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November 30, 2018

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It's one thing to tell jokes and get laughs. It's quite another to make them at the expense of a very powerful person who can crush your career, as neophyte stand-up comic Midge Maisel finds out at the outset of Season 2 of "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" this week. Dropping Wednesday, Dec. 5, on Amazon, the new season finds '50s Upper West Side housewife-turned-funnywoman Midge (Golden Globe and Emmy winner Rachel Brosnahan) coming to the gradual realization that she's ticked off the wrong person, Sophie Lennon (Jane Lynch, who earned an Emmy nod for the role), following her public takedown of the comedy icon at the end of Season 1. This is a development not lost on her worried manager/sidekick Susie (Emmy winner Alex Borstein). As the grind of doing stand-up wears on Midge, the pressure to tell her parents Abe and Rose (Tony Shalhoub, Marin Hinkle) about her new life in the wake of her separation from husband Joel (Michael Zegen) mounts and her decisions have a ripple on all concerned. "You'll see some of the ramifications of those choices that are made," Borstein offers. "The show really is this woman Midge Maisel knocking down dominoes constantly and you watch it spread like wildfire and you see the ramifications and that's one of them. That's one domino she knocked down that we have to then deal with. And how can we deal with it?" "Susie, I think is terribly concerned because she knows what it means," adds Brosnahan of the potential war brewing with Sophie. "Midge, being so new to this world and that particular brand of enemy, doesn't yet know by the time we leave her in Season 1 what that could mean. And certainly she will learn more about that in Season 2." With a resume that includes a lot of drama ("Manhattan," "House of Cards," "The Blacklist") but little comedy, Brosnahan found herself wading into unfamiliar waters to play Midge. She says the experience of doing a comedic role has been "simultaneously horrifying and extremely rewarding – both equally, at the same time" but adds, "It's a dream I didn't know I had, to work on a show like this, to play a character like this." A powerful enemy looms for Midge in Season 2 of 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' BY GEORGE DICKIE Rachel Brosnahan (left) and Alex Borstein star in "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," which begins streaming its second season Wednesday on Amazon. December 1 - 7, 2018 2 KINGSPORT (TN) TIMES NEWS cover story this week "All in the Family" ("Christmas Day at the Bunkers," CBS, 1971): A grouchy Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor) is nothing new, but there's a genuine reason for it during the holidays, thanks to something he expects to receive – and doesn't – at work. "Cheers" ("Christmas Cheers," NBC, 1987): Interestingly, this episode arrived in the comedy's Rebecca (Kirstie Alley) era rather than the Diane (Shelley Long) one, with employees and customers just about equally unhappy at the Boston bar on Christmas Eve. "Frasier" ("Miracle on 3rd or 4th Street," NBC, 1993): With his son away for Christmas, Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) marks his first Christmas in Seattle by working at the radio station – and taking calls from listeners who are as down in the dumps as he is. "Friends" ("The One With the Holiday Armadillo," NBC, 2000): Ross (David Schwimmer) relents about letting his Jewish son Ben (Cole Sprouse, who's now Jughead on "Riverdale") observe Christmas, but by the time Ross tries to get a Santa suit, it's too late. Thus, he dresses up as ... well, check that episode title again. "I Love Lucy" ("The Christmas Episode," CBS, 1956): Lately, there's been an annual reminder of this story, since it's been part of CBS' "I Love Lucy Christmas Special" of computer-colorized episodes (airing this year on Dec. 14). It's a nostalgic, fun look at how the lives of Lucy and Ricky Ricardo (Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz) changed after Little Ricky was born. "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" ("Christmas and the Hard-Luck Kid II," CBS, 1970): Mary's (Mary Tyler Moore) holiday shift at the TV station means she can't be with her parents for Christmas, but she forges a voice-only connection with the station's transmitter operator. "I Love Lucy" "Frasier" "Friends" BEST CHRISTMAS TV EPISODES BY JAY BOBBIN Cable Conversion Guide Charter Dish Network Direct TV WETP PBS 2 WCYB NBC 5 5 5 WATE ABC WBIR NBC WJHL CBS 11 11 11 WKPT MNT 6 20 19 WAPK MNT 182 36 36 WEMT FOX 10 39 39 WSBN PBS WLFG IND 8 68 68 AMC Am. Movie Classics 58 131 254 A&E Arts & Entertainment 46 118 265 BET Black Entertainment 60 124 329 BRAVO BRAVO 62 129 237 CMTV Country Music TV 68 166 327 CNBC CNBC 39 208 355 COM Comedy Central 65 107 249 CYB-CW WCYB-DT2 CW 4 28 6 DISC Discovery Channel 47 182 278 E! E! Entertainment TV 23 114 236 ESPN ESPN 31 140 206 ESPN2 ESPN2 32 143 209 FOOD Food Network 50 110 231 FOXFX FX 30 136 248 FOXSS FOX Sports South 37 420 646 FREE FreeForm 53 180 311 H&G Home & Garden 51 112 229 HIST History 44 120 269 ION ION Satellite 16 250 305 LIFE Lifetime 25 108 252 NICK Nickelodeon 55 170 299 PARMT Paramount Net. 64 241 241 SYFY SYFY 63 122 244 TBN Trinity Broadcast Net. 21 260 372 TBS WTBS 27 139 247 TLC The Learning Chan. 26 183 280 TOON Cartoon Network 56 176 296 TNT Turner Network TV 28 138 245 USA USA Network 29 105 242 WGN-A WGN America 18 239 307 DISN Disney Channel 54 172 290 HBO Home Box Office 518 300 501 HBO2 Home Box Office 2 520 301 502 MAX Cinemax 549 310 515 MAX2 More Max 551 312 517 SHOW Showtime 578 318 545 TMC The Movie Channel 598 327 553

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