It's time to raise a supersized cup of coffee to Amazon, Gilmore Girls fans. Variety reported that Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino has landed a deal with Amazon that will keep her and her husband, Daniel Palladino, in business with the streaming service for years to come. The multi-year deal comes just months after Sherman-Palladino's new series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel was picked up for two seasons by Amazon Video. Season 1 of the '50s set comedy is set to premiere in late 2017.
This news is huge for fans of Sherman-Palladino's unique voice. Knowing that the creator behind Gilmore Girls and Bunheads has found a home for her work means there could be big things ahead. In addition to the two seasons of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, the deal could yield additional new series for devoted Sherman-Palladino fans to obsess over. At the very least it proves there's no doubt that Amazon has high hopes for Mrs. Maisel's future — and given how well the pilot episode performed that should come as no surprise.
When the Rachel Brosnahan-led pilot about a '50s-era New York City housewife discovering her gift for stand-up comedy landed on Amazon Video in March, it was given five stars by 93 percent of viewers who watched it. In April, it became the first Amazon pilot to receive a two-season pickup after just one episode. Now the period piece, starring Sherman-Palladino regulars like Alex Borstein and Bailey De Young, has the potential to run for more than two seasons if it continues to do well for the streaming service.
In a press release, Sherman-Palladino and Palladino expressed their joy over the prospect of continuing Mrs. Maisel's story with their trademark wit. The writers said,
"The team at Amazon has allowed us to have Dwight Eisenhower and John Kennedy as our presidents for the next few years and for that we are eternally grateful. Amazon is the future of television and we are thrilled to tag along for the ride."
While the deal is happy news for anyone who loves fast-talking characters and smart television shows, the couple's commitment to Amazon could mean any dream of another round of Gilmore Girls is officially over for the foreseeable future. There was buzz about a second revival after A Year in the Life was released, but since then much of the cast has moved on to new projects. Now that Sherman-Palladino is tied to Amazon, it's unlikely the streaming service would be willing to lend her services out to the competition anyway.
As heartbreaking as it is that a return to Stars Hollow appears to be off the table, the promise of new shows from Sherman-Palladino is news that should be celebrated. Aside from Gilmore Girls, the writer's shows have had a tough time sticking around on a traditional television for long. Thankfully, the world of streaming is far more accepting of niche shows that speak to a particular subset of viewers. With any luck, that should mean Sherman-Palladino fans can finally relax and enjoy whatever brilliance the writer offers up next.
Just because Gilmore Girls is unlikely to return anytime soon, that doesn't mean the actors won't pop up in Sherman-Palladino's future projects. She's proven to be loyal to her troupe of actors, and if that means one day an Amazon series starring Lauren Graham could become a reality, then the time to rejoice is now. At the very least, the future is now guaranteed to hold new Sherman-Palladino shows, and that is a gift that fans should be thanking Amazon and the TV gods for making happen.