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After bringing millions of fans Rory and Lorelai Amy Sherman-Palladino offers the tale of a young, Jewish woman on her quest to become a comedian
What’s the deal with gefilte fish?
We’re assuming the jokes Miriam “Midge” Maisel tells in the new Amazon series, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” set to premiere on March 17th, will be of higher caliber.
Maisel, played by Rachel Brosnahan (“House of Cards”), is a young Jewish mother and wife in 1950’s Manhattan. She has a beautiful family, a lovely apartment on the Upper West Side — and apparently a penchant for punchlines.
Created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, the mastermind behind major hit show “Gilmore Girls,” the new show might be trading coffee for kreplach and martinis for manischewitz, but viewers can probably expect the same kind of fast-paced wit and colorful characters so fondly cherished from Stars Hollow.
Set in 1958 Manhattan, the young Mrs. Maisel is used to an elegant and comfortable life of hosting holiday dinners and preparing Shabbat meals from her sophisticated home on Riverside Drive. However, events occur that pull the Jewish homemaker out of her domestic routine — and into a stage one.
As Maisel discovers her new talent as a stand-up comedian she ventures to comedy clubs in the West Village, and at one point, ends up on the coveted couch of Johnny Carson, according to the Amazon description.
Maisel’s father, Abe Weissman (Tony Shalhoub) is “an academic and intellectual who believes in books and facts and speaks as little as possible” according to Wochit Entertainment. Other cast members include Alex Borstein, (you may remember her as the snarky harpist from the Independence Inn, Drella, or the mysteriously ageless wardrobe guru Miss Celine).
Whether or not Palladino’s new show will serve as an emotional substitute for “Gilmore Girls,” it sounds like we can expect to get swept up in a vibrant universe filled with strong women. And let’s be honest, when it comes to the beloved television writer — where she leads, we will follow.
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