After months and month of speculation, it was announced on Jan. 29 that the Gilmore Girls continuation series was officially happening at Netflix.
Since then, a ton of additional information has come to light, but it’s often hard to hear facts over the nonstop hysterical screaming. So here’s a list that we’ll be updating regularly of everything we know about Lorelai and Rory’s return to Stars Hollow so far.
1. The core four are back.
Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino will write and direct the new series with her husband Daniel Palladino, who is also an executive producer. Stars Lauren Graham (Lorelai Gilmore), Alexis Bledel (Rory Gilmore), Kelly Bishop (Emily Gilmore), and Scott Patterson (Luke Danes) are all on board to reprise their roles.
3. Melissa McCarthy is back!
UPDATE: After a lot of back and forth, McCarthy has agreed to return for the series! The news was first reported by TVLine. “As of not even two hours ago it’s happening,” McCarthy said on Ellen. “I’m very happy to go back to Stars Hollow. ” The announcement was preceded by the release of Entertainment Weekly’s cover story on the show, which featured Sherman-Palladino offering one last plea to the actor, “We’ve just put it out into the universe; we’re here until May 10,” said the co-creator. “I know what the scene is. I’ll pre-light it for her. She can drive up, run in, shoot it, and run out. I can get her in and out in two hours.” Clearly it worked.
Their long — and very public “negotiation” — can be relived below..
McCarthy was the only major cast member absent from the ATX Television Festival reunion in June 2015 — besides the late Edward Herrmann (Richard Gilmore) — so her involvement in the revival seemed unlikely.
But on Feb. 2, McCarthy tweeted, “Sadly no one asked me or Sookie to come back to Stars Hollow. Wish them all the best!!”
It was odd statement given that Sherman-Palladino had told TVLine prior, “The thing I have said [to her team] is, ‘Look, if Melissa is available and has an afternoon free, I’ll write her a scene.’”
Sherman-Palladino went on to say that she always assumed McCarthy’s hectic schedule would have prevented her participation, but she added that the door is open for the woman who brought Sookie to life. “If she has a spare moment to run over, we would be totally game,” Sherman-Palladino told TVLine.
Then, in a March interview with Refinery 29, McCarthy said, “They didn’t ask. And once this came out, because people were starting to say, ‘Oh, you won’t do it. You’re too big and busy now.’ I was like, ‘No. No one invited me to the party. I didn’t get a single call.’ And then after that, it was kind of, ‘Well, she’d like to do it, you guys can call us.’ I have to call and ask? And now I can’t make it happen. I thought it was the strangest thing. I am really proud of that show. I can’t wait for my kids to see it.”
4. Richard Gilmore’s absence will be felt.
Edward Herrmann’s death in 2014 means that the Gilmore family’s lovable patriarch is gone as well.
The actor’s loss is still felt by his co-stars. “It’s going to be very hard doing it without him,” Bishop told TVLine. “It’s going to be hard without him.”
And the character’s loss will be felt by the Gilmores as well. “You couldn’t just say, ‘Oh, Richard died peacefully in his sleep, and now we’re going to go to the cherry-picking festival,’” Sherman-Palladino said. “Something they loved is gone, which means things you love will not be around forever. And you can’t take them for granted.”
5. Every episode will be titled after a season.
Although Netflix has yet to confirm a title for the Gilmore Girls revival, they have confirmed that it will be comprised of four 90-minute episodes. And according to Sherman-Palladino those episodes will be titled “Winter,” “Spring,” “Summer,” and “Fall.”
6. Sherman-Palladino will not ignore Season 7, even though she wasn’t a part of it.
Sherman-Palladino famously didn’t have anything to do with the final season of the show, but that doesn’t mean the events of those 22 episodes will be ignored now that she’s back. “I wasn’t going to say to the fans who stayed through Season 7, ‘Hey, you all wasted your fucking time for a whole season. So, ignore all that!’” she said. “We had to pick them up where they left off. Luckily, the elements that we really wanted to play were not taken or destroyed by whatever they did in Season 7. So it actually worked out quite nicely.”
7. Liza Weil confirms Paris is coming back!
The How to Get Away With Murder star told E! News that Paris will be in two episodes of the upcoming revival! “It’s very emotional to read them,” she said of Sherman-Palladino’s new scripts. “It’s like a really magical perfect time machine. I’m very happy to be a part of it.”
8. So is Michel!
Yanic Truesdale, who played Lorelai’s friend (ish) and employee (ish), Michel Gerard, tweeted the photo above, confirming the beloved French character will be in the new episodes!
9. There will be a ton of new characters.
While there will be plenty of familiar faces, the Gilmore Girls revival will also introduce a lot of new characters. According to E!, the show is adding a Peruvian couple named Berta and Alejandro, a sad sack of a man named Nat Compton, a brother and sister named Tim and Gabriela, a 13-year-old named Dewey, 9-year-old Korean-American twins Stevie and Kwan, and a Portuguese nanny named Clementina.
There’s also Jim, an older man who’s the editor of a high-end men’s magazine; a character named Dwayne; the handsome and proactive Damon; Paul, a character described as both “a Michael Cera type” and “a good boyfriend”; and finally, “a whole bunch of hippies at a commune.”
TV has been sorely lacking the crazy collections of people who spill forth from Amy Sherman-Palladino’s brain.
10. Milo Ventimiglia will return as Jess!
The actor, who played Jess — Rory’s boyfriend and Luke’s nephew — tweeted the above image, confirming he will be back for the revival.
11. Sutton Foster is (bun)headed to Stars Hollow!
Sutton Foster, who starred on Sherman-Palladino’s brilliant but canceled ballet dramedy Bunheads, will appear in the Gilmore Girls revival, TV Line reports. It’s unknown if she will reprise her Bunheads role or play a new character, but either way this is fabulous news.
In its cover story, Entertainment Weekly reports that the third episode of the revival will feature a musical (written by Fun Home composer Jeanine Tesori) that will be performed by Foster, Smash star Christian Borle, and Broadway darling Kerry Butler. “It’s my most exciting thing!” Sherman-Palladino said. “We get in these demos and sheet music. The songs are ludicrous and insane. We’re listening and wondering, ‘Is the Tony on the piano while she’s doing this? Is she in a room surrounded by awards?’ She’s mad, mad, mad in the best possible way.”
12. And Padalecki makes three.
Netflix has confirmed that Jared Padalecki, who played Dean — Rory’s first big love — has signed on to reprise his role!
13. Dad’s back.
Also joining the revival is David Sutcliffe who plays Christopher Hayden, Rory’s father and Lorelai’s ex.
14. Rory’s not the only one with a (former?) love interest returning!
Danny Strong — who played Yale Daily News editor and Paris Geller’s boyfriend, Doyle — will also be back. “Back at Stars Hollow,” he tweeted with the above image.
17. A few more stars will return to Stars Hollow.
BuzzFeed News has confirmed that Sally Struthers (who plays Lorelai and Rory’s next-door neighbor, Babette Dell), Michael Winters (who plays the local grocer, Taylor Doose), and Liz Torres (who plays Stars Hollow’s dance instructor, Miss Patty) will be returning for Netflix’s upcoming revival.
18. Jackson’s back… but what about Sookie?
Jackson Douglas — who plays Sookie’s husband, Jackson Belleville — tweeted the news that he’s back for the revival. Now how are they going to explain McCarthy’s absence?
19. 19. Finn is in.
Tanc Sade, who plays Logan’s friend Finn, posted the above image on Facebook confirming he will also be in the revival.
20. Mae Whitman will guest-star!
According to TVLine, Graham’s Parenthood daughter and IRL bestie, Mae Whitman, will appear in the revival series. While no details about her role were revealed, the site did say, “She shares a really fun (albeit small) moment with Graham that will delight Parenthood fans.”
21. Bunheads: pas de deux
BuzzFeed News has confirmed that Stacey Oristano — who co-starred with Kelly Bishop on Bunheads and on NBC’s beloved Friday Night Lights — will appear in the upcoming Netflix revival.
“I will follow Amy and Dan Sherman-Palladino to the ends of the world,” Oristano wrote BuzzFeed News in an email. “I think mostly I need to get over my fangirling. I know Sutton and I are the same that way. We were both such huge fans of Gilmore Girls even before we started Bunheads. So, even at our table read, to hear these characters that I adore, saying writing I love… I almost couldn’t take it. Definitely silently geeking out in my chair!”
Also joining is Bunheads star Bailey De Young (formerly Buntain) in an unknown role.
23. Those four little words will finally be revealed.
Gilmore Girls fans are well aware that Amy Sherman-Palladino always knew what the final four words of the series would be, but because she left the show before its last season, they never got to hear those syllables spoken. Well, that will all change as co-star Yanic Truesdale told Us Weekly the Netflix revival includes those four little words.
“I know them because I read the script,” he said. “I always felt it was intriguing, like everyone else. I was like, ‘How does she know the last four words?’ But when I read it, I was like, ‘Oh, OK. That makes sense.’ I can see now why she knew that that would be said.”
Of those word, Lauren Graham said in EW’s cover story, “It’s not as resolved as I thought they would be. I keep saying, ‘Hey, does anyone else notice this is actually not an ending?’ Amy and Dan just giggle at me.”
24. Seven first-look photos!
Netflix has released a handful of new pics from the revival!
25. The first poster has arrived!
With filming nearly wrapped, Lauren Graham stopped by Ellen to officially reveal Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is the reboot’s title!
“I cry trying to talk about it,” Graham told DeGeneres. “I feel so lucky to get to do it. But it’s also been so bizarre. The set is the same but we’re in a different place. It’s like it was yesterday but also it was not yesterday. I love this character so much and I had the same feeling I had when I first opened that script, which was such a deep connection. To do it again, who would have imagined!”
27. Mark your calendars!
Netflix announced that all four episodes of the Gilmore Girls reboot will premiere November 25 at 12:01 a.m. PST, so make sure you have lots of caffeine ready!
This post will be continually updated with new information.
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