'Gilmore Girls' cast talk about return via Netflix
Lauren Graham and Scott Patterson in "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life."
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif – “Once a Gilmore, always a Gilmore,” as the new motto goes.
But Gilmore Girls, starring Lauren Graham as mom Lorelai Gilmore and Alexis Bledel as daughter Rory Gilmore, began on a cable channel that doesn't even exist any more. Which I guess is one way of saying, it's a long way from the WB to Netflix.
“There was no sense of having to resuscitate something,” said Graham on Wednesday, as the cast and creators of the revival series Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life appeared at the Television Critics Association event at the Beverly Hilton.
“It was the old show. It was meant to continue.”
Added Bledel, “It felt like no time had passed.”
But, of course, it has.
Netflix announced on Wednesday that Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life will debut on Nov. 25. It will consist of four 90-minute chapters, each of which corresponds with one of the seasons. That would be winter, spring, summer and fall, if you're keeping track at home.
Netflix also unveiled a teaser clip, that immediately catapults Gilmore Girls into 2016.
Serene images of Stars Hollow, Connecticut – where Gilmore Girls is set – are interrupted by a dinner-table scene, in which Lorelai asks Rory, “Do you think Amy Schumer would like me?”
“No,” Rory replies.
When Lorelai asks why, Rory says, “Watersports. Every time I see her in a magazine, she's on vacation doing watersports.”
“Oooh, no,” Lorelai concludes. “That would not work at all.”
But then Lorelai switches gears, and says, “Do you think John Oliver would find me hot?”
Besides Graham and Bledel, others appearing at the TCA panel included Scott Patterson, who plays Luke Danes, and the producing, writing and directing team of Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino.
Gilmore Girls, a dramedy about a single mom and her daughter, debuted in 2000 on the WB network. It aired there for six seasons, before transferring to the CW (which was formed when the WB and UPN merged) for a seventh – and what was thought to be final – season. The last episode of the original run aired on May 15, 2007.
Graham in particular has continued to be a TV staple since Gilmore Girls went off the air. She went on to play one of the main characters, Sarah Braverman, on the critically acclaimed drama Parenthood for six seasons on NBC (2010-2015). And Graham also has had a recurring role on CBS' new version of The Odd Couple, where she has played Gaby Madison, ex-wife of Oscar Madison, who is played by Matthew Perry.
As for Bledel, who also is well known for her role in the movie The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005) and its sequel (2008), I remember my eyes going wide when I saw her in the fifth season of AMC's Mad Men in 2012. Bledel played a young woman named Beth Dawes, who had an affair with Pete Campbell, played by Vincent Kartheiser. It turned out that Beth was kind of kooky, and not only because she slept with Pete, ha ha.
Bledel also popped up playing a killer in an episode of the Canadian cop drama Motive on CTV last year. I hope that doesn't foreshadow some sort of extremely violent streak for Rory. It certainly would be a new direction for Gilmore Girls.
The question, of course, is whether fans of the original Gilmore Girls will be taking direction or giving direction, if you know what I mean.
It may feel like watching four 90-minute TV movies, connected in some ways and separate in others.
But you'll still have to watch them in the proper order to get the full effect. Like, summer following fall would just be weird, the charm of Gilmore Girls notwithstanding. It's not nice to fool Mother Nature, as they used to say in those old margarine commercials.
“I would hope that people would want to take the whole trip,” Sherman-Palladino said, referring to those who may want to skip right to the end, with all four episodes being released at once. “It's worth it.”
Once a Gilmore fan, always a Gilmore fan? The results of that vote will start rolling in from Stars Hollow on Nov. 25.