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No punchline here, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel fans: More Midge is on the way—and as the world recently learned, the Emmy-winning comedy’s fourth season is shaping up to be a mini-Gilmore Girls reunion in more ways than one!
While the global pandemic delayed production on Season 4 of the Rachel Brosnahan-led Amazon Prime series, filming finally began in early 2021. Since then, on-set photos have shown that Maisel’s husband-and-wife creative team, Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, are bringing back even more of your faves from their other iconic series, Gilmore Girls. To find out who’s joining the Maisel cast, when we’ll get new episodes and more, keep reading to catch up on everything we know about The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 4.
Get ready to see a bunch of beloved stars joining the show in Season 4. Back in March, Variety reported that filmmaker and actor John Waters had joined the cast. “Waters will be appear in a guest starring role,” the outlet said, “with the exact nature of the character he is playing being kept under wraps.” Since then, he and Brosnahan have been photographed sitting together in costume while shooting a scene in a Manhattan park.
Mrs. Maisel ve John Waters ayn? karede!!!!! Bu dizi beni benden daha ?ok anl?yor ve daha ?ok seviyor! Eminim pic.twitter.com/rzXiNSimuT
— Sezen Say?nalp (@sezi_s) June 18, 2021
But wait, there’s more! In June, two of Gilmore Girls‘ A-list alumni were also hired on for Season 4 roles. First, This Is Us star Milo Ventimiglia—i.e. Rory Gilmore’s bad-news boyfriend, Jess Mariano—came aboard in an undisclosed role. (Fun fact: Ventimiglia is also the second This Is Us star to do Maisel after Sterling K. Brown guested on Season 3!)
Like Waters, Ventimiglia been shooting in New York City alongside Brosnahan as well.
no thoughts just rachel brosnahan and milo ventimiglia on set of marvelous mrs maisel pic.twitter.com/yEqZRYpUGc
— pau (@amitafreddy) June 11, 2021
Way back in 2018, Sherman-Palladino told Variety about finding a Maisel role for Ventimiglia, “It’s got to be the right part. It can’t be just a cameo. It’s got to have some meat to it. And it’s also got to be a time when he can shave and cut his hair into a 1950s-period look. But the reuniting will definitely happen.”
Just a couple weeks after Ventimiglia joined the production, Maisel had even more Gilmore-related casting news: Kelly Bishop, a.k.a. Gilmore matriarch Emily, had also been given a new guest-starring role. And judging by a teaser video the show shared, Bishop’s new character is going to be just as stern, strict and judgmental as good, old Emily Gilmore.
If looks could kill. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Kelly Bishop to Season 4 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel! pic.twitter.com/5Veko919zO
— The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (@MaiselTV) June 29, 2021
Of course, you can’t have The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel without title character Miriam “Midge” Maisel, played by Brosnahan, who’s back along with the rest of the Marvelous main cast, including fellow Gilmore Girls alum Alex Borstein (Susie Myerson), plus Michael Zegen (Joel Maisel), Marin Hinkle (Rose Weissman), Tony Shalhoub (Abe Weissman), Kevin Pollak (Moishe Maisel) and Caroline Aaron (Shirley Maisel). It’s likely Season 4 will also see the return of Jane Lynch as Sophie Lennon, LeRoy McClain as Shy Baldwin, and Brown as Shy’s manager, Reggie.
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Yes! The Emmy-award winning series is currently in production in New York City. Rachel Brosnahan, who plays Miriam “Midge” Maisel, previously told Parade.com that they were planning to start shooting in January after being delayed due to COVID-19.
On September 23, Brosnahan shared a photo from her first Season 4 costume fitting. “Mask game strong. Hat game stronger,” she captioned a photo of herself in costume, while sporting a face mask. “We’re slowly and safely getting back to it but first costume fitting is in the books Damn, it feels good to be (almost) back.”
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Alex Borstein, who plays Midge’s manager Susie, cited the safety of the cast and crew as a big factor for the production delay. She explained to Parade.com in August, “We want it to be as safe as possible for everyone. As an actor you’re pretty isolated, you’re able to get private transportation to and from the set, but a lot of your crew isn’t, so it’s really not fair to try to go back to work before it’s safe for everyone.”
That same month, showrunner Amy Sherman-Palladino revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that they are “ready” to begin filming. Daniel Palladino added, “King COVID is the master of us all right now. It remains to be seen whether productions are going to be fully running before there’s a vaccine. It looks daunting.” Palladino noted that while they “know what happens in Season 4,” none of them really know when they are “going to be producing these things.” He said, “We’re all just sort of crossing our fingers and hoping for the best.”
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Sadly Borstein had “nothing” to share when asked for teasers. “Honestly, I’ve got nothing. I know nothing,” she confessed to Parade.com. “I know that Amy [Sherman-Palladino] knows exactly what’s happening, but the tiny things that I might know, I would be slaughtered if I shared them. But, honestly, I don’t know Susie’s arc, and I have no idea what will happen in terms of giant storylines.”
Season 3 wrapped with Midge being fired by Reggie from Shy’s tour on an airport tarmac after she made “some jokes that hit too close to home” the night before during her act. According to Sherman-Palladino, the new season is going to “pick up right after that.” She said, “We may be doing a little jump within the season, but when we first start up we want to [stay in that time]. I mean, what’s the fun of totally destroying someone’s soul and heart and not getting to see the aftermath? That’s what comedy’s made of, soul-crushing defeat.”
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Sherman-Palladino acknowledged that the show “f*cked [Midge] up pretty good” at the end of the last season. “We’ve knocked her back a few times on the show. But that’s what show business is. It’s one step forward, two steps back — that’s the life of a comic,” she pointed out. “And let’s not forget, we’re still talking about a female comic in 1960. It’s hard enough for a female comic to get a toehold today, but forget about the ’60s when there were, like, four of them.
The showrunner continued, “Knocking her back is never going to be the problem. We’ve got a thousand ways to take her down. It’s following her world and her trajectory that tells us what to do with her.”
Both Seasons 2 and 3 had December premiere dates, but it’s unclear when Season 4 will drop. Check back for updates!
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Ahead of Season 4, here is a recap of what happened in Season 3…major spoilers below:
After ending her engagement to Benjamin with a “Dear John” letter, Midge hit the road opening up for Shy Baldwin on tour. Back in NYC, she decides she wants to buy the apartment her ex-father-in-law had purchased for her and Joel. Midge explained that her manager has been holding on to all her money so she can purchase the pad for her and her family. Before beginning the second leg of her tour in Europe, the comedienne hits the stage at the famed Apollo Theater. “Shy’s like family to these people,” Reggie tells a nervous Midge prior to her set. “They want to hear stories about him. Stories about the road. Late night craziness, gossip, tantrums.” Before boarding the plane the following night, Reggie informs Midge that she’s not going on tour because Shy changed his mind and doesn’t want her to open up for him anymore after she made personal jokes about him, including his “Judy Garland shoes.”
After gambling away Midge’s money in the finale, Susie goes to Joel and asks him to take care of his ex-wife’s finances and “protect it from now on.” When he asks why him, she declares, “‘Cause you love her! You’ll always be in love with her. You won’t let anything bad happen to her, ever.” Susie ends up missing Midge’s set at the Apollo to set her late mother’s house on fire so she can claim the insurance money. “The insurance will cover Midge’s portion of the money I lost, that’s what’s important,” she tells her sister.
Joel started the season looking for a place to open up a night club, which he does in Chinatown. The spot has a “scary mystery door” that leads to a room where gambling takes place. The dad of two also strikes up a romance with a woman named Mei Lin.
Midge’s parents struggled to adjust to their new living situation in Queens with their former in-laws, Shirley and Moishe Maisel. The Village Voice newspaper wants Abe to be their theater critic, while Rose uses her matchmaking skills to set couples up. Although Rose doesn’t understand her daughter’s life, or why she does what she does, she and Midge are in agreement about “how precarious a woman’s life is, when it’s dependent on the whims of a man,” a lesson Rose said she has learned “the hard way” after Abe blew up their life, and now it’s up to her to get everything back.
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