Tony Shalhoub Joins Gilmore Girls Creator's Marvelous Amazon Pilot

Tony Shalhoub

We’re about to find out how many syllables Tony Shalhoub can utter in a single breath.

The Emmy-winning Monk actor, who just wrapped a run on CBS’ BrainDead, has joined the cast of Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino‘s Amazon pilot The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, TVLine has learned exclusively.

The 1950s-set drama follows Miriam “Midge” Maisel (House of Cards‘ Rachael Brosnahan), a young Jewish wife who becomes one of the first female standup comedians after her husband leaves her and their two children. Shalhoub will play Abe Weissman, Midge’s intellectual father who believes in books and facts and speaking as little as possible.

AS-P will direct the pilot from her own script, and serve as an EP alongside husband and frequent collaborator Dan Palladino.