A little piece of Stars Hollow was recreated today in LA for the much anticipated press conference for the upcoming Netflix release of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, announced today to be coming out on November 25, 2016, all four episodes at once.
As shared on the Gilmore Girls Twitter with the caption, “The girls are back in town,” you can see that the Gilmore Girls gazebo was re-created for the press conference held today at the Television Critics Association (TCA).
Sitting on the panel were Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino, show creators / writers / producers, alongside series stars Alexis Bledel, Lauren Graham and Scott Patterson.
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During the press conference, the attendees were treated to the first 2 minutes of the first episode in the 4-part revival, ‘Winter.’ The scene opens up with Lorelai and Rory at the gazebo with snow falling all around. Sounds beautiful!
Here are the juicy tidbits we found out from the panel, thanks to TV Line’s Ausiello and others on Twitter for their live recaps:
- The first episode begins in the gazebo with Rory & Lorelai
- The aftermath of the death of Richard Gilmore add a great deal of “depth and complexity”
- There’s still plenty of conflict. “That’s what’s so great about family,” Amy notes. “The shit in your family never gets worked out,” she said. “But that’s what’s so great about family. It’s a constant evolution of, ‘Maybe this Thanksgiving!… No.’ ‘Maybe this Christmas, we’ll fix…! Nah.’”
- There will still be plenty of pop culture references, as we saw in the preview earlier today. We’ll also find out if they love Game of Thrones.
- There are more stories to tell with Rory & Lorelai both being adults now. Cocktails may be involved.
- There may still be questions about Lorelai’s love life. People’s questions WILL be answered about Rory’s love life. (OH NO, what does this MEAN?)
- Alexis Bledel is fascinated with the drama around Rory’s love life, but wishes we would also recognize her character as smart and ambitious.
Amy Sherman-Palladino suggests that people take it slow with the 4 episodes, even if they are released concurrently, and not to rush forward to the last 4 words. She notes that it’s a “journey” and that we should all enjoy the trip! Lauren Graham, who lately has been gushing about her return to Gilmore Girls, re-iterated how great it was to be back: “It felt like such a perfect fit,” she noted.
Best of all, Amy Sherman-Palladino mirrors the thoughts of others, in that nobody is ruling out the possibility of Gilmore Girls returning to Netflix for even more episodes: “This is what it is right now. We put these together, we told these stories and now we throw them out into the universe.”
Lauren Graham says returning to Gilmore Girls was like a “chance to go to college when you’re really ready. We were given the gift to go back knowing what we know now.”
On the drama surrounding the return of Melissa McCarthy, Amy Sherman-Palladino says that she always believed they would “figure it out” and that the drama was non-existent in real life. “We always knew amongst us and amongst her, we were going to figure it out. It just took on this weird life of its own.” In a follow-up with Amy, TV Line’s Michael Ausiello got the scoop on where they are in the post-production process and how emotional the return has been for her:
“I’ve been crying since Day 1. Lauren [Graham] and I, we couldn’t look at each other after a while, because literally on set, we’d just be like, “Hi. How are you” and [makes crying noise]. I’m still crying.”
Amy notes that she is “pleased” with all four of the episodes, which is a rare thing to say of your own work.
We can’t wait to see more!!
Later on, Paul Anka (played by Sparky the dog) had his own special panel!
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