The Taylor Doose Diaries and Other Gilmore Girls Spin Offs


We’ve talked about the failed Gilmore Girls spin-off series Windward Circle before but a stray comment from Trish in our Comments led me up a squirrelly path, pondering spin-offs that might have been.

How about Richard and Emily following in the footsteps of wealthy married couple (and amateur detectives) Jonathan and Jennifer Hart from Hart to Hart? Can you see them investigating secret keys hidden in cuckoo clocks, escaping scrapes and putting together clues while flirting, joking, being effortlessly charming?  All the while making middle-aged coupledom look terribly attractive.

Or Kirk as The Littlest Hobo, each episode finding him in a different location with a different job – staying until he helps someone, then moving on. For example, one week he could be an eccentric barista in Paradise, Southern California helping a new resident find a surrogate family.

until tomorrow the whole world is my home

The next, he’s a telephone repairman curing diabetes. The original Littlest Hobo was a homeless dog but I see Kirk on a cream-colored moped sporting an open-faced helmet. During a writer’s strike, there’s a story where his moped is stolen and he spends the episode trying to get it back. It subsequently becomes the most popular episode ever, is widely regarded as kicking off a renaissance in televisual neorealism and wins an Emmy.

Luke’s as the Cheers bar? Norm!!


How about something with Paris? Or Madeline and Louise in their own New York apartment… maybe joined by the guys from New Girl?

Taylor Doose P.I.? I’m seeing Hawaiian shirts, shades and a straw hat.

Heh, I wonder if this is anything like Amy Sherman-Palladino’s original pitch meeting where after her actual ideas were turned down by the studio, she plucked the idea of a mother and daughter who are best friends, out of thin air. Same thing happened to The Simpsons creator, Matt Groening. Necessity is, after all, the mother of invention. Or maybe it’s desperation.

So, do any of this frivolous asides tickle your fancy? I know we all want more Gilmore Girls but what would be your ideal spin-off?

Pic c/o TheWB and ABCFamily don’t you know



Rich originally began contributing to GIlmore News as 'Dairyman' in 2013, a reference to the character Dairyman Dick in Tess of the D'Urbervilles, (call me Rich). Here in the UK we were late to the Gilmore party and I don't remember what made me watch my first episode - the one where Lorelai picks Rory up from the police station after she and Logan steal a yacht - but I remember watching it again immediately. And then again. Thankfully, the next show was on the next day and I watched that one three times too. And then the boat one again. I couldn't believe the dialogue was so quick and so funny and I pretended to myself that I was only watching it so I could figure out who I was more keen on - the mom or the daughter. I swore that Aaron Sorkin must have been involved but I couldn't find his name attached anywhere, even on the internet. So I watched and loved and laughed and cried and the day after the series finale, they ran the entire show from the beginning again and Rory turned into a baby so then I was all about Lorelai. Lauren Graham is astonishing ("Mother: Breathtaking") and the show was - and is - lightning in a bottle. It's a treasure for those who watch and get swept up in it, like I did and like the readers of Gilmore News. It's heartbreak and chicken soup, family dysfunction and blind optimism, lighthearted romanticism and balls-out brilliant. Thanks to Arieanna and for letting me squat and allowing my inner Gilmore Geek out for air. I worry how it would otherwise manifest.

6 thoughts on “The Taylor Doose Diaries and Other Gilmore Girls Spin Offs

  • April 21, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    How about that dynamic duo, Paris and Doyle. By now Paris would be the chief of surgery at some east coast institution, putting all the interns in their place like Bill Daniels from Saint Elsewhere days. And Doyle would be muckraking politics and blogging like crazy from home while watching over the ever expanding Paris/Doyle brood.

    Taylor doing a Magnum PI imitation; funny for sure, but suspect he would be the one exiting in the first act when a crazed motorist takes him out after running an overlong red light.

  • April 22, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Only the small town quirky (not raunchy and scary ) and charming characters that worked for me. I don’t want to see constant murder Violence and perversion in my GG world. That’s the comforting escape world I gravitate to feel good. Andy Griffith world of stars hollow where small town plots would be best. Just give me a plot about Taylor hiring Kirk to manage his store is a plot right there. Luke dark day breaking Taylor’s icecream shop window is another great plot

  • May 20, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    I have been saying for years, that they should bring back the gilmore girls with Rory being a single mother and all the crazy characters coming back to do their thing. there isnt anything like it on tv now. It would be an awesome time for this with presidents term ending…. thats where the original show ended… Come on Amy Sherman Pallidino this would be amazing!!!!!

  • May 21, 2015 at 1:42 am

    Quite right Mark – nice to meet you – I’d quite happily just watch these characters pass each other in the street.

    And hallo to you too Danielle. Of course you’re right, there isn’t anything like it on TV now and I doubt the planets will align for us any time soon… I’m trying not to hold my breath for any kind of announcement from ATX…

  • May 22, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Have you read the US Weekely interview with Scott Patterson…. sounds like something is brewing tor the ole Gilmore Girls…
    Check it out!!!!

    • May 23, 2015 at 12:48 am

      Yes thanks Danielle and Regis my little news angels. I’ll post next week but would adise Keeping Calm and Acting Naturally. Talks are just talks, after all. He said, unable to see for the fireworks going off in his mind.


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