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Is ‘Mrs. Maisel’ a rip-off?

As reported earlier today by Newser, there may be trouble ahead for Amazon Studios over its television Series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, starring Rachel Brosnahan as title character Midge Maisel, along with Tony Shalhoub, Alex Borstein, and other colorful cast members. Jodi Parmley especially recognizes that fact—and she wants a piece of it, because she says it was her idea.

TMZ reports that Parmley just filed a suit against the TV producer and distributor, claiming key sections of the plot, character traits, and even Mrs. Maisel's comedy routine were lifted from her 2014 book, FIFI: Financial Infidelity F--- It: The Mistress of the New Millennium. Per complaint documents seen by TMZ, Parmley claims after she wrote the book, she turned it into a screenplay and started showing it to different studios. Although she doesn't name any specific Amazon execs she met with, the implication is they got wind of her idea and ripped it off.

Now Parmley, after saying she recognized her own work in the show's debut, wants some of the profits from Maisel, which has won a slew of awards, including 2018 Emmys for Broshanan, Borstein, director Amy Sherman-Palladino, and the show overall. Screenplay copyright infringement lawsuits are not easy to win so this should be an interesting case to watch.

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