Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and husband Daniel Palladino, who worked alongside her on all the good seasons of that show, have signed a multi-year overall deal to create more excellent television for Amazon Studios.
The deal comes on the heels of their unprecedented two-season order for their late-‘50s Greenwich Village stand-up scene comedy/drama The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel , which – per Amazon’s usual process – debuted its pilot back in March, to wide acclaim. (And not just from critics; its current customer rating is a jaw-dropping 4.9%.) That show’s first full season will begin this fall, and then, it seems, they’ll create some more shows too.
“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,” Sherman-Palladino and Palladino said in a statement. “Amazon is the future of television and we are thrilled to tag along for the ride.”
The deal, and the show the preceded it, are a bit surprising in light of the pair’s successful revival of Gilmore Girls, which aired on Netflix last year. Maybe the duo just found Amazon a more agreeable partner, or maybe Amazon was willing to spend more money; to give you some idea of the kind of coin they’re throwing around over there, a recent THR report casually mentioned the $80 million the service spent on Woody Allen’s quickly forgotten Crisis in Six Scenes. (In its first episode, Allen’s character says of television: “It’s a lucrative medium.” Jesus, no kidding!)
At any rate, the Amazon deal would also seem to preclude any additional revivals of Gilmore Girls, at least for the time being. But if the Palladinos are open to bringing back their old shows, may we politely put in a request for more Bunheads ?