‘Mrs. Maisel’ Creator Amy Sherman-Palladino Honed Her Writing Skills on ‘Roseanne’

Variety | 7/19/2019 | Jordan Moreau
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Last year Amy Sherman-Palladino, creator of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” made Emmy history with wins for both comedy writing and directing, becoming the first woman to achieve that double. On July 16, her show, a ’50s period piece starring Rachel Brosnahan as an up-and-coming comedian in New York, was nominated for 20 Emmys, including outstanding comedy series. Sherman-Palladino also created the hit comedy-drama “Gilmore Girls,” which, despite winning just one Emmy, was a fan favorite for its depiction of a young single mother raising a daughter; its rapid-fire dialogue was filled with pop culture references, a Sherman-Palladino signature.

Her big break came in 1990 on “Roseanne.” There, she co-wrote the episode “A Bitter Pill to Swallow,” which tackled the issue of birth control and earned Sherman-Palladino her first Emmy nomination — the only writing nod “Roseanne” received in its 10-season run. For Sherman-Palladino, it was a sign of things to come.

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You took the “Roseanne” job over a callback for “Cats.” Did you make the right choice?

It was a callback for the road company of “Cats,” not even Broadway. I was a dancer, so I thought I should take the gig that I trained for. I probably made the right choice. Writing was not a world I was even remotely contemplating. I didn’t know how to use a computer. I had to learn in my first year at “Roseanne.” My writing partner Jennifer Heath did all the typing, so I had to learn to type.

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What made you take that leap?

It just so happened that it coincided with Roseanne firing everyone from the year before. The new staff had no girls, and they needed people who could write for teenagers and menstruated so they could understand a good period joke. It was about six months after we wrote spec scripts, and I got...
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