Gilmore Girls is one of the most successful television comedy dramas of its time. First released in 2000, the series completed seven successful seasons, with the last one airing in 2007. The show followed a single mother, Lorelai Gilmore and her daughter, who also has the same name, but prefers to go by the name, Rory. Set in the fictional Stars Hollow, Connecticut, the show covered the romantic entanglements, ambition, and other similar issues in the life of the mother-daughter duo, or as they are best known as, Gilmore Girls. The show was highly acclaimed by the critics and became a staple for the audiences as well.
Amy Sherman-Palladino, who was the creator of the show, was at the helm of affairs for the first six seasons. However, due to some differences over her contract, she was not able to work on the last season of the show. As it turns out, she still has the chance to complete what she left 8 years ago.
In January, 2016, Netflix announced that it would be coming out with a revival season of the hit series, with a slightly modified title, Gilmore Girls: Seasons. This is actually a part of the macro move that Netflix has made towards reviving many classic shows including Full House, X-Files and many more. The current season will contain only 4 episodes, with each of them having a good 90 minutes length. A time jump is obvious and the story will most probably pick up 8 or 9 years after the last episode of the show ended. So, basically the Gilmore Girls will now pick up in 2016. This is a big news for the fans, who were not necessarily happy with how the show ended. There has been a frenzy among fans since the news of the revival has been made public. They have been clawing for as much more information as they can on this latest season, and quite understandably so.
The fact that the revival season has only four episodes is a major departure from the regular 12-episode line up per season, which was the case with the original series. But, the viewers will understand the choice of the episode structuring when they take a look at the vision of the creator. The four episodes of the Gilmore Girl: Seasons will actually be aired through an entire year. Each of the episodes, is actually going to denote a season in the Stars Hollow – summer, winter, fall and spring.
Since the revival news has been out, the fans have been dying to know which all original members of the cast will be joining the brand new season. The stars largely remained silent for a long time on the social media. Only a few like Loren Graham tweeted something, but their tweets created more questions than what they actually answered. However, the cast was finally announced to the fans, and it was delightful to see most of the important characters coming back to create the magic again.
These episodes will feature most of the original characters, including, of course, the Gilmore Girls, Lorelai (played by Lauren Graham) and Rory (played by Alexis Bledel). Jared Padalecki and Matt Czuchry will also be seen again in the roles of Dean and Logan respectively. The presence of these two characters means that the quadrangle would still exist. However, whether and how the dynamics of it have changed would be interesting to see. Scott Patterson, who portrayed the character of Luke Danes, will also be a part of the revival. Further, Keiko Agena, Yanic Truesdale, Kelly Bishop, Liza Weil, Sean Gunn, and Milo Ventimiglia will also be seen reprising their respective roles in the hit television series. There are many recurring characters from the series that will also be seen as a part of the comeback season of the show.
However, there is one important member of the original cast, who will not be seen in the revival season and that is Melissa McCarthy a.k.a. Sookie. The endearing character was best friend to Lorelai and had a certain warmth about her. The creator of the show, Amy Sherman-Palladino, has confirmed this news saying that no storyline has been written for the talented actress in the current season. The main reason cited for this is the ultra-tight schedule of the successful actress. Amy has even made an open invitation to Melissa to come any time on the sets of the show, and she will make provision to get at least a cameo shot of her. Given that the whole cast of the show will be featured this season, this cameo sounds kind of necessary to finally tie it up nicely with a bow, before saying the final goodbye.
In an interesting turn of events, Melissa McCarthy responded to Amy’s offer. She took to Twitter to let her fans know that her character was never invited to be back in the show. She wished the cast good luck, but all does not seem really well between the showmakers and the actress. The reason for the heat between the showmakers and Melissa is not known. Nevertheless, the conversation has not hit a dead end either. Amy has rekindled hope in the fans by openly inviting Melissa’s team to get in touch with her and work around the date issues. She again reiterated that she would put Sookie in the show in a heartbeat.
Before watching the revival, it would be a great idea to binge watch all the seven seasons of the show. This would anyway make for the six months’ worth of seasons, if watched at a normal pace. Perhaps, that is why the showmakers have also spaced the show such that the viewers can freshen up the magic of the Gilmore Girls. This will surely help them appreciate the new season even better.