After a month of fighting it out, there is a clear winner amongst Amazon’s 2017 pilot lineup.
Amazon has ordered two seasons of Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino’s new drama The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. This is the first time the streaming service has ordered multiple seasons for a new show.
Written and directed by Sherman-Palladino, the show follows wealthy 1950s housewife Miriam “Midge” Maisel and her unlikely rise to fame as a stand-up comedian. The series stars Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards), Tony Shalhoub (Monk), Michael Zegen (Boardwalk Empire) and Alex Borstein (Family Guy).
Mrs. Maisel’s pilot debuted in March, at the same time as a handful of other shows on Amazon. Some of the other shows fighting for a second season included Oasis and Budding Prospects, but as the weeks wore on, Mrs. Maisel clearly stood out. The show attracted positive reviews from a number of outlets, Rotten Tomatoes and the internet in general.
Joe Lewis, head of comedy, drama and VR for Amazon Studios, said that the decision to order two seasons came easily. “In her onstage debut, Mrs. Maisel killed and had audiences responding overwhelmingly with digital applause,” said Lewis. “Like any great young stand-up, we’re excited to see what she has to say next and for a long time to come. That made it an easy decision to order two seasons from Amy and her incredible cast. We can’t wait to bring it to customers soon.”
There is no word yet as to a production start date, much less a release date for the show. As the positive reviews continue to mount, we’ll definitely keep an ear out.