Amazon is making history with the minds behind Gilmore Girls. The streaming giant announced Monday it has, for the first time since its inception, greenlit multiple seasons of a new series, ordering two editions of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel exclusively for Prime Video.
Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, creator and executive producer of the show that launched the ladies Gilmore into the pop culture stratosphere, respectively, have again teamed for Maisel, a female-focused project that charts the course of the titular character as she discovers a knack for stand-up comedy.
House of Cards star Rachel Brosnahan plays the lead role, navigating Miriam “Midge” Maisel through a perfect marriage, parenthood, and luxury living in an elegant city apartment until she unexpectedly taps into her talent as a comic in 1958 New York. Per a press release, Maisel’s journey “takes her from her comfortable life on Riverside Drive, through the basket houses and nightclubs of Greenwich Village as she storms the world of stand-up comedy,” and, ultimately, “to a spot on Johnny Carson’s couch.”
Sherman-Palladino writes and directs the program, which debuted as a pilot March 16 on Amazon. Boardwalk Empire‘s Michael Zegen, Family Guy‘s Alex Borstein, Marin Hinkle (Two and a Half Men), and Monk star Tony Shalhoub have supporting roles.
“In her onstage debut, Mrs. Maisel killed and had audiences responding overwhelmingly with digital applause,” Joe Lewis, Head of Comedy, Drama & VR at Amazon Studios, said of the pickup via statement. “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.”
A release date for further episodes of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has yet to be announced. Watch the premiere here.