‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Season 4 Officially Has A Release Date (Finally!)

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‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Season 4 Officially Has A Release Date (Finally!)
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  • Rachel Brosnahan
    American actress
  • Daniel Palladino
    American television producer
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is officially coming back for a fourth season, Amazon announced.

  • Showrunners Amy Sherman-Palladino and her husband, Daniel Palladino, say fans can expect Midge to explore new locations in the new season, and photos emerging from filming back that up.

  • Now, Amazon has released a premiere date and a brand new trailer.

Tits up! Fans eagerly awaiting the return of the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel will be thrilled to hear that the hit comedy show starring Rachel Brosnahan finally has a premiere date—and a brand new trailer.

There's a lot to love about the comedy series, and soon there will be even more. Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season four just finished filming in New York City. (More Midge, more Susie, more mics, more wise-cracking, more fast-talking families, and, of course, more pink, assuming you haven't already binged season three.)

"We were thrilled to hear that for the fourth time, we do not have to pack up and vacate the premises," showrunners Amy Sherman-Palladino and her husband, Daniel Palladino, told The Hollywood Reporter. "We'd like to thank Amazon for all their faith and support, their partnership and enthusiasm, and for letting us hang with our favorite people, the cast and crew of Maisel, for a little while longer."

It comes as no surprise to fans that Amazon renewed the hit series. Marvelous Mrs. Maisel earned two Golden Globe nominations (for best comedy and for Rachel) and SAG mentions for best comedy series and best actress in a comedy (Rachel and Alex Borstein, who already won an Emmy).

If you haven't been following the series (you've been missing out on lots of laughs), it tells the story of Miriam "Midge" Maisel, a 1950s Jewish housewife with two kids who decides she wants to be a comedienne.

In season three, Midge takes America by storm with her comedy routine while on tour with singer Shy Baldwin. Back home in New York, her ex-husband Joel Maisel (Michael Zegen) takes care of their children, Ethan and Esther, while preparing to open up a club and Midge's parents, the Weissmans, move in with Midge's ex-in-laws, the Maisels. Unsurprisingly, chaos ensues. Oh, and of course there's some unfinished business with the swoon-worthy Benjamin (Zachary Levi)...

So what can fans expect for Marvelous Mrs. Maisel four? Here's what to know (so far):

The new season premieres in 2022.

Yep—new episodes are right around the corner. Rachel Brosnahan revealed on Instagram that season 4 will drop on "🎙 Feb 18 🎙." Fans in the comments were over the moon about the news, natch.

"Can’t wait!!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️," superfan Katie Couric commented, while another user added, "Yay!! I’m definitely going to have to rewatch the previous seasons to refresh my memory. It’s been wayyyy too long!" (That's your cue, people—you only have a few weeks left to re-binge!)

And, there's a brand new trailer that reveals some of season four's plot.

Your first sneak peek at Midge and Susie's season four shenanigans is right here:

So, what can you expect from the new season? Based on the clip, it looks like Midge is really coming into her own. She tells Susie she no longer wants to be an opening act—and that she'll only perform where she can say whatever she wants onstage. "Make me Lenny Bruce," she tells Susie. "Make me a headliner."

There's also a super quick shot of someone (Midge?) attacking a taxi cab with what looks like a small tree—and a scene where Midge gets pulled offstage (oops). Looks like all the drama is back for season four in a major way...

There are new photos from filming on set to give a sneak peek of season four and Milo's role (!!).

Midge, a.k.a. Rachel, was all over New York City with the cameras rolling and vintage cabs to carry her from place to place.

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Several snaps reveal hints about Milo and Midge's relationship in the show.

Photos taken on set show Milo’s character presenting Midge with flowers, talking closely on a park bench with a Pomeranian, and holding hands while climbing some stairs in Central Park.

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There’s also a little boy playing with the dog, which might mean that Midge’s son Ethan could be responsible for orchestrating a (very) meet-cute between the characters.

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Photo credit: Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin - Getty Images

Ethan looks a lot older in these shots than in previous seasons, which could indicate a time jump between seasons three and four. Fans have speculated that the show might return post-1966, after the death of Midge’s friend Lenny Bruce, leaving a hole in her heart.

She also explored Coney Island in Brooklyn with the whole fam.

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And, she popped down to the West Village.

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Then, over to Washington Square Park.

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She appears to have been escorted out of a comedy club. TBD what marvelous mischief she got into there.

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Rachel was dressed in more amazing Midge outfits filming around Manhattan on June 23. Her ensembles included a gorgeous white coat that ties at the waist, with her hair perfectly coifed and a floral frock.

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Filming in New York started in January 2021...

Star Rachel Brosnahan opened up about what filming the new season was like during a virtual interview on SiriusXM's The Jess Cagle Show via PEOPLE.

"We were supposed to go back in June, and obviously it wasn’t safe to do that then," she said in the December 2020 interview, before adding, "I just actually came from a wig and shoe and hat fitting. Literally just 20 minutes ago, walked in the door."

"So, we are in the process of getting ready to go back hopefully safely in January, and are really, really excited," Rachel continued. "The hats are insane. The hats are out of control. We may have lost our minds with the hats this season."

In fact, those hats are one of the reasons why it took so long for filming to resume, per Deadline. Marvelous Mrs. Maisel requires so many period sets to be built and costumes to be sewn, unlike a contemporary show like Succession, which takes additional time.

The actress also shared a BTS photo on Instagram back in September. "Mask game strong. Hat game stronger. 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," she captioned her post.

…But with new on-set protocols.

Like every other film production, there were plenty of COVID-19 protocols in place to keep actors and crew safe during the pandemic. To reduce the number of people on set, there will be fewer background actors in scenes. Instead, computer-generated imagery will take their place, according to Deadline. (Yes, they can paint in extras now.)

Rachel shared a few photos on Instagram showing her inside an umbrella-like bubble with what appears to be a HEPA filter to protect herself from particles of SARS-CoV-2. "It looks a little different this year...but we’re back! Working away on @maiseltv Season 4. ✨," she captioned one shot.

Another: "Sunday In The Park With COVID."

Masks would likely mess up her carefully-coiffed period 'do, so the umbrella tent seems to be the next best thing.

Alex Borstein, who plays Midge’s manager Susie, was also seen exiting her trailer in her newsboy costume, wearing a mask.

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Photo credit: Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin - Getty Images

Expect the whole Maisel cast to return.

Not only will fans see Rachel, Alex, and Michael again, but other beloved characters played by Tony Shalhoub (Abe Weissman), Marin Hinkle (Rose Weissman), Kevin Pollak (Moishe Maisel), Caroline Aaron (Shirley Maisel), and Jane Lynch (Sophie Lennon) are expected to return for season four.

There are multiple photos to prove Jane has been back on set.

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As for season three's guest stars, most notably Sterling K. Brown, Gilmore Girls alum Liza Weil, and comedian Wanda Sykes, it's unclear whether they'll be reprising their roles for round four. None have posted on their official social media accounts about the show's renewal, but that doesn't necessarily mean they've exited the Maisel-verse for good.

There are exciting new (familiar) faces joining the cast for season four.

There's more concrete proof of new characters joining Midge on her season four adventures. New photos from the set show none other than Jess himself on what appears to be a series of dates with Midge. Variety confirmed the news after the photos leaked. Previously, Milo worked with creator Amy Sherman Palladino on Gilmore Girls, where he played Rory’s fan-favorite love interest Jess. (Calling all members of #teamjess!)

However, more details about Milo’s role were recently confirmed by the creators during a panel at the Nantucket Film Festival on June 22, 2021, per TV Line.

[He’s playing] someone very handsome,” Sherman-Palladino said.

“You have to see it in context,” Daniel Palladino elaborated, “because it’s actually a very different thing we’re doing with him. We needed someone of his caliber and his handsomeness, so we asked Milo to do it. But you have to see it in the context.”

He's not the only new face or Gilmore Girls alum heading to the set. Kelly Bishop (a.k.a. Emily Gilmore, Rory's grandmother), will appear in Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season four. Her new role will be "edgier" than any from the past, per Vulture. (Those new set photos can't come quick enough!)

Fun fact: It will be Kelly's third project with Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, following her stint in Stars Hollow and role in Bunheads. Kelly's casting isn't a huge surprise. Sherman-Palladino was considering her way back in 2018. "We love her so much, so yeah, we would love for her to be on the show," she said, per Page Six.

What's more, Midge has been compared to famous comedians Phyllis Diller and Joan Rivers, with some even thinking the character is based on them, she's not (but she is based on a real person). Instead, "she [Midge] lives in a world where there is a Phyllis Diller," says Palladino, meaning fans could meet the fictional version of Phyllis as soon as season four. "There will be a Joan Rivers, but not for a few years," Sherman-Palladino also confirms. (Fingers crossed they make their Maisel debut ASAP!)

And, Emmy-nominated actress Jackie Hoffman and Allison Guinn will also be joining the cast in recurring roles in the fourth season, Deadline confirmed.

Benjamin might come back for season four.

Despite the way Midge and Benjamin left things off in the season three finale (spoiler alert) when Benjamin finally got everything off his chest and demanded answers from Midge about breaking off their engagement...in a letter, there's a chance we haven't seen the last of Benjamin.

Something is obviously brewing with Rose's matchmaking skills, and though Benjamin shut down her offer the first time, she might get her way (as Rose usually does) and score him a second chance at love with an eligible bachelorette, you know, if he ever decides to speak to the Maisels again.

On Twitter, Levi, who played Benjamin in season 3, was among fans rejoicing for Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season four. Here's hoping.

But what is known about the new season? The changing times will make things...complicated.

Caroline Aarons, who plays Joel’s mother Shirley, hinted that the changing times will further complicate all the characters' lives in an interview with Good Housekeeping. (Last season, Midge’s father, Abe Weissman, experimented with revolutionary politics and ended the season as the Village Voice’s theater critic. It’s unlikely the Weissmans will get their cushy Upper West Side life back, now that he no longer works at Columbia.)

"As we move into the '60s, which we are going to do by the end of season three, the world is going to certainly be pulled out from under Moishe and Shirley's feet," Aarons told the publication. "The world they knew is going to be a very, very different world. Midge is going to bring that world into this family, and I would imagine it's going to be hard for us. I don't know that for sure, but all the rules are changing, and let's see what that means."

Even though Midge and Joel got divorced (and then remarried in Vegas), their parents, Rose and Abe Weissman, and Shirley and Moishe Maisel, are still close, since the whole family co-parent Midge’s kids, Ethan and Esther.

Midge and Susie will probably have a falling out.

Last season, Midge’s manager Susie gambled away a huge chunk of Midge’s earnings from her tour as jazz singer Shy Baldwin’s opening act. In Season three, Joel finds out about Susie’s gambling problem before Midge does, since Susie asks him to manage Midge’s money. Then, Susie commits insurance fraud by burning down her estranged mother’s house in the Rockaways to get the money back.

Midge doesn’t know about the gambling yet—and she probably won’t be happy when she finds out in season four.

Midge will need to bounce back after being kicked off Shy Baldwin’s tour.

At the end of season three, Shy Baldwin’s manager Reggie (Sterling K. Brown) fired Midge from the tour because he was concerned Midge’s jokes about Shy may have outed him as a gay man in the '60s. It was a hard lesson for Midge, who'd flown through three seasons making jokes (mostly) at her family’s expense—and making a successful comedy career in the process.

"That’s showbiz," Sherman-Palladino said at virtual PaleyFest in August 2020, per Deadline. "Thematically, this was Midge’s lesson in showbiz. That was the theme for the entire season. It was things are not as they seem… in the end, we wanted to leave it with this hard, cold facts, and a bucket of water that says you got to wise up."

And venturing to new places may help her do just that.

The show's title character hit Las Vegas, Chicago, Miami, and more in season three. Midge's travels will only continue in season four, according to the show's creators. "Luckily, in a single camera universe and with the way that we can tell stories and build these sets, I think it always feels organic to the show when they're [Midge and Susie] in very, very different locations because that's gonna continue on obviously in this show," Palladino told Women's Health.

But New York City will always be her and Susie's home.

"The Upper West Side will always sort of be home base for Midge Maisel," Palladino said. "Susie will never live anywhere else. It's absolutely impossible," added Sherman-Palladino.

Wherever Midge goes, expect to see a lot of hairstyles.

Rachel also shared there are still going to be plenty of wigs this season.

Co-host of The Jess Cagle Show Julia Cunningham asked if the wigs meant that there will be a time jump, and Rachel replied, "We’ve always had wigs. Wigs have helped us with time jumps in the past."

"Obviously, Midge was blonde—a very poor choice—at some point in college. But our wigs are incredible, and I’m so grateful that we have them, especially a couple of seasons in," the actress added. "I don’t think I’d have hair left on my head if we weren’t using brilliant, beautiful, amazing wigs."

Season four may also address Lenny Bruce's death.

After three seasons, it's clear that Lenny and Midge have a special connection. Last fans saw of the duo, he invited Midge back to his hotel room, and she declined...for the time being. His last line in the season: "Maybe someday, before I’m dead?" Midge nodded.

The real Lenny Bruce died of a morphine overdose in Los Angeles in 1966, according to Biography. At the time of his death, his girlfriend was comedian Lotus Weinstock, who may have even helped inspire Midge’s character, per The Los Angeles Times. Even though 1966 is a long time from season four, Lenny Bruce’s eventual death has hung over the show from the very beginning.

"The minute you put Lenny Bruce in it, you know where you’re going," Sherman-Palladino told The Hollywood Reporter. "You can’t pretend it’s not gonna happen." She went on to suggest that Lenny may come to represent a cautionary tale for Midge: "I actually think the fact that we know where he’s eventually going to end, it adds to the cautionary tale of ambition and following your dream and the fact that every dream comes with consequences, and it can go great, or it can go off the rails."

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