Amazon has just picked up two seasons of a new dramedy called “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” which is significant for a couple of reasons.
1. Those “Gilmore Girls” fans still eagerly hoping for a second Netflix revival of their beloved show will need to chill out. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is written and directed by “Gilmore” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, and she’s going to be busy with her new Amazon project. The leading “Gilmore” ladies are also a little busy: Lauren Graham is in a Fox comedy pilot called “Linda From HR” and Alexis Bledel has a role on Hulu’s forthcoming “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
2. It’s one of a group of current or upcoming TV shows about the world of stand-up comedy. HBO is airing “Crashing,” in which Pete Holmes deals with divorce and his commitment to becoming a comedian. Showtime is premiering its Jim Carrey-produced series about the LA stand-up scene of the 1970s, “I’m Dying Up Here,” on June 4. Maria Bamford’s “Lady Dynamite” will be returning for a second season on Netflix. And of course FX’s “Louie” will return one day, won’t it?
3. It’s the first time Amazon has been confident enough to order two seasons of a show. The pilot for the series became available on March 17, and Amazon viewers were extremely enthusiastic about it, with an average customer rating of 4.8. According to Joe Lewis, Amazon’s head of comedy, drama, and VR, “In her onstage debut, Mrs. Maisel killed and had audiences responding overwhelmingly with digital applause. 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.” The release date has not been announced.
4. If “Mrs. Maisel” succeeds, it may well make a star of Rachel Brosnahan, who plays the Upper West Side housewife drawn to the stage. She has been in “The Blacklist,” “Manhattan,” “Crisis in Six Scenes,” and “House of Cards,” winning a guest actress Emmy nomination for that last show for her turn as young prostitute Rachel Posner. Also in the cast: Michael Zegen, who was Benny Siegel on “Boardwalk Empire,” Alex Borstein from “Getting On,” Marin Hinkle from “Speechless,” stand-up star Gilbert Gottfried, and Tony Shalhoub from “Monk.”Matthew Gilbert can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.