The Marvelous Mrs Maisel creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and her husband, writer-director Daniel Palladino, believe they avoided the pandemic gloom by staying in the comedy and the historical setting of the series have failed.
The first three seasons of Prime Video’s historical comedy premiered back-to-back from 2017 to 2019 and followed its affable central lead, Miriam “Midge” Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan), who inadvertently turned to stand-up comedy and took baby steps to success .
The fourth season of the five-season series, which premieres on streamer Friday, comes after three years of waiting, the longest gap between seasons. In an interview with PTI, Daniel, who serves as the series’ writer, director and executive producer, said it helped that the show was set in the 1960s so they could avoid the pandemic — at least in fiction.
“You must take refuge in comedy. We wanted to keep going and everyone around the world had to figure out how not to become obsessed with the pandemic. “Our process was to just find the comedy. We were relieved that we were dealing with the 1960s and not today. It helped that we could spend time in a different time where the issues were different,” he said.
Amy, the show’s creator, writer, director and executive producer, said that when the fourth season went into production in New York in January 2021 with the necessary COVID protocols in place, the team relied on their years of camaraderie to ensure the shoot ran smoothly. “We were very lucky because we weren’t a new show. A lot of our crew has been with us since the pilot, so we’ve been together for five years. It was horrible with the masks and distancing, but because we were already so connected, our main goal was to protect the cast and especially Rachel. “When Rachel had the wig on, she couldn’t wear a mask, so there was a collective ‘Rachel won’t get sick today’ feeling! That really helped, because you are very trusting and loving with people. It just made work feel like a safe place,” she added.
The new season follows up on the heartbreak Brosnahan’s Midge faced in season three when she was pulled from singer-star Shy Baldwin’s major tour for nearly outing him while performing a stand-up at the Apollo Theater.
The performance was euphoric, but the aftermath was tragic, and Midge now finds himself back to square one.
Fans of the show have observed that Midge would have her revenge mode activated for the current season, and Amy said her character’s journey mirrors the trajectory of artists in showbiz – they’ll come back stronger when pushed against the wall. “I used to joke – although it’s no joke – that there’s no such thing as show business except for angry, vengeful people. That’s why you go into business to get back at everyone who called you stupid or ugly. It’s like, ‘Now you’ll see who I am!’ A lot of creativity also comes from the need to get back to people.” The 56-year-old creator, who is also known for another TV cult hit Gilmore Girls, said Midge is open to change and will take anything that comes her way , frontal. Her role in season four will be about accepting and overcoming the harsh realities of the entertainment business. “What’s wonderful about her is that she’s an open person, whatever comes will come, no matter which way the wind blows, she will go that way. “When the shy thing went down and she landed on the tarmac, it was the first time she looked at the store with cooler eyes. She realized that she needed protection, she needed to take care of herself and she needed to have a plan.” With The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Amy and Daniel didn’t just put together a series about a young newcomer, The Woman from York made herself prevailed in the male-dominated comic book scene of the ’60s, but also populated it with characters who, while fighting their own battles, act as a solid support system for Midge.
From her always-on-the-go manager Susie Myerson, played by Alex Borstein, to her charming parents Abe and Rose, played by Tony Shalhoub and Marin Hinkle, to her estranged husband Joel Maisel, played by Michael Zegen, the show is full of characters who immediately make a mark.
Amy, whose father was a comedian, said the world of comedy has a lot of “darkness,” but when you can find people to laugh with, the sailing is smooth.
“My father was a comedian, so I know there’s definitely a lot of darkness in the world of comedy, sometimes it comes from a lot of pain. “(But) it’s also a world of camaraderie, of mutual laughter. My dad had his comic book friends over every weekend and all you heard was laughter, boys making each other laugh for hours… I also think our cast is special, full of special actors.” The fourth season of The Marvelous Mrs Maisel premiered on Friday, with new episodes set to air every Friday for four weeks.
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