Amazon’s newest show – The Marvelous Mrs.Maisel has earned 14 Emmy Award nominations! Can you say – WOW! Quite a feat given that in recent years the vast majority of the golden Emmy award went to shows airing on Netflix, HBO and NBC.
Let’s start with why the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is worthy of all the kudos. Without a doubt the show is brilliantly written. But, I knew it was going to be a winner once I discovered that Amy Sherman – Palladino and Daniel Palladino were involved as the creative geniuses. Their signature snappy and witty scripts are the backbone of this show as it was with their previous break-out winner – the Gilmore Girls. However, “Maisel” is much more edgy than the Gilmore Girls, which one easily discovers within the first episode.
Let’s break it down even more (SPOILER ALERT). Set in 1958, a time when women were expected to cook, clean and look pretty – “Midge” Maisel, played by the outstanding Rachel Brosnahan, finds herself as a Jewish woman with a cheating husband, Joel (Michael Zegen). He leaves her for an office romance… quite the shocker for Midge. Bad karma continues as Joel’s hopes of a career in comedy are seriously dashed due to his “borrowing” someone else’s material. (The someone being Bob Newhart) To complicate matters, Midge is no slouch at comedy either, and in fact, is the funnier of the two. The audience is let in to this little secret as it plays out in one of the funniest scenes filmed for a TV show.
The hilarity of the show also is due to the doting parents who raised Midge in a comfortable Manhattan lifestyle and their major dilemma as how to explain “the separation” to the Jewish community. Actors Tony Shalhoub and Marin Hinkle play Midge’s parents and they are HYSTERICAL.
Also among the superb roster of actors in this production is one who I always have enjoyed watching over the years, actor Kevin Pollack. Here he brilliantly portrays Midge’s soon to be ex-father-in law, Moishe Maisel. I had an opportunity to interview Kevin on the red carpet of the Oscar gifting suite hosted by Celebrity Connected .
This is what he had to say about the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and its’ success:
Here’s to the success of the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and all involved. Thank you Kevin Pollak for your fun and candor.