Returning Gilmore Girls Cast: The Missing Faces

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The upcoming Gilmore Girls revival for Netflix, currently filming now through June 30th, includes 4 90-minute episodes, Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. The series, tentatively titled Gilmore Girls: Seasons has brought back together many Gilmore Girls actors whom we’ve all come to know and love.

Gilmore Girls Revival: Who Are We Missing?

As of today, there are 25 returning actors for Gilmore Girls: Seasons, but that does leave us with a long list of missing characters. Of course, this doesn’t mean that these actors will not be returning to Gilmore Girls for the reboot, simply that we don’t yet know one way or the other yet. Even for those who have had a lot of media attention, such as Melissa McCarthy, we can always hold out hope that they will join the returning cast.

Right now, the most notably absent of actors and characters include:

  • Edward Herrmann as Richard GilmoreEdward passed away in 2015 and his character’s death will be a main focus of the first episode
  • Melissa McCarthy as Sookie St. James – Melissa says she was not invited, though Amy Sherman-Palladino previously expressed interest in having her for even a short role, perhaps assuming her schedule was too busy
  • Kathleen Wilhoite as Luke’s Sister, Liz Danes – Kathleen has also publicly noted she was not invited back, hinting perhaps at a falling-out
  • Jackson Douglas as Jackson Belleville – it would make sense that if Sookie were absent from Stars Hollow, so too would her husband be
  • Alan Loayza as Colin McCrae – Given news that Tanc Sade will be returning as Finn, perhaps it’s reasonable to hope for other players in the Life & Death Brigade?
  • Ted Rooney as Morey Dell – we have confirmation that Babette will be back, but not yet her husband
  • Sebastian Bach as Gil – with all current members of Hep Alien back (Keiko Agena, John Cabrera and Todd Lowe), we have been eagerly awaiting a response from Sebastian as to his involvement (he is open to the idea)
  • Biff Yeager as Tom – Stars Hollow needs its contractor!
  • Michael DeLuise as T.J. – given the possible estrangement between Kathleen Wilhoite and those involved in Gilmore Girls, perhaps no Liz means no T.J.?
  • Chris Eigeman as Jason Stiles – is his storyline complete? His last appearance was in Season 4
  • Adam Brody as Dave Rygalski – there are many interested in Adam Brody’s return to Gilmore Girls, serving as the original member of Hep Alien. Could he be back in the band?
  • Sherilyn Fenn as Anna Nardini – with the confirmation of the return of Luke’s daughter April, played by Vanessa Marano, this isn’t entirely unlikely
  • Gregg Henry as Mitchum Huntzberger – we have Logan back, thanks to Matt Czuchry, so perhaps his dad will follow too?
  • Wayne Wilcox as Marty – although Marty’s storyline seems complete, Wayne himself thinks Marty is a strong contender for Rory’s hand

As you can imagine, there are a lot of additional characters who played major roles in Gilmore Girls throughout the series, the question remains whether they can be integrated back into the revival or whether their plot lines were completed already. Of course, you could continue the list in so many ways… if the Life & Death Brigade members are back, what about other university friends? Lucy (Krysten Ritter), Tana (Olivia Hack) or Olivia (Michelle Ongkingco)? The list goes on.

Who do you think is likely to return? Who else is missing from the above list that you expect back?

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22 thoughts on “Returning Gilmore Girls Cast: The Missing Faces

  • February 12, 2016 at 3:24 pm
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    OMG I want Tana back!! I would also be happy if Amy can give Marty a better send off.

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  • February 13, 2016 at 10:45 am
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    While I understand that it wouldn’t make much sense to have Jackson without Sookie, I do feel for Jackson as it’s a shame he has to miss out on being a part of this just because Melissa doesn’t look likely to be returning.

    I feel if Finn is coming back, then surely Colin has to as well?

    I’m really hoping Gil returns as I’d love the whole band back together.

    I’ve no interest in Jason coming back, I personally don’t feel a need for him to return. If people want him back though, then what about Max? Should he be returning too?

    I love Adam Brody and I loved his character, Dave, but I’m not sure what they’d do with his character if he returned as he was really meant as a love interest for Lane. Like Max, I’m just not sure there’s a need for him to come back. However, I have said before the more the merrier, so if they bring all these people back then that’s fine!

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  • February 13, 2016 at 3:15 pm
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    Is Kirk’s girlfriend Lulu coming back? Four 90 minute shows aren’t enough to find Kirk a new girlfriend.

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  • February 13, 2016 at 9:07 pm
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    I think it would be hilarious for Madeline, Louise and Tristan to make a cameo. I picture Tristan walking past in the background, with Madeline and Louise on each arm. Or just bumping into someone like Finn or Kirk, and continuing on their way.

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  • February 13, 2016 at 9:17 pm
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    I have yet to see one comment anywhere about Paul Anka. I know it’s just the dog, but it was a good part of the storyline. I would love to see Paul Anka back! As I’m sure a lot of people would and have just forgotten to mention him :)

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  • February 14, 2016 at 7:44 pm
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    Cristina it’s been 9 years since Gilmore Girls ended and when Lorelai got Paul Anka he wasn’t a puppy it’s sad to say but Paul Anka might be on the farm in the sky

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  • February 15, 2016 at 10:27 am
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    I am thrilled so many returning, and truly hate to whine or complain, but sure wish Melissa McCarthy could make it … just saying.

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  • February 15, 2016 at 3:59 pm
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    Max! But his storyline is complete but he had more impact than yucky Jason Stiles

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  • February 15, 2016 at 9:17 pm
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    Paris!! Bring back Paris!

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    • February 16, 2016 at 8:34 am
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      Paris was already confirmed!

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  • February 16, 2016 at 11:22 am
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    I feel I have to wave a little flag for Team Digger… Party of one – in the exclusive back room, naturally.

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  • February 18, 2016 at 10:46 am
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    I’d really like to have the 2 most influential musicians of Gilmore Girls’ musical roots return:
    * Grant, the town troubadour, played by Grant Lee Phillips
    * Sophie, owner of Stars Hollow’s music store, played by theme song composer/singer, Carole King

    While all of the actors are certainly important, Gilmore Girls without music is severely lacking. Hep Alien’s lead singer is notably absent, but their music doesn’t provide fans the instant connection & nostalgia that Grant and Sophie would provide. Plus, if the episodes are titles, “Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall”, how can Carole King not appear at least once?!

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    • February 18, 2016 at 12:55 pm
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      Grant is already confirmed to return. I do believe that Carole King will also return, but that is just from reading some blurry text revealed from Milo’s script, so I’d put it as “likely” for her.

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  • February 19, 2016 at 9:53 pm
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    Morey Dell was confirmed, right?

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    • February 19, 2016 at 9:55 pm
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      Yes, I haven’t updated this. It’s hard to keep older posted updated with each news item. I’ve been focused on keeping the confirmed list accurate.

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  • February 24, 2016 at 5:39 pm
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    Stars Hollow won’t be the same without Sookie! Beg her to come back, please! She was one of my favorite characters!

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  • March 4, 2016 at 9:33 pm
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    LOGAN HUNTZBERGER…I LOVED him and RORY together, broke my heart when he proposed and she said no. And the show ended…NEED THEM back together!

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  • March 14, 2016 at 10:25 pm
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    Jackson Douglas, Alan Loayza, Ted Rooney, Biff Yeager and Gregg Henry confirmed! :)

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  • May 16, 2016 at 1:41 am
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    I did like Morty, but I hope all of Gilmore girls characters make at least a small appearance.

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  • January 30, 2017 at 8:06 am
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    Wouldn’t it be great to have one whole season with Loreili having laryngitis????

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  • March 6, 2017 at 11:03 am
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    Where was Miss Patty

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