The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Gilmore Girls Creator Amy Sherman-Palladino's Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Snags 2-Season Order at Amazon

Simply marvelous news for acolytes of Amy Sherman-Palladino: Amazon is moving forward with the Gilmore Girls creator’s dramedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, handing the very well-received project an unprecedented  two-season series order.

The pilot debuted on Amazon on March 17 and garnered an average customer rating of 4.8, with 92 percent 5-star reviews. 

Written and directed by Sherman-Palladino, who also serves as an EP alongside Daniel Palladino, the 1950s-set The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel centers on Miriam “Midge” Maisel (Manhattan‘s Rachel Brosnahan, in a star-making performance), whose seemingly idyllic Manhattan existence is upended when she discovers a previously unknown talent for stand-up comedy.

The cast also includes Michael Zegen (Boardwalk Empire) Alex Borstein (Getting On), Tony Shalhoub (Monk) and Marin Hinkle (Two and a Half Men).

“In her onstage debut, Mrs. Maisel killed and had audiences responding overwhelmingly with digital applause,” said Joe Lewis, Head of Comedy, Drama & VR, Amazon Studios, in a statement. “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.”

Although Amazon is not confirming how many episodes were actually ordered, the news would appear to throw a monkey wrench into any hopes rival streamer Netflix had of getting Sherman-Palladino to stage a second Gilmore Girls revival. Last month, the company’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos revealed that “very preliminary” talks were underway for more episodes. However, on Sunday, leading ladies Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel said those talks had yet to reach them.

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  1. Eran says:

    A nice touch that the original Sookie has been cast in this project.

  2. david7118 says:

    This is fantastic news! I watched the pilot, watched it again with my wife, and wouldn’t mind seeing it again. I can’t wait to see where they take the show.

  3. Jason says:

    Awesome news. I thought they would pick it up, but I never expected a two season order. Rachel Brosnahan deserves it. She’s been flying under the radar, doing great work in a lot of different show, and now she gets a chance to take center stage. Literally, apparently. This obviously will affect in any possible Gilmore Girls to come, but I think it’s best if they let that rest for a couple years. Let expectation build again.

  4. Kay says:

    Fantastic news!

  5. Jill says:

    The pilot was probably the best pilot i have ever seen. I can’t wait for more!

    • KLS says:

      I agree! I was totally surprised on how good the pilot was. If HBO didn’t pick it up, it would have been a travesty.

  6. T.W.S.S. says:

    Congrats to As-P. Bunheads never got the second season it deserved.

  7. Marcie says:

    Hurray! I just watched it a few days ago and took the survey, giving it high marks. Haven’t been able to get the characters out of my head. Good news!

  8. Dannie C says:

    Awesome news!! Better start saving up for Amazon Prime now :)

  9. Temperance says:

    Rachel Brosnahan was amazing. I mostly liked the show, but its’ different. We’ll see if the ‘different’ is great or awful after a half-dozen ups – it’s that kind of piece.