Due to critical acclaim and awards season accolades, Amazon Studios continues to invest in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Ahead of its Season 2 premiere, the comedy series has already been picked up for a third installment.
The series focuses on a Manhattan housewife who decides to become a stand-up comedian. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's pilot premiered in March 2017, starring Rachel Broshnahan as the titular character to experiences an existential crisis after her marriage falls apart. Set in 1958, the series incorporates real-life comedians such as Lenny Bruce, while the production design bears obvious similarities to AMC's iconic Mad Men. In April 2017, Amazon ordered two full seasons, with the eight-episode Season 1 premiering las November. The series was developed by Amy Sherman-Palladino, who is known for creating Gilmore Girls, and for her witty, pop culture-laced dialogue. With The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s premise based heavily on the art of communicating, Sherman-Palladino’s formula didn't disappoint, as Brosnahan won a Golden Globe award for Best Actress — Television Series or Musical, while the series itself was honored as the Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy.
Per Variety, Amazon has picked up The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel for a third season. While accepting an award at the 77th Annual Peabody Awards in New York City, Sherman-Palladino teased a third run, while Amazon’s Jennifer Selke confirmed the news later in the evening. Although Series 1 lasted only eight episodes, the second ran for a full 10, and the third installment is expect to receive the same treatment. Alongside Brosnahan as the central figure “Midge,” The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel stars Michael Zegen as Midge’s husband, Alex Borstein as her comedy manager, and Luke Kirby as the aforementioned Bruce, the late comedian who famously challenged audiences with his edgy material.
In 2013, Amazon launched their first two original comedy series, Betas and Alpha House, before premiering their breakout hit Transparent in September 2014. But the series' lead actor, Jeffrey Tambor, left after allegations of sexual misconduct in November 2017 — just days before The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s Season 1 premiere —and he was officially fired the following February. Much like Transparent, Sherman-Palladino’s comedy series addresses themes of identity and gender, with Brosnahan representing a feminist figure that fights her way through a male-dominated industry. With the Harvey Weinstein scandal ongoing, a character like Midge Maisel makes Amazon even more relevant, as the studio continues to produce high-quality televsion programming and feature films. In 2015, Amazon became to first streaming service to earn a Golden Globe for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy (Transparent), and they also became the first streaming service to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture with the 2016 film Manchester by the Sea.
Given the visual aesthetic and thematic timeliness of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, it makes perfect sense that Amazon would renew the progressive comedy series. Plus, Season 2 was shot on location in Paris, so fans can expect another fabulous viewing experience.