Alexis Bledel is Back on TV Next Month!

Alexis Bledel (Rory Gilmore) is guest starring in an episode of Motive next month! The acclaimed Canadian ‘whydunit’ crime drama begins its third season on March 8 on CTV. Here’s a pic of Alexis on-set,  Instagrammed by co-guest-star Ben Hollingsworth.

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For the uninitiated, the formula of this show reveals the killer and the victim at the start of the episode, with the detectives (hopefully) unravelling the MOTIVE of the crime as the plot progresses.  I’m assuming Alexis is either the killer or the killee… with that scrubby haircut and very un-Rory-like shirt, I’m pretty sure she’s a psychopath.  We should follow proper Stars Hollow town meeting decorum and vote – if you think Rory’s the killer, raise your hands…

Her episode is currently slated for March 22, 10pm ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO. Mark your calendars eh?

I’ve been suffering a certain Alexis-less-ness recently and found that her series ‘Us & Them‘, which was tragically cancelled last year, appears to be floating around the internets. We thought the show had a lot of promise – a solid cast, strong pedigree and of course, Alexis.  If I can get hold of it, I shall report back. Has anyone already seen Us & Them?

Are you already watching Motive?  If not, will you be switching over on Sunday nights?

Pic c/o Ben Hollingsworth (hollingsworthb on Instagram)

Lauren Graham to Host The Late Late Show on Thursday night!

Lauren Graham (Lorelai Gilmore) will be guest hosting The Late Late Show tomorrow (Wednesday) night. (edit) on Thursday night!   CBS lists Ray Romano, Busy Philipps and Tom Papa as her guests, nestled nicely between Matthew Perry on Tuesday and Jimmy Kimmel on Friday.

The show airs at 12:35am ET / 11:35 CT, catch it when convenient.

Was Lauren ever on The Daily Show?  I always that would have been appropriate, after she enjoyed it so much that night at Digger’s place…

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ABC also announced this week that Lauren will be one of the many celebs appearing on their new show Repeat After Me. The show is produced by Ellen DeGeneres and will be based on her hidden camera bit, where the celeb has to repeat what Ellen communicates through the celeb’s secret earpiece. Wendi McLendon-Covey will be fronting the show and I can’t help think that Wendi will have Ellen talking into her earpiece.

Other celebrity participants will include Ellen Pompeo (Meredith from Grey’s Anatomy), Justin Bieber and Michael Bolton. So naturally, ABC promises ‘high-energy, comedic hidden-camera situations’.  Stay tuned Tuesdays at 8:30pm ET.

With Parenthood done and dusted, it’s great to see Lauren getting more air time . Hopefully we’ll see more of her soon, if the Ellen DeGeneres-produced project Kate on Later comes to fruition.

Pop-Quiz: Which Amy Heckerling-directed movie did Lorelai watch post Daily Show, pre-vanilla-scented jacuzzi?  

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Lorelai Gilmore as Wonder Woman: The Gilmore SuperGirls!

Milo Ventimiglia (Jess Mariano) continues his latest television run with an upcoming role in the Batman prequel series, Gotham.

He will play Jason Lennon AKA The Ogre and as you might guess from his nickname, he’s a bit of a bad egg. A devilled egg, even. Gotham‘s Ogre is described as handsome, wealthy and seductive. So far, so Christian Gray. But he’s also a serial killer preying on the young women of Gotham, seducing them, then confronting them with a series of “tests” as he searches for his perfect mate. Less Christian Gray, more Christian Bale, then. In American Psycho that is, not in real life.

So Milo goes from bad boy in Stars Hollow to bad boy in Gotham… I’m sure I’ve said this before, but I would pay good money to see Milo doing something less baddie and more funny. We know he’s got the comic chops – remember when he got beaked?  Or dressed as Luke, placing the pepper pot ever so daintily?

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How do you think Milo would look donning the cowl and playing Batman?  This would offer up a whole other Gilmore parallel universe since Jared Padelecki (Dean Forester) was once offered the cape in Superman: FlyBy – which was eventually disbanded and superceded with 2013’s Man Of Steel.  And there was an episode of Justice League where Batman and Superman fought over Lois Lane’s affections – a natural fit for Alexis Bledel AKA ace reporter, Rory Gilmore.

I’d prefer Rory Gilmore as Barbara Gordon / Batgirl / Oracle and Lorelai would as Wonder Woman.  She ticks the boxes on so many levels – the blue eyes, the dark hair, the butt-kicking… and her shoulders in that costume… fuhgedaboutit.

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I would pit them against evil genius Lex Luthor (Taylor Doose), the Riddler (Kirk) and The Joker (Emily Gilmore).  Or perhaps Emily as Black Canary because… y’know – those legs in stockings… ’nuff said.

If you’re not already watching Gotham, will you be catching up before Milo’s appearance in episode 19? At the current schedule, it’ll be aired in early March.  

Who’s in your Gilmore Superheroes cast?

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Lorelai Gilmore and the Mystery of the Contact Lenses

Pop quiz, hotshot. Does Lorelai wear glasses?

Answer: Yes, but we don’t see them often. She wears a thin-framed pair twice in season 2, then upgrades to a bolder frame in seasons 4 and 5. Did you notice that when Lorelai wears glasses, dogs are more likely than not to come up in conversation?

In season 2, Lorelai is not-so-secretly listening in on Rory’s phone conversation with Max – while he lists a choice of wedding rings.  Max recognises Lorelai’s panting, yelping dog noises because he’s, like, a professor and everything:

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Max: Mm hmm. Put Cujo on the phone please.
Rory: One sec… [handing the phone to Lorelai] Here boy.
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Cujo was a crazy scary rabid dog in a Stephen King book and an 80’s horror movie … and re-appears in season 4 when Lorelai again has her glasses, in Luke’s Diner during one of his particularly prickly moods:

I haven't doctored this image, she really is that gorgeous.

Lorelai: Days. You’ve been stomping around, barking at people for days.
Luke: I have not.
Lorelai: Yes, Cujo, you have.
Luke: I always talk to people like that.
Lorelai: No, Benji, you don’t.
Luke: I’ll be fine tomorrow.
Lorelai: Really, Lassie? Why is that?
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Cujo:2, every other movie dog: 1

For the sake of completeness, behold the other two spectacular outings: From season 2’s Secrets and Loans (Luke gives Lorelai a loan, Lane forgets her pom) and season 5’s We Got Us a Pippi Virgin! (Lorelai discovers the explanation behind Richard’s spangly waistcoat, Emily acquires a panic room).  Relatedly, Lane briefly appears WITHOUT glasses in the Pippi episode as she, Zack and Brian shave and brush their teeth around the kitchen sink.  Co-incidence?  No such thing as co-incidence, my friend.

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Aha!!

Second pop quiz! Does Lorelai wear contact lenses?

This one’s a trick question.  In the pilot episode, Lorelai appears to wear contacts:

Sookie: I can’t afford a new stove! Those things are expensive.
Lorelai: Sookie, please, I am begging you, please, pull yourself together, OK? I got no sleep last night and I think I put my contacts in backwards.

But 18 episodes later, she appears to forget:

Rachel: Do you wear contacts?
Lorelai: Me? No.
Rachel: God, you’ve got amazing eyes. (to Luke) Doesn’t she?
Luke: Oh, yeah. Sure, I guess… I mean, they’re, you know, placed good… symmetrical. I’m gonna get some more coffee.
Rachel: Yeah.

What do you think, conspiracy theorists? Was Lorelai abducted by aliens and switched out mid-season for a clone with perfect vision? Was she temporarily befuddled by Rachel blatantly coming on to her (‘You’ve got amazing eyes’ – COME ON)? Was her ‘backwards contacts’ comment just a flippant statement for comedic value? Rumour has it, there is precedent for this.

Did she get LASIK but continue to wear glasses because they – somehow – make her even sexier? On second thoughts, she can’t have had LASIK or we’d have had this play out in reverse…

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Theories welcomed below.  Also, which were your favourite pair of glasses and do you think she looked better, worse or just different? What about Lane and her glasses: Better with… or without?  That’s with… or without?  And did you see what I did with ‘spectacular’ back there?

Pics c/o TheWB

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 ovation of whooping and hollering. 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…

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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.