Netflix will host a “Gilmore Girls” revival series after signing a deal with Warner Bros. This limited revival will consist of four 90-minute episodes directed by Amy Sherman-Palladino, series creator and writer, and Daniel Palladino, the series executive producer.
“Gilmore Girls” originally premiered on Oct. 5, 2000 on The WB before switching over to The CW in 2006, and the series finale aired on May 15, 2007. The show consisted of seven seasons with over 150 episodes. The show’s revival will be available on Netflix in 2016.
After a contract dispute with Warner Bros. in 2006, Sherman-Palladino gave up her involvement with “Gilmore Girls” prior to the seventh season. Now that she’s in charge of creating the revival episodes, she will be able to tie up any loose ends involving the characters and plotlines.
“I’m looking forward to the revival to be able to follow up on the characters’ lives and see where they can take the show!” said Mikayla Douglas, junior mass media major.
In addition, fans will finally be able to learn those final four mysterious words Sherman-Palladino has planned since the beginning of the series for the last episode.
During the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas, the cast of “Gilmore Girls” reunited. During the festival, they talked about the idea of a revival for the series. Sherman-Palladino commented that if the opportunity for a revival presented itself, it would have to be done correctly and with the right time, budget and format.
Nothing is finalized in regards to the cast’s return for the revival, but rumors are circulating that the main cast will include Lauren Graham (Lorelai Gilmore), Alexis Bledel (Rory Gilmore), Scott Patterson (Luke Danes) and Kelly Bishop (Emily Gilmore).
For those unfamiliar with the show, “Gilmore Girls” takes place in a fictional town called Stars Hollow, Connecticut. The show is centered on a mother-daughter relationship between Lorelai Gilmore and her daughter Lorelai “Rory” Gilmore.
“Lorelai is my favorite character because she’s funny, kind-hearted and has a magnetizing personality that is always fun to watch,” Douglas said.
Other notable characters in the show include Melissa McCarthy, who plays Sookie St. James, Lorelai’s best friend and chef; Jared Padalecki, who plays Dean Forester, Rory’s first Stars Hollow boyfriend; and Liza Well as Paris Geller, Rory’s high school arch-nemesis.
Graham’s and Bledel’s characters interact with a surplus of spunky characters in the town of Stars Hollow. The show incorporates a variety of pop-culture references and contemporary topics like relationships, education, ambitions and family.
“I like Gilmore Girls because of the small town, drama-filled and family-friendly aspects that the show brings,” Douglas said.
The show is primarily known for its upbeat humor and compassion displayed in the relationship between Lorelai and Rory as well as their mutual love of coffee, junk food and spending time together.
“I love the fast talking, witty humor of ‘Gilmore Girls,’” said Sara Escandon, senior social work major. “This is my sixth time watching the series all the way through. The characters are all so great and the show has an amazing plot behind it; I can’t help myself.”
While most are excited about the news of the show’s Netflix revival, a few fans exhibit concern given the length of time-almost nine years between the show’s series finale and the upcoming 2016 revival.
“I’m nervous about [the revival] not quite fitting in with the original episodes,” Escandon said. “It may or may not be a good idea, but you have to watch it anyway because you have so much invested in the story that you just have to find out what happens next.”