THR - 'Clueless' Grad Boards 'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' From 'Gilmore Girls' Duo

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 09:00
THR - 'Clueless' Grad Boards 'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' From 'Gilmore Girls' Duo

'Clueless' Grad Boards 'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' From 'Gilmore Girls' Duo

By Kate Stanhope

Wallace Shawn will play a comedy writer on the upcoming hourlong comedy series from Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is about to get a little Clueless.

The Amazon comedy series from Gilmore Girls duo Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino has enlisted Wallace Shawn for a guest role, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The hourlong stars Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards) as Miriam “Midge” Maisel, a 1958 New York City woman who has everything she’s ever wanted — the perfect husband, two kids and an elegant Upper West Side apartment. But her perfect life suddenly takes an unexpected turn and Midge discovers a previously unknown talent — one that changes her life forever. She subsequently storms the world of stand-up comedy … a decision that will ultimately lead her to a spot on Johnny Carson’s couch.

Shawn will play Herb Smith, a self-proclaimed comedy writer who "shapes acts, writes jokes and eats pastrami."

Brosnahan stars alongside Alex Borstein, Tony Shalhoub, Marin Hinkle, Michael Zegen as well as recently announced guest star Jane Lynch. Behind the scenes, Dhana Gilbert also exec produces with the Palladinos. 

After premiering as a pilot on Amazon in March, the project received a rare two-season order just a month later. 

In addition to his many film credits, which also include The Princess Bride and his voice work in the Toy Story films, Shawn's recent TV roles include Amazon's Mozart in the Jungle, The Good Wife and the upcoming second season of the Nick Nolte political comedy Graves. He is repped by AKA Talent Agency, WME, Casarotto Ramsay & Associates and Opus Entertainment.

There is no premiere date yet for the series.