'Gilmore Girls' Creator Amy Sherman-Palladino Is Flipping The Script On the '50s Housewife In New Pilot for Amazon

Donna Reed, eat your heart out.

Many Gilmore Girls fans will remember the "That Damn Donna Reed" episode from the first season. (If you don't, here's a refresher.) 

Well, it looks like the high priestess of the GG sisterhood, Amy Sherman-Palladino, is finally getting her chance to put her trademark funny girl twist on the classic housewife trope with a new pilot for Amazon. 


Titled "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," the one-hour dramedy will chronicle the life of a '50s housewife who decides to become the first female stand-up comedian.

Donna Reed's covert feminism (she was an uncredited producer and director on her show, making her the industry's earliest female TV executive) may or may not have subconsciously inspired Sherman-Palladino's pilot. 

Either way, if Mrs. Maisel has inherited half the Gilmore gift of gab, this show's sure to be an even bigger hit than the diorama at the Stars Hollow History Museum.

Though Sherman-Palladino's only other non-GG television endeavor, Bunheads, only lived through one season on ABC Family, many believe its network death was premature. Despite its "lukewarm ratings," the show developed a devoted fan base and received critical acclaim

This wariness may be why Amazon is the perfect place for Sherman-Palladino's next masterpiece. Because online streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime charge a subscription service, they're not dependent on ratings or advertisers, which gives their programs more time to develop character, plot, and — in the case of everything A S-P touches — a cult-like following. 

If you've been living under a rock or Emily's antique sewing box for the last year, Sherman-Palladino's already found success and a second chance for Gilmore Girls with its four-episode revival series coming to Netflix this fall

So it makes sense she's opting to work with another online streaming service, rather than a traditional television network, on her next program. 

And while many are counting down the days until the dynamic duo's return ...

... they can also count on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel being the perfect way to survive the inevitable second round of post-Gilmore Girls withdrawal. (Many still haven't fully recovered from the first bout in 2007.) 

Though both shows are still months away, once they're here, you'll be able to binge-watch them faster than you can say, "Copper boom!"  


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