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Celebrity Jews – Maisel and More

MAISEL AND MORE: TV CATCH-UP AND LOOK AHEAD

Nate Bloom
COLUMNIST

The second season of the mega-hit Amazon series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel will be streamed, in its entirety, beginning Wednesday, Dec. 5. As most know, the show is set in the late ’50s and the title character, Midge Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan), is a Jewish woman, in her 20s, from an affluent Jewish family. Her housewife life falls apart when her Jewish husband (Michael Zegen, 39) leaves her for another woman. Eventually, he wants to come back to Midge and their two kids. But by that time, Midge has found out she can be independent and has a real talent for stand-up comedy.

The second season finds Midge struggling to climb the comedy ladder — the grind of being a comic starts to take its toll on her and her kids. The advance publicity says she has to make “hard choices” that have a “ripple effect” on those closest to her.

Rachel Brosnahan as Midge Maisel, a white Jewish woman with shoulder-length hair and a bright red, tight dress. Maisel is smiling in the photo.Newsroom

Rachel Brosnahan as Midge Maisel

By the way, Amazon has just signed a deal with Maya Rudolph, 46, and Natasha Lyonne, 39, to create original series for them. They are both talented so I look forward to what they come up with.

The original Bravo limited series Dirty John premiered on Sunday, Nov. 25, at 10 p.m. (many encore showings). The series is based on a very popular 2017 podcast of the same name. It’s a true crime story about Debra, a 50ish, successful woman who marries “Mr. Wrong.” It takes Debra a long time to believe the dirt her adult daughters find on John, her husband. One of the daughters, Terra, is played by Julia Garner (Ozark), 24. Everything builds to a shocking conclusion.

Maya Rudolph smiles at the camera with lightly curled hair and a flower-print dress.Newsroom | Detroit Jewish News

Maya Rudolph

Best Friends: Three Crazy Nights is a Netflix comedy special that began streaming on Nov. 27. The real-life best friends are comedians Dave Attell and Jeff Ross, both 53. Part of the special has the duo appearing on stage, cracking jokes and trading insults. There are also some outdoor scenes. The celebs making cameo appearances include Bob Saget, 62, and Gilbert Gottfried, 63. The special was directed by Andrew Jarecki, 55, who is best known for directing the hit HBO series The Jinx about accused killer Robert Durst, 75.

Dave Attell, smiling man with beard and baseball hat holding a microphone up to his mouth.Newsroom

Dave Attell

The Law and Order: Special Victims Unit episode entitled “Alta Kockers” premieres on NBC on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 10 p.m. The advance description says: “The investigation into a promising new author’s death leads to a decades-old secret between two reclusive brothers.” The “alta kocker,” reclusive Jewish brothers are played by Judd Hirsch, 83, and Wallace Shawn, 75. This is the first time that the Yiddish term alta kocker (polite translation: “old fart”) has appeared as a TV episode or movie title. I wouldn’t call this a Jewish milestone. But the mainstreaming of alta kocker does make me chuckle a bit.

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Wallace Shawn

CNBC, long a cable station covering business news, is turning more toward entertainment during the evening. That explains why a re-boot of the game show Deal or No Deal will premiere on CNBC on Dec. 5 at 10 p.m. Howie Mandel, 63, who hosted the show from 2005-2009, returns as the host. We are promised that there will be changes in the format that will make it a more exciting show.

Nate Bloom

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