This is not a drill: Lauren Graham will guest star on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

This is not a drill: Lauren Graham will guest star on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel


This is not a drill: Lauren Graham will guest star on <em>The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel</em>

Once upon a time, three women—Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, and Amy Sherman-Palladino—collaborated on a little show you definitely loved, Gilmore Girls. They’ve all gone their separate ways and done their own things, but when Graham saw Sherman-Palladino’s latest project, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, she wanted in. Apparently, Graham wanted to guest star on Mrs. Maisel so much that she took it upon herself to create a potential character to play, and when she pitched it to Sherman-Palladino, the creator was like, “Let’s do it.”

“Lauren made a request, and Lauren is my queen and the reason I have a career, so I honor the request of Lauren Graham,” Sherman-Palladino told Entertainment Tonight. “I’m trying to figure it out.”

If all goes to plan, Graham will appear in the upcoming third season of the show. In terms of the character that Graham wants to play, Sherman-Palladino told The Hollywood Reporter back in January 2019 that “Lauren wants to be something very specific. She has it all figured out.”

Producer Amy Sherman-Palladino arrives for the 30th Annual Producers Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel on January 19, 2019 in Beverly Hills.
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Sadly, they won’t tell us who or what that character is, but when we last left Midge Maisel, she was contemplating her engagement to Benjamin Ettenberg (Zachary Levi) and about to tour the world doing stand-up with popular singer Shy Baldwin (Leroy McClain). Could Graham play a fellow female comic she meets on the road? Maybe she’s the pop star’s manager? What if she’s Benjamin’s sister and she’s furious that Midge dumped him? Literally, we’ll take anything. As long as Graham is back in her element rattling off that signature fast-paced Sherman-Palladino banter, we’re good.

Do you know who else might guest star on Season 3 of Mrs. Maisel? Sterling K. Brown. Can you imagine if the best thing about Gilmore Girls and the best thing about This Is Us converged on your favorite Amazon series? Rachel Brosnahan told Entertainment Tonight that Brown was “still in negotiations” but hoped it would all work out.

Season 3 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is going to be a damn gift, and we cannot wait.

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Graham O’ Brien Is the Breakout Companion of ‘Doctor Who’ Series 11

It’d be reasonable to suggest that any incarnation of the Doctor is only as strong as their companions – especially when they’re first starting out. Throughout the years, TV’s greatest time traveller has played host to robot dogs, pansexual con men from the 51st century, and even a few so-called “impossible” girls able to do such extraordinary things as absorb the Tardis’s time vortex, or implant multiple versions of themselves across the Doctor’s timeline. With all this in mind, who’d have thought that one of the most memorable companions in recent years would turn out to be a middle-aged bus driver from Essex? But that’s the power of Bradley Walsh’s Graham O’Brien.

Introduced alongside the Thirteenth Doctor’s other two new chums, Yaz and Ryan, Graham has spent most of this recent season with one of the most emotional character arcs. Usually, a companion is thought of as a surrogate in which audiences can experience these fanciful flights of escapism when embarking on the next interdimensional adventure, but it’s in Graham O’Brien where the show manages to stay relatively grounded and relatable – if only for the humanity he brings via his humour and grieving.

Many were sceptical of Bradley Walsh’s casting heading into this new series, wondering how he would fit. But, boy, has he exceeded all our expectations. Here’s why we love Graham O’Brien.

Optimism Amid Great Loss


Giant spiders and mud monsters won’t stop Graham from looking up.

Right from the off, Graham’s reasoning for joining the crew once the Doctor regains control of her Tardis at the end of “Arachnids in the UK” is an honest one. Following the heroic death of his wife, Grace (played by Sharon D. Clarke) during the climax of the season opener, Graham looks to use this call for adventure as his primary coping mechanism. It isn’t unusual for the Doctor’s companions to be running away from something, but this is usually something as trivial as the monotony of everyday life – here, it’s the death of a loved one.

This has led Bradley Walsh to play Graham throughout the season with a consistent sense of faint vulnerability, as he once again is forced to ponder what he deems important in life. Despite these terrible circumstances Graham always does his best to stay strong and optimistic, whether it’s in the way he defends his fellow companions against the ongoing racial discrimination of 1955 Alabama in “Rosa” or how it’s revealed he always packs an emergency sandwich in the chilling “It Takes You Away“.

Against all odds, Graham has been gradually growing stronger following his wife’s death, slowly finding the value in life after loss. Optimism has been an overarching theme of Jodie Whittaker’s initial season of Doctor Who: Bradley Walsh embodies this perfectly, and often, beautifully.

Laughing in the Face of Adversity


What other Doctor Who companion needs to stay aware of their blood sugar levels?

To think that Graham O’Brien would be pitched solely as Doctor Who Series 11’s comic relief character may have been wrong, but that doesn’t mean he’s not funny. In fact, he’s hilarious. The character has been a replete dispenser of ‘grandad jokes’ throughout the series – always ready to defuse the tension of the scary scenarios our Tardis crew find themselves in with a bout of regular-Joe jokes. This once again feeds into the emotional journey the character finds himself on, as he continually attempts to find ways to turn his state of anguish into positivity. Even when confronted by 17th-century mud monsters and the maniacal shopping robots of an off-brand Amazon.

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One of our favourite running gags so far comes from his constant seeking of grandparent legitimacy. Where, on more than one occasion, Graham has raised his hand for a fist bump to Ryan in true ‘I’m down with the kids’ fashion, only to be left hanging. Despite how “uncool” Ryan might deem it currently, we remain confident that this deal will eventually be sealed by the end of the series finale – if not then, the New Year’s Day special.

It soon becomes clear that Graham is far from the old codger the average passer-by might initially presume him to be, despite him needing to stay conscious of his low blood sugar. When Ryan suggested a bit of Bradley Walsh’s real-life friend, Stormzy, to grant the mutant spiders’ passage to safety in “Arachnids in the UK” he appeared more than willing, and made a rather convincing Steve Jobs when having to think on his feet in the face of a discriminative law enforcement officer. And how could we forget, he is now best mates with Banksy (the Doctor)?

The Voice of Reason


The Tardis team can always look to Graham for advice.

It’s only been passingly mentioned in the show, but as a retired bus driver in remission from cancer, Graham’s vast life experience as the Tardis crew’s most senior human member has rendered him the voice of reason on more than one occasion. This most often comes as a result of him seeking to adequately fulfil the grandad role for Ryan, one that he feels the implicit need to step-up to given the loss of Grace, Ryan’s nan. His 21st-century point of view means he is able to stay level-headed and understand Yas and Ryan’s perspective, particularly on history, alongside the Doctor.

This approach of his was indicated early on in the season when, in ‘The Woman Who Fell to Earth”, Graham’s ‘bish, bash, bosh’ attitude and general advice to simply “ask a bus driver” proved crucial in tracking down the menacing Tim Shaw. It’s since continued to feed through into episodes like “Rosa”, “Demons of the Punjab“, and even “The Witchfinders“, where characters feel comfortable in confiding in the middle-aged retiree whenever the question their own beliefs, or what is good and right.

All this contributes to how remarkable Doctor Who’s most seemingly unremarkable companion has turned out to be, pretty much right from the off. Bradley Walsh’s Graham O’Brien is a multi-faceted character we hope will continue to be part of Team Tardis for many future adventures, even if his strong emotional through-line looks to be coming full circle by this season’s end.

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Ashley Graham: Kendall Jenner is ‘so lucky’

OHMYGOSSIP — Ashley Graham thinks Kendall Jenner is “lucky” for being able to be selective about her modelling gigs.
The 22-year-old model landed herself in hot water earlier this year when she claimed she would never do “30 shows a season” like some other models because her high profile has meant she’s always been able to pick and choose when she works.
And now, curvy model Ashley, 30, has said the ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ star is “so lucky” to be in that position, because she’s had to fight for her own place on the runway.
Speaking during an appearance on ‘Watch What Happens Live’ on Thursday (18.10.18), Ashley said: “Well, lucky for her. Because I’ve never been … that’s so lucky. These t**s and a** have just had to fight through and break down barriers every day.”
In August, Kendall said she had always been selective about her shows, and claimed she would never do the amount of runway projects some other models have to do in a year.
She told Love magazine: “Since the beginning we’ve been super selective about what shows I would do. I was never one of those girls who would do, like, 30 shows a season or whatever the f**k those girls do. More power to ’em.”
But after several industry veterans hit out at Kendall for claiming that her comments were “so disrespectful to literally 99 percent of people in the industry,” the brunette beauty was forced to clarify her position, blaming Love magazine for taking her words “out of context”.
She wrote on Twitter: “I was misrepresented in a recent interview over the wknd $ it’s important to clarify the meaning. It was intended to be entirely complimentary but unfortunately, my words were twisted & taken out of context. I want to be clear. The respect that I have for my peers is immeasurable!”
And her representative added: “The point was that it’s their path and ‘the more power to them.’ She admires their hard work and dedication. It’s an accomplishment.”

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