Created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, Gilmore Girls followed multiple generations of Gilmore women, including Lorelei Gilmore (Lauren Graham) and her teenaged daughter Rory (Alexis Bledel) - with Lorelei's mother Emily (Kelly Bishop) also a main star in the series. The show ran for six seasons under the oversight of Sherman-Palladino, who parted ways with Warner Bros. prior to Gilmore Girls' seventh and final season. When the beloved dramedy ended with a controversial series finale, many hoped for a revival that would see the show end the way Sherman-Palladino intended.
The creator was asked about a revival when she reunited with many of the show's cast members at the 2015 ATX TV Festival, but she said at the time that nothing was in the works. But, a Gilmore Girls revival was later rumored to be in development at Netflix, then officially confirmed by the streaming service, with many stars from the original show signing on to return. However, there was one glaring omission from the revival cast: Melissa McCarthy as Lorelei's best friend Sookie St. James.
In an interview with E! News, McCarthy expanded on her previous statement that she hadn't been asked back for the Gilmore Girls revival. After McCarthy's initial statement, Sherman-Palladino had said they would write the actress in if she had the time, but it appears their schedules did not work out:
"I don't think I am. I didn't actually get asked to do it. But I think they thought I was busy, and then by the time it did come up, then I actually was. I'm actually thrilled that it's happening. I loved that show, and I think the fans for that show are super loyal and great and I will watch every single one of them."
The Gilmore Girls revival has snagged the majority of the stars from the original series, including Graham, Bledel, and Bishop as their respective members of the Gilmore clan. Additionally returning are Scott Patterson as Luke Danes, Yanic Truesdale as Michel Gerard, Liza Weil as Paris Geller, Keiko Agena as Lane Kim, David Sutcliffe as Christopher Hayden, and Sean Gunn as Kirk Gleason. Additionally, Rory's three main love interests will be returning: Jared Padalecki as Dean Forester, Milo Ventimiglia as Jess Mariano, and Matt Czuchry as Logan Hutzberger.
Reportedly, the Gilmore Girls revival has been planned out as four extended episodes of roughly 90 minutes that will take place during four different seasons throughout the year, including spring, summer, fall, and winter. When asked if she would ever like to return to Gilmore Girls - if the series is given the green light for more episodes or another season - McCarthy said, "I want to cook again. I want to put salt and then stir. That was seven years of my life and it was really great. I was proud of that show."
Of course, fans of Gilmore Girls will likely be disappointed that McCarthy won't be returning as Sookie since she was a fan favorite character. But, as we've seen with fellow Netflix series Fuller House, revivals/sequels aren't always able to bring the entire cast back - and can still be successful. However, whether McCarthy's absence from the Gilmore Girls revival will make sense or feel like a glaring omission to fans largely depends on how the show handles it, which remains to be seen until we know more about the Netflix series.
Screen Rant will keep you updated on the Gilmore Girls revival as more information is released.
Source: E! News