In October, news broke that Netflix was reviving The WB/The CW dramedy Gilmore Girls with the series’ original cast. Last week, Netflix, having presumably worked out all the actors' deals, was finally able to confirm this exciting endeavor. Here’s everything we know so far about the greatest thing to happen since Danish Day and the Bid-A-Basket Festival. Check back in the coming weeks as we'll be updating this space as more information becomes available.
There will be four "episodes"
Each episode will be 90-minutes long and will correspond to a specific season so that the entire revival will take place over one calendar year. The first episode is titled “Winter” and will be followed by spring, summer, and fall, just like Carole King sang. Filming began February 2 in Los Angeles.
If Sherman-Palladino has it her way, all four episodes will not be released at once so that the ending isn't spoiled for those fans who aren't obsessed bingewatchers. (Netflix has not commented on the situation yet.)
Who's definitely returning
In the official announcement, Netflix confirmed that series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and her husband, executive producer and director Daniel Palladino, would be returning to write and direct all four episodes.
Netflix also confirmed that original stars Lauren Graham (Lorelai Gilmore), Alexis Bledel (Rory Gilmore), Kelly Bishop (Emily Gilmore), Scott Patterson (Luke Danes), Keiko Agena (Lane Kim), Sean Gunn (Kirk Gleason), Yanic Truesdale (Michel Gerard), Matt Czuchry (Logan Huntzberger), Liza Weil (Paris Geller), Milo Ventimiglia (Jess Mariano), Jared Padalecki (Dean Forester), and David Sutcliffe (Christopher Hayden) will all be reprising their roles.
Meanwhile, TV Line reports that Danny Strong (Doyle McMaster) and Emily Kuroda (Mrs. Kim) will return, Variety says Vanessa Marano (April Nardini) is back, Buzzfeed confirmed that Sally Struthers (Babette) and Michael Winters (Taylor Doose) will reprise their roles, and Jackson Douglas (Jackson Belleville) tweeted that he's back, too. Todd Lowe (Zack Van Gerbig), Liz Torres (Miss Patty), John Cabrera (Brian Fuller), Tanc Sade (Finn), Sebastian Bach (Gil), and Melissa McCarthy (Sookie St. James) are also all confirmed to be returning.
Sherman-Palladino has said that Rory will be single—as in not married—but dating when the series returns, so don't assume that just because her three main suitors will appear in the revival that it necessarily means anything.
Who's still up in the air
Melissa McCarthy, whose star skyrocketed after the
series went off the air in 2007, didn’t attend the cast reunion last June in
Austin, Texas to celebrate the show’s 15th anniversary, and Sherman-Palladino said they haven't crafted a storyline for Sookie, but have reached out to her in the chance that she'll be able to fit something into her schedule. However, McCarthy took to Twitter to say that wasn't true. "Thanks for the invite, but sadly no one asked me or Sookie to come back to Stars Hollow. Wish them all the best!!" she tweeted in response to a fan asking her to return. If she's not there, ASP has said there will be an explanation for Sookie's absence, but no matter what happens, fans can still take pleasure in knowing they were the OG McCarthy fans and
that they liked her before she stole the show and a whole bunch of puppies in Bridesmaids.
UPDATE 4/7/16: Melissa McCarthy will officially be returning for the revival!
In new casting, Sutton Foster and Bailey De Young, who both starred in Amy Sherman-Palladino's Bunheads opposite Kelly Bishop, will appear in the revival, according to TV Line. Meanwhile, Mae Whitman, who played Lauren Graham's other on-screen daughter (on NBC's Parenthood) will cameo in the revival.
The first episode will deal with Richard's passing
Edward Herrmann, who played Gilmore family patriarch Richard over the course of the show's seven seasons, passed away in December 2014. The first episode "Winter" will deal with the grief of Richard's passing, according to Bishop, who told TV Line that Emily is a "raw nerve." Four months will have passed since his death at the beginning of the first 90-minute installment.
We will definitely learn those final four words
For years fans wondered what Sherman-Palladino’s original ending for the series would have looked like had she not departed the series over contract disputes after Season 6. They wondered what those much-buzzed about final four words were that she had planned for the series finale. TV Line’s Michael Ausiello has tried in vain for years to pry them from her grasp, and now we’ll finally find out what they are in the “Fall” episode. As Lauren Graham told Ausiello, the words are not said by one person but instead are an exchange.
There's still plenty of time to rewatch the entire series on Netflix
If you don't have time for all seven seasons, we've picked 33 essential episodes for a perfect viewing experience.
AIRED ON 11/25/2016
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