Great news. We’re getting two seasons of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” back to back.
Season 4 just wrapped after a three day shoot at Carnegie Hall. The crew went back to Queens and wrapped up loose ends. Everyone gets a vacation. Star Rachel Brosnahan may get a free trip to the South of France courtesy of amFAR, which is listing her as a celebrity they expect next Friday, July 16th at their pre-Halloween ball, er, AIDS fundraiser (as described here).
But the good news is that I’m told Amazon has already greenlighted ( or is it greenlit?) another season. Sets can stay up, actors can leave for vacay knowing they have jobs to come back to. Season 4 features the main cast as we know them plus Milo Ventimiglia and Kelly Bishop, who appeared on the Palladino’s old series, “Gilmore Girls.”
How much longer will “Mrs. Maisel” go on for? Six, seven seasons? I guess it will all depend on how these two seasons are welcomed by fans. Here’s the problem: they promoted Emmy winner Luke Kirby to a regular. Kirby plays real life comedian Lenny Bruce, who died tragically in 1966. Lenny died from an overdose of morphine while his New York obscenity conviction was still on appeal. He received a foreclosure notice at his Los Angeles home the same day. THAT can NEVER be part of “Mrs. Maisel,” I don’t think. So they can’t go beyond a certain point.
So far, though, it’s still like 1961 in “Maisel” land. And they can go seasons 5, 6, and 7 without getting near ’66.
Whenever Amazon schedules Season 4 — next winter? — “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” will be most welcome on our TVs, computers, and phones.