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The Marvelous Mrs Maisel season 3: Everything we know about the return of the comedy-drama
Who's in the cast? Where's it set? And what's coming up for Midge? We find out.
The Marvelous Mrs Maisel was renewed for season 3 in May 2018, and since then we’ve discovered more details about what we can expect to see in the new series.
The show, which premiered on Amazon Prime Video in 2017 and was the creative brainchild of Amy-Sherman Palladino (Gilmore Girls), is set in the late 1950s and centres around New Yorker and stand-up comedian Miriam ‘Midge’ Maisel.
It’s been a bona fide hit with critics and fans alike, scooping countless major TV awards (Emmys, Golden Globes and SAGs) while maintaining exceptional ratings on review aggregation site RottenTomatoes.
But the finale episode of season 2 left a number of things hanging in the balance, including Midge’s relationships and career.
Here, we reveal everything we know about The Marvelous Mrs Maisel season 3 on Amazon so far.
When is The Marvelous Mrs Maisel available to watch?
Amazon has yet to announce when season 3 will premiere on Prime Video, but we can make some assumptions based on filming dates and when previous seasons were released on the streaming service.
Table reads for season 3 of Maisel started in March 2019, with Rachel Brosnahan (who plays comic Midge) sharing some behind-the-scenes photos from those sessions.
Filming started shortly after the table reads, with the official Maisel Instagram account sharing the first look photo from filming in New York - where the show is set - in March 2019.
This should give Amazon enough time to edit the programme ahead of an expected December 2019 release date; season 2 was also released around this time in 2018.
According to Glamour.com, the show’s producers are hoping to premiere in time for Hanukkah and Christmas (which overlap at the end of December this year), providing the ultimate holiday binge.
"Yeah, that’s the goal. If we’re still standing, yes," executive producer Dan Palladino says.
Season 3 will consist of eight episodes, around the one-hour mark (the same amount of episodes as season 1, but two less than season 2).
Where is season 3 filmed?
Maisel is set largely in New York, with filming for season 3 thought to continue throughout summer 2019 in the area.
Between April and May 2019, Rachel Brosnahan (Midge) was papped filming on location alongside her co-stars Michael Zegen (Joel), Alex Borstein (Susie), and Sterling K. Brown (an unnamed new character for season 3).
For the scenes, Brosnahan was wearing Midge’s signature, high-end wardrobe, consisting of waist-cinching dresses and oversized coats. At one point she shared an on-screen beer with her manager Susie, played by Borstein.
Some scenes for season 3 were also filmed at Republic Airport in East Farmingdale, New York.
Tony Shalhoub, who plays Midge’s father Abe Weissman, also revealed that the show is set to film in Miami this year - following the family’s trip to the Catskills, and Paris in Europe, in season 2.
"I think I’ve heard that we’re going to Miami in June. That’s all I know," Shalhoub told ET. "I don’t know what that [entails]. It’s about [Midge's] tour, but that’s all I got."
What will happen in season 3?
The storyline for season 3 has yet to be revealed, but we know some plot details from events at the end of season 2, plus titbits of information that cast and crew have revealed.
At the end of season 2, singing star Shy Baldwin asked Midge to open his six-month tour in the US and Europe, which she accepted.
So we know that some of season 3 will be set in Europe, with Midge as a working comic.
We’re definitely going to some different places in season 3.
- Amy Sherman-Palladino
On this note, the show’s creator Amy Sherman-Palladino says that season 3 will broaden Midge’s horizon.
“Her journey this year that we’ve set out for her is the first time she’s setting out as a road comic, it’s the first time she’s getting paid for this, it’s the first time she’s going to have consistency, and she’s dealing with audiences that aren’t her people," she explains.
“That is going to bring its own story twist to it, we’re definitely going to some different places in season 3.”
Sherman-Palladino adds that we’ll also see more of Susie and Midge’s working relationship, or more specifically, what their working relationship is like when there's actual work and success.
Romantically, it’s not so clear cut what will happen in season 3. At the end of season 2, Midge ditched her new fiancé Benjamin (Zachary Levi) for a night of comfort with her ex-husband, Joel (Michael Zegen).
So are Midge and Joel getting back together? It seems unlikely. “I think that Midge does believe that [it’s a one-night thing],” Brosnahan told Variety of the former married couple’s surprise encounter.
“I don’t think it’s about their relationship, I think it’s about trust and comfort. She’s entering this brand new path that’s scary, there’s no path that’s already been forged ahead of her, unlike her former life, and I think it’s a moment of comfort and connection before she steps off the deep end on this big tour.”
Zegen, who plays Joel, agrees that the couple won’t get back together romantically, but that Joel will play a part in Midge’s life in season 3 as the primary caregiver while she’s touring the US and Europe.
He tells Town and Country Mag: “I assume now he’s going to be watching the kids while she’s off on tour. They’ll always be in each other’s lives because they have kids together, but I personally think he needs to get out of the way. It’s time to let her do her thing. She’s definitely more successful at it."
Of his own character’s professional life, Zegen hopes Joel continues to explore business ventures while his ex-wife forges her own career path in comedy.
He says: “You know, he talks about 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.
“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.”
And Midge’s engagement to Benjamin? That, we know less about. It does depend on whether actor Zachary Levi returns to play the character, which isn’t confirmed yet (more on that below).
Who is returning to the cast?
We know that Maisel’s lead cast are all returning to season 3, with Deadline reporting that Brosnahan - who was relatively unknown before the first series - has “tripled” her salary in her contract for the upcoming series.
Alex Borstein (Midge’s manager Susie) has also been pictured filming season 3, while the show wouldn’t be the same without Midge’s ex-husband Joel (played by Michael Zegen), who’s also back in the fold.
Midge’s parents Abe and Rose Weissman (played by Tony Shalhoub and Marin Hinkle) have also confirmed they’re back, while Brosnahan shared a picture of her on-screen son Ethan, who has grown up a lot in the last year.
In an interview on Extra, Jane Lynch (who plays comedian Sophie Lennon) confirmed that she's also coming back to work on The Marvelous Mrs Maisel season 3.
"I'm gonna do the whole season, I'm gonna have a bigger presence, which, I'm thrilled [about]! I love playing that part," she said.
The fate of some of the other supporting cast is not quite so concrete. With Midge touring in the US and Europe, and returning to Joel for that finale episode encounter, where does this leave Midge’s fiancé Benjamin?
"We love him desperately," Sherman-Palladino says of Levi, above filming scenes with Brosnahan for season 2, but "he's Shazam-ing it as of March", referring to Levi's DC superhero film in which he plays the title character.
However, Dan Palladino - the show’s writer and executive producer - was a bit more forthcoming, saying that Levi's return to Maisel is a definite "maybe."
So what does Levi himself have to say on the matter? Speaking to the New York Post, he says: "I had such a time working with that cast and crew. Amy [Sherman-Palladino] and Dan [Palladino] I got on very well with. If I can make it happen, for sure.”
More on that when we have it.
Who’s joining the cast for season 3?
In April 2019, This Is Us actor Sterling K. Brown confirmed he’ll be joining the Amazon show for season 3.
According to Deadline, a new role was created for him, which he’ll appear in for three episodes (below, filming the new series).
In addition, Grace Kelly's granddaughter, Jazmin Grace Grimaldi, has also been cast in the third season, according to PageSix.com.
The actress daughter of Prince Albert and Tamara Rotolo shared the news on her Instagram account (she later deleted the post).
She reportedly shared a photo of herself in full costume - the role of which is unknown - with the caption, "And that’s a wrap... for now. Thank you for a MARVELOUS first experience!"