Gilmore Girls is joining the list of past television shows to receive a revival or reboot and, in this case, it’s the former. Warner Bros. and Netflix had previously confirmed the revival of Girlmore Girls already, but it seems that much more believable coming from the series headliner, Lauren Graham, when she revealed the news to fans via her Twitter account. Graham, who played Lorelai Gilmore on the show, was only too eager to spill the news that the long-running CW series will be finding new life on Netflix.
Lauren Graham Confirms The Return Of Gilmore Girls
— Lauren Graham (@thelaurengraham) January 29, 2016
The original run of Gilmore Girls lasted from 2000 through 2007 and centered around the lives of Lorelai Gilmore and her teenage daughter, Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel) in Stars Hollow, Connecticut. The plot extended to show how the lives of Lorelai and Rory affected those around them, including parents Emily (Kelly Bishop) and Richard (Edward Herrmann) and Herrmann’s 2014 passing means there will likely be new characters introduced and new angles not previously explored in the original run of Gilmore Girls.
As for Ms. Graham, she seems even more excited about the show’s return than the fans, as her tweet suggests.
“I CAN NOW CONFIRM,” the Gilmore Girls actress tweets in all caps. “It’s time for me, and this jacket I stole in 2007, to return to work.”
Since the cancellation of Gilmore Girls in 2007, Lauren has found success in both film and television. Much of Ms. Graham’s time has been spent on Web Therapy and Parenthood, but she has also appeared in several feature films, including Max (2015) and Joshy (2016). While it seems Lauren has been kept busy, it seems she’s eager to return to her old Gilmore Girls family, where tears and laughs are sure to greet her, as she reconnects with her former co-stars.
What Is Known About The Gilmore Girls Revival So Far
It’s still very early in the pre-production phase and one wouldn’t expect much to have been confirmed for the Gilmore Girls revival, but it seems Warner Bros. is moving along rather quickly with their plans. In addition to Lauren coming back as Lorelai, the studio has also confirmed that Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson, Kelly Bishop, Sean Gunn, and Keiko Egena will also be reprising their roles.
As mentioned earlier, there are already plans to introduce a gathering of new characters in the revival. Included among the new characters, so far, there are plans for a magazine editor, a Peruvian couple, a dorky thirty-something named Paul, and plenty of children.
Additionally, the series creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, will be joined by Daniel Palladino and, together, they will write and direct the revival series. The Palladino team will also serve as executive producers for the show. Rumors have been circulating that Ms. Sherman-Palladino has agreed to return to the show, after a contract dispute forced her to walk away from the original run of Gilmore Girls. It’s been said that Amy wants to do the revival to end things her way and that the revival will be short-lived. If rumors are true, there are only plans for four 90-minute episodes.
Netflix seems to have become the patron saint of the hopelessly lost, reviving cancelled television from a wasteland of drama that has so far included Arrested Development and Full House revivals. There’s a limit to just how much regurgitated eye fodder the American public can take and Netflix should be wary of pushing this particular envelope too far over the limit. After all, a revival here and there is fun, feeding the nostalgic hearts of the middle-aged, but, sooner or later, even grandfather needs new stimulation.
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