It has been two weeks since the Big Announcement that Gilmore Girls is coming back and in that time, news has been as fleeting as it has been tantalising. Here’s a round-up.
Michael Ausiello at TVLine was first to announce that the new episodes would consist of four 90-minute movies, penned and directed by the creator and executive producers of the show, wife and husband Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino. Each of the four movies will feature one season, together forming a year. No word yet on whether these will be released in real-time over a year or in one wonderful 360-minute experience. Anyone else planning a day off?
Ausiello also reports that rather wisely, the pitch did not include picking up where the show left off (if for no other reason than to avoid Miss Patty explaining some frightening weight loss) but will bring us to the present day – eight years after Rory graduated. And that Rory’s ‘major suitors’ would make an appearance. I think there are certain beats that everybody expects and seeing Dean, Jess and Logan – in whatever capacity – would appear on most people’s checklists.
There was an editorial from the New York Times alluding to similar thoughts we had after the initial announcement, that time has inevitably passed and attitudes and people have moved on since 2007. I can’t wait to see how the Palladinos bring us up to date. I’m still doing the Snoopy happy dance.
TVLine also reported that negotiations with the principal cast were said to be underway and the outpouring of tangible positivity on the interwebs must surely be helping to get those final signatures in place and everybody on board.
Finally, E! Online have a lovely interview with an impressively upbeat Vanessa Marano (April Nardini) about her inner Gilmore Geek.
Vanessa: I really hope they’re bringing my character back because I’m such a fan of the Gilmore Girls that… I just want to be able to nerd out more.
Do you have little room in your heart for some April in, say, Spring?
What are your thoughts on a release schedule for the four chapters? Would you rather a drip feed that lasts a year? Or one glorious 6-hour binge?
What order do you think the seasons will come in? The winter episode is particularly exciting for me because, y’know… snow.
Could you do without Jess or Logan or Dean in the new show?
Would you rather the show picked up exactly where the old one left off, with Logan in a huff and Rory headed for the ObamaBus?
Would you rather have eight 45-minute episodes (like the regular show) than the four 90-minute movies?
And for the trivia geeks out there, why is Lorelai pilfering donuts in the picture above and how many does she take?
Donut pic c/o TheWB. Man I could murder a donut right now…