The original run of Gilmore Girls lasted for seven seasons — six on The WB, one on The CW — following the lives of Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) and her daughter Rory (Alexis Bledel), as well as Lorelai’s estranged parents Emily (Kelly Bishop) and Richard (Edward Herrmann). The family-focused dramedy has become a favorite to many, but the last season and its controversial finale has long been debated among fans because original creator Amy Sherman-Palladino wasn’t involved.
However, it was reported in the fall of 2015 that Netflix was developing a Gilmore Girls revival. Then, production on the return was officially announced earlier this year — with all the major players set to return (with the exception of Herrmann, who passed away in 2015). Many Stars Hollow favorites will be back for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, including local diner owner/Lorelai’s love interest Luke Danes (Scott Patterson). Now, the Gilmore Girls co-star discusses the revival series.
In an interview with TVLine, Patterson spoke about the new revival, which doesn’t follow the format of a standard, 22-episode Gilmore Girls season. Instead, A Year in the Life will consist of four 90-minute episodes based in each season of the year — hence the title of the revival. As Patterson revealed, the extended episodes gave the cast and creative team a chance to dive “deeper” into the show’s beloved characters:
It feels like the old team got back together, and we still got it. In fact, maybe we’re better than we ever were. I don’t know if I did this kind of work [during the original series’ run from] 2000 to 2007. And maybe that’s because of the freedom Amy and Dan [Palladino] had with writing 150-pages per script. It was fuller. It was longer. It was deeper. We could go places that we probably wanted to go in the series but couldn’t go. Now we could go there.
Of course, it may take fans of Gilmore Girls some time to get used to the extended episodes of A Year in the Life, since they’re the length of a standard movie. But, as Patterson indicates, it seems the format has helped Sherman-Palladino and her partner/husband Daniel Palladino to tell more complex and compelling stories with the series’ characters. Since early reviews for the Gilmore Girls revival have additionally indicated the Netflix continuation keeps up the spirit of the original, it seems fans have plenty to be excited about.
That said, not all revivals are created equal. In fact, some of Netflix’s television continuations — including Arrested Development and Fuller House — have received criticism for not quite living up to the original shows. Still, with the main cast and creative team of Gilmore Girls involved in A Year in the Life, fans can rest assured the revival is in the most qualified hands. Plus, with only a few days left until release, fans can decide for themselves whether Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life lives up to the original series.
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life premieres on Netflix on November 25, 2016.