Gilmore Girls is a heartfelt family drama that premiered on The WB in 2000 running for seven seasons, ending the series on the newly made CW. The show centered around a vivacious single mother Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) raising her studious daughter Rory (Alexis Bledel) in the charming and endlessly quirky town of Stars Hollow. It quickly became known for its lightening-fast dialogue packed with pop-culture references. After the sixth season, the series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and her husband Daniel, who served as executive producer, left the show citing disagreements with the network. The final season was divisive among fans, many of whom felt it lost the heart of the show.
Rumors of a revival have been around almost since the show’s controversial finale, with many cast members stating their interest. After a flurry of reboots and a new-found interest in reviving old shows, Netflix officially confirmed that the show would return for a limited series on the streaming service. Many of the stars, including Graham and Bledel were immediately announced as returning. However, reports are just now coming in that one major player will not be returning to Stars Hollow.
Melissa McCarthy, who played Lorelai’s best friend Sookie St. James for all seven seasons is currently not signed on for the revival, and it sounds like that will not be changing any time soon, possibly due to McCarthy’s great career success. In a recent interview with TV Line, Sherman-Palladino spoke about the difficulty of scheduling around her schedule.
“She’s really f—ing busy. But 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. Melissa was one of us. If she has a spare moment to run over [to the set] — even if for just a cameo — we would be totally game. And if it’s a last-minute thing, I would write her in and we would figure it out. That’s the way we left it.”
McCarthy has done incredibly well post-Gilmore Girls, with lead roles in blockbuster films like Spy, Bridesmaids, and the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, as well as starring in the CBS sitcom Mike and Molly. Sherman-Palladino’s apparent flexibility raised the hopes of many fans eager to see Sookie back at the Dragon Fly Inn. However, a day after that interview was published McCarthy tweeted about her return, and it does not sound positive.
Thanks for the invite, but sadly no one asked me or Sookie to come back to Stars Hollow. Wish them all the best!! https://t.co/II2Atug4wx— Melissa McCarthy (@melissamccarthy) February 2, 2016
It sounds as though there are still some communication issues to work through between Sherman-Palladino and McCarthy. Hopefully the two will be able to take their negotiation offline and come to some sort of scheduling arrangement that allows her to appear in some capacity. McCarthy was an integral part of the series, providing some of the most comedic moments that showed her immense talent at physical comedy. Lorelai also needed a sounding board and confidant beyond her daughter, and it would be a strange revival indeed if the ornery Michel was left to fill that role.
Screen Rant will keep you updated on the Gilmore Girls revival as more information is released.