Imagine if Lucy Ricardo decided she didn’t want to be a 1950s housewife anymore. What then?
Well, that’s basically the premise for the new Amazon comedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. The show is brought to you by Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino. It’s about an early 1960s housewife who turns to stand-up comedy to cope after her husband leaves her.
The series has already been picked up for two seasons as part of a deal Sherman-Palladino has inked with Amazon.
“I’m sorry, but look at me!” Maisel, who goes by Midge, says during a stand-up bit in the trailer as she mourns her separation. “Who wouldn’t want to come home to this every night?”
Actress Rachel Brosnahan, who plays Maisel, said she channeled some familiar female comedians, including Joan Rivers, to prepare for the role.
And though there are some story similarities, Brosnahan said during an interview with Vanity Fair that the two ladies are very different. “Joan’s comedy came from a place of feeling like she never belonged. She always referred to herself as the ugly duckling. Midge is the opposite. She knows she is beautiful; she knows she is great at what she does, and she will be the first to tell you about it.”
Midge is also funny. The trailer is a spectacle of humor and girl confidence that’s hard to resist. The show promises not just laughs, but also heart.
“It is a show about a woman, being written, directed, and executive produced by a woman and hopefully future directors to come,” Brosnahan said. “It’s clear how important it is to Amy to be telling stories about women, but not just for women. It’s a fresh change of perspective that I don’t think I realized how much I’d been craving.”
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel premieres Nov. 29 on Amazon.