Thursday, April 18, 2024

Make Room for Maisel: Emmy Winner Hank Azaria Has a Memorable, Marvelous Guest Turn in The New Season


No spoilers here that reveal much of anything.

Only to say that the great Hank Azaria turns up in the final season of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” alongside Tony winner Sutton Foster.

Azaria and Foster sort of play a version of Danny Thomas and Marjorie Lord from the great early 60s sitcom, “Make Room for Daddy.” (The insanely talented “Maisel” set designers even re-create Danny’s living room. Marlo Thomas has to watch this, Angela Cartwright, too.)

They’re each so good this is what we learn: Sutton Foster should have her own “Mary Tyler Moore” type show on a big network. She starred in “Younger” on cable TV but she can still do a lot better. She literally pops off the screen.

And number 2: Azaria, who has SIX Primetime Emmy Awards, has made a fortune from “The Simpsons,” and deserved an Oscar nomination for “The Birdcage,” must be a great friend of the Palladinos. They give him something to do at the end of his episode that will definitely win him an Emmy as Guest Star in a Series. It will also earn him so much press and raves, I can’t wait to see the reaction.

“The Marvelous Mrs Maisel” starts dropping on Amazon Prime April 14th.

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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