Gilmore Girls TCA Panel: Everything You Need to Know


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.

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!


7 thoughts on “Gilmore Girls TCA Panel: Everything You Need to Know

  • July 27, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    OMG, I almost didn’t recognize Scott. He really embraced the rockstar vibe haha Loved it! (although I’ll be a sucker for the plaid).
    Awwwww, Paul Anka *—-*
    That’s the best TCA ever. Ausiello really knows how to ask the right questions.
    Alexis always brings up the best points about Rory; I mean, knowing who she will end up with is very interesting but she is an amazing charachter who is sooooo much more than the guys she has dated.
    Amy and her hats *————*

  • July 27, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    Really looking forward to seeing all 4 episodes. My only slight worry is what if I don’t love it as much as I want to? I mean, I’ve been waiting for a revival forever and I’m super excited, but is there a chance I might not like it? Does anyone else ever think this? Anyway, all the cast seem happy so I’m very hopeful and how amazing would even MORE episodes be? Can’t wait!!

  • July 28, 2016 at 4:54 am

    Ausiello also said that based on the information he knows, he thinks the guy that Rory ends up with be a “polarizing” choice. Really hoping that means it’s Logan! <3

  • July 28, 2016 at 6:12 am

    I’m thrilled! !!

  • July 28, 2016 at 6:31 am

    OMG! I can’t wait for G.G. to come back! I watch re runs every evening and when it isn’t on, I have the seven seasons on dvd!! I have been absolutely addicted to one of the best shows EVER written! I can say that cause I am “young” senior!! My only hope now is that these 4 episodes go over SO well they bring back the series! Is that too much to ask for?

  • July 30, 2016 at 3:23 am

    It is so exciting to see members of the Gg family speaking out about the show in such glowing terms. I am torn between avoiding any hints of what is to come and eagerly absorbing anything that gets released. I had to smile seeing Scott in a hat that wasn’t a baseball cap. If you put his photo he posted next to a photo of Amy in a similar hat, they look like they could be brother and sister. Don’t forget to vote for Gilmore girls to grace the cover of Entertainment Weekly. Here is the link to the voting page;

  • September 9, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    Very exciting the return of Gilmore Girls, we really, really, really hope Rory ends up with Logan… Yeah Logan and Rory !


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