon might not the only placed you’ll find future Sherman-Palladino projects.

Amy Sherman-Palladino’s “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” Gets Two-Season Order was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Television that Home Video Forgot: The Return of Jezebel James (2008)

The Return of Jezebel James

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Created by Amy Sherman-Palladino

Produced by Dorothy Parker Drank Here Productions, Regency Television, Fox Television Studios

Aired on Fox for 1 season (7 episodes, 4 Unaired) from March 14, 2008 – March 21, 2008

Cast

Parker Posey as Sarah Tomkins

Lauren Ambrose as Coco Tomkins

Michael Arden as Buddy

Scott Cohen as Marcus Sonti

Ron McLarty as Ronald Tomkins

Show Premise

The series centers on a well off and buttoned down children’s book editor named Sarah Tomkins who, after a break up with a long-time boyfriend, finds her plans at having a husband, then a baby, flipped when she decides to go ahead and try to make a baby all on her own. The plan hits another bump when her doctor explains she is unable to conceive, and therefore she needs to consider other options.

Sarah turns to Coco, her estranged free spirited sister, as she is the only person
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Dianne Wiest Books The Blacklist—Will She Be Friend or Foe?

Dianne Wiest Books The Blacklist—Will She Be Friend or Foe?
Dianne Wiest is heading to The Blacklist, but will she be friend or foe? Series star Megan Boone tweeted the casting news by simply sharing, "Dianne Wiest is going to be on our show!" E! News has confirmed Wiest's casting. Wiest, who is a two-time Oscar and two-time Emmy winner, was last seen on TV in HBO's In Treatment. She won one of her Emmys for playing Dr. Gina Toll on the critically acclaimed series. On The Blacklist, Wiest will play the head of Amnesty United. Look for her to appear in episode 15, TVLine reports. Wiest's other TV credits include The Return of Jezebel James, Law and Order: Svu, Law and Order and The 10th Kingdom. On the Law and Order shows Wiest played D.A. Nora...
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Fox Cancels 'The Return of Jezebel James' After Three Episodes

You think Amy Sherman-Palladino wishes she had stayed on for the final season of Gilmore Girls? Today, Fox canceled The Return of Jezebel James after just three episodes. The Return of Jezebel James was the first post-Gilmore Girls production from creator Amy Sherman-Palladino. It starred Parker Posey as a book editor and Lauren Ambrose as Posey's difficult sister who is going to carry Parker Posey's baby – a baby who now will never, ever be born. There probably aren't a lot of people out there upset by this news. The Return of Jezebel James received abysmally low ratings and universally terrible reviews. This early and abrupt cancellation has become something of a pattern over at Fox. Last Fall, Nashville was canceled after just two episodes and, before that, Bryan Fuller's beloved Wonderfalls was axed after only a few episodes. Jezebel James is only the latest casualty.

Given the poor reviews for Jezebel James,
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