It's been two long years since fans have seen Alexis Bledel on television. The actress was a fixture on The WB from 2000 to 2006 (and one year on The CW) as Rory on cult favorite Gilmore Girls, but when the show was canceled (Nooooooooooooo!) Bledel shied away from television, and used her time off to star in a few films.
When Gilmore Girls was laid to rest by The CW last year, the big question lingering in fans' minds was "What were the final four words Amy Sherman-Palladino had in mind for the series' finale?" But the next big question was, "What now?"--specifically intended for its charming lead Lauren Graham.
The tear-soaked pillows of Gilmore Girls fans may still be moist after the abrupt cancellation of the popular CW show last May, but life must go on.
And life has definitely moved on for the show's star, the dearly beloved Lauren Graham. The 40-year-old actress has made her first step back to television by signing a development deal with NBC, the network announced today.
The highly sought-after star was the target of several producers, but NBC managed to woo her with the ultimate deal-maker--cold hard cash to the tune of seven figures, says Variety. The hefty chunk of change will keep Graham on board the network for a new series developed specifically for her to star in. Details of the project have not been announced, but the network reportedly likes her ability to work in both comedies and dramas.
Network chairman Ben Silverman, who championed the deal, said, "Lauren ...Read more
One of the more crushing TV cancellations this past season was The CW's Gilmore Girls, which fizzled out after new contracts could not be reached with the two stars, Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel.
Of course, the writers wrote the season with more episodes in mind, leaving several questions unanswered. However, there is an outside chance that fans of the show may get some closure on the lives of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore.
Series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino is interested in making a two-hour Gilmore Girls TV movie, reports TVGuide.com. The site's Michael Ausiello claims to have run into Sherman-Palladino at Fox's upfronts, and she allegedly wants a chance to tie up all of the show's loose ends in the next year or two. Ausiello also confirmed that she was interested in doing a Gilmore movie from Dan Palladino, Sherman-Palladino's husband and business partner.
As ...Read more
Network television will lose a fair amount of rapid-fire pop-culture references this month, as CW and Warner Bros. TV have decided to end the run of Gilmore Girls after seven seasons. The two companies announced the news on the Gilmore Girls Web site, saying the final episode of the show will air in less than two weeks on May 15.
"Announcing the final season of Gilmore Girls is truly a sad moment for everyone at The CW and Warner Bros. Television," reads the statement. "This series helped define a network and created a fantastic, storybook world featuring some of television's most memorable, lovable characters."
The statement continues, "We would also like to thank the critics and Gilmore fans for their passionate support and promise to give this series the send off it deserves."
The show's future has been in question for some time now, with the two leading ...Read more
If Gilmore Girls continues for another season after this, it might be called Gilmore Girl.
Over the summer, Gilmore actresses Lauren Grahan and Alexis Bledel made it clear at the TCA that they were thinking of leaving the CW drama. New show runner David Rosenthal may have turned the situation around, at least in the case of Graham.
Graham now is considering returning if the show is picked up for another season, according to TV Guide's Michael Ausiello. Costar Bledel is still on the fence, and her reluctance has prompted the CW and Gilmore producer Warner Bros. TV to created a backup plan.
If Bledel doesn't return, the eighth season would revolve around Graham's character Lorelai and longtime on-again-off-again beau Luke Danes (Scott Patterson) as they raise their new child, and Bledel would make guest appearances. If the season-seven finale turns out to be the series finale ...Read more
Fox has green-lit a new pilot from Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino. The project, a half-hour sitcom tentatively titled The Return of Jezebel James, is Palladino's first post-Gilmore project.
Jezebel is a comedy about two estranged sisters who reunite after one of them agrees to carry the other's baby. While growing up, the two sisters hardly knew each other due to their large age gap.
"They never forged any relationship at home, and now they're forced into a situation where they're not only negotiating over the carrying of the baby but also over who they are," said Sherman-Palladino. "The catalyst of the relationship is them finding out who they are to each other."
Gilmore also followed two females--mother Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and daughter Rory (Alexi Bledel). The comedy of Jezebel will come from the fact that, unlike ...Read more
Amy Sherman-Palladino, who created the popular drama Gilmore Girls for The WB, has a pilot commitment with the Fox network for her new comedy. Sherman-Palladino and coproducing husband Dan Palladino left the WB show at the end of last season.
Like Gilmore, the new series follows two women. Unlike Gilmore, the show doesn't follow a mother and daughter--instead, it tells the story of two sisters who come together after one agrees to carry the baby of the other.
Palladino has a resume full of half-hour comedies, including Roseanne, the Kirstie Alley vehicle Veronica's Closet, and the short-lived CBS sitcom Can't Hurry Love.
Gilmore stars Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel recently spoke at the TCA summer press tour alongside new show-runner Dave Rosenthal.