Netflix’s buzzy revival of Gilmore Girls, 2016’s four-part miniseries A Year in the Life, brought us all back to Stars Hollow to finally answer some long-gestating questions, like what became of Luke and Lorelai and who’d prevail among the Team Dean/Team Jess/Team Logan dynamic of Rory’s love life.
But by presenting those long-awaited “final four words” of the series that showrunners Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino had teased fans for so long, A Year in the Life also hinted a whole new chapter of Gilmore Girls: making their family dynamic span four generations, instead of the three we’d grown so accustomed to over the years.
So, naturally, some Gilmore Girls fanatics are hell-bent on the idea that A Year in the Life will be just the start and that we’ll get even more Gilmore Girls revivals down the road. The streaming service’s subscriber count and rampant audience interest certainly justifies obliging the demand for more, after all, and obviously there’s still some story to be told yet.
But the actresses behind the titular mother-daughter pair, Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel, don’t quite smell the snow just yet.
As detailed by TVLine, the pair appeared at an Emmy FYC event on Sunday and tempered expectations for a second season by declaring that the ink isn’t even wet on the paperwork to make it happen just yet.
Graham said that while she would be glad to “play that character until [her] dying day,” the story had to be there to justify a return. “It’s become what could we do with this story that is satisfying, that is worth continuing. I don’t know if there’s a need to do more. I wouldn’t want it to feel like we overstayed our welcome.” She added that no deals have been made, or has she even been approached, to push a second season through either.
Bledel echoed those sentiments, saying, “I’m just interested in telling a story that is dynamic and that I can hook into.”
Of course, Netflix has expressed a sincere interest in continuing the series. Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos revealed in March that they were in “very preliminary” discussions with the Palladinos about where to go from here. So, there’s no reason to go drowning yourself in coffee just yet, but the ladies’ words certainly point to the proposed sequel being stuck at the town’s one traffic light for now.
It’s happening again. Maybe.
In the wake of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life‘s runaway success, Netflix has begun exploring the possibility of a second revival. The streamer’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos reportedly told UK’s Press Association that “very preliminary” talks are underway with (presumably) Warner Bros. for more episodes.
“We hope [it happens],” he said. “We obviously loved the success of the show [and] fans loved how well it was done; it delivered what they hoped. The worst thing is to wait a couple of years for your favorite show to come back and for it to disappoint you, but [series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and exec producer Dan Palladino] sure delivered and people were really excited about more. And we have been talking to them about the possibility of that.’
Buoyed in large part by the November release of A Year in the Life, Netflix added a record-shattering 7.05 million subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2016.
When asked about the possibility of returning to Stars Hollow, Sherman-Palladino told TVLine last December, “I don’t rule anything in my life out. When people were talking about a Gilmore movie [after the original series ended] I was always like, ‘That’s not going to happen.’ But I wasn’t going to say no. Because… why say no to anything?”
That said, the auteur — whose Amazon pilot The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel drops later this month — strongly hinted that Another Year in the Life (possible working title?!) was not be imminent. “We’re all very tired,” she conceded. “Dan and I have been in a Gilmore cocoon for a year and a half. It’s been very intense. So we’re stepping back now.”
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life creator/executive producer Amy Sherman-Palladino and executive producer Daniel Palladino will be appearing at Entertainment Weekly’s first ever PopFest on Saturday, October 29th at The Reef to discuss all things Stars Hollow and unveil an exclusive first look at Netflix’s highly-anticipated four-part event.
EW PopFest will be the first and only entertainment festival to feature multiple media platforms under one roof, including appearances and performances by A-list talent across movies, TV, music, gaming and books. EW PopFest’s line-up will include appearances from James Corden, the host of CBS’ The Late Late Show, a live performance by pop superstar Nick Jonas, discussions with Oscar-winning actress and director Jodie Foster, and Emmy-winning showrunner Ryan Murphy and friends. Attendees will have an opportunity to see first-look footage and special guests from Sony’s Dark Tower, a reunion with the cast of Happy Endings performing a never-before-seen episode, the cast of The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend performing their musical mashups live, and a conversation between husband-and-wife YA superstars Tahareh Mafi (Shatter Me) and Ransom Riggs (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children).
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Additionally, the first 300 people to purchase two-day VIP tickets to the festival will receive a complimentary ticket to a screening of Marvel’s Doctor Strange on Friday, October 28.
Yes, you read that right! Alexis welcomed a baby boy the last fall. E! News has an article about it.
Gilmore Girls star Alexis Bledel has welcomed her first child, a baby boy, with husband Vincent Kartheiser, E! News has learned. A rep for the actress confirmed the exciting news and added that the couple’s son was born last Fall.
The couple, who met when they played lovers on the AMC hit show Mad Men, tied the knot in a top-secret ceremony back in 2014, kept both the pregnancy and the birth under wraps.
But it turns out that Scott Patterson—who was interviewed by Glamour ahead of the upcoming Netflix revival of Gilmore Girls—happened to spill the beans about Alexis becoming a mom for the very first time.
“It was great to see her. She’s really blossomed as a woman and now she’s a proud new mother and married and happy,” he told the magazine.
“I remember her as an 18-year-old kid, fresh out of college coming into Hollywood and being a little overwhelmed. She’s just the most likeable, intelligent person and adorable human being. She hasn’t changed at all. She looks the same.”
He continued, “We’re comparing notes because my son is about a year and a half older than her young son. I’m showing her photos and videos and what to expect. We’re just really enjoying each other’s company.”
Shortly after news of Bledel and Kartheiser’s relationship went public, Jon Hamm opened up to Vulture about the couple’s love story off-screen.
“I did know he liked her from a very early point,” he shared. “I was a supporter of that union.” (Source)
Congratulations to Alexis and Vincent!
Alexis is guest starring in an episode of Motive this month!
The television series Motive struggled for ratings on ABC in the US so was cancelled after its second season but, since the show proved quite the hit in Canada, it was renewed for a 3rd season.
Motive season three will premiere on CTV on March 8, while the Alexis Bledel episode of the show is currently scheduled to air on CTV on March 22 at 10pm ET/PT.
Stars Hollow is coming to Austin, Texas.
As part of the annual ATX Television Festival, “Gilmore Girls” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and stars Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel have been confirmed for a reunion panel.
“‘Gilmore’ was the highlight of my ridiculous life,” said Sherman-Palladino. “I can’t wait to sit with these unbelievable broads and relive a time where sleep did not exist, where stress and coffee were mama’s little helpers, and where we all dove into the deep end together to make something weird and very, very cool.”
The festival, scheduled for June 4-7, 2015, will also feature the reunion of the “Dawson’s Creek” writers’ room, which launched many TV writers’ careers