Tony Shaloub is one of our finest, and yet still somewhat underrated, actors around today. He's about to get another chance to show off his skills, though, as he just joined a new show which has some great pedigree behind it.
According to TVLine, Tony Shaloub has just joined the Amazon pilot The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. The pilot is written and will be directed by Gilmore Girls creator (and all around guru) Amy Sherman-Palladino. The planned drama series will focus on young Jewish housewife Miriam "Midge" Maisel, who decides to strike out to become one of the first female stand up comedians after her husband leaves her and their two children. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a period piece that will be set in the 1950s. Shaloub has signed on to play Midge's intellectual father, who will probably have some reservations about his daughter's newly chosen line of work, especially since he's being billed as someone who believes in speaking as little as necessary. Sherman-Palladino will also executive produce the pilot along with her husband, Daniel Palladino, who also worked with her on Gilmore Girls.
Tony Shaloub is no stranger to TV. After getting his start on an episode of The Equalizer in 1986, he first came to prominence with his hilarious role as Antonio Scarpacci on the NBC series Wings from 1991-1997. In the years since, Shaloub has appeared in a wide variety of TV and movie projects, including Men in Black, and the film's two sequels, Frasier, Big Night, The X-Files, Primary Colors, Galaxy Quest, Spy Kids, Party Animals, Nurse Jackie, The Blacklist and recently completed a run on the CBS summer series, BrainDead. Shaloub is probably best known, though, for his 2002-2009 run as Adrian Monk on the hit series Monk. His work on the comedy garnered him eight consecutive Emmy nominations, of which he won three in 2003, 2005 and 2006.
The combination of Tony Shaloub and Amy Sherman-Palladino should make TV fans everywhere giddy. Sherman-Palladino is one of the great wordsmiths writing for TV today, so we can bet that her pilot will be filled with fantastic dialogue, some great moments of comedy and probably a lot of family and workplace-induced drama. Shaloub has more than proven himself capable, in 30 years of TV and film work, of tackling anything that's given to him with just the right amount of humor, pathos or melodrama as needed. The only thing that has me worried is this whole idea of Shaloub's character not wanting to talk that much. Anyone who knows the Gilmore Girls creator's work knows that having her characters keep quiet a lot is something that she does not specialize in.
Either way, it's going to be interesting to see this new performance from Tony Shaloub in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. There's no air date for the pilot yet, but it will probably hit Amazon during the streaming service's pilot season next year.
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