Gilmore Girls Revival


Gilmore Girls is back and on Netflix (courtesy of Netflix)

Grace Tsichlis, Staff Writer

The beloved comedy-drama show Gilmore Girls is returning to Netflix with four 90 minute episodes, promising the return of Lorelai, her daughter Rory and their witty banter.
Entitled Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, each of the four episodes will correspond with a season, either winter, spring, summer or fall. The revival will premiere on Netflix on Nov. 25 and will feature the old cast of the show along with some new characters.
Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory (Alexis Bledel) are back in the small town of Stars Hollow, Conn. A teaser released by Netflix brought the audience back into the familiar kitchen of Lorelai and Rory, and the two were making jokes like nothing changed since the last episode in 2007.
The original Gilmore Girls aired for seven seasons and concluded with Rory getting a job offer, leaving their small town to pursue her dreams. The relationship between Lorelai and Luke (Scott Patterson), owner of the local diner, ends on a relatively positive note after the drama of the past seasons.
The revival will bring the love lives of Rory and Lorelai back into perspective. Logan (Matt Czuchry), Jess (Milo Ventimiglia) and Dean (Jared Padalecki), all of whom dated Rory at one point, will each be in at least one episode. However, Rory and Jess were together on screen in the trailer for much longer than any of her other ex-boyfriends.
Christopher (David Sutcliffe), Rory’s father and Lorelai’s ex-boyfriend, is returning to the show as well. However, it is unknown exactly how the love triangles will play out and how involved in the plot their love lives will be.
Netflix has been secretive about the plot of this revival, yet the recently released official trailer gives the audience more of an idea of the direction of the show. Luke and Lorelai are together, and Rory is searching for a job and travelling outside Stars Hollow. Kirk (Sean Gunn), the eccentric character who seems to have a new job every episode, has dinner with the Gilmore family.
The show will be addressing the death of Edward Herrmann, who played Richard Gilmore, the father of Lorelai because of his important role in the show. Herrmann died in 2014 from cancer. The trailer featured clips of a funeral and his wife, Emily (Kelly Bishop), hanging a large portrait of him in the living room. The show seems to be blending a bit of comedy into an upsetting topic to lighten the mood.
The character Sookie St. James (Melissa McCarthy) is returning despite news that she did not have enough time to dedicate to the show. She previously said she was not asked to be a part of the show. However, creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and McCarthy have worked out schedules and scripts so the enthusiastic character of Sookie can return.
In the trailer, she is in the kitchen as the chef at the Dragonfly Inn, as if she never left. Sookie’s husband, Jackson (Jackson Douglas), is also on the returning cast list. In the last season, Sookie, Jackson and their multiple children were happy together in Stars Hollow.
Fans need not forget about Rory’s two friends, Lane Kim (Keiko Agena) and Paris Geller (Liza Weil), because both are returning to the show. Previously on Gilmore Girls, Lane and her husband were managing their twins and their life in their rock band. Paris, the intense yet passionate friend of Rory, returns in the trailer looking more mature and professional.
Sherman-Palladino and her husband, Dan Palladino, writers, directors, and producers of the revival, were not involved in the last season of Gilmore Girls. They were unable to come to an agreement regarding their contract renewals with The CW.
Since the beginning of the series in 2000, Sherman-Palladino has been working on the final four words of the show. Since she left after the sixth season, she was unable to write these words into the show. Back in the show for the special, she finally is able to incorporate those words into the final ending of Gilmore Girls.
Posters for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life show Lorelai and Rory in the four seasons, going along with the theme of the show. The two ladies are posed with seasonally appropriate items in front of a simple blue background.
Fans of the show are hoping to find out exactly what happens to Rory and her mother. With the vast amount of old characters coming back, the possibilities are endless. Netflix is keeping those possibilities a secret until Nov 25.