Lauren Graham Reveals the Journey to Gilmore Girls Revival

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Gilmore Girls didn’t end Season 7 on a high note. After a season without the backing of its main force, that of Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino, there is no question that while we enjoyed the story of Gilmore Girls, we never felt the show was “finished.” Never did its creator have a chance to finish it the way she wanted to. Now, we get that chance (and perhaps even more). Lauren Graham shared:

“This was so unusual. Friends ended beautifully. We ended on a season that wasn’t with the creator of the show, and for a show like this, it’s really a singular voice. There were so many plot points that weren’t sewn up in the final season, so even that was perfect in its own way with so many questions left to answer. So it wasn’t so much that we went home again as we sort of needed to give the answers to some of those questions.”

According to Lauren Graham, talks about a revival for Gilmore Girls began the “day the old show ended,” but it required both willingness and desire. Two years ago, the talk to bring back Gilmore Girls became more serious, notes Lauren.

“We started having conversations in earnest I would say two years ago or something. Then it was slowly happening maybe a year ago. At Netflix, like Amy [Sherman-Palladino] said, it took a year and a half to make maybe Fuller House or something, just make the deal. Because this is all brand-new,” she told reporters at the 2016 TCA Summer Press Tour. “Nobody knows how to do it. We only had the backlot for this very small window before the Pretty Little Liars had to take it. Everything had to happen in this certain way and it was part of—I am not a gushy actor—but it was part of the magic of what it felt like. Everything just fell into place.”

Of course, there were logistics. Getting everyone back was an amazing feat, one I still cannot believe they managed to accomplish (there are a lot of returning faces!):

“Literally until the night before we were filming, I don’t think we had everybody,” Graham continued. “We’ve been talking about it for so, so, so long. That was part of the relief and joy of actually getting to do it. It’s almost like it just worked out the way it was supposed to.”

Amy Sherman-Palladino shares that it was thanks to Netflix that we have had this opportunity:

“This is its own thing. When we left Gilmore, we left Gilmore. There was no Netflix. When Netflix popped up and decided to storm the world and take over, we thought what a great opportunity to delve into a different form, to tell stories in a different way using beloved characters we loved. To get back in a room with these three actors and go at it again but in a completely different way. It wasn’t about how it ended. There was no grand master plan.” 

For Lauren Graham, returning to the set after almost 10 years was an amazing and emotional experience and that the revival, in its 4 parts, was “really satisfying,” leaving no questions unanswered:

“I’m just in such a different place. It’s like, you know, at the end of It’s a Wonderful Life,” she said. “I’d be like, ‘And you, and you! And you’re here! Taylor Doose, you’re my favorite character!’ I was a complete dork. I was just very emotional and excited. It was just the best. It was too emotional. I had to pull it together to say my long lines.”

Let’s get our Kleenex boxes ready! We’ve all waited a long time for this revival!

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10 thoughts on “Lauren Graham Reveals the Journey to Gilmore Girls Revival

  • July 28, 2016 at 1:28 pm
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    Too exciting! May I be greedy and request a sound track from the 4 shows?

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  • July 28, 2016 at 2:07 pm
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    Woooow, that was an amazing interiew. This just gets me more and more excited for the revival (and confident they actually did it well).
    I’m so glad Amy got the chance to tell the story the way she wanted – at least as much as possible considering the canons from s07.

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  • July 28, 2016 at 4:57 pm
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    I was hoping they would say it was going to go on and on…and on! :/

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  • July 29, 2016 at 8:37 am
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    I’m very excited for it to come back even just for a little while (hopefully longer) and I’m thrilled everyone was able to come back especially Melissa McCarthy. I was disappointed she wasn’t able to at first. I think it would’ve felt the same without her, glad it all worked out. November 25 can’t get here fast enough

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  • August 2, 2016 at 5:09 pm
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    I can’t wait I have been watching all the old episode and I dont have Netflix but I am going to be a member just so i can see this show. I love the Gilmore Girls!

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  • August 16, 2016 at 3:22 pm
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    I just discovered Gilmore Girls on Netflix and loved it until the 7th season, when it went THUD. And I wonder if some sly, brilliant dialogue in season 6, episode 13 led to its demise and whether anyone else wonders too…
    21 minutes in…
    Lorelei: “He freaks out if [Paul Anka] sees his leash – you have to make sure you hide it from him, make sure he doesn’t see you putting it on him.”
    Sookie: “How is he, once he’s on the leash?”
    Lorelei: “Oh, he’s totally fine having his personal freedoms slowly stripped away, as long he’s completely unaware that it’s happening, just like a true American.”

    ThirtySomething was another smart, groundbreaking and beloved show that ran during the first Bush Administration. In one scene was sly dialogue on par with the scene above and VERY soon after – like two episodes – they were cancelled, with no warning or explanation. It was such a surprise that the actors made appearances on talk shows to discuss their shock and sadness and viewers raged to no avail. In this case I wonder if the network was pressured to make things difficult to lead to the same result.

    Threats from within to our freedoms are ignored by complicit media and both shows brilliantly and boldly called attention to potent threats. Sneaky censorship goes way back – remember The Smothers Brothers sudden cancellation? The true motives are never admitted, since political censorship is another threat that’s firmly ignored.

    I look forward to the renewed magic of Gilmore Girls 2016!

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  • September 9, 2016 at 7:08 pm
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    Please make Rory end up with Logan, the best match for her . He is smart, kind, love her and he make himself accountable for his mistakes.
    Logan is the guy, Rory needs to end.

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  • September 10, 2016 at 3:56 am
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    “In one scene was sly dialogue on par with the scene above and VERY soon after – like two episodes – they were cancelled, with no warning or explanation. ”
    Wow,that would be the reason?
    I mean,they made references like that before,for example at Thanksgiving,when Luke says that say thanks practically because Americans are not the ones who were killed at there own land.
    And I think that there are plenty other shows making references like that.

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  • November 25, 2016 at 11:37 pm
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    I had watched the Gilmore Girls briefly when it was on TV. Only just this year did I bindge-watch all the episodes thru season 7 which you could really tell was different from the other seasons. I felt it just stopped short. It left me hanging. So when I found out about A Year in the Life, I was full of anticipation and hope. I literally just finished watching all 4 parts. I enjoyed it but it still stopped short. I know the Amy Sherman-Palladino says that Rory’s romances were only catalysts to show the mother-daughter relationship but these 3 guys are dear characters to us-the fans. Not to mention that the our past romantic relationships influence and shape us as all important relationships do. So I am hoping that Netflix and the Palladino couple along with all these wonderful actors will deliver another addition where we see Rory have her romantic life settled, even if her career life is not as awesome as she hoped it was. It would be nice if love were the winner of ambition and career. How revolutionary to think that being loved and loving someone would be enough!!! Leaving with just Rory being ….(well I do not want to spoil it for those who have not watched it yet) and not actually seeing the special day with the hope that KS would be at the table is just bumming me out!!!!!!!!! Still, got watch it for Luke expressing his feelings :)

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