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One of the great pleasures of Amazon's Prime Video offerings has been "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," which dropped its eight-episode third season some time back … and it is every bit as good as the first two.

For those who never have seen "Mrs. Maisel," it takes place in the late 1950s, as Midge Maisel - who has lived a charmed and sheltered life on New York City's Upper West Side - explores a burgeoning career as a stand-up comic.  What the show has done so well is capture the tenor and look of the times, with sparkling dialogue largely written by series creators Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino (who gave us "Gilmore Girls").

"Mrs. Maisel" has consistently worked to challenge its premise by consistently putting Midge (played with verve by Rachel Brosnahan) in different situations - in season three, as her career takes off, she finds herself on tour and developing a friendship with pop singer Shy Baldwin, which has the effect of throwing her off balance and then watching as she finds it again.  And it is very, very funny.

The supporting cast - led by Alex Borstein as her manager, Tony Shaloub and Marin Hinkle as her parents, Michael Zegen as the ex-husband she can't quite get over - sparkles.  Luke Kirby is especially good as Lenny Bruce, who is mentoring Midge;  anyone who knows the Lenny Bruce story will find the moments he enters the story to be compelling and tinged with future tragedy.

If you haven't caught up with "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," I urge you to find the time.  It is a terrific piece of work.

Also from Amazon Prime Video yesterday came the announcement that "Bosch," the series based on the Michael Connelly novels that is scheduled to begin its sixth season in a few months, already has been renewed for a seventh season.  That's the good news.  The bad news was that the seventh is scheduled to be the final season of "Bosch" produced by Amazon.

We have a way to go before one of the best detective series ever made comes to an end.  But I kind of miss it already.

I confess to being completely unfamiliar with the Billie Eilsh oeuvre.  I know she won a bunch of Grammys this year, and did "Yesterday" on the Academy Awards.  But other than that, I'm ignorant.

But that may change, since it has been announced that she is doing the theme for the new James Bond movie, No Time To Die, which will be in theatres on April 10.

The song itself was released yesterday, and it sounds very much in the Bond tradition, and perfect for the final film in which Daniel Craig plays the iconic spy.

I have two wines to recommend to you this week.

The 2017 Omen Pinot Noir, from Oregon's Rogue Valley, is a lovely and smooth pinot that goes pretty much with everything - the winery suggests pizza, but I think that pizza goes with everything, so there's that.  What I can tell you is that it is really, really good.

And then, there is the the 2017 Halem Heights Chardonnay from Oregon's Willamette Valley, a small production wine from a small family-owned vineyard - it is, to my palate, a little more delicate than many chardonnays, but quite good.  I just wish they'd make more.