The Road to Revival (or How to Get your TV show back On-Air)


The Gilmore Girls TV series was cancelled in May 2007.  Here’s how it came back.



August  TheWB begins airing Gilmore Girls in syndication. Global syndication opens the show up to a world that hasn’t yet invented the phrase ‘binge-watching’.


Since 2009  Lauren Graham (Lorelai Gilmore) and Alexis Bledel (Rory Gilmore) keep busy. Lauren makes Broadway debut, joins NBC show Parenthood (2010) and makes some feature films. Writes a novel and appears on Ellen. A lot.

Alexis appears in ER, Mad Men and makes some feature films. A number of cameos and a cancelled show, Us & Them.


June  Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino’s new show, Bunheads airs. Kelly Bishop (Emily Gilmore) plays a major part and many Gilmore Girls cast appear as cameos.

Amy’s Bunheads interviews talk about probably never seeing a Gilmore Girls continuation. But at least she is talking about it.


March  Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas uses Kickstarter to crowdfund a Veronica Mars movie. The project raises $2.5 million in one day, eventually reaching a total of $5.7 million from 91,585 backers in one month. Any mention of the Veronica Mars Kickstarter is followed by the question, ‘So what about the Gilmore Girls?’ The Veronica Mars movie is released one year later, in March 2014 and gives fans, cast and creators a happy ending. Hint hint.

July  Bunheads officially cancelled (damn it). Pardon my language.

< Somewhere in here: The Tipping Point. A myriad of things come together… love for the show is given an alley-oop from the Veronica Mars project and amplified ten-fold by the internet. Amy and the cast – who are working hard and staying in the public eye – are released from long-term commitments, freeing up schedules. Binge-watching and streaming not only strengthen the Gilmore Girls audience but create new opportunities in television programming and paths to making shows. Time does not appear to dull the dazzling charm of the show. Michael Ausiello at TVline features Gilmore Girls relentlessly with fresh angles and interviews>


March  Lauren Graham reveals on Reddit that she had lunch in New York with Alexis, Kelly and Amy.

“Saw [Alexis] in NY not too long ago. I had a nice lunch with TV mom Kelly and Amy S.P. as well. We went to Joe Allen, one of my faves.”

May  Parenthood renewed for a final half-length season. They get a chance to end it and do so with aplomb.  Hint hint.

September  Netflix announces they will be hosting (existing) Gilmore Girls episodes from October. Netflix has the best view in the house of the ever expanding audience.

Not one but two podcasts also begin this same month, Gilmore Girls Boys and Gilmore Guys. Both intend to broadcast a show-by-show episode discussion. The show is alive and kicking in the public consciousness.

November  ATX Television Festival announces that a Gilmore Girls panel that will consist of Amy, Lauren and Alexis. From humble beginnings…

December  Edward Herrmann (Richard Gilmore) passes away on New Years’ Eve. Deeply saddening, it reminded us how good he was and how good the show was. The effect was likely multiplied for the cast and creators.


May  Scott Patterson (Luke Danes) speaks on the Gilmore Guys podcast and says there are talks of a reunion show.

June  Amy and 16 members of the original Gilmore Girls cast attend the ATX Television Festival. An empty chair is left in remembrance of Ed Herrmann. Scott Patterson is asked to backpedal on his podcast comment but doesn’t actually take anything back.


October  Netflix strikes a deal with Warner Bros to revive the series in a limited run of four 90-minute episodes.


January  Gilmore Girls sets including Luke’s diner, Lorelai’s garage and the town square gazebo are seen being reconstructed on the Warner Bros backlot.

Netflix and Warner Bros officially confirm the revival, tentatively titled ‘Gilmore Girls: Seasons’.

February  And that’s it! Filming starts any day now and is scheduled to run for “like, 40 days of night work“. Veronica Mars took 8 months from calling a wrap on filming until the day of release however that was a movie with a theatrical release, so with any luck we should have seen something by the end of the year. BRING IT.

What do you think the most important factor was in bringing back the Girls? When do you think the Tipping Point was? 
Have you been with us since the beginning?
What are you most looking forward to? Or least?

p.s. I’d like to take this moment to also acknowledge a small blog that’s been holding the torch all the way through.  Started in 2005 by Arieanna Schweber from her love for the show, as it was back then was dedicated to Gilmore Girls news and has grown and more importantly, survived to see the show it loves come back. In 2011 the site was renamed and I like to think we’ve given a warm and fanatical home to Gilmore Girls fans in the 11 years since. I’ve said this before but thank you again to all our readers for sticking with us like we’ve stuck with this amazing show. Who’d have thunk it?!

Pic c/o TheWB



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 Road to Revival (or How to Get your TV show back On-Air)

  • February 2, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    p.p.s. Arieanna, I’m not reading anything with spoilers!! Thanks for noting those upfront :O)

  • February 2, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Actually seems like Gilmore has been in syndication since at least early 2004 when I first noticed it on a daily basis on ABC Family [now Freeform; i.e anyone know what’s a freeform??].

    As to the tipping point, the presence of someone with deep pockets who was willing to pay for the effort was always the most significant missing element [everybit as important as getting ASP’s grudgingly metered approval] until Netflix stepped up and made it possible.

    Think my first post was in mid-2008–

  • February 2, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    I’ve been here since 2005 and I’m so happy to see we all made it to this, the revival of our beloved show. There was a time, I thought this site will die eventually, no new posts for several months but no this site kept fighting!

    Kudos to Arieanna and to everyone in this site for keeping the Gilmore love alive!

  • February 3, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Tipping point? I would say having it streamed on Netflix, it really did open it up to a whole new audience/generation. I’m a HS teacher and I can’t tell you how many more students know the show from Netflix.

    • February 4, 2016 at 9:12 am

      Yes, and that’s so great! It’s like a whole new audience, not small, but just as large again. Pretty neat experience for a show.

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