Amazon Prime original series The Marvelous Mrs Maisel first aired last November with an eight-episode debut series. A critical and popular success, the show went on to take home a raft of impressive awards including two Golden Globes – Best Television Series (musical or comedy) and Best Actress (television series musical or comedy).
Series two went into production in March 2018, and just two months later Amazon announced the series had been renewed for a third season.
But just what is The Marvelous Mrs Maisel about, what makes it so special and when it is back on? Here’s everything we know so far...
What is The Marvelous Mrs Maisel about?
The Marvelous Mrs Maisel is a comedy drama set in 1958 New York City. It centres around the trials and tribulations of Midge Maisel, a beautiful Jewish New Yorker who seems to have it all. Living a comfy lifestyle with her husband and kids in their trendy Upper West Side apartment, she embodies the perfect 1950s housewife lifestyle.
But this all changes when her businessman hubby Joel, who moonlights as a struggling stand-up comedian, confesses to Midge that not only has he been having an affair with his secretary – but he’s leaving his family for her.
Devastated Midge goes on a drunken rampage, only to leap onto stage and give stand-up comedy a go. And - would you know - she’s surprisingly good at it, so much so that she begins to consider it as a potential career.
Over the course of the first eight-episode series, Midge tries to forge a new comedy career, all while juggling lfe as a single mother and facing up to her divorce. Will she make it through, or will she resign herself to a life at home and inevitably taking Joel back?
Who’s in it? Who is returning for series two? Who is joining the cast?
Rachel Brosnahan as Miriam Maisel
Rachel Brosnahan stars as central character Miriam Maisel, known simply as ‘Midge’ or ‘Mrs Maisel.’ Brosnahan has starred in another Amazon Prime series, Woody Allen’s Crisis in Six Scenes as Ellie and also as the call girl Rachel Posner in the Netflix megahit series House of Cards. Her additional roles include playing Jolene Parker in The Blacklist and Yael in The Dovekeepers.
Michael Zegen as Joel Maisel
Michael Zegen plays Miriam’s philandering and wannabe stand-up comedian husband Joel Maisel. Michael has appeared in many other major television series including as Randall Culver in The Walking Dead, Benny Siegel in Boardwalk Empire, Joe in Girls and as Damien Keefe in Rescue Me.
Alex Borstein as Susie Myerson
Alex Borstein plays Miriam’s comedy manager and mentor. Alex is particularly well know for her voice work in huge shows such as Robot Chicken and Family Guy and in The Angry Birds Movie. Additional roles include splaying Lou Deckner in Shameless and as Dawn Forchette in Getting On. She has also appeared in Gilmore Girls multiple times as various characters.
Tony Shalhoub as Abe Weissman
Tony Shalhoub stars as Miriam’s Columbia University professor father Abe Weissman. Tony is most recognisable for his starring role in the hit detective series Monk as Adrian Monk and other major roles include playing Red Wheatus in BrainDead and Dr. Bernard Prince in Nurse Jackie.
Zachary Levi - new for series two
Zachary Levi will be joining the cast of The Marvelous Mrs Maisel in series two. The details of his character have yet to be announced. Zachary’s past roles include voicing Eugene Fitzherbert in Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure and playing Jeremiah Pontelli in Netflix mini-series Alias Grace.
What are the critics saying?
Created by Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel currently boasts a 96% Rotten Tomatoes approval rating. IndieWire describes the series as having "a much-needed message for our times" with the "appeal of a Mad Men-with-a-feminine-flair production design" and says it's "well on its way to becoming the next obsession for Gilmore Girls devotees".
Slate, meanwhile calls the programme "a stylish, fun show that is neither punishing nor idiotic, an escape from reality that is tethered, ever so slightly, to reality”.
When is series two on Amazon Prime?
The release date of season two of The Marvelous Mrs Maisel has yet to be confirmed by Amazon. However, it is predicted to be available by the end of 2018 at the very latest.