On Thursday night, cast and crew walked the pink carpet at the iconic Paris Theatre in New York to celebrate the second season of the Amazon original series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. The premiere locale was selected because the second season of the Emmy-winning series begins in Paris, France. Show creator, writer, and director, Amy Sherman-Palladino says she wanted to take audiences on “a great ride.”
Set in a bouncy, vibrant 1950s, the first season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel followed the titular Upper Westside housewife and mother (played by Rachel Brosnahan) who discovers her ne’er do well husband Joel (Michael Zegen) is cheating on her. After separating, Midge embarks on a journey of self-discovery that lands her on stages throughout Manhattan’s Greenwich Village making a name for herself as an up-and-coming standup comedian with the help of her manager, Susie (Alex Borstein).
Though Maisel the show is set in a bygone era of vacuuming in high heels and pearls, the themes are still extremely relevant as the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements continue to open dialogues about formerly taboo topics such as sexual harassment and assault.
“I think hopefully they understand that the women’s struggle has been going on for a very long time and maybe they won’t feel quite as isolated. It’s a group thing and we’re all in this together,” Amy Sherman Palladino told The Hollywood Reporter. “And hopefully watching Susie and Midge take this journey together will inspire more women to be supportive of women. Because it’s something that men do naturally, and it’s something that for some reason does not come naturally to women. We isolate ourselves more, and we’re stronger together.”
As Midge takes her career to the next level, her relationship with her parents, Abe and Rose, (played by Tony Shalhoub and Marin Hinkle) also wanders into what Shalhoub called “uncharted waters” in the second season of the show.
“Everything that happened to Midge in season one, the dissolution of her marriage, the other characters are now feeling the ramifications of that,” Shalhoub shared. “Abe is a rigid guy, set in his ways and is now to forced to adapt to change. As an actor that presents a great challenge.”
The cast and crew also traveled to the famed Catskills in upstate New York to shoot episodes of the Maisel family on vacation. This puts Midge and Joel in close proximity to one another as she continues to work on her standup routine.
“There’s always going to be some resentment and jealousy, but there’s also love and respect and they have two kids together so they’re always going to be in each other’s lives,” Michael Zegen said. “I want to see where it goes. I have no idea.”
Season two takes Midge on a whirlwind adventure as she faces what’s next for her as a comedian, mother, and wife. However, the upbeat, hardworking character faces her own sets of challenges as she painstakingly tries to find what is right for her and her family.
“I hope they recognize that she’s not perfect. She’s flawed but she’s interested in learning, asking questions about the world around her,” Rachel Brosnahan commented. “Progress isn’t linear. Midge’s story will definitely show that in season two. And it’s never too late to find your voice in a new way and to use it.”
All ten episodes of the second season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel premiere on Wednesday, December 5 on Amazon.