‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Is ‘Going Big’ for Season 2
If you’ve been awaiting the return of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel ever since you finished bingeing season one, then the wait is almost over. The Amazon Prime series about Midge Maisel, a Jewish housewife in 1958 who discovers she has a knack for stand-up comedy after her husband leaves her, will return later this winter. “Season two is big,” cocreator and executive producer Amy Sherman-Palladino said at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Saturday. “We have all of the pieces to go big or go home, and we don’t go home. [In fact, we work so much] we haven’t been home in two years.”
The series—which was just nominated for 14 Emmy Awards, including Best Comedy as well as Best Actress for Rachel Brosnahan—is already a favorite of critics and fans, taking home the Golden Globe for Best Musical or Comedy Series as well as Best Actress for Brosnahan earlier this year. At the end of season one, Midge and her estranged husband Joel were nearly in a good place, but that was about to change once Joel discovered Midge has been performing stand-up comedy—his passion—and is actually quite good at it. “Eventually everybody is going to find out [about Midge’s new career ambitions],” cocreator and executive producer Daniel Palladino tells Glamour. “The trickiness of hiding that lifestyle is very, very hard to hide.”
So what else can you expect in season two? With only a few more months to go, here’s everything we know.
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Season two will premiere later this year, hopefully in time for the holiday season. The show was originally picked up for 18 episodes, and eight aired as part of season one. Palladino confirmed to Glamour that season two will consist of 10 episodes. No official premiere date has been announced, but let’s just say that homemade latkes aren’t the only thing you’ll have to look forward to this Hanukkah.
There will be a bit of a time jump. “We do kind of jump ahead,” Palladino reveals. “We shifted some time and [just as in season one], we will jump back and forth, and we’re going to continue to do that in every season.” As for where the show picks up, Palladino won’t say much. But we do have a hint: “Midge will find out that Joel was at the club [for her stand-up act], and we’re going to deal with those ramifications,” she says.
Midge has a new job at the department store. In an exclusive clip shown to journalists at the Television Critics Assocation summer press tour, Midge has been demoted to the basement switchboard at B. Altman & Co. after her encounter with Penny on the main floor (you remember—when Penny called Midge a tramp for sleeping with her estranged husband). Midge’s new coworkers are enthralled by Midge’s can-do personality and ability to juggle 10 things at once. They also want to know more about her time working at the makeup counter, and she promises to tell them everything.
There’s trouble ahead for Midge. “We left Midge in a pretty triumphant moment [at the end of season one]. She’s finally arrived into Mrs. Maisel the stand-up comedian,” says Brosnahan. “I can’t say a whole lot about where she’s headed in season 2, but good things can’t last long.”
Susie Myerson finds her true love. “Joel and I end up having a torrid affair,” Alex Borstein (Myerson) jokes. “I’m sorry, that’s my fantasy. No, Susie is changing this season. She’s finally found the great love of her life, which is Midge, and I mean that in a larger sense. [Managing someone of her caliber] is her passion.”
Joel’s not going anywhere. Just because Joel and Midge split in season one, don’t expect the actor that plays Joel—Michael Zegen—to go anywhere. He has plenty of story next season, and you’ll see him try to coparent with Midge. “He’s stuck between a rock and a hard place,” Zegen says. “He loves Midge and he saw that she’s really talented [at comedy], but on the other hand, it’s a huge blow to his ego that she’s this talented.” Still, Zegen says, there’s a lot of love between Midge and Joel, even though he slept with another woman and treated her horribly. “[We meet him] at a very terrible time in his life, but he still loves Midge.” Adds Broshanan: “They will never be able to be without one another. It creates a wonderful, dramatic tension, and you get to explore the depths of their love in a lot of different capacities.”
Rose and Abe will face new challenges in their marriage. “Abe is this sort of old-fashioned man in 1959 who would have been very content for absolutely nothing to change,” Palladino says. “However, we’ve seen Rose searching and going to fortune tellers [hoping to expand her horizons]. There are cracks in her facade, and those cracks are just going to get bigger and bigger.”
Zachary Levi is joining the cast in a recurring role. Levi will recur as an eclectic Manhattan doctor who suddenly starts spending a lot of time with the Maisels and Weissmans, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Bonjour, Paris! When filming for season two began in March, some of the cast traveled to the City of Lights for various scenes. Brosnahan told Glamour that they filmed in “the most extraordinary locations” and had “the most beautiful sets.” While she remains tight-lipped on what brings Midge to Paris, Brosnahan says the only spoiler she can give is that a dog is involved in their overseas trip. “It was the best,” she smiles.
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The show will give off some serious Dirty Dancing vibes. In June of 2018, Broshanan and Zegen posted various Instagram shots from upstate New York, which led to speculation that the show travels to a Catskills-esque location, à la Dirty Dancing. “A big part of the series is following the lifestyles of a Jewish family in the late ‘50s,” Palladino tells us. “That includes things like the Upper West Side, temple, and vacations and stuff. Over the seasons we’re going to see the family’s whole world, and we film all over the place. There’s nothing you can derive from exactly where we film, but it could be camp, who knows?”
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The series has already been renewed for a third season. Earlier this spring, Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke announced the good news at the Peabody Awards. With season two set to premiere this winter, look for season three to arrive sometime in late 2019 or early 2020.
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