On January 29th 2016, Gilmore Girls fanatics everywhere rejoiced at the official confirmation from Netflix that the beloved 2000s show will be returning for a new season. Tentatively titled Gilmore Girls: Seasons, the season will consist of four 90-minute episodes – one for spring, summer, autumn and winter. It doesn’t pick up right where it left off, but rather happens in real-time, eight years after the last season ended.
TV Line reported that Amy Sherman-Palladino, the mastermind and creator of Gilmore Girls, will be returning to direct and write the entire Seasons project. This news comes as a huge relief for fans who remember that the final season – in which Sherman-Palladino was not involved due to a contract dispute – was noticeably the weakest of the seven seasons.
It has also been confirmed that Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson and Kelly Bishop will be back as Lorelai, Rory, Luke and Emily. Futhermore, Sean Gunn and Keiko Agena will be returning as Kirk and Lane.
The one character that cannot be resurrected in Seasons is Richard Gilmore, played by Edward Herman who passed away last year, leaving a big, bow-tie shaped hole in the new installments. Lauren Graham was the first of the cast to confirm the upcoming project, posting a picture to Twitter on January 30th.
But what about Melissa McCarthy? The actress who played Sookie St. James, who’s star has argubly risen the highest since leaving Stars Hollow, is yet to comment on whether or not she will be returning.
“She’s really f—ing busy,” Sherman Palladino acknowledges. “But the thing I have said [to her team] is, ‘Look, if Melissa is available and has an afternoon free, I’ll write her a scene. Melissa was one of us. If she has a spare moment to run over [to the set] — even if for just a cameo — we would be totally game. And if it’s a last-minute thing, I would write her in and we would figure it out. That’s the way we left it.”
But as of this moment, Seasons does not include a storyline for Sookie, although the character’s absence will definitely be explained.
“It was a character we knew we could not count on in terms of story, because [Melissa] just simply wouldn’t have that sort of time to carve out for us,” explains Sherman-Palladino. “It simply would’ve been impossible. Planning around her crazypants schedule and her movies and her this and her that and Ghostbusters… I would just be sobbing in a corner for six months. That would be my whole life. But if her people called me up and said she’s free on these particular days or would love to drop by and just be in one scene, we would put her right in.”
Also rumoured although not confirmed to be returning are Rory’s three main love interests, Jared Padalecki as Dean, Milo Ventimiglia as Jess and Matt Czuchry as Logan.
Filming begins today in Los Angeles.