There are a number of reboots and revivals happening on television with NBC revisiting the world of Heroes in the limited series Heroes Reborn, FOX recently premiering season 10 of The X-Files, and Fuller House -- a sequel series to Full House -- set to arrive on Netflix later this month. Joining the ranks of revived series is Warner Bros. beloved mother-daughter dramedy, Gilmore Girls.
Reports of the revival arrived late in 2015, claiming Netflix was closing a deal for a new season of Gilmore Girls. However, the news broke a few months after the show's cast and creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, reunited for a panel at the 2015 ATX TV Festival, where they spoke about the possibility of a revival. Now, Netflix has confirmed the revival and a handful of the show's original stars have signed on for more Gilmore Girls.
Netflix confirmed the revival on Twitter, specifically naming Sherman-Palladino and co-stars Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. Graham, who starred as Lorelei while Bledel played her daughter Rory, also tweeted about returning to set. Deadline is additionally reporting that Scott Patterson will return as Luke Danes, Kelly Bishop as Emily Gilmore, Keiko Agena as Rory's best friend Lane, and Sean Gunn as Stars Hollow's resident jack-of-all-trades Kirk.
— Netflix US (@netflix) January 29, 2016
— Lauren Graham (@thelaurengraham) January 29, 2016
According to previous reports from TV Line, the Gilmore Girls revival will include four 90-minute "episodes", with each focusing on a different season of the year -- winter, spring, summer, fall. Sherman-Palladino will be writing and directing the Gilmore Girls revival along with her husband and fellow executive producer Daniel Palladino.
The duo left Gilmore Girls, parting ways with Warner Bros., in 2006 prior to the show's final season, and didn't have any involvement in what became one of the more controversial TV finales of all time. However, as Warner Bros. television president and chief content officer Peter Roth told TV Line recently, the revival will give fans closure to the series: "Amy is now able to finish, appropriately, properly and I think with great satisfaction, the show the way it should conclude."
Netflix's return to Gilmore Girls isn't the typical television revival we've been seeing in recent months. In the case of Heroes Reborn, creator Tim Kring picked up in real time within the world of Heroes, but introduced a primarily new cast for an entirely new story. The X-Files, on the other hand, returned to the original show's lead characters, Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Fox Mulder (David Duchovny). In terms of story, Gilmore Girls will follow more in the vein of The X-Files, picking up with the characters that made the original show so beloved by viewers.
That being said, the format of the Gilmore Girls revival is unlike any other U.S. television series, instead following a similar structure to BBC One's Sherlock with longer-than-usual "episodes" and only a handful of them in the season. Additionally, aside from the cast members already signed on, it's unclear if any others will return, like Melissa McCarthy as Lorelei's best friend Suki, Liza Weil as Rory's friend Paris, or any of Rory's high school and college boyfriends.
So, fans are sure to be excited for the show to return on Netflix -- and especially to see Sherman-Palladino back in the roles of producer, director, and writer. But, it remains to be seen whether more original cast members return and how the change in format will impact the Gilmore Girls revival.
Screen Rant will keep you updated on the Gilmore Girls revival as more information is released.
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