THR is reporting that Netflix is in early talks with Amy Sherman-Palladino & Dan Palladino about more instalments of the “Gilmore Girls” revival. If you haven’t seen “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” beware of spoilers in the article!
Could there be more life left in Netflix’s Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life?
Judging from the open-ended finale of the Netflix revival and comments made over the weekend by Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos, the answer to that may be “yes.”
Sarandos told the U.K.’s press association that the streaming giant is in “very preliminary” talks with Gilmore Girls creators Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino for a revival of the revival.
“We hope [there are more installments]. We obviously loved the success of the show, fans loved how well it was done, it delivered what they hoped,” he said, adding that “the worst thing is to wait a couple of years for your favorite show to come back and for it to disappoint you, but they sure delivered and people were really excited about more, and we have been talking to them about the possibility of that.”
Netflix’s four-episode Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life debuted in November. Netflix projection house Symphony Advanced Media, which has been leaking numbers on the streamer for more than a year, said in December that nearly 5 million viewers between the ages of 18 and 49 had watched all four episodes of the revival. By regular broadcast standards, that amounts to a 3.6 rating among adults 18-49. Compared with other 2016 Netflix efforts, Gilmore Girls‘ binge audience in the first three-day window is only out-measured by Orange Is the New Black’s fourth season (5.8 million) and the first run of Fuller House (7.3 million). (Netflix, like Amazon and Hulu, does not discuss ratings information.)
The Netflix finale of the series revealed the final four words that diehard fans of the Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel drama had waited years to hear. It also allowed the Palladinos, who exited the series abruptly in season six following a contract dispute with producers Warner Bros. Television, to provide closure. Those final four words, however, opened the door for additional episodes as Rory (Bledel) revealed to Lorelai (Graham) that she was pregnant. The reveal brought the series full circle and left the baby’s father to remain a mystery.
Now that the release of “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” is only a little over two months away the promotion is really starting to get in full swing. I’ve added scans of the September issues of Entertainment Weekly, US Weekly and People Magazine.
Entertainment Weekly is giving us a sneak preview into the revival of “Gilmore Girls”, “Gilmore Girls: Seasons”. Alexis did a beautiful photoshoot with Lauren Graham, they are on the cover and the first couple of episode stills have been released. The issue is out on (digital) newsstands this Friday!
“It’s a lifestyle.” “It’s a religion.” That’s Rory (Alexis Bledel) and Lorelai (Lauren Graham) talking about The Donna Reed Show back in season 1 of Gilmore Girls. But it may as well apply to Gilmore fans today. And if you’re one of those people who’s been not-exactly-patiently waiting for nearly nine years to revisit Stars Hollow, set your calendar for later this year. The Connecticut crew is back together shooting four 90-minute Gilmore Girls movies for Netflix, and EW has your exclusive first look.
On the Warner Bros. soundstage one late February morning, it was as if not much had changed since Rory and Lorelai had that last cup of coffee over at Luke’s. Dinner at Casa Gilmore. A strong drink in hand. And a cast relieved to have been reunited by Amy Sherman-Palladino, who created the beloved series back in 2000.
After filming a scene alongside her TV mother Emily (Kelly Bishop), Graham said of the experience, “You know how you finish college and you’re a few years older and you’re like, ‘I wish I could go do this now ‘cause I would appreciate it so much more and understand it and get more out of it’? That’s the opportunity I have this with and I appreciate every day that I’m here.”
Though we wouldn’t dare spoil top-secret plot points, we did get intel on Lorelai and Luke (Scott Patterson), Rory and her career, and of course, Emily’s life as a widow. (Edward Hermann, who played Emily’s husband Richard Gilmore, died in 2014, though he’s honored throughout the movies.)
As for special guest stars (Sutton Foster! Mae Whitman!), plans for more movies, and some information about Sherman-Palladino’s now-legendary Four Final Words to the series? It’s all in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on newsstands Friday, or buy it here now. And don’t forget to subscribe for exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW.
If you’re a twenty-something woman who talks fast and drinks a lot of coffee (or just anyone with good taste in TV, really), chances are high that you’re a major fan of Gilmore Girls. And, chances are even higher that on June 6, you were perched in front of your laptop, eagerly awaiting every new bit of detail from the Gilmore Girls reunion that occurred at the ATX Television Festival. The panel brought nearly every major actor from the show, from Lauren Graham to Kelly Bishop, on-stage together for the first time in years, and to say fans were into it is an understatement on par with “Kirk’s a little odd.” One person especially excited about the reunion? Alexis Bledel, who played Rory for seven years on the beloved show.
“It was amazing,” she says, speaking to Bustle. “It was so cool to hear all the questions… we have wonderful, smart fans, so it was a fun Q&A.”
During the panel, Bledel and her castmates were asked about everything from their characters’ futures (Rory’s still a journalist, obviously) to the potential for a movie (unlikely, but possible!), to the most important question of all: which of Rory’s three suitors — Dean, Jess, and Logan — was really the best choice. Bledel demurred from picking a favorite (could you blame her? The three actors were sitting right there), and would rather focus on Rory’s job prospects, instead.
“Maybe she’d just be working so hard she’d be focused on her career [instead of dating],” Bledel says. “Or maybe she’d be seeing someone new.”
Sure, fine, but what about the guys?
“I can’t answer the triangle!” she says, laughing. “People have very strong feeling about it. You can’t win. I just expressed [at the panel] that they were all wonderful actors to work with, which is true.”
“But,” she admits, “it’s also the safe answer.”
Still, fans certainly weren’t happy when Bledel refused to chime in on one of the biggest romance questions of our time, and their reactions were, to say the least, strong. Not that that’s unusual for Gilmore fans; viewers of the show tend to be passionate about all things related to the Lorelais and their lives. At the panel, many of the cast members seemed to be used to that type of enthusiasm, but Bledel, who hasn’t had as big a post-Gilmore TV career like co-stars Lauren Graham and Jared Padelecki, looked noticeably overwhelmed.
There’s good timing, and then there’s really good timing. Such is the case for Jenny’s Wedding, a new film from writer/director Mary Agnes Donoghue (Beaches) about a lesbian’s impending marriage, which debuted on July 31, just one month after the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage nationwide. Starring Katherine Heigl as the titular Jenny, the movie deals with many of relevant issues of recent months: LGBT rights, cultural acceptance, the support of a loving partner (played by Alexis Bledel) when facing an uphill battle. Simply put, Jenny’s couldn’t have come at a better time.
“People are so excited to just see a film being made on this subject matter,” says Bledel, speaking with Bustle. “[And to see] conversations that are authentic… something that they recognize and could relate to.”
In the film, Bledel plays Kitty, the patient and understanding partner of Heigl’s Jenny. At times, it’s an unforgiving role — the movie is far more focused on Jenny’s relationship with her disapproving family than her romance with Kitty — but Bledel says she jumped at the chance to take on the part.
“When I read the script. I was like, sign me up!” she says. “I was really excited about it. I had never read anything like it.”
Bledel credits Donoghue’s passion for the project as a main reason for her interest. Donoghue based the script on events surrounding her niece, a gay woman (also named Jenny) who came out to her family and told them she wanted to get married.