To me, Amy Sherman-Palladino is one of the most brilliant humans who has ever walked the planet. Gilmore Girls premiered on my birthday many, many years ago; Bunheads was about dance, so, as a dancer myself, I was immediately sold; and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is about a witty, subversive 1950s housewife, and if Sherman-Palladino is going to rewrite the housewife narrative, I’m there for it.
Now, as Season two of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel sets to premiere tomorrow, Wednesday, December 5th (cue squeals) on Amazon Prime Video, creators Amy Sherman-Palladino and executive producer Daniel Palladino talk about privilege, relationships, and character in dynamics in the upcoming season.
The show originally premiered in 2017 and went on to become critically acclaimed, winning 8 Emmys. In the wake of #MeToo and Time’s Up beginning moments, the premise of the show resonated deeply with Hollywood and fans alike.
In the show, Midge Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) is recently separated from her unfaithful husband. Following their separation, Midge begins to branch out, discovering herself outside the role of housewife and caretaker and realizes just how limiting her life has been. In the wake of her husband leaving, Midge drunkenly stumbles to a bar and accidentally/unintentionally performs a stand-up comedy routine, landing her in prison and propelling her forward into a stand-up career.
According to The Hollywood Reporter’s interview with Sherman-Palladino, Palladino, and Brosnahan, the second season of Mrs. Maisel is branching out of the Upper West Side and Greenwich Village to Paris and the Catskills.
Sherman-Palladino explains that Paris will help fill in the gaps about Midge’s mother, Rose, and the Catskills stands as a representation of Jewish culture.
Palladino says, “It’s an emblem and a big part of Jewish cultural history here in New York and the surrounding states: the Catskills was how you got away from the heat before there was air conditioning. It’s where people went to get fresh air, away from the smells and the trash and all of that, and it’s now a sub-culture that I think less and less people know anything about.”
Palladino also adds that the trip to Catskills forces Midge to realize the life of privilege she has been warranted in contrast with her manager Susie (Alex Borstein).
Season two of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel will be exploring the intricacies of relationships and families, and continuing to blur the boundaries between public and private for a 1950s housewife. Don’t forget to stream it starting to tomorrow, Dec. 5th on Amazon Prime!
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