Gilmore Girls Revived!

They’re back! They’re back! They’re BACK!

The Gilmore Girls will be doing four 90-minute movies — Netflix-style — this coming year. It’s been 9 years since the season finale. That equates to roughly 3,200 consecutive days without Gilmore Girls. Too difficult a task.

Let’s be honest, most of us have watched reruns of the show since then — and likely within the last year, and possibly even every single episode available to mankind. So for many, this show is not just a distant memory, but a well-loved family member who visits often and sits at the head of the table.

But still, there is something so extraordinary about bringing these beloved characters back to life. I imagine watching the new show will feel a lot like running into a good buddy from college ten years later, as if nothing changed, even though so much has.

IN THE WAY OF CHANGES, Richard Gilmore (Edward Hermann), very unfortunately died in December, 2014. Not only does this bring a certain sadness to the show, but it leaves Emily Gilmore (Kelly Bishop) a widow. It will be interesting to see how Palladino writes her in the script.

In my case, since the season finale, I’ve had three kids, been divorced, gotten remarried, returned to the workforce, made some new friends, grown closer to my sister, made stupid mistakes, and forgiven my parents. Frankly, I’ve needed those Girlmore Girls. And dammit if I don’t move my entire family to Stars Hollow itself.

So for me, reruns have been great. But it’s largely because of the reruns that the show has been brought back. Due to Netflix and the accessibility of the show, there has been a phenomenal resurgence not just with fans, but with a newer, younger crowd as well. Now, Gilmore fans span a larger audience base: the core fans who were around at the origin of the show, and the newer, younger audience who has hit up Netflix for more, more, more!

I’m also curious as to how Melissa McCarthy (Lorelai Gilmore’s best friend Sookie — also the chef of the Dragonfly Inn) will pan out. And by the way, YES, she will be on the show. There were questions about this in the beginning, when the announcement was first made in January. But she was able to make it work.

Gilmore Girls creators Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino were told by McCarthy’s people that she would not be able to make the show due to her very hectic acting schedule. They said it would never happen. It couldn’t. There was no way to get her in there on set. It was nothing personal. Just not possible.

McCarthy had no idea why she had not been invited back onto the show. She tweeted, “Sadly, no one asked me or Sookie to come back to Stars Hollow. Wish them all the best!”

McCarthy and Palladino were finally able to make it happen. Sookie was not written into the new show. But now that she has an actual part, McCarthy will find an hour here and an hour there to squeeze in on set, do her bit, then hit the road again.

And everyone is happy to accommodate McCarthy. What ever would Stars Hollow be without her? We cannot do without our Sookie. And frankly, McCarthy knows she would be remiss for not paying significant tribute to the show that established her career.