Published Apr 10, 2017Amy Sherman-Palladino is best known as the creator behind beloved TV series Gilmore Girls, but following last year's A Year in the Life reboot, the showrunner has her sights set on a different made-for-TV story.
Despite rumours and "very preliminary" talks about new storylines for Lorelai and Rory Gilmore earlier this year, it seems like Sherman-Palladino will instead be kept plenty busy with a new show called The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel for at least two full seasons.
The hour-long pilot recently premiered on Amazon's streaming platform, inviting viewer feedback. The test episode introduced audiences to Miriam "Midge" Maisel — a wife and mother in 1958 Manhattan who suddenly discovers her talent for stand-up comedy. Co-produced with Sherman-Palladino's husband and Gilmore Girls collaborator Daniel Palladino, the new series stars Rachel Brosnahan in the titular role, alongside castmates Michael Zegen, Alex Borstein, Tony Shalhoub and Marin Hinkle.
Amazon confirmed today (April 10) [via The Hollywood Reporter] that it had picked up the show for a two-season order. An exact total on the number of upcoming episodes and a premiere date have yet to be revealed, but Amazon subscribers can help tide over the wait time for more info by streaming the pilot here.
"In her onstage debut, Mrs. Maisel killed and had audiences responding overwhelmingly with digital applause," Joe Lewis, Amazon's head of comedy and drama, said in a 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."
Unfortunately for eager Gilmore Girls devotees, rumours of further new episodes seem to be losing steam. Actress Lauren Graham recently said that she would play the character of Lorelai "until her dying day," but admitted that she didn't know if keeping the characters alive even longer is "the best thing for them."
"I don't know if there is a need to do more," Graham added. "I would never want to make it feel like we've overstayed our welcome."