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I’m sure there were many people out there hoping with their entire beings that Amy Sherman-Palladino’s first project after the upcoming Gilmore Girls revival would be a similar return to the world of the short-lived Bunheads, but that’s sadly not the case here. However, Sherman-Palladino does have her next project lined up, as Amazon Studios has ordered up a pilot for her alliterative comedic drama The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. I’m going to blindly guess that Mrs. Maisel is incredible at small talk.
Written and executive produced by Amy Sherman-Palladino, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel will center on a housewife in the 1950s who decides to buck trends and stereotypes by becoming one of the first female standup comedians. Something tells me Maisel’s journey from the home to the stage won’t be without its problems and she’ll need some thicker-than-regulation skin to succeed. Sounds like it could be a great piece of fiction, assuming it’s impressive enough to make it past the pilot stage.
It’s unclear from Deadline’s report if Sherman-Palladino’s Marvelous Mrs. Maisel will pay respects to history, or if it will come purely from her imagination. While there’s no plaque anywhere signifying the first female comedian, the distinction is widely credited to Loretta Mary Aiken, better known to her fans as Moms Mabley, who was a star of the African-American vaudeville circuit in the 1950s before making it to TV in shows such as The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and The Ed Sullivan Show in the 1960s. She was also a star of the stage and screen, and had well over a dozen comedy albums to her name. I expect there to be some parallels there, since Moms Mabel and Mrs. Maisel sound enough alike for tinfoil hats to come out.
After Gilmore Girls ended in 2006, the hat-donning Sherman-Palladino put forth the extremely short-lived Return of Jezebel James in 2008 and the aforementioned Bunheads in 2012. We’re obviously super jazzed that we’re getting Lorelei and Rory and the rest back for A Year in the Life’s seasonal installments, but we’re equally always anxious to see what other ideas are bouncing around Sherman-Palladino’s head. Hopefully Amazon will continue making good decisions when it comes to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Amazon ordered up a handful of other pilots along with Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, including Guillermo del Toro’s long-gestating fantasy show Carnival Row, which he’d intended to turn into a film over a decade ago. The company also has more seasons of Transparent coming, along with new projects from TV vets like Kelsey Grammer and Hugh Laurie to join its many other top-notch streaming shows. Will Marvelous Mrs. Maisel get to join that pack? We’ll have to wait and see.