By Rae Avery
If you’re anything like me, you’ve dreamed about enjoying a steaming mug of coffee at Luke's diner (or perhaps Emily's cob salad – surely it's on the menu by now), or maybe just diving in to an assorted jumble of takeout, junk food, and town gossip at Rory and Lorelai’s kitchen table. Fellow fans, while we’ve been subsisting solely on reruns from the early 2000’s to get our Gilmore Girls fix, Netflix has been busy cooking up a surprise just for us.
In a move as unexpected and fun as Lane's stint as a cheerleader, our favorite show Gilmore Girls is giving us a holiday gift that superfans of any beloved, yet ended, series dreams of – an additional season! Or rather, four seasons. Netflix is changing up the classic CW episodic format and giving us four 90-minute movie-like episodes, depicting “Winter,” “Spring,” “Summer,” and “Fall,” respectively.
Just about every single one of the original cast members are returning as our favorite characters, right down to Sparky as Paul Anka, Lorelai's dog! Obviously, Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel are back as Lorelai Gilmore and her daughter Rory. The girls are also reunited with Emily Gilmore (Kelly Bishop), Luke Danes (Scott Patterson), and Lane Kim (Keiko Agena). Seriously, the list of returnees is so long (from quirky townies to Chilton alums to Yale friends, and more!) there is no way I could list them all here.
Sadly, Edward Hermann, who slayed in the role of Lorelai's father, Richard Gilmore, passed away December 31, 2014. In what will certainly be a heart-wrenching few scenes, Richard will have died on the show as well, and that impact will be tumultuously felt among the characters closest to him.
Exes never seem to be completely removed from our lives, and this is the case on the Gilmore Girls reboot as well. Logan, Jess and Dean are all coming back, though no one knows for sure yet if any of them will be romantically linked to Rory. Lorelai's ex, and Rory's father, Christopher will also be back on the show.
But of course, the cast question on everyone's mind was whether or not comedy superstar Melissa McCarthy would return to the little show that gave her her big break now that she's a certified Hollywood big shot. And the thrilling answer is yes! Of course! Dragonfly chef and best friend to Lorelai, Sookie St. James will be appearing in the “Fall” and “Winter” episodes.
“We’re more than grateful to have the opportunity to reprise the roles. It reminds us of what we had,” said Scott Patterson, on the Gilmore Guys podcast. "We were younger then, and we were maybe a little bit naïve about the business, but now we’re more experienced, and it’s just very satisfying and it’s a good group of people to come back to. People are closer now. The friendships are deeper.”
Lauren Graham agrees. “You know how you finish college and you're a few years older and you're like, 'I wish I could go do this now 'cause I would appreciate it so much more and understand it and get more out of it'?” She mused, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “That's the opportunity I have with this, and I appreciate every day that I'm here.”
SPOILER ALERT: While news of the show is being kept practically under lock and key, some plot details have spilled out. While we already knew that Richard Gilmore likely would pass away on the show, that's been officially confirmed. The first movie-episode of the reboot is “Winter,” and takes place eight years after the end of season 7, with Emily grieving and dealing with being a widow. At the Gilmore estate, Lorelai says to her mother, “Feels like a scotch night.” (Longtime fans will note with a twinge that scotch was always Richard's drink of choice.) As of the first new episode, Luke and Lorelai are still not married. Photos on set have leaked of a gold and blue chandelier in a prop box marked “wedding” though, so make of that what you will. Keep in mind, series creator Amy Sherman Palladino has always had a penchant for doing the unexpected, so it may even be for Rory, who would now be in her late 20's.
While Netflix has been dragging its feet on any news of a release date, As the excitement builds, a new trailer has just debuted to whet your appetite for the coming cinematic feast, along with a confirmed release date! Bust out your enormous mug of coffee, and order the takeout: Friday, November 25 is the date for our official return to Stars Hollow for Gilmore Girls: Seasons.