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‘Gilmore Girls’ Creator Has Made the Best New Amazon Prime Pilot – Yahoo TV (blog)

Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino.” data-reactid=”10″>There are five new shows now screening on Amazon Prime. It’s what the streaming service calls its “pilot season”: You watch and vote, and perhaps your pick will get picked up as a series. I’ve watched Budding Prospects (a period piece based on an early T. Coraghessan Boyle novel), Oasis (a sci-fi drama), The New V.I.P.s (a raunchy cartoon), and The Legend of Master Legend (an intriguing drama starring John Hawkes as a superhero, based an a real-life figure), and I’m here to tell you that the winner in this batch is easy to pick: It’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, from Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino.

House of Cards) as Midge Maisel, who is married with two children. Her husband, Joel (Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Zegen), is a suit-and-tie office drone with dreams of becoming a standup comedian; he and Midge spend their evenings haunting Greenwich Village nightclubs, where they wheedle for time on stage so Joel can do his act. Midge — ever the good, supportive wife — sits in the back taking notes on his performance; she thinks of what they’re doing as a partnership.” data-reactid=”11″>Set in late-1950s Manhattan, the show stars Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards) as Midge Maisel, who is married with two children. Her husband, Joel (Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Zegen), is a suit-and-tie office drone with dreams of becoming a standup comedian; he and Midge spend their evenings haunting Greenwich Village nightclubs, where they wheedle for time on stage so Joel can do his act. Midge — ever the good, supportive wife — sits in the back taking notes on his performance; she thinks of what they’re doing as a partnership.

Totie Fields, Jean Carroll, and Joan Rivers, she wisely avoided modeling Midge on any of these women, instead giving Midge her own voice — full of wisecracking, observational humor — and liberating Brosnahan to give a — yes — marvelous, open-hearted performance. She’s a woman who heightens her own neurotic-but-shrewd tendencies for comic effect when she hits the stage.” data-reactid=”15″>While it’s likely that Sherman-Palladino is steeped in the work of early female standups such as Totie Fields, Jean Carroll, and Joan Rivers, she wisely avoided modeling Midge on any of these women, instead giving Midge her own voice — full of wisecracking, observational humor — and liberating Brosnahan to give a — yes — marvelous, open-hearted performance. She’s a woman who heightens her own neurotic-but-shrewd tendencies for comic effect when she hits the stage.

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