Rachel Brosnahan as Midge in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 4
This Maisel Season 4 Trailer Teases Midge's Reunion With Lenny Bruce

Feb. 18 can't come soon enough.

by Ani Bundel
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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 4 was quickly greenlit after Season 3's launch, with production slated to begin in the spring of 2020. However, like much of Hollywood, that was put on a long-term delay. As productions slowly picked back up at the end of August 2020, hints that Amazon Prime's hit was gearing back up began to surface. It took a few more months, but The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 4 filming got back on track with a premiere to come only a few months off its usual December slot in early 2022.

Things weren't great in the world of Midge Maisel when fans last laid eyes on her. Season 3 was a time of triumph, as the budding comedian was tapped as the opening act for famous singer Shy Baldwin. Despite her inexperience (and the irritation of Shy's manager, Reggie), Midge did pretty well on the road. She did a stint in Vegas and got to go to Miami. She even slow-danced around a relationship with real-life groundbreaking comedian Lenny Bruce, though nothing ultimately happened between them.

But then Midge's high-flying plans to head to Europe crashed to the ground. Her set at the Apollo Theater may have brought the house down, but in the wrong way — she foolishly hinted at Shy's closeted sexuality, much to his horror and outrage. As Shy's plane took off for Europe, Midge and Susie were left standing on the runway, both their dreams dashed.

Here's what to look forward to in Season 4:

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 4 Teaser

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 3 scored Amazon its biggest opening weekend for a series ever when it arrived. As a response, the studio didn't waste any time greenlighting Season 4 for fans distressed at Season 3’s cliffhanger. (Or, as Midge would call it, an airplane hanger.) Season 4 was officially announced on Dec. 12, 2019.

Due to the 2020 Hollywood shutdowns, it took nearly two years for a Season 4 teaser to arrive, but it was worth the wait. The first official teaser for Season 4 came on Nov. 30, 2021, bringing Midge back, ready to change the business.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 4 Trailer

The full-length trailer for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel finally arrived at the beginning of February 2022 with less than two weeks to go before the show’s premiere. For fans, it made the series seem like Season 4 was the one they’d been waiting for — the one in which Midge stops waiting for the magic to happen and goes out there are starts making it herself.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 4 First Look

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As noted, the Hollywood shutdown of 2020 halted the planned start of Season 4 production from its original April 2020 start date. After a six-month delay, creator Amy Sherman-Palladino revealed in October the show was working toward a new filming start date come January 2021. On Jan. 20, 2021, TVLine reported Season 4 was getting underway with filming in New York City. Filming for the new season wrapped in the summer, in July 2021.

The first official images from Maisel Season 4 were released four months later, in November 2021, as part of the show’s Vulture Festival panel, attended by actors Tony Shalhoub and Marin Hinkle, who play Midge’s parents, Abe and Rose. The two characters are fan-favorites, and viewers were tickled to discover that the Weissmans have gotten into one of the big fads of the late 1950s: TV dinners.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 4 Cast

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The main Mrs. Maisel regulars are confirmed to be returning for the new season. That starts with Rachel Brosnahan as titular heroine and Alex Borstein as her faithful manager, Susie. Marin Hinkle and Tony Shalhoub will also return as Midge's long-suffering parents. Along with Midge's family, Michael Zegen will also be back as ex-husband Joel, with Kevin Pollak and Caroline Aaron returning as his not-so-long-suffering parents as well.

But that's not to say Midge and Joel are getting back together. Stephanie Hsu, who plays Joel's new love interest, Mei Lin, will reprise her role for Season 4 too. And in Midge's love life, Luke Kirby will be back as Lenny Bruce, in what is being called "an expanded role."

As for guest stars this season, the biggest is the arrival of an old favorite from creator Amy Sherman-Palladino’s hit, Gilmore Girls. Milo Ventimiglia, who has since gone on to household name status from starring in This Is Us, will join the Maisel crew for the new season. And although there are no details about his character yet the spoilery pictures from filming in NYC’s Central Park suggest Midge has yet another suitor on the horizon.

Ventimiglia isn’t the only guest star this season, though. Kayli Carter, best known for Netflix’s Godless and Hulu’s Mrs. America, has also joined Season 4 as a recurring character. Details on her role are being kept quiet (and there are no photos of her in Central Park to help viewers out), but it seems Midge’s return to New York City won’t be one in which she’s surrounded by the same old faces.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 4 Plot

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Along with the first trailer and the release date, Amazon released the synopsis for Season 4, which both reminds fans where they left off in Midge’s story and where she’s heading next:

“In season 3, Midge and Susie discovered that life on tour with Shy was glamorous but humbling, and they learned a lesson about show business they’ll never forget. In Season 4, it’s 1960 and change is in the air. Looking to hone her act, Midge finds a gig with total creative freedom. But her commitment to her craft — and the places it takes her — creates a rift between her and the family and friends around her.”

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 4 Premiere Date

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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 4 will premiere Friday, Feb. 18, 2022. Like Seasons 1 and 3, the new season will consist of eight episodes. (Season 2 was slightly longer, with 10.) But unlike previous debuts, Season 4’s run will not arrive all at once. Instead, the show will experiment with a weekly release format, with two episodes premiering every Friday over four weeks.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 1 through 3 are streaming on Amazon.

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