Amy Sherman-Palladino had a big year in 2016. She was finally able to bring Gilmore Girls back to the small screen with a four-part Netflix revival that has had fans talking ever since it debuted in November. Now, it looks like 2017 is shaping up to be another big year for her. Sherman-Palladino has a brand new show called The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel in the works for Amazon, and you'll be able to catch it sooner than you might think. The pilot for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel will debut on March 17 on Amazon Video.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is set in Manhattan in 1958, and it will follow the titular Mrs. Miriam Maisel as she discovers a hidden talent that will draw her away from her normal life with her wonderful husband, two kids, and perfect Upper West Side apartment. As it turns out, Mrs. Maisel has an unexpected knack for stand-up comedy. In her explorations of the comedy circuit, she'll stray from her Riverside Drive life into the coffee houses and nightclubs of Greenwich Village. She'll face highs and lows in her attempts to make it in comedy, and she'll eventually find herself meeting Johnny Carson himself.
Rachel Brosnahan of House of Cards will play Miriam Maisel, and she'll be joined by Michael Zegen of Boardwalk Empire as Miriam's husband, Tony Shalhoub of Monk as Miriam's father, and Marin Hinkle of Two and a Half Men as Miriam's mother. The main cast members have a curious balance of dramatic and comedic credits to their names, so it should be interesting to see how they work together on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. The pilot will run for one hour.
The pilot will debut on March 17, but there's no guarantee at this point that we'll ever see any more of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel than the premiere. Amazon will release the pilot (along with the pilots for four other prospective new series) to all of its customers with the opportunity to watch and then provide feedback on the episodes. Shows that receive good reception for their Amazon pilots are more likely to nab a series order, so the future of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel at least partly depends on what viewers think of the first hour. Hopefully Amy Sherman-Palladino crafted something fabulous for the first episode.
Amy Sherman-Palladino is on board as writer, director, and executive producer on top of her credit as the creator. She'll share the producing duties with her husband and frequent collaborator Daniel Palladino, who also worked on Gilmore Girls. If they can bring their magic Gilmore Girls touch to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Amazon may have a big hit with the series. We'll have to wait and see what kind of feedback Amazon Video gets from viewers after the pilot hits the web on March 17.