If you were wondering what that loud noise around the tubes was Monday afternoon, it was the collective screams of Gilmore Girls fans around the world who heard the news that Netflix, that improbable savior of a number of previously defunct series, had announced that it would revive Gilmore Girls, which ran 2000 – 2007, first on the WB and then on the CW, in four ninety-minute episodes.
The cast are currently in negotiations, but word has it that the majority of the major cast – Lauren Graham (Lorelai Gilmore), Alexis Bledel (Rory Gilmore), Kelly Bishop (Emily Gilmore), and Scott Patterson (Luke Danes) – are already on board for these new episodes. Additionally, we do know of the return of Amy Sherman-Palladino, the show’s creator and primary writer, and Daniel Palladino, executive producer, who will share both writing and directing duties. That alone is welcome news to GG fans, as the show’s last season was without both Palladinos at the helm because of a contract dispute that prompted them to exit before the show’s seventh (and final) season.
With many specifics still unknown, we do know that the four new episodes/movies should pick up where the series left off, meaning the show will need to accommodate that multi-year gap between its end in 2007 and its return in 2015/2016. That alone brings up a number of questions about what we will find when we return to Stars Hollow:
- Rory had just graduated from Yale and was off to follow then-candidate Barack Obama around the presidential campaign trail in 2007; eight or nine years later, Rory will be well into her career, but where will she have landed after that first gig? White House correspondent? Huffington Post contributor? Christiane Amanpour’s understudy?
- Supposedly, Rory’s past suitors will also make appearances. With Matt Czuchry on The Good Wife and Jared Padalecki on Supernatural, how much/what will we see of Rory’s dudes? What about fans’ beloved Jess? The show ended with Rory’s rejection of Logan’s marriage proposal, appropriately sending the youngest Gilmore off alone to start her career. With Rory approaching thirty by the time these new episodes start, where will Rory be personally?
- Luke and Lorelai had a tepid and inconclusive reunion that seemed to imply that they would be getting back together, but what has happened while we’ve been gone from Stars Hollow? Marriage? Divorce? More kids? What about Christopher, Rory’s dad and Lorelai’s ex-husband?
- Luke spent a chunk of season seven fighting for shared custody of April, his long-lost daughter/convenient monkey wrench. Where will April be (College? Medical school? Secret evil genius lair?) all of these years later?
- Edward Herrmann, who played patriarch Richard Gilmore, passed away New Year’s Eve 2014 from brain cancer. How will the new episodes handle the change to the Gilmore family? We know that Kelly Bishop is returning; how will the show handle her widowhood? Perhaps she’ll be even more involved with her daughter’s and granddaughter’s lives?
- Melissa McCarthy, who played Lorelai’s best friend Sookie St. James, was last seen as pregnant with her third child; in the intervening time since Gilmore Girls’ last episode aired in May 2007, she has become a movie star in her own right, with an upcoming Ghostbusters reboot among other projects. Will we see Sookie and Jackson and the mysterious third child that we didn’t even know the sex of before that final episode?
- What about the residents of Stars Hollow? Did Lulu and Kirk get married? How did Lane and Zach fare after his tour and the birth of their twin boys? Is Michel still battling ennui? How many cats do Babette and Morey have now? Is Taylor still town selectman?
With so many questions out there and so few details known, perhaps the name of the game while we wait for more is to binge-watch the Girls and their 153 episodes (available on Netflix streaming and on DVD) again until we know more about what will be new and exciting in Stars Hollow. With that in mind, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to grab another latte and deny that season seven ever happened.
Are you as excited as I am about this GG news? What and who do you hope to see in the new episodes? Let me know in the comments.