Tony Shalhoub has been cast in the Amazon drama pilot “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” from “Gilmore Girls” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino.
The “Monk” star will play Abe Weissman, father to Miriam “Midge” Maisel — played by Emmy nominee Rachael Brosnahan (House of Cards). Weissman is an academic and intellectual who believes in books and facts and speaking as little as possible.
The pilot is written and will be directed and executive produced by Amy Sherman-Palladino.
Set in the 1950s, the drama follows Maisel who had her life mapped out — go to college, find a husband, have 2.5 kids and throw the best Yom Kippur dinners in her elegant Manhattan apartment.
But when her life takes an unexpected turn, Midge will quickly have to decide what else she’s good at. Going from uptown housewife to a stand-up comic in a grungy club in the Village is an appalling choice to everyone but Midge.
Shalhoub is represented by ICM Partners and Mary Goldberg.