There is a God, and its name is Netflix.
While it may be Election Day and all our attention is divided elsewhere, there was one piece of news that caught our eye and immediately induced a short period of hyperventilation: Gilmore Girls is returning to the small screen.
This is not just a rumour. This is a fact.
TV Line has learned that Netflix has officially signed a deal with Warner Bros. to reboot the much-loved series which ran for seven seasons between 2000 and 2007. The limited series will be written by original creators Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino who left the show one year prior to its series end due to contract negotiations.
A revival of Gilmore Girls has been the talk of fans for numerous years, first with hopes of a movie and now with great anticipation for a new Netflix-produced series. Unfortunately it does not appear viewers of the series will have days worth of binge-watching to accomplish; the show will be produced into only four 90-minute episodes.
Gilmore Girls became popular in the early 2000s and stood out amongst it’s rival Warner Bros. series like Dawson’s Creek and Buffy the Vampire Slayer due to its quick and quirky writing. The characters reportedly talked so fast that scripts for the show were roughly one and a half times as long as a typical one-hour drama. While fast-paced, the show was also incredibly smart, producing so many pop-culture references that nearly no one could keep count.
The last season of Gilmore Girls saw mother Lorelai rekindle her failed romance with Luke and her daughter Rory follow then-Democratic-candidate Barack Obama on his campaign trail. It’s unknown where or when the characters may resume their storylines in the new series, however some speculation was given in June during a cast reunion at the ATX Television Festival.
Alexis Bledel, who played Rory on the show, says she believes Rory would still be a hard-working journalist, while Scott Patterson who played Luke Danes says his character likely moved to a lake and became a fly-fisher.
Several years ago, Sherman-Palladino, who reluctantly left her series before it ended, told Entertainment Weekly that she would always have enough story to conclude Gilmore Girls on her own terms.
“The beauty of Gilmore, and the beauty of family-relationship shows, is you never really run out of story,” she said. “You’re going to battle your family until you’re all in the ground. Those things never resolve, doesn’t matter how much therapy you get. Ten years later, there’s still going to be [material] there to mine and to delve into.”
Unfortunately, the only cast member who definitely will not be returning for the reunion is Edward Herrmann who played the adored character of Richard Gilmore, the bourgeoisie grandfather with a unique and sweet sense of humour. He passed away in December 2014 at age 71.
No one from Warner Bros. or Netflix confirmed the recent deal, but series lead Lauren Graham, who most recently starred in a few seasons of NBC’s Parenthood, tweeted:
DUDES. I can’t confirm this. But I also can’t deny this… https://t.co/KO8gA7j6Us
— Lauren Graham (@thelaurengraham) October 19, 2015
Are you excited for this potential revival?