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‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’: Old Guard Helps Amazon Newbie Score 14 Nominations

The period Comedy series will duke it out with "Atlanta" for the Emmy win.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 1 Alex Borstein Rachel Brosnahan

Alex Borstein and Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

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Fresh off its lauded first season, Best Comedy Series nominee “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” yielded a record 14 Emmy nominations, the most ever for any Amazon Prime series. Created by Amy Sherman-Palladino (“Gilmore Girls”), this portrait of a well-heeled 1950s New York Jewish wife and mother (“House of Cards” Emmy nominee Rachel Brosnahan) who pursues stand-up comedy following the breakup of her marriage, already took home two Comedy Golden Globes (Best Television Series and Actress). Brosnahan also won Best Actress in a TV Comedy Series Critics Choice award.

Tony Shalhoub and Rachel Brosnahan, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"

Tony Shalhoub and Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

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While dramatic actress Brosnahan is a relative newcomer who surprisingly landed the plum comedy role after auditioning for Amy and Dan Sherman-Palladino, three popular Emmy veterans returned to the awards fray. Supporting Actor nominee Tony Shalhoub hasn’t scored an Emmy nod since his heyday as the star of “Monk” –he won three Emmys and a Golden Globe for his OCD detective. He adds his 9th Emmy nomination for his sensitive performance as Maisel’s beleaguered father to his recent Tony award for “The Band’s Visit.”

“Family Guy” voice-over performer Alex Borstein earned her third Emmy nomination, as Supporting Actress, but her first in front of the camera as Maisel’s tough but loyal manager, while Emmy perennial Jane Lynch scored her 10th Emmy nomination, as Guest Supporting Actress for her old-school comedienne.

“Roseanne” writing Emmy nominee Amy Sherman-Palladino landed nominations for writing and directing the “Mrs. Maisel” pilot. Calling from the Season Two set, the Sherman-Palladinos reminded that while popular, “Gilmore Girls” was always Emmy-overlooked except for hair and makeup. “I still want to get Lauren Graham an Emmy,” said Amy. “My career has been about when I blather to the correct person at the right time who is open to something new interesting and then we’re off to the races.”

The Sherman-Palladinos are proud of Brosnahan for carrying the series. “Lucile Ball played femme fatales and very beautiful women, she never did comedy until ‘I Love Lucy.'” said Dan. “Then suddenly she was a comedienne. We got to do that with Rachel. Her roles were more being tied up, thrown in a ditch and killed. I’m not saying we are not going to do that with her!”

Other nominations include many craft categories: production design for a narrative period or fantasy program, casting for a comedy series, cinematography for a single-camera series, period costumes, single-camera picture editing, hairstyling for a single-camera series, and musical supervision.

Season One of “Mrs. Maisel” consisted of eight episodes, and Seasons two and three are expected to be 10 episodes. The show will return to Amazon for its sophomore season later this year.

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