Netflix recently confirmed a Gilmore Girls revival coming in 2016. Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel signed on to reprise their roles as the mother/daughter duo, Lorelai and Rory, but who else will be heading back to Stars Hollow with them?
As the Inquisitr previously reported, Scott Patterson (Luke), Kelly Bishop (Emily), Sean Gunn (Kirk), Keiko Agena (Lane), and Matt Czuchry (Logan) have already penned deals for their return, but there is one important character — Sookie (Melissa McCarthy) — who won’t appear in the revival.
When Melissa McCarthy was asked why she wouldn’t be reprising her role as Lorelai’s sidekick, she simply stated that she wasn’t asked.
— CNN (@CNN) February 3, 2016
McCarthy tweeted a response to a fan’s request for her return.
Thanks for the invite, but sadly no one asked me or Sookie to come back to Stars Hollow. Wish them all the best!! https://t.co/II2Atug4wx
— Melissa McCarthy (@melissamccarthy) February 2, 2016
Although McCarthy, who appeared in 153 episodes during the show’s seven season run from 2000 to 2007, said she wasn’t asked to join the Gilmore Girls revival, show creator Amy Sherman-Palladino told TV Line that it wasn’t anything personal against McCarthy. Sherman-Palladino simply didn’t want to write a whole storyline around Sookie, when McCarthy has so much else going on with her career right now. Sherman-Palladino did say she would jump at the opportunity to have Melissa McCarthy come back, even if it’s just for a cameo.
“She’s really f–ing busy, but the thing I have said [to her team] is, ‘Look, if Melissa is available and has an afternoon free, I’ll write her a scene,” Sherman-Palladino said. “Melissa was one of us. If she has a spare moment to run over [to the set] — even if for just a cameo — we would be totally game. And if it’s a last-minute thing, I would write her in and we would figure it out. That’s the way we left it.”
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) February 3, 2016
“It was a character we knew we could not count on in terms of story, because [Melissa] just simply wouldn’t have that sort of time to carve out for us,” she added. “It simply would’ve been impossible. Planning around her crazypants schedule and her movies and her this and her that and Ghostbusters…But if her people called me up and said she’s free on these particular days or would love to drop by and just be in one scene, we would put her right in.”
According to a previous report by the Inquisitr, Netflix made the announcement on Friday, January 29, revealing that they would be reviving the family-favorite show through a four-part miniseries with Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino executive producing, writing and directing. Dorothy Parker Drank Here Productions. in association with Warner Bros. Television, is producing the project.
— People Magazine (@people) February 3, 2016
The miniseries, which Netflix is treating as a farewell season, will consist of four 90-minute episodes, with each episode taking place in a different season of the year. While Netflix hasn’t yet revealed the title of the miniseries or a premiere date, it appears as though we may not have to wait too long to see what the Gilmore girls have been up to.
In an Instagram post, Netflix wrote, “From Stars Hollow to Hartford to New Haven to Netflix. Welcome back, girls. An all new season of Gilmore Girls coming to Netflix in 2016.”
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