John Waters will be appearing as a featured character on the Amazon series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
John Waters will be appearing as a featured character on the Amazon series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

John Waters fans have a new reason to watch The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, now that the Baltimore-based writer and filmmaker will be featured.

Variety.com reported this week that Waters has joined the cast for Season 4 of Amazon Studios’ award-winning series, currently in production in New York City.

The publication says Waters has a guest starring role in the new season but that the nature of his character is “being kept under wraps.” Amazon has confirmed the casting, according to other publications, but offered no details.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a fictional comedy-drama that takes place in the late 1950s and early 1960s and stars Rachel Brosnahan as Miriam “Midge” Maisel, a New York housewife who pursues a career in stand-up comedy after discovering her husband has cheated on her. It’s known for its period sets and costumes, hundreds of extras and surprise guest stars, including Wanda Sykes as Moms Mabley.

In its first three seasons, the series has won 20 Emmy awards and three Golden Globe awards, including Best Comedy Series from both awards shows. Season 3, which premiered in December of 2019, followed Midge going on her first-ever national tour as the supporting act for a singer with a secret. Season 4 will bring the show into the 1960s.

Waters has his own experience with stand-up comedy, typically performing dozens of spoken-word shows a year before the COVID-19 pandemic. As a producer and director, he has set movies in the 50s and 60s, including Cry-Baby and Hairspray.

This is the latest of numerous appearances in front of the camera for the writer and entertainer, including a recurring role as Floyd Cougat the “Pornmonger Man” on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, another series filmed in New York City. He’s also been on The Blacklist, playing himself, and Feud: Bette and Joan, another period show, in which he played the director William Castle.

Waters said in an email message that he’s not allowed to reveal anything about the script or his part. He’s scheduled to film next week. “One episode, but you never know?”

Production for Season 4 was supposed to start by mid-2020 but was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic and filming began in January. A premiere date for Season 4 has not been announced but based on the past two seasons, there is speculation that it may start in December.

According to Deadline, the producers are relying less on extras this season for health reasons. In the past, it’s had up to 850 in one show. Other stars include Alex Borstein, Tony Shalhoub, Marin Hinkle, Michael Zegen, Kevin Pollak, Caroline Aaron, Jane Lynch and Luke Kirby as Lenny Bruce.

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Ed Gunts

Ed Gunts is a local freelance writer and the former architecture critic for The Baltimore Sun.