Palm Royale
Promotional poster
GenrePeriod comedy-drama
Created byAbe Sylvia
Based onMr. & Mrs. American Pie
by Juliet McDaniel
Starring
Theme music composerJeff Toyne[1]
Country of origin
  • United States
  • Canada
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Production
Executive producers
Production companies
Original release
NetworkApple TV+
ReleaseMarch 20, 2024 (2024-03-20) –
present

Palm Royale is a period comedy-drama television series created by Abe Sylvia,[2] based on the 2018 novel Mr. & Mrs. American Pie by Juliet McDaniel.[3] The series premiered on March 20, 2024, with the first three episodes on Apple TV+.[4] The series was renewed for a second season in June 2024.[5]

Premise

Set in 1969, outsider Maxine Dellacorte-Simmons (Kristen Wiig) strives to attain a place in the high society of Palm Beach, Florida, through the town's most exclusive country club, the Palm Royale, in the process learning what she will and won't do to achieve this.[6]

Cast and characters

Main

Recurring

Episodes

No.Title [2]Directed byTeleplay by [2]Original air date [7]
1"Maxine Goes to Palm Beach"Tate TaylorAbe SylviaMarch 20, 2024 (2024-03-20)
Maxine (Max) is interested in becoming a member of the club Palm Royale & to become part of the lives of the ultra-wealthy in Palm Beach. Max jumps the back wall & attempts to befriend the ladies she admires from the society periodical "Shiny Sheets." She is identified, rebuffed, expelled by the manager, who informs her that she'd never become a member since it requires the sponsorship of an existing member. Robert Diaz, the ex Korean War Marine and current Palm Royale bartender, escorts her out. Maxine attempts to befriend Dinah Donohue when she sees her driving away in tears after an altercation with Eddie, the tennis coach at the Palm Royale. She gets Dinah to rear-end her vehicle & then gets her to confide in her. Dinah informs her that she is pregnant with Eddie, the tennis coach's child, but she does not want the child because she wants to be pragmatic about things. Maxine asks Dinah to become her sponsor, but she won't sponsor Maxine's membership to the Palm Royale because, as she says, a friendship between them is unlikely. When Max brings it up again, she explains that it does not look like she could afford the club membership on account of her dated attire. The clothing Max is wearing is actually pilfered from her comatose aunt-in-law, Norma Delacorte. Max returns to steal her aunt-in-law's jewelry & pawns it off to become cash solvent. Max runs into Linda, the feminist who attempts to recruit her in her movement, but Max declines. Later, she decides to visit Linda, the feminist to get her help with finding an abortion provider for Dinah. After the abortion Dinah is grateful, but she still will not sponsor her & calls Max a liar for pretending to be a Delacorte & having the financial wherewithal to become a member of the Palm Royale. Max picks up Dinah's dress for a ball & drives by the abandoned Delacorte mansion. Max tries on Dinah's dress, but Dinah catches her in the act. At that moment, Max's pilot, Delacorte's husband, shows up & Dinah is embarrassed & decides to sponsor Max.
2"Maxine Saves a Cat"Tate TaylorSheri HolmanMarch 20, 2024 (2024-03-20)
3"Maxine Like a Dellacorte"Abe SylviaSharr WhiteMarch 20, 2024 (2024-03-20)
4"Maxine Rolls the Dice"Abe SylviaBecky ModeMarch 27, 2024 (2024-03-27)
5"Maxine Shakes the Tree"Stephanie LaingEmma RathboneApril 3, 2024 (2024-04-03)
6"Maxine Takes a Step"Stephanie LaingCeleste HugheyApril 10, 2024 (2024-04-10)
7"Maxine Bags a Prince"Abe SylviaLogan Faust & Sheri HolmanApril 17, 2024 (2024-04-17)
8"Maxine Saves the Whale"Claire ScanlonSharr WhiteApril 24, 2024 (2024-04-24)
9"Maxine Makes a Splash"Claire ScanlonKelly HutchinsonMay 1, 2024 (2024-05-01)
10"Maxine Throws a Party"Tate TaylorSheri Holman & Kelly HutchinsonMay 8, 2024 (2024-05-08)

Production

It was announced in February 2022 that Apple TV+ had given a greenlight to the 10-part series named Mrs. American Pie, which would see Kristen Wiig star, and Laura Dern executive producing in addition to potentially co-starring. Abe Sylvia will write the series with Tate Taylor directing.[8] In May, Allison Janney, Leslie Bibb, Ricky Martin and Josh Lucas were added to the cast.[9][10][11][12] Carol Burnett, Amber Chardae Robinson, Jordan Bridges, Kaia Gerber, and Julia Duffy would be amongst additional castings announced in June.[13][14][15]

Filming began in May 2022.[16]

The show was renamed Palm Royale in April 2023.[17][18]

In June 6th, 2024, it was announced that the show had been renewed for a second season.[5]

Reception

The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported a 55% approval rating based on 65 critic reviews, with an average rating of 5.8/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "Palm Royale's fabulous cast and visual splendor make for a diverting enough destination, but its wayward tone results in a curiously unfulfilling trip to paradise."[19] Metacritic assigned a score of 57 out of 100 based on 31 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[20]

Accolades

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
Gotham TV Awards June 4, 2024 Outstanding Performance in a Comedy Series Kristen Wiig Nominated [21]

References

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  8. ^ White, Peter (February 7, 2022). "Kristen Wiig To Star In Apple Comedy Series Mrs. American Pie From Laura Dern, Abe Sylvia & Tate Taylor". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on January 24, 2023. Retrieved May 14, 2022.
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  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (May 13, 2022). "Leslie Bibb Joins Kristen Wiig In Mrs. American Pie Apple Comedy Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on January 24, 2023. Retrieved May 14, 2022.
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  13. ^ Cordero, Rosy (June 7, 2022). "Mrs. American Pie: Carol Burnett Joins Kristen Wiig & Ricky Martin In Apple Comedy Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on January 24, 2023. Retrieved June 7, 2022.
  14. ^ Cordero, Rosy (June 9, 2022). "Mrs. American Pie: Amber Chardae Robinson Boards Apple TV+ Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on January 24, 2023. Retrieved June 9, 2022.
  15. ^ Cordero, Rosy (June 13, 2022). "Mrs. American Pie: Jordan Bridges, Kaia Gerber & Julia Duffy Among 6 Set To Recur In Apple Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on June 27, 2022. Retrieved June 13, 2022.
  16. ^ "Allison Janney on Instagram: Feels like the first day of school all over again. Cheers to new beginnings! Coming soon to Apple TV…". Archived from the original on March 18, 2024. Retrieved June 4, 2022.
  17. ^ "Watch Palm Royale | Apple TV+". Apple TV+. Archived from the original on April 4, 2023. Retrieved April 16, 2023.
  18. ^ O'Connell, Mikey (April 13, 2023). "Carol Burnett, Like Her Comedy, Is Still Timeless". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on April 16, 2023. Retrieved April 16, 2023.
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  21. ^ Verhoeven, Beatrice (May 14, 2024). "'Baby Reindeer,' 'The Curse,' 'Shogun' Among Inaugural Gotham TV Awards Nominees". Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on May 14, 2024.

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