How Lauren Graham Found Out Gilmore Girls was Cancelled

Last week, Lauren Graham (Lorelai Gilmore) was interviewed on Late Night with Seth Meyers talking about the series finale of Parenthood.

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There’s a wonderful moment (from the 1 minute 40 second mark) where Seth mentions Gilmore Girls for the first time in the interview and the live studio audience erupts into a spontaneous 5-second ovation. It gave me tingles.  Check it out:

She talks about how with Parenthood, they knew it was the end, so everyone had a chance to appreciate the moment, sentimentalize and have some closure. Whereas Gilmore Girls was quite the opposite.

Lauren: I was in a restaurant and I had turned my phone off, cause that’s polite. The waiter comes to the table and he was like, ‘Are you Lauren Graham?’ I was like, ‘Yes!’ He goes, ‘Your agent’s on the phone!’ I thought I was in a ’40s movie or something. I was like, walking to the house phone. I was like, ‘Hello?’ and he goes [grubby voice] ‘It’s cancelled,’ and that’s how I found out that it was the end.

Depressing, right?

I had the same feeling watching the DVD Extra which features Keiko Agena (Lane Kim) filming a behind-the-scenes day of filming Gilmore Girls. She has a live crew following her around makeup, her trailer, the sets and her dialogue training and she keeps saying it’s her last day on season 7 – but she doesn’t realise it’s her last day of shooting on Gilmore Girls, EVER. Her day doesn’t end in tears or with any fanfare, she just has a little hug with Todd Lowe (Zack Van Gerbig) at the end of their kitchen scene and that’s it. She goes back to her trailer then presumably heads off into the sunset on her hotwickedcool motorbike.

The end really did come out of the blue.  But rather than lament the loss, I’m looking forward to the ATX Reunion later this year.

Do you whoop every time someone mentions Gilmore Girls? I do hope it’s not just me.  Just how upset are you that there may never be another episode?  Did you watch that DVD extra amazed at how fast they were spitting out the lines by the end of the coaching?  Crazy crazy stuff…

Pic c/o LateNightWithSethMeyer

Dirty!

One of my favourite Lorelai-isms is her use of the word ‘Dirty’. It pops up (dirty!) throughout the seven seasons and in one word, captures both her fun-loving childish side as well as her grown-up-ness-ness.

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From humble beginnings…

Luke: By the way, you do tell people that you’re the one that named my toolbox, right?
Lorelai: Toolbox, dirty.
Luke: Oh geez.

Bonus point for the first person to tell me the name of Luke’s toolbox.  On to one of my personal favourites, conjuring naughtiness out of thin air:

Luke: Go one day without coffee.
Lorelai: That’s not giving up.
Luke: I’ll put a toy in your cereal.
Lorelai: Dirty!

And a stunning one-two, in a town meeting no less:

Taylor: You really have to work on your punctuality, Lorelai. I banged the meeting in a half an hour ago.
Lorelai: Uh, dirty!
Taylor: All right now, the last order of business is a matter relating personally to me, therefore I’m going to give Miss Patty my gavel.
Lorelai: Again, dirty!
Taylor: Stop that.

By season 3, other people are doing it without her (ooh dirty):

Rory: We like tacos.
Lorelai: Yes, we do. [reads] “You haven’t had a taco until you’ve spent some time at Hector’s, crisp and meaty – ”
Rory: … dirty.
Lorelai: Thank you.

And a couple to finish from Luke:

Luke: Well, if you have a big one you don’t need a small one. [Lorelai opens her mouth] Don’t say ‘dirty’, it’s too easy.

Luke: No, I’ve filled my whacking quota for the week.  Dirty?
Lorelai: Extremely.

Do you use ‘Dirty’ like Lorelai?  In honour of Lorelai, I challenge you to use it appropriately this week.  I want a dirty epidemic, people.

Pic c/o TheWB

Lauren Graham Looks Back at Gilmore Girls

The Time magazine website (which for me has been a legitimate news source ever since they put Taylor Swift on the cover – what took you so long?) has an interview with Lauren Graham (Lorelai Gilmore), looking forward to the imminent last episode of Parenthood on January 29 and reflecting back on Gilmore Girls.

My agent said, “It’s over.” I didn’t get to say goodbye to anybody.

A good chunk of the interview is about Gilmore Girls and all of that is satisfyingly positive. This bodes well for the ATX reunion in June as well as upbeat commentaries on the 10-year anniversary Blu-Ray boxed set. The boxed set is a recurring dream of mine. It tap-dances on my shelf, magically launches discs through the air into the player and dazzles me with new content and a secret hidden season eight.

Some choice tit-bits from the article:

TIME: Do you look back on Gilmore Girls as something that defined you as an actress?
Lauren: Yeah and happily so. I didn’t realize then how perfect a fit that was for me in terms of material and sensibility. As much as I have loved this job and this character [on Parenthood], I feel like Gilmore Girls was just a special match. It’s hard to find a writer with that specific of a voice. I’m super thankful to have had it.

TIME: How much are you like Lorelei as a person? (sic)
Lauren: No one talks that much or that long, but it’s that thing where you read something and it just clicks. It’s like music. I could hear what [creator] Amy [Sherman-Palladino] intended and it made complete sense to me. I remember an interview with Christopher Reeve where he said, “I choose my jobs based on the feeling that I can’t stand the thought of anyone else doing it.” And that’s how I felt with that. It’s a rare chemistry.

They also ask her which boyfriend Rory should have ended up with – and she gives an answer! (of sorts).

Read the TIME article here: http://time.com/3660359/lauren-graham-parenthood-series-finale/

Will anyone give me odds on a 10-year anniversary boxed set with commentaries on selected episodes, interviews with the cast today, a retrospective on our dear departed Edward Herrmann and suchlike?

Is anyone planning to see Lauren and the gang at the ATX Festival?

What are you hoping to see from the end of Parenthood?

Pic c/o TheWB, God bless ya.

 

Edward Herrmann Dies at Age 71

With deepest sadness we report that Edward Herrmann, the actor who so memorably portrayed Richard Gilmore, passed away on the morning of New Year’s Eve in a hospital in New York, aged 71.

Lauren Graham (Lorelai Gilmore): My friend Ed Herrmann was the kindest, classiest, most talented man. It was an honor and a joy to know him, a devastating blow to lose him.
@thelaurengraham on Twitter

Edward had been battling brain cancer and in intensive care for the last three weeks, TMZ reports. His condition did not improve and he was taken off the respirator yesterday.

Well Emily, for tonight and tonight only, my name is Bill and this is our song.

 

Richard Gilmore’s fluctuating health led to some of the most poinient moments in the show. Remember putting your hands over your mouth when he’s giving a lecture and keels over sideways? Or Lorelai standing at the foot of his post-angina attack hospital bed unable to tell him… well unable to speak. Which is kind of how I feel right now.

Amy Sherman-Palladino (creator of Gilmore Girls): Ed Herrmann was a towering presence who filled the room with grace, laughter, Chekhov references and several salty stories. He was our patriarch… Gilmore Girls would not exist without Ed. There really are no words.
Speaking on Variety

After recent appearances in Black Box, The Good Wife and The Town That Dreaded Sundown, his final feature will be in Coach of the Year, currently in post-production and slated for release in 2015.

David Sutcliffe (Christopher Hayden): Sad to hear about the passing of Ed Herrmann, aka Richard Gilmore from Gilmore Girls. Great man, great actor. He will be missed.
@SutcliffeDavid on Twitter

Only prostitutes have two glasses of wine for lunch

Edward Herrmann is survived by his wife Star Hayner and two daughters, Emma and Ryan. Also his stepson, chef Rory Herrmann.

His on-screen wife, Kelly Bishop (Emily Gilmore) spoke to TVLine:

Kelly Bishop: We, the Gilmore Girls family, are so terribly sad and somewhat stunned. We only learned about his illness a week or so ago. I got a call from Star Monday night asking if I wanted to come to the hospital to say good-bye. I went yesterday and was able to give Ed love from Lauren, Alexis and Amy… I have so many fond memories of our time together on Gilmore Girls and since, mainly via email. I think everyone who knew or worked with Ed found him to be absolutely delightful… Everything looks a little dim, as if the lights went down.

 

It takes a remarkable person to inspire all this

Sniff.

Pics c/o TheWB & TheCW

Happy Holidays from GilmoreNews!

Here’s a snapshot that sums up all the best stuff about Gilmore Girls at Christmas.

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Although… it was taken after Christmas, Lorelai doesn’t get her way and the girls don’t have money enough for retail therapy.

Lorelai: I melted three entire candy canes into this not-very-large cup of coffee, and still I can barely taste it… I swear I could get the same effect if I put Vaporub on my chest and drank coffee at the same time.

OK so maybe not the best Christmas ever but in the spirit of appreciating what we have, we have coffee, kick-ass Christmas sweaters and those beautiful baby blues. If I only had those things in my stocking, I’d be a happy camper.

Merry Christmas my turtle doves and sincere Best Wishes to you and yours for the Holiday season, for 2015 and for all that the New Year may bring.

Peace Out,
Rich

Pic c/o TheCW

What Do you Get the Gilmore Girls Fan who has Everything?

With only nine sleeps to go ’til Christmas Day, what do you get for the Gilmore Girls fan who has everything?

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You’ve got the DVD box set with unaired additional scenes and behind the scenes extras and the CD soundtrack. How about the novels, the essays, a copy of the pilot shooting script or signed head shots of the cast?

If it’s cold enough, how about a home-made ice rink?  Cat themed pot-holders?  Rock polisher?  A dozen glass apples?  I could  go on, obviously.

Or how about a piece of Stars Hollow?  There’s tie-in merchandise, both WB Studio-approved and WB-not-so-approved. Some of the official stuff is a little bizarre… I mean, watches with Luke’s cafe logo? Maybe in Bizarro World, where Richard’s plan to turn Luke’s into a franchise actually happened… They also shill t-shirts, mugs, phone covers(?) and ‘ornaments'(?!!).

On the not-so-approved side, creative types have put their related wares on Etsy.  Now, I’m on no commission here but to ease my conscience I must deliver this WARNING: Check your bank balance before hitting this Etsy link. Here be Cross-Stitch.

coffee cup and book included

Nice to see Luke and Richard shaved for the picture.  It took me a while to figure out Rory is holding a book. Emily Stitchinson, if I’m not mistaken.

Etsy also has t-shirts, mugs, prints, copies of Lorelai’s winter scarves and this beauty:

hail lorelai

I hope you all get what you need for Christmas.  Personally, I’d like world peace but I’d settle for ASP announcing the movie in June and another LiveTweet get-together sometime.  And that candle, obvs.

What’s the best Gilmore Girls-related present you ever received? And what are you dropping hints for in your stocking this year?

Pics c/o TheWB and Etsy shops epicstitchery and worshipworthywax

Lauren Graham is a Late Night Show Host in New Show

Exciting news folks, NBC is developing a new comedy series for Lauren Graham (Lorelai Gilmore).  It’s early days for the project, Late Night Kate, which is at script commitment stage i.e. the studio has deigned to read the script when it’s written, then decide whether or not to produce it.  Like I said, early days.

Smells like home, Ezekiel

The premise is Lauren playing Kate, attempting to do what no other woman has achieved: Succeeding in the arena of late-night network television talk shows.

Proving that it’s not just who you know (or how breathtakingly gorgeous you are), Lauren’s buddy Ellen DeGeneres will be executive producing.  After Lauren’s previous foray with Ellen – an adaptation of Lauren’s novel Someday, Someday, Maybe – was bought by the CW, what do you think… second time lucky?

With Parenthood – an NBC show – ending its run very soon, it’s great to see the studio backing Lauren. Let’s hope the script lives up to her…

Pic c/o TheWB