Sunday, July 21, 2024

(UPDATED) Secrets of “Mrs. Maisel”: Popular Amazon Series Returns with Unexpected Twists, Turns, and Laughs


Amazon really rolled out the red carpet in New York Thursday night at the swanky Rainbow Room high above Rock Center for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” stars Rachel Brosnahan and Tony Shalhoub, show creators Amy Sherman Palladino and Daniel Palladino.

This was some party– Amazon wasn’t kidding when they pulled out all the stops. Food and drink were abundant. There was a small orchestra playing jazz music from the late 50s. The show’s set designer designed the lighting and atmosphere. Amazon even had lovely young ladies dressed in strawberry pink blazers, black turtlenecks, fake pearls, and gloves guiding guests to the right locale.

Before the Rainbow Room, Amazon screened the first episode of Season 2 at the Paris Theater for the cast, crew, and fans like “Manchester by the Sea” director Kenneth Lonergan and his wife actress J. Smith Cameron, and “Maisel” actors like Kevin Pollack, Michael Zegen, Zachary Levi, Caroline Aaron, and Marin Hinkle. Also on hand Brooke Adams (Mrs. Shalhoub) and her pal actor-director Polly Draper (“thirtysomething”). You know Brooke Adams co-starred in the all time greatest film, Terrence Malick’s “Days of Heaven” (1978). Rent it if you don’t know it.

“Mrs. Maisel” Episode 1 “Simone” will be released December 5th along with nine more installments that everyone will be binge-watching for 24 hours. Here are some secrets: it’s still 1958! Midge, aka Mrs. Maisel, is trying to get over her career-ending scandal and resurrect her stand up comedy act. Husband Joel is still the only family member who knows that she’s moonlighting as a comic. Midge’s manager and bff Susie talks her way out of a hilarious jam with hoodlums recalling “Bullets Over Broadway.”

To say season 2 looks even better than season 1 is an understatement. Who writes faster dialogue, I asked Amy Sherman Palladino, you or Aaron Sorkin? “I do!” she exclaimed. The “Gilmore Girls” creator and her husband are two of Hollywood’s most fascinating people. I’ll have more of an interview with “Mrs. Maisel” herself, the lovely Rachel Brosnahan, next week.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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