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  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 3 will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on Friday.
  • Sterling K. Brown from This Is Us will join the Mrs. Maisel cast as a guest star.
  • Season 3 will focus mainly on Midge Maisel’s first comedy tour, as seen in the trailer.

Much to the relief of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel fans everywhere, the hit Amazon Prime Video show was renewed for a third season all the way back in May 2018 — before season 2 had even premiered. Here’s everything you need to know about the latest season of the Emmy award-winning show:

When will season 3 premiere?

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 3 will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on December 6. Unlike seasons 1 and 2 (which dropped on Wednesdays), season 3 is coming to Amazon on a Friday — so pop some popcorn and consider your weekend booked.

If the prospect of a weekend full of Maisel isn’t enough to get you excited for the new episodes to come, peep the season’s full-length trailer below:

In the 2-minute, 18-second clip, we get a first look at how Midge’s relationships with Joel and her family have changed, how Midge and Suzie are faring on their first big tour, and how guest star Sterling K. Brown might fit into everything.

How many episodes will there be in season 3?

Eight, according to TVLine. While season 2 featured 10 episodes, the show is returning to its slightly shorter episode format for the third season. The good news: Season 3 likely won’t be the last for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, as show creator Amy Sherman-Palladino previously told The Hollywood Reporter that she has four to five total seasons planned out (and, of course, the show is extremely popular).

Will there be any new additions to the cast in season 3?

Yes! Aside from series regulars Rachel Brosnahan (Midge Maisel), Alex Borstein (Suzie Myerson), Tony Shalhoub (Abe Weissman), Marin Hinkle (Rose Weissman), Michael Zegen (Joel Maisel), Kevin Pollak (Moishe Maisel), and Caroline Aaron (Shirley Maisel), who will all be returning, season 3 will include a few noteworthy guest stars.

First, Sterling K. Brown will join the cast in a small role. After Rachel told Entertainment Tonight that the This Is Us actor would be her number one guest star pick, Sterling himself confirmed that Amy and her husband/show producer, Dan Palladino, wrote a part into season 3 just for him. He’s since appeared in the official trailer and told People that he “had a great time” filming his part on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, though he remains tight-lipped about what, exactly, that part is.

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Other than Sterling, Cary Elwes (who recently appeared in Stranger Things 3, as well) and Stephanie Hsu (of Broadway fame) will make appearances, Variety reports. In an exclusive August report, TVLine also revealed that Liza Weil — who played Paris Geller in Amy and Dan’s hit ’00s show Gilmore Girls — will play a yet-unnamed role.

Actor Brian Tarantina (who played Gaslight comedy club emcee Jackie in the show) will also appear in season 3, which he filmed before his death on November 2.

Are there any Mrs. Maisel season 3 spoilers yet?

Not a ton of information about season 3 has been made public just yet, but there are some things we do know: At the end of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 2, Midge accepted an offer to open for a musician on a six-month tour.

This tour will largely be the subject of season 3, and it’s likely to completely upend Midge’s life — from her relationship with season 2 love interest Benjamin (Zachary Levi) to her family dynamic at home — and take her and Susie as far as Miami, as was revealed in an exclusive photo from People.

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“The scope of the show has gotten even larger — it’s in Vegas, it’s in Miami,” actress Caroline Aaron (Shirley Maisel) told GoodHousekeeping.com in an interview ahead of the season 3 premiere. “She’s on tour, so you’re going to see the country and you’re going to see what it was like for women during that time.”

Still, some of the season will take place in New York City, as is evidenced by these behind-the-scenes shots of the cast on set, some of which were taken as recently as September:

If you were wondering if this might be the season where we see Midge and Joel get back together, though, you might end up disappointed. Sure, season 2 ended with a steamy one-night stand between the separated husband and wife (and the trailer and photos do show them meeting up again), but Michael told Town & Country that he doesn’t think now’s the right time for the on-again, off-again couple to give their marriage another try.

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“In talking it over with Rachel, she was saying that it’s final moment of comfort before she launches this new career,” he said. “She said she wants to be with someone who loves her for this one night, and she knows that’s him … as it stands at the end of season 2, no, I don’t think that they’re good together. He would be holding her back.”

Instead, Michael told Town & Country he’d like to see Joel open up a comedy club of his own — something his character has been musing on for quite some time.

And that’s all well and good, because as Rachel said at the Temple of Aaron fundraising event, this season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is all about Midge coming into her own more than she’s ever been before: “It will show her maturity in a whole new way,” she said. “More than the first two seasons.”

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How Many Episodes Are In ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Season 3? We Have Some Bad News

Midge is going to have a little less stage time in Season 3 of Marvelous Mrs. Maisel than fans may have been expecting. Fans still have several months to wait for the new season of Amazon’s stand-up comedy series, but a new report from TVLine has confirmed just how long the upcoming third season will be. So, how many episodes are in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 3? Unfortunately, it will be shorter then last season.

The new season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel will consist of only eight episodes, which is down from the 10-episode second season that premiered back in December. Although it is a couple less episodes than Season 2, the new episode count is not too much of a downgrade. In fact, the Season 3 episode count takes the show back to its roots, in a sense, due to the fact that Season 1 also consisted of eight episodes.

Shortly after Season 2 premiered on Amazon in its entirety on Dec. 5, 2018, showrunners Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino told TVLine that they were still trying to figure out what the best episode count for the next season would be:

Amazon has given us some flexibility so we can see what stories we have. And we want to see what we can produce without killing everybody, including ourselves … Some of the stuff we’re talking about might take time. We’re just trying to figure out how to make sure everything good gets on the screen.

That statement makes it sound like Marvelous Mrs. Maisel will not have a set episode count for each season, so we may even see the length of future seasons fluctuate even more than between eight and 10 episodes, depending on what feels right to the Palladinos.

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Aside from this eight-episode length, not much else is known about Season 3 of Marvelous Mrs. Maisel yet. Tony Shaloub did recently reveal that part of the season will include a trip to Miami, where Midge’s parents will see her while she is on her international tour with singer Shy Baldwin. Production for Season 3 is underway right now, so fans will just have to wait to find out any more details about the new season a until little bit later.

The ending of Season 2 definitely opened up a lot of possible new directions for Season 3 to go in, though. The finale ended with cliffhangers for almost every main character : Midge accepts a touring gig with Shy Baldwin that puts her love life on ice (turning down Joel’s advances and postponing Benjamin’s marriage proposal), Sophie Lennon asks Susie to become her new manager, and Abe quits his collegiate job to return to his reckless days as an activist. All of these major twists are sure to be at the center of the new season.

Amazon has yet to reveal an exact premiere date for Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 3, but we do know that it is coming in late 2019. If it follows the pattern of the show’s previous release dates, then Season 3 will premiere sometime in late November or early December.

Xander Berkeley’s web series The Booth at the End

Kiefer Sutherland isn’t the only 24 star with a web series. Xander Berkeley, better known to 24 fans as George Mason has an internet series called The Booth at the End. Making an appearance in a few episode is his wife Sarah Clarke (24‘s Nina Myers) who plays a nun named Sister Carmel. Here’s the trailer:

YouTube Link: The Booth at the End – Trailer

Unlike The Confession which is posted weekly, The Booth at the End is a daily show with 62 episodes (so far 26 have been released). The first episode can be watched on YouTube but the rest seem limited to http://thebooth.fxuk.com/ (UK only). If you’d rather watch them all at once, you’ve got your chance on April 11th at 11PM on FX UK, where it’ll be presented as five 22-minute episodes.

Canadians can watch the entire thing here. It seems like the US is left out this time for a change.

Update: just got this email from someone on the project:

I’m working with Fox on the project and thought you’d like to know that there is a global site for the series at http://theboothattheend.tv which should redirect to the country specific site based on the visitors location.

There is also a game that accompanies the series at http://www.canyoukill.tv to test the morals of the player – would you kill for the thing you want?

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You think you’re eager to see the new season of the award-winning comedy series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel? You’re not alone. “I truly can’t wait,” says 29-year-old actress Rachel Brosnahan, who plays Miriam “Midge” Maisel (née Weissman) on the Amazon Prime series that’s back Dec. 6. “Season three has so many wonderful new characters. We go on the road; we see new places. It’s all so exciting!”

Viewers have been gaga over the comedy-drama series since it dropped in March 2017. Besides becoming a fan favorite, the show is an awards darling, winning Golden Globes and Emmys for best series and acting. The critics have been equally enamored, calling the show “charming,” “exuberant” and “entertaining.”

Part of its charm (besides the jokes and the lovable fast-talking characters) is the show’s late-’50s sets, costumes, hair and makeup. “We hired a bunch of geniuses,” says Amy Sherman-Palladino, 53, who created the series with her husband, Dan Palladino, 59. “Everyone we hired is a storyteller, and they tell the stories using their design skills.”

Who Came Up With the Idea for Mrs. Maisel?

The concept for the show came during a stroll in New York City, where Sherman-Palladino and her husband often take long walks to talk over story ideas. “One day Amy says, ‘I’m thinking of a show set in the 1950s about a really happy housewife whose husband leaves her, and she discovers she has this talent for stand-up comedy that she didn’t know she had,’” says Palladino. “I immediately knew it was a winner, especially in Amy’s hands, considering her background.” Sherman-Palladino grew up in an art-filled household near Los Angeles. Her mother, Maybin Hewes, was a ballet dancer, and her father, Don Sherman, was a well-known comic who, much like Midge, lived in New York City in the ’50s while cutting his teeth in Greenwich Village coffeehouses and comedy clubs similar to Midge’s home turf, the Gaslight.

Initially, Sherman-Palladino followed in her mother’s pointe shoes, studying dance, but soon discovered she also had her father’s wicked sense of humor. “Believe me, there is nothing funnier than a short Jewish girl trying to dance in a room full of shiksas,” she says, laughing. “In terms of learning comedy, my main influences came from my father and his comic friends and listening to Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks’ 2000 Year Old Man album. That record formed everything that I am, always, for the rest of my life.” Palladino, on the other hand, was an admitted TV junkie who also grew up near Los Angeles watching classics like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show and All in the Family. But the two series that truly formed who he is today as a writer are M.A.S.H., “the grandfather of all comedies,” he says, “and Monty Python’s Flying Circus. I’ve memorized everything they’ve done; they were huge influences on me.”

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When coming up with the character of Midge, Sherman-Palladino and Palladino knew they wanted her to have a positive attitude toward life. “There’s something about Midge and her optimism that is infectious and the driving force into why we think the show is relatable and enjoyable,” says Sherman-Palladino. “It’s part of her charm and appeal. No matter what hits her—her husband leaves her in the first episode!—you literally can’t knock this girl down.”

“Our show is so hopeful,” agrees Brosnahan, who grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. “It’s colorful, it’s light and it makes people feel good.” It also makes people laugh, a lot, which is ironic for the actress since, she says, “I spent my whole life being told I wasn’t funny. And I lost a lot of jobs because agreed.” That clearly didn’t stop Sherman-Palladino from hiring her to fill Midge’s kitten-heeled shoes.

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When Does Mrs. Maisel Take Place?

Part of the fun of Mrs. Maisel is getting to time-travel to late-’50s New York and Miami. It’s a valentine to days gone by, from the makeup counter in B. Altman’s cosmetic department to the red tabletop booth in the Stage Deli, where Midge Maisel talks business with her manager, Susie Myerson (Alex Borstein), to a giant dining hall in the Catskills and the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach.

“I had never done a show this light and colorful,” says production designer Bill Groom, who won four Emmys for his dark and gritty work on Boardwalk Empire. “It’s really about the spirit of the time period, but the details are important.” That makeup counter in B. Altman features vintage glass showcases discovered in a defunct department store in Connecticut. “That was a big jackpot for us,” says set decorator Ellen Christiansen. For the “We’re Going to the Catskills!” episode, the team used the 150-year-old Scott’s Family Resort in the mountains of upstate New York to represent Steiner’s, the idyllic summer camp the Weissmans visit each year. To recreate the atmosphere as closely as possible to the time period, Christiansen says, “We talked to the family who still owns it, and they showed me pictures and old postcards of what it looked like in 1959.”

“We’re so proud of this season,” Sherman-Palladino says. “The actors really shake it up. I mean, they’re always good, but every single one of them kicks it up a notch this year. We’re really excited for everyone to see it.”

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Tony Shalhoub’s Romper

There are literally hundreds of fashion highpoints in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, but one particular wardrobe moment stands out: when Tony Shalhoub, who plays Midge’s long-suffering father, Abe Weissman, slips into his exercise jumper, drops the needle on Robert Preston’s popular workout song at the time, “Chicken Fat,” and does his calisthenics on the dock in the Catskills. “When I first put on what we now call the ‘Romper,’” recalls Shalhoub, who last year picked up a Tony for his lead role in the Broadway musical The Band’s Visit, “it catapulted me back to when I was a kid and watching The Jack LaLanne Show, which was on every TV in every household in America.”

The modest Shalhoub, 66, actually gives credit to two-time Emmy-winning costume designer Donna Zakowska’s hilarious costume for winning his recent Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor. “No one else in my category got to wear a romper,” he says. “If they had, I might not have walked away with the Emmy.” Marin Hinkle, 53, who plays his wife, Rose, thinks he’s being humble about the honor. “When Tony is jumping up and down doing that exercise routine, he has a childlike curiosity. Even as he ages, he still acts like a little kid,” she says. “I think it’s beautiful.”

Rachel Brosnahan’s Favorite Outfits from Mrs. Maisel

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America was clearly feeling “in the pink” during the Mrs. Maisel era. In fact, the first lady at the time was so famous for wearing blush-toned clothing, she even had a hue named after her: Mamie Eisenhower Pink. “The first costume I designed for the show was Midge’s pink coat in the pilot episode,” says Zakowska. “It became her signature shade because, to me, it referred to the rose-colored glasses through which Midge sees the world.” Rachel Brosnahan shares some of her favorite pink-accented costumes:

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“My favorite outfit was the black-and-white checked shorts suit with pink kitten heels that I wore on my ride back to New York with Benjamin.”

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“It hardly gets any play in the episode, but I loved this navy silk sailor dress with a hot pink bow at the neck. And that insane, unbelievably shaped hat!”

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“The late 1950s were a high point of women’s couture,” says Zakowska. Her designs were inspired by vintage Vogue magazines; the classic cinematic beauties of the time, Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn; and the great designers who dressed them, like Dior.

Mrs. Maisel Inspires Its Own Line of Lipstick

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The lipsticks are so popular on Mrs. Maisel that Revlon has introduced a line called the Marvelous Super Lustrous Collection in Take the Stage Reds. A swipe of the bold Fire & Ice or the slightly pinker Cherries in the Snow can mean the difference between a character feeling strong or more vulnerable in a scene. “Like everything else in this show, it’s all about the details,” says Hinkle.

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What Happened in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 2?

After Midge’s triumph at the Gaslight Night Club in The Village, the actual grind of being a comic begins to take its toll on her. Also, the pressure to come clean to her family weighs on her, especially as her choices have a ripple effect on everyone around her.

While trying “to be the biggest thing out there,” she and her manager Susie head to dingy clubs in between the Weissman-Maisel family vacation in the Catskills. She and ex-husband Joel remain friends and the gossips can’t understand why they are so amicable since they split up.

While on vacation, Midge falls for Benjamin, an eligible Jewish doctor, who is not intimidated by her big personality and later proposes marriage. In fact, he even allows Abe to conduct an extensive background check.

However, before the wedding plans can progress, Midge is offered a six-month tour of the U.S. and Europe as the opening act for Shy Baldwin, a major entertainer. It’s an offer she knows that she cannot refuse. Fearing she will be alone for the rest of her life, a confused Midge goes to Joel for some solace and “to be with someone who loves me.”

At the same time Midge’s irascible manager Susie is summoned to the home of legendary comic Sophie Lennon. Sophie wants someone to believe in her and protect her the way that Susie does for Midge and asks Susie to become her manager so that she can pursue a dramatic acting career.

Big questions loom for season 3–Did Midge and Benjamin, the handsome doctor, stay together? Will they get married? Did Midge go back to her ex-husband Joel? And how is everyone else in the extended Maisel family coping with all of this change prompted by Midge’s pursuit of her big dreams?

Who Are the New Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Cast Members and Will Brian Tarantina Return for Season 3?

This is Us star Sterling K. Brown, best known for his Emmy Award-winning role as Randall Pearson on the NBC show, joins the cast of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel as Shy Baldwin’s (LeRoy McClain) manager. While he is charming to Midge, he keeps reminding Susie he is the tour boss.

Gilmore Girls star Liza Weil, who delighted TV audiences as the spunky Paris Geller, has joined the cast of Mrs. Maisel as a performer in Shy’s act. She and Midge, both mothers on tour, bond on the road. Sherman-Palladino told Parade.com that she wanted Weil to join the Mrs. Maisel family because, “Daniel and I think Liza Weil is a comic genius. We’ve thought that from the moment that she walked in to audition for Rory on Gilmore Girls and we wrote the role of Paris for her because she was so brilliant.”

Other additions include Cary Elwes, who recently appeared in Stranger Things 3, and Stephanie Hsu.

Brian Tarantina will appear in the new season; he finished filming before his death in Nov. 2019.

Secrets & Spoilers for Season 3 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

With season three of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel approaching, we offer secrets and spoilers to look out for come December 6. And if you were wondering if your favorite characters are based on real people, some of them are!

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Midge & Joel Are NOT Back Together

The heart-stopping kiss between Midge and Joel (Brosnahan and Michael Zegen) in the final scene of season two doesn’t reunite the couple. While Midge goes on the road with singer Shy Baldwin, hitting towns like Miami and Las Vegas, Joel decides to invest in his own dreams and open a club in Chinatown.

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Abe Maisel Leaves His Job

After Midge’s father, Abe (Tony Shalhoub), leaves his position at Columbia University, he and Rose (Marin Hinkle) have to move out of their gorgeous Upper West Side apartment. Joel’s parents, Moishe and Shirley Maisel (Kevin Pollak and Caroline Aaron), are moving to Queens, New York.

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Jane Lynch Returns!

Susie Myerson (Borstein) may or may not become the manager of Sophie Lennon (Jane Lynch), but we do know that Lynch is now a full-time player on the show, which means Sophie may cause tension between Midge and Susie. Lynch won an Emmy this year for her portrayal of Sophie.

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Sterling K. Brown Joins the Cast

One of Rachel Brosnahan’s favorite actors, Sterling K. Brown, has joined the cast. “We won’t reveal one word about his role except to say he’s delightful, he always showed up on time and he always knew all of his lines. We love Sterling very much,” says Sherman-Palladino.

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Mrs. Maisel Heads to South Beach

Look for Midge this season at Miami’s world-famous Fontainebleau hotel. “I looked at a dozen other hotels in the South Beach area,” says Bill Groom, “but the Fontainebleau was really the place to stay for Frank Sinatra and the other entertainers of that time. The owners had just done a $4 billion renovation, so it was nicely restored.” Still, the modern decor needed to be replaced with furniture similar to what was in the hotel lobby in 1960. Lucky for set designer Ellen Christiansen, she had plenty of research material to help replicate the decor. “Fontainebleau is so famous; there are many books about it, and the hotel itself has an archive of old photographs,” she says. “I had to find all the furniture and upholstery that was as close to the original as possible, plus the statues and the lamps. It was a very fun project!”

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Midge Joins the USO

Like many stars of the era, from Ann-Margret to Bob Hope, Mrs. Maisel and a bevy of tap dancers join the USO this season.

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Who Plays Mrs. Maisel and Who Is in the Cast of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel?

“Rachel was the only actress we saw who didn’t have a fear of stand-up,” Sherman-Palladino explains. “Stand-up is terrifying, and she came into the audition and knew to lean into the microphone. The moment she did that, we knew we’d found our girl.”

Rachel Brosnahan

Brosnahan started her role as aspiring comedian Miriam “Midge” Maisel in Prime Video’s period comedy series in 2017. The show has made the 29-year-old actress a household name.

The role has awarded her a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 2018, and two consecutive Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy in 2018 and 2019.

Previously, she had a recurring role in the Netflix political thriller series House of Cards, for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination.

Brosnahan made her film debut in the horror film The Unborn and has appeared in films Beautiful Creatures, Louder Than Bombs, The Finest Hours and Patriot’s Day.

Her costars point to Brosnahan’s magic–her work ethic, her strength of character and her indomitable spirit–as a primary reason the show is so beloved.

Tony Shalhoub

Shalhoub is a four-time Emmy Award-winning actor who is currently playing Mrs. Maisel’s father, Abe.

Shalhoub is widely recognized for his work as a character actor, having won a Golden Globe for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and four Primetime Emmy Awards. For his work on Broadway, he has earned a Tony Award for best actor in a musical for his performance in The Band’s Visit.

Shalhoub has performed in more than 50 movies. His memorable television work includes Antonio Scarpacci in NBC sitcom Wings and detective Adrian Monk in the USA TV series Monk.

He told Parade.com the show’s language, speed in which they talk and the challenge of the material “lends itself to kind of closer connections, and we’re all so proud of the material and so proud of each other, and we want to see everyone soar and succeed in these challenges.”

Marin Hinkle

Hinkle stepped into the designer clothing, hats, gloves and shoes and easily became Rose Weissman, the mother of Miriam “Midge” Maisel, opposite Shalhoub.

Originally planning to become a professional ballerina, Hinkle was sidelined by an ankle injury at the age of 16 and decided to become an actor. She has had a wide variety of roles on Broadway and her film roles include I’m Not Rappaport, Frequency, The Next Big Thing, I Am Sam and Dark Blue.

Hinkle started her TV career on the soap opera Another World. Before The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, she was known for her role as Alan’s neurotic ex-wife Judith on the CBS comedy series Two and a Half Men. Prior to that, she played Judy Brooks on ABC’s dramatic series, Once and Again from 1999 to 2002.

“I don’t think I am so much like Rose, but I relate to how she loves her daughter and has a husband she is mad for,” Hinkle told Parade.com. “There are certain parts of Rose that I feel would be hard to be that way all the time, but there are so many qualities that I love about her.”

Alex Borstein

Borstein is an actress, voice artist, writer, producer and comedian. She is known for voicing Lois Griffin on the animated comedy series Family Guy, for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award.

Borstein also had lead roles as various characters on the sketch comedy series MADtv, and played Dawn Forchette in the medical comedy series Getting On.

Now she is making her mark as a salty talent manager Susie Myerson, the yin to Maisel’s yang, in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. The two have this great buddy-comedy relationship as they go on the road for their first paying tour. Borstein has won two Primetime Emmy Awards for her role as Susie.

She had supporting roles in numerous films, including The Lizzie McGuire Movie, Catwoman, Good Night and Good Luck and A Million Ways to Die in the West.

Borstein was also a writer and voice actor for several television shows, including Pinky and the Brain and Power Rangers Zeo, before joining the cast of MADtv in 1997 as a featured player, becoming a repertory player mid-season.

Borstein says she heard that Sherman-Palladino and her husband Daniel Palladino had an idea for a television show years ago about a woman in the ‘50s doing standup comedy, breaking into a man’s business and balancing work and family, and she was intrigued. “Susie and Midge are kind of an odd couple with great chemistry. It’s a little like speed dating when you get together and we hit the jackpot,” she told Parade.com.

Michael Zegen

Zegen grew up in northern Ridgewood, New Jersey, in close proximity to New York and Broadway. The 40-year-old actor is best known for playing Joel Maisel, Midge’s ex-husband, in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Previous roles include firefighter Damien Keefe on the FX television drama Rescue Me and Benny Siegel in HBO’s series Boardwalk Empire.

Zegen says he knew the show was a worldwide sensation when a bartender in Madrid leaned over the bar and asked him, “Are you, Mr. Maisel?”

Caroline Aaron

Aaron stars as Joel’s enigmatic mother, Shirley Maisel, in the award-winning comedy. A modern matriarch, Shirley stands firm as a pillar of support for the family and her grandchildren, despite her occasional hijinks and often-annoying behavior. The actress is the daughter of a prominent civil rights activist.

After studying performing arts at American University in Washington, D.C., she moved to New York.

Aaron starred on Broadway in The Iceman Cometh and I Hate Hamlet. She has appeared in more than 100 movies, including Hello, My Name is Doris, 21 Jump Street and its sequel, Beyond The Sea, Just Like Heaven, Nancy Drew, Sleepless in Seattle and Edward Scissorhands.

Her television credits include Grey’s Anatomy, Modern Family, Sex and The City, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Transparent, as well as multiple iterations of the CSI franchise. When she is not on the set of Mrs. Maisel, Caroline enjoys catching up with her two children, playwriting and producing her podcast series Angst And Daisies.

She says that she and her Mrs. Maisel TV husband Pollak have become great friends and when he retreats to L.A. after the season wraps, “I miss his humor and camaraderie. We love working together.”

Kevin Pollak

Pollak, an actor, impressionist and comedian, has performed in more than 80 movies.

His 1992 HBO special Stop with the Kicking, was directed by fellow comedian David Steinberg. In July 2010, his comedy special, The Littlest Suspect, aired on Showtime. Comedy Central has named Pollak as one of the Top 100 Comedians of All Time. For his Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show, he has interviewed celebrated actors, writers, directors, comedians and masters of the tech universe.

He plays Joel’s father and Midge’s father-in-law, Moishe Maisel, who runs a clothing factory. The frank, often loud patriarch, is the polar opposite of Midge’s proper and college professor father, Abe.

“The more I get to know these characters the more I love them,” Pollak says of Moishe and Shirley. “This show is truly the gift that keeps on giving.”

Who’s the Real-Life Inspiration for the Characters in Mrs. Maisel?

Some of the Marvelous characters are based on real people, according to co-creators Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino:

Who Is Midge Maisel Based on?

“Midge is based on my dad, Don Sherman, who did stand-up in the ’50s and ’60s, along with Bob Newhart, Shecky Greene and Lenny Bruce,” says Amy. “He was a 6-foot-2 bald Bronx Jew, and now he’s Rachel Brosnahan.”

Who Is Susie Myerson Based on?

“We always saw Susie Myerson as a powerhouse in the waiting, so we had Sue Mengers in mind, because she was the most formidable agent at one time,” says Palladino. “But we wrote this character with Alex Borstein in mind, so she’s the biggest inspiration for Susie.”

Who Is Lenny Bruce Based on?

“My dad was pushing through at the same time Lenny Bruce was,” says Sherman-Palladino. “I never met him; he died the year I was born—but it wasn’t my fault. I swear I had nothing to do with that!”

Who Is Shy Baldwin Based On?

“For Shy Baldwin’s character, we were inspired by a lot of African American crooners at the time, like Johnny Mathis and Nat King Cole,” says Palladino.

Who Is Sophie Based On?

“Sophie is a mishmash of Phyllis Diller, Totie Fields and Minnie Pearl, because women back then couldn’t just be a woman onstage; they had to dress as a ‘character,’” says Sherman-Palladino. “A lot of these female comics were well educated and into the arts, not those crazy, strange caricatures.”

Has The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Won Awards?

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is the winner of 16 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series; three Golden Globes, including Best TV Series – Comedy; five Critics’ Choice Awards, including Best Comedy Series; two Producer’s Guild of America Awards; a Writer’s Guild of America Award and a Peabody Award.

How Many Seasons of Mrs. Maisel Are on Amazon Prime?

There are three seasons of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. The first season premiered in March 2017. Season two premiered in December 2018 and season three of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel premieres Dec. 6, 2019.

When Is The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel‘s Season 3 Release Date?

The show will be returning to your TV Friday, Dec. 6, on Amazon Prime Video.

Will There Be a Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 4?

Yes! Amazon announced that they will be picking up the show for a fourth season.

Where Can You Watch Mrs. Maisel Online?

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is available exclusively on Amazon Prime. If you haven’t signed up yet, you can get a free, 30-day trial—plenty of time to binge all three seasons of the hilarious series!

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Additional reporting by Debra Wallace.

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If you are like me and have been counting down the days until The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s third season airs, the wait is almost over. The second season aired on Amazon nearly a year ago, and we, the people, desperately need a fix of 1950s glitz and glamour ASAP.

Last season took us to Paris and the Catskills (which both gave me a major travel bug) and this season is only going to add to it. We know a new, pretty epic location (ahem, Miami) and there’s been some big casting news, like big casting news. But truthfully, we’re just ready to sit down and watch.

Here’s what we know so far, so please grab the nearest available pillbox hat, clear out your “things to watch” list, and get ready for some comedy.

It’s ALMOST time for season 3.

Amazon announced that season 3 will drop December 6, which is a Friday, so mark your calendars and free up your weekend. In August, the first teaser for the season was released, and let me just say, STERLING K. BROWN.

But wait, there’s a second trailer:

Okay, not only did the full-length trailer released in mid-October give us more Sterling, but there’s also a new player you’ll definitely recognize if you’re a Gilmore Girls fan. Liza Weil, aka Paris Geller (!!!), is featured in the trailer giving our girl Midge a pep talk.

“You see the world. The audiences, when they’re great, are really great. And you’re not having to go to your grave not having done anything interesting,” Liza’s character, who we still don’t know pretty much anything about, tells the comedian.

Y’all, this is going to be so good!

The show was renewed before season 2 even aired.

In May 2018, a full six months before Midge, Susie, and company returned for your bingeing needs, Amazon announced that season 3 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel was officially a thing. The news was confirmed following Amy Sherman-Palladino’s acceptance speech at the Peabody Awards.

We’re looking at eight episodes.

In April, TVLine reported that unlike season 2 (which had 10 episodes), The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s third season will consist of just eight episodes—the same number as season 1. Sherman-Palladino had previously told the outlet that season 3’s episode count was under “debate,” adding that “some of the stuff we’re talking about might take time. We’re just trying to figure out how to make sure everything good gets on the screen.”

Mrs. Maisel is heading to Florida.

TVLine reports that a “portion” of season 3 is being shot on location in Miami, and Tony Shalhoub teased as much to ET Online, saying, “I think I’ve heard that we’re going to Miami in June. That’s all I know. I don’t know what that . It’s about tour, but that’s all I got.”

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Sterling K. Brown is joining the cast.

He announced the news via Instagram and—according to Deadline—will appear in three of the eight episodes. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” Sterling says in the video below. “Maybe you’ve heard of it….I’m getting together with Midge and it’s going to be awesome.” (SO! EXCITED! FOR! THIS!)

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Sterling can’t tease too much, but he spoke a bit about his role on the Creative Arts Emmys red carpet. “He’s black, which I think is really cool,” the This Is Us actor told ET. “Maisel doesn’t tend to get black that often, but when Brown shows up, it gets real Afro-American, which makes me happy!”

“The playground that the Palladinos create is so rigorous,” he added. “There’s a lot of takes that are single takes. They write, like, 90-page scripts that they still try to get out in roughly 60 minutes, so the pace is like that .” Damn.

The guy who played Benjamin wants to return.

According to an interview with the New York Post, Zachary Levi (the hottie who plays Midge’s season 2 love interest) hopes to come back to the show after that ~surprising~ finale.

“I had such a time working with that cast and crew. Amy and Dan I got on very well with,” Levi says. “If I can make it happen, for sure.”

The cast has some ideas of what they want season 3 to look like.

We know the season is following Midge on tour and that potential cities we’re going to see are Miami, L.A., and Chicago. Rachel Brosnahan, who plays Midge, told Town & Country that she wants to see her character really commit to comedy.

“We’ve watched her try her hand at something new and rise to the top of it very quickly…so in season 3, I would like to see her be willing to fall without a safety net,” said Rachel. “She’s always had this support system, she’s got her family and her friends and some kind of back-up finances. The stakes are not quite as high for her as they are for Susie. I’d like to see her willing to take the leap and let them be higher for her too.”

Marin Hinkle revealed that viewers will learn something new about Midge’s mother, Rose. Marin said, “I want to know more about her family, like her upbringing. Like was she monied? Or not? I thought she was something, and then at the end of the season—without giving a spoiler—I feel like I got a totally new idea.”

And for Joel, who knows? In another Town & Country interview, Michael Zegen, the man behind the infamous Joel, reminded them that Joel mentioned starting a club.

“I think that could be really cool and something that he would be really good at. He kind of rescues his father’s company, and I think that he has good business instincts,” said Michael. “So in that respect, I think this could be really good for him and something that he could really thrive in, because clearly the stage was not for him but perhaps behind-the-scenes stuff will be.” So maybe Joel and Midge will reunite once Joel is running a club? Maybe not? Do I even want them to? So many questions.

It ain’t over until Amy Sherman-Palladino says it’s over.

Following her Golden Globes acceptance speech in January 2018, Sherman-Palladino joked about “never leaving” Amazon, leading fans to conclude that Maisel will be around for a while. She also revealed to the Hollywood Reporter in 2017 that they know “what our trajectory is for the first four to five seasons.”

Not only would it make sense for the show to go beyond season 3 considering how many awards it has earned—including two Golden Globes, five Primetime Emmys, and two Critics Choice Television Awards, but if the Palladinos have a plan for up to five seasons…who are we to stop them?

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It’s been a longtime TV industry tradition for the cast of successful series to renegotiate their contracts and get salary bumps after the first two seasons.

The practice has been employed by the broadcast networks for decades, with NBC’s This Is Us as a recent example, and also has been adopted by the streaming platforms, illustrated by the recent salary bumps after Season 2 for the actors of Netflix’s Stranger Things and 13 Reasons Why. Add Amazon’s breakout dramedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel to the list.

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Originally picked up with a two-season order, the period series from Amy Sherman-Palladino was renewed for a third season in May, months ahead of its November premiere. Since its launch, Mrs. Maisel has been an awards juggernaut, winning a slew of top awards, including Emmys and Golden Globes.

At tonight’s SAG Awards, where the show had another sweep with statuettes for Emmy and Golden Globe winner Rachel Brosnahan, co-star Tony Shalhoub and the cast in the comedy ensemble category, Shalhoub referenced the renegotiations. It was the first time since 30 Rock in 2008 that one series won all three comedy categories.

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“i want to thank everyone in Amazon, Jen Salke, and especially James Sterling in legal affairs and not just because I’m in the middle of renegotiation,” Shalhoub quipped in the acceptance speech for his third SAG Award in the actor in a comedy series category, first for Mrs. Maisel (He previously won twice for Monk.) Shalhoub went on to “thank my incredible cast and crew.”

Salke is the head of Amazon Studios, while Sterling is Senior Business Affairs Executive. According to sources, the renegotiations are ongoing with no major issues, and the deals, which are said to include sizable salary increases for the main actors, are expected to close to pave the way for Season 3.

In addition to Brosnahan and Shalhoub, the core cast of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel includes Emmy winner Alex Borstein, Michael Zegen, Kevin Pollak and Marin Hinkle.

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Comedian Lenny Bruce (October 13, 1925 – August 3, 1966) is Mrs. Maisel’s mentor and occasional supporter. Played by Emmy-winner Luke Kirby, Lenny Bruce is a real-life stand-up comedian whose edgy, controversial comedy was popular in the clubs of New York in the late 1950s. His use of vulgar language alongside controversial topics such as sex, politics and religion was trailblazing for the time, resulting in multiple arrests for obscenity. He was eventually convicted in 1964 but was pardoned posthumously by New York Governor George Pataki in 2003. Bruce rarely appeared on television, but famously appeared on the Steve Allen show in 1959, where he delivered the monologue featured in the season 2 finale. Bruce moved to Los Angeles in the early 60s where he became a heavy drug user; he died of a drug overdose in August 1966.

  • One week after The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 3 premiered on Amazon Prime Video in December 2019, the show was renewed for a fourth season.
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 4 will likely premiere in late 2020.
  • In season 4, fans can expect to watch the Maisel cast as they struggle to adapt to the changing times of the 1960s.

After a year of anticipation, fans were finally rewarded with The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 3, which follows the lovable Midge Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) on her first-ever national comedy tour, on December 6. But if you’ve already watched all eight episodes, you’re probably wondering …

Will there be a fourth season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel?

Good news, Midge fans! One week after the release of season 3, Amazon confirmed that The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel had been renewed for season 4. And considering how popular the show is with both viewers and critics alike (hello, 16 Emmy Awards across two seasons!), we can’t say we’re surprised at the speedy renewal.

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As for Midge’s future beyond season 4? We don’t know much just yet, but we do know that show creator Amy Sherman-Palladino likely has plans for at least one more season after that: “I think we know what our trajectory is for the first four to five seasons,” Amy told The Hollywood Reporter back in 2017, after the first season had been released.

When will season 4 premiere on Amazon Prime Video?

We can’t be completely sure when season 4 might arrive. But if the past two seasons are any indication, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 4 might premiere in early December 2020: Although season 1 landed on Amazon in March 2017, seasons 2 and 3 premiered in the first week of December in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

Are there any spoilers for season 4 yet?

Because The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel was only just renewed for season 4, we don’t have any spoilers just yet. It seems like a safe bet, however, to assume that Midge’s comedy career will only continue to take off after her first national tour in season 3 — and that her loved ones, who are along for the ride, will be forced to take her livelihood (and the modern implications of it) more seriously.

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In an interview with GoodHousekeeping.com, actress Caroline Aaron (who plays Joel’s mom, Shirley, on the show) also hinted that season 4 might be a tough one for the Maisels as they try to adjust to the changing times of the ’60s.

“As we move into the ’60s, which we are going to do by the end of season 3, the world is going to certainly be pulled out from under Moishe and Shirley’s feet,” Caroline says. “The world they knew is going to be a very, very different world. Midge is going to bring that world into this family, and I would imagine it’s going to be hard for us. I don’t know that for sure, but all the rules are changing, and let’s see what that means.”

Very interesting, indeed.

Once we have more info about the show’s timeline, we’ll be sure to let you know right here — and in the meantime, we’ll be anxiously awaiting any updates from Amazon, Amy Sherman-Palladino, or the phenomenal Marvelous Mrs. Maisel cast.

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