'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Boss Teases a "Big" Season 2

Amy Sherman-Palladino addressed the timeliness of her period drama, and the "go big or go home" philosophy for what comes next.
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'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel'

“Sorry, Jen.”

That’s how creator Amy Sherman-Palladino responded to a question about The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s forthcoming season, the show's second for Amazon. The “Jen” she was referring to is her new boss, the streamer's head Jennifer Salke, and the apology is a reference to what is inevitably the giant budget that Sherman-Palladino's vision required. 

Without teasing much by way of future plot points, the famously tight-lipped creator told the roomful of media at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour that season two will be "big.” The series' star, Rachel Brosnahan, no doubt trained by her showrunner, held back as well. In fact, when pressed on what's next for her character, she offered only this: "We left Midge in a pretty triumphant moment. She's finally arrived into Mrs. Maisel, the stand-up comedian. I can't say a whole lot about where she's headed in season two, but good things can't last long."

That their show, despite its 1950s period setting, continues to feel timely in today's #MeToo era was among the other subjects that the cast and crew were asked to address for the umpteenth time. Sherman-Palladino fielded the question, noting: "We are dramatizing a woman's struggle at a time when she wasn't supposed to have that voice or make those changes ... so, hooray for no progress since the '50s."

At one point during the spirited Maisel panel, the Gilmore Girls and Bunheads creator was also asked about the pressure she may be feeling about having to follow up her critically adored, awards-drenched first season. Sherman-Palladino acknowledged that it was, indeed, great, and that it was exacerbated by a “self-imposed nausea that's always there.” The latter, she added, comes from wanting to do right by the top-notch group of actors that had been assembled.

"It’s really a matter of the minute that we got into bed with the people we got into bed with, the pressure is always going to be higher and higher and eventually we’ll die," Sherman-Palladino said to laughs. "So, we just decided that we had to go for it. We feel like we’ve got, for the first time in our career, the support from the brass, the actors, all of the pieces to go big or go home, and we don’t go home. We have not been home in two years. I don’t know where home is." 

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has already been renewed for a third season.