Netflix has officially announced that Gilmore Girls will be returning in 2016 with a short run on the streaming service, and filming will begin in Los Angeles as soon as next week.
The company tweeted the announcement Friday afternoon along with a joke only show fans would understand.
— Netflix US (@netflix) January 29, 2016
Star Lauren Graham, who played Lorelai Gilmore in seven-season series that ran from 2000 to 2007, followed up the announcement with a tweet of her own.
While the announcement is as big as they come for Gilmore Girls fans, rumours had already been surfacing since October that Netflix would be bringing back the comedy-drama. Netflix, however, had not confirmed the development until today.
According to television-insider TV Line, stars Alexis Bledel (Rory), Scott Patterson (Luke Danes), and Kelly Bishop (Emily Gilmore) will all be reprising their roles, along with supporting actors Sean Gunn (Kirk) and Keiko Agena (Lane Kim). There is no word whether comedian Melissa McCarthy, who played Sookie St. James, will be back.
The new show will run as four 90-minute episodes and is tentatively named Gilmore Girls: Seasons. Original showrunner and creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and executive producer Daniel Palladino will return to lead the series in its new form.
TV Line adds that each of the four episodes will represent one season (winter, spring, etc.) over the course of a year and will be set in present day, eight years after the show’s finale.
The show left off with Rory graduating from Yale and departing Stars Hollow as part of then-Democratic-candidate Barack Obama’s press core. Lorelai and Luke, who had broken up in the previous season, rekindled after Luke through her daughter a elaborate going-away party in the town square.
With all the show’s main characters returning, the late Edward Hermann who played Richard Gilmore, will be a notable absence. The proclaimed actor passed away suddenly in December 2014.
Filming is set to begin filming on the original Warner Bros. lot on February 2.