Amazon has ordered its first ever multi-season deal for a new TV series. It's commissioned not one, but two series of 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel', the new show from the creator of 'Gilmore Girls'.
Written and directed by Amy Sherman-Palladino, it follows the eponymous Mrs. Maisel, a woman in 1950s New York who discovers she has a knack for stand-up comedy. Her new-found talent wrenches her out of her comfortable, wholesome life right to the top, earning her a spot on Johnny Carson's talk show.
The series stars Rachel Brosnahan ('House of Cards') as Miriam "Midge" Maisel. It's executive produced by Daniel Palladino ('Family Guy').
This was one of Amazon's pilots that was voted for by viewers to become a fully-fledged series. It has an average score of 4.8 out of 5, with 92 per cent of those votes being five stars. So you can see why Amazon wanted two series instead of just one.
"In her onstage debut, Mrs. Maisel killed and had audiences responding overwhelmingly with digital applause," said Joe Lewis, head of comedy, drama & VR at Amazon Studios. "Like any great young stand-up, we're excited to see what she has to say next and for a long time to come. That made it an easy decision to order two seasons from Amy and her incredible cast. We can't wait to bring it to customers soon."
Amazon has been busy of late. As well as winning an Oscar, and being nominated for a TV BAFTA, it also snagged Oscar-winner Barry Jenkins to work on an adaptation of 'The Underground Railroad'. So it's definitely taking the fight to Netflix.