The creators of Gilmore Girls are heading to Amazon.
Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, who gave us everyone’s favourite mother-daughter TV relationship, reunited their much-loved ensemble in 2016 for a limited run of Netflix spexials. One year on, they’re teaming up with the streaming giant’s rival, as Amazon studios inks an overall deal with the pair.
The multi-year agreement will see them both develop television projects for Amazon Prime Video. They’ve already got one on the way: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel which was given a rare commission of two seasons, following its successful pilot.
“Amy and Dan are brilliant. Everything they create has such an incredible vision behind it. On top of that, they’re wonderfully funny and smart people,” says Joe Lewis, Head of Comedy, Drama and VR, Amazon Studios. “Also, Amy has the best hats in show business.”
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, written and directed by Sherman-Palladino, and executive produced by Sherman-Palladino and Palladino, stars Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards) as Miriam “Midge” Maisel, a 1958 New York City woman who has everything she’s ever wanted—the perfect husband, two kids, and an elegant Upper West Side apartment perfect for hosting Yom Kippur dinner. But her perfect life suddenly takes an unexpected turn and Midge discovers a previously unknown talent—one that changes her life forever. She charts a course that takes her from her comfortable life on Riverside Drive, through the basket houses and nightclubs of Greenwich Village as she storms the world of stand-up comedy…a course that will ultimately lead her to a spot on Johnny Carson’s couch. The series also stars Michael Zegen (Boardwalk Empire) as Midge’s husband Joel Maisel, Alex Borstein (Family Guy) as Susie Myerson, Golden Globe winner and three-time Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub (Monk) as Midge’s father Abe Weissman, and Marin Hinkle (Two and a Half Men) as Midge’s mother, Rose Weissman.
“The team at Amazon has allowed us to have Dwight Eisenhower and John Kennedy as our presidents for the next few years and for that we are eternally grateful,” comments Sherman-Palladino and Palladino. “Amazon is the future of television and we are thrilled to tag along for the ride.”
Sherman-Palladino, really, is a talent who needs no introduction. She began her career on Roseanne during the show’s third season. During her four seasons working on the comedy, Sherman-Palladino was nominated for Emmy and Writers Guild Awards and was honoured with a Peabody. In 2000, Sherman-Palladino struck gold with Gilmore Girls. As creator, writer and executive producer, she brought to life the engaging story which earned widespread critical acclaim.
Among later projects was the Fox comedy The Return of Jezebel James, starring Parker Posey, and the ABC Family dance drama Bunheads, starring Sutton Foster. 2016 then brought the highly anticipated four-part Gilmore Girls miniseries on Netflix. Sherman-Palladino served as executive producer, writer and director alongside Daniel, her husband and longtime collaborator, writer/producer/director.
An Emmy Award nominee, he broke into TV in 1989, spending three years on the ABC hit Who’s the Boss? starring Tony Danza, Judith Light and Alyssa Milano. Palladino also spent two years in the mid-1990s on Roseanne, serving as a writer, co-executive producer, and then executive producer. In 2000, he began a half-dozen years on Gilmore Girls, writing some of its most popular episodes and eventually segued into directing, guiding the ship on six episodes. He went on to serve in producing roles on such original series as The Return of Jezebel James and the dance drama Bunheads.
Palladino was also Executive Producer and showrunner of the Fox animated hit Family Guy for its initial two seasons, earning an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Animated Program for its debut season. More recently, from 2012-2013, he returned to Family Guy as a consulting producer. In 2016, Palladino helped navigate the return of Gilmore Girls to Netflix, writing and directing two of the four installments.
Their signing with Amazon ensures they’ll be at the forefront of TV in the new, streaming age. It also marks Amazon’s continuing push to make bigger, higher profile shows, inking similar deals with The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman and Stranger Things producer and writer Justin Doble.
“We’re excited about the next two seasons of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel with them and, with this deal, we can’t wait to do a lot more together,” Lewis adds.