Netflix is fast becoming a regular second home for those beloved shows which have long since wrapped but still have enough of a fan base to justify a revival. The streaming platform has already given new life to Arrested Development, Full(er) House, Trailer Park Boys, and Longmire, and its latest big 2.0 effort is Gilmore Girls.
Stars Hollow is prime real estate for the service to break new ground because the dramedy series’ original seven-season run was overall a ratings success and has since amassed a zeitgeist cult of those eager for its return. Although Netflix has blithely declined to share its own viewership numbers associated the series on its streaming platform — dismissing that information as irrelevant given their non-advertorial business model — the site has since made the entire original series available for streaming in an obvious effort to drum up even more interest in its new edition.
Lauren Graham, co-presenter of the 68th Emmy Nominations, has now offered up some thoughts on reprising her half of the whip-smart and chatty mother-daughter combo, and she’s just as enthusiastic about the project as Lorelai Gilmore was about reaching for her morning coffee. Graham hyped Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life in a new interview with E! Online, touting it as her favorite professional project of all time, no less.
“It was my most favorite thing I’ve ever done. I was very thankful everyday day and really could kind of connect to, ‘I’m so lucky. Wow, what an experience to get to do this again,’ in a way that we don’t often get those chances in life.”
Graham added that being able to return to the series, for her, was not a chance at a “do-over,” per se, but rather an exciting opportunity to revisit a time and space that she’d relished before:
“It’s just to go back with an understanding of how rare it all was and is. Plus, I just love that material. I love it. I never get tired of it.”
While it certainly sounds like the characters will be featured in a faithful return to form, the structure of the new series will be quite different than the episodic original. Instead of each entry being the ordinary one-hour structure, each of the four Gilmore Girls installments will be 90-minute movies which span different seasons (as in, winter, spring, summer, and fall — a clear wink to the Gilmore Girls theme song) throughout a year in the lives of Lorelai, her daughter Rory (played by Alexis Bledel), and her mother Emily (Kelly Bishop).
Also returning from the original show are Sookie (Melissa McCarthy), Lane (Keiko Agena), Kirk (Sean Gunn), Luke (Scott Patterson), Logan (Matt Czuchry), Jess (Milo Ventimiglia), Dean (Jared Padalecki), Paris (Liza Well), Christopher (David Sutcliffe), Jackson (Jackson Douglas), Michel (Yanic Truesdale), and Zach (Todd Lowe).
For Gilmore Girls fans who were left unsatisfied by the original series’ controversial finale, which saw Rory leaving Logan in the dust after her Yale graduation, this will be a chance for some long overdue closure.
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is expected to stream on Netflix sometime in late 2016.
Source: E! Online