You Can See the Gilmore Girls Reunite in June for $175!!

The ATX Television Festival announced today that as part of their annual celebration of television, they will be reuniting stars Lauren Graham (Lorelai Gilmore), Alexis Bledel (Rory Gilmore) and show creator, writer and director Amy Sherman-Palladino in June next year. Expect the air to turn blue.

SQUEEEE!!!

The festival runs from June 4 to June 7 and you can currently buy a weekend pass for US$175. The $125 passes have already sold out and will go up to $225.

What are you waiting for? Click this link and Buy A Badge: http://www.atxfestival.com/

Amy Sherman-Palladino said:

So after years of peace and quiet these lunatics have chosen to get the chattiest chicks in the world back under one roof? Really? Okay… You asked for it….Gilmore was the highlight of my ridiculous life. I can’t wait to sit with these unbelievable broads and relive a time where sleep did not exist where stress and coffee were mama’s little helpers and where we all dove into the deep end together to make something weird and very very cool.

I’d bet my back teeth more of the show’s alumni will also be in attendance.

I cannot wait to see what comes out of this. The last four words, opinion about the last (Palladino-less) season, plans for something – anything – next? Any opinions on whether this is why Lauren, Alexis, Kelly Bishop (Emily Gilmore) and Amy might (or might not) have met up earlier this year?

I’ve got a wedding that weekend that I cannot miss – so please please please will someone go so we can live vicariously through you?

Pic c/o TheWB

Alexis Bledel’s ‘Us And Them’ cancelled before airing

Good grief.  The studio system does my head in.  (A warning up front – this rant is subjective, just this writer’s opinion.)

ridikkulus

A network insider confirms to TVLine that the six produced episodes of the Jason Ritter-Alexis Bledel romantic comedy will not air this summer after all.
Read the full TVLine article here.

I know. Let’s all stick to producing programming that’s anaemic and safe, that everyone will halfheartedly endure, rather than something that might divide an audience into those that don’t get it and those who LOVE it.  I’m being ironic.

The traditional studio system is bound to their shareholders and must ground all their decisions in the bottom line: Corporations are only concerned about how to make the most money, not how to create the best or most memorable entertainment. It must be so infuriating that there is no magic formula that creates smash hits and that they have to trust creative people and a volatile audience for their bonuses.  As a result, the gems that turn up from time to time are as much a surprise to the studio as the pundits.  That’s because entertainment is an art, that requires artists.  Studio need to learn that they have a better chance if there’s one captain to steer the boat without a committee driving from the back seat.  Look what you made me do, I’m so cross I’ve mixed my metaphors.

The seemingly committee-based and gutless cancelling of a show before it even airs appears to be a solid example of poor decision making. Whether that was the decision to review the series when they were halfway through filming, the decision to not give the show a chance to air, or perhaps even before that – the decision to re-make an already successful cult show ‘in American’. The definition of a cult show is that it isn’t mainstream but has a loyal and dedicated fanbase. I’m thinking that wasn’t enough for the bean counters and they got cold feet.

If they’re going to pull this nonsense, they shouldn’t blow a fanfare at the starting line.  

HBO and AMC have a different model that allows them the guts to see their decisions through to the end.  And what did we get from that system?  Off the top of my head… Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Sex and the City, The Wire, The Walking Dead, Girls, Flight of the Conchords, Mad Men, Band of Brothers

Amy Sherman-Palladino broached the subject during the first (and only) season of Bunheads, where Fanny (Gilmore Girls’ Kelly Bishop) tells potential financier Milly (GG’s Paris, Liza Weil):

Fanny: Art is not democratic.

The money must be compartmentalized from the art.  Michelangelo had sponsors but it’s unlikely they would have started making suggestions about the size of David’s feet.  The money and the art have to be kept separate so the artists can create.  Let them damn create, it’s what you hired them for.

Do chime in.  Was the show even on your radar?  Do you agree?  Do you think it was probably a considered decision and the show was probably awful?  Should we just be happy with the programming we get?  Do you think television has improved on the whole, over the past however many years?

Pic c/o TheWB.  Rant by Rich.

How About A Gilmore Girls Musical?

After the success that Amy Sherman-Palladino, Dan Palladino and Sutton Foster have had with Velvet on Broadway, why not a Gilmore Girls musical? Frozen did so well (and Avenue Q before that), there’s always space in the market for a lighthearted musical.

Starting out in Miss Patty’s with the kids dressed up as vegetables dancing about families, a big party number for Rory’s homecoming / birthday and Luke’s lonely spotlighted soliloquy to Lorelai from his dimly lit diner just before the intermission.  Jess and Dean riffing off High Society‘s “Well, did you evah” before having a bust-up, mashed up family harmonies at the Friday night dinner, it’d be awesome.

it's in her <shrug>

Back in the real world, at this week’s Tony awards, Jessie Mueller beat both Sutton Foster and Idina Menzel (Wicked, Frozen, Rent) for best Actress in a Musical. I mention this for the many lovely ties to Gilmore Girls. Sutton Foster played our favourite dancing teacher in Bunheads (if you’re reading this site and haven’t seen Bunheads, stop reading now and go watch it – Amy Sherman-Palladino wrote it and you’ll have paroxysms when you see half the Gilmore cast show up), Mueller won for her performance as Carole King in Beautiful and of course Carole King sang the Gilmore Girls theme song before appearing in series 2, 5 and 6 as Sophie the music store owner. Adam Brody (Lane’s one time boyfriend Dave Rygalski) was also in attendance at the awards. I always have to stop myself calling him Mike Wazowski. It’ll happen one time.

Amy S-P and Dan P give a hilarious interview over at Vulture, about stalking Sutton Foster, what they wanted from what they were pretty sure would be the last Bunheads episode and its eventual cancellation.

Amy: The incredibly humane — I say “incredibly” sarcastically — way they do it on ABC Family is: You’re done. You’ve shot it and then months go by before they make their decision. We were way, way, way off into our other world by the time they officially canceled it… It was a special little time, we came together and did great work and met each other, and now we move on and can be old and drunk and sad about what happened before.

Nice to get a little more closure on Bunheads.  Stupid studio system.

So how about a Gilmore Musical?  Song and casting suggestions at the stage door, please.  Kelly Bishop (Emily Gilmore) would be a ringer.  Did anyone catch Violet?  Or see Lauren Graham on Broadway?

Pic c/o The CW

Lauren Graham Answers Anything

This week’s tip of the hat goes to commenter Lathany for pointing out this Reddit Q and A session. Lauren Graham (Lorelai Gilmore) answered questions from the general online public, to promote her the paperback release of her debut novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe.

shh don't talk about the movie

A good proportion of the questions were about Gilmore Girls, which is great for us since… um, we’re a Gilmore Girls blog.

Things I learned:

  • The 5 things Lauren wouldn’t leave home without
  • The pilot of Someday, Someday, Maybe wasn’t picked up by The CW network
  • She had lunch in New York recently with Alexis Bledel (Rory Gilmore), Kelly Bishop (Emily Gilmore) and Amy Sherman-Palladino (the creator and writer of Gilmore Girls).  That’s ALL the Gilmore Girls having a sit-down.  I’m guessing they weren’t talking about the weather.
  • Scott Patterson (Luke Danes) is an excellent kisser
  • She’s too pale to drive a convertible in LA

I’ve organised most of the questions and her responses here, by category: Gilmore Girls, Someday Someday Maybe & Writing, Bad Santa, Parenthood and Lauren Graham.  Don’t say I never do anything for you.  

Gilmore Girls

[–]oopsididitagain3 510 points 2 days ago
Did you understand most of the pop culture references in Gilmore Girls?

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 745 points 2 days ago
If I didn’t, I’d look them up. Part of being an actor is research!

[–]lgp94 258 points 2 days ago
Are you addicted to coffee as much as Lorelai was in Gilmore Girls?

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 427 points 2 days ago
Sadly, yes. I drink it all day.

[–]Orange– 315 points 2 days ago
Did you have a good relationship with Alexis, do you still see her? You guys made such a great mother/daughter combination

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 499 points 2 days ago
Love her, we’ll always have a special bond. Saw her 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.

[–]ShutUpAndPassTheWine 302 points 2 days ago
Do you ever have people walk up to you and try to speak to you at a ridiculously fast pace?

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 662 points 2 days ago
No, but when I was on the show and had an audition for something else, they’d tell my agent to ask me to “speak normally.” I think they were afraid I only had the one speed!
[–]tan_nis 326 points 2 days ago
Was Melissa McCarthy hilarious to work with in Gilmore Girls? I love that many of the cast of that show went on to have such great acting careers!

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 439 points 2 days ago
Truly hilarious and kind on set, and then I’d go see her in Groundlings and be blown away by the characters she created.

[–]BallOfLemurs 69 points 2 days ago
Thanks for doing this! You’re one of my favorite actresses. What was the most exciting or memorable moment from Gilmore Girls?

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 132 points 2 days ago
Thank you! Hard to pick one moment, but I remember working long hours and getting really punchy. We’d start making up raps and singing “Loving You” by Minnie Ripperton.

[–]hoverfordetails 738 points 2 days ago
Lauren,
I grew up watching Gilmore Girls and am now a fan of Parenthood. I really think that it is a testament of your acting that I don’t still see you as Lorelei Gilmore while watching you as Sara Braverman. You really grab the role and make it something new.
This is more for my mom, who loves Gilmore Girls. She wants to know if Luke, Scott Patterson, is a good kisser. She was maybe a little too invested in your relationship on the show.
Thanks for making my childhood a little bit better! I’m looking forward to reading your book!

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 651 points 2 days ago
He’s an excellent kisser, but all movie kisses are weird, since you’re trying to have an intimate moment in front of a hundred people.

[–]douchebag_duryodhana 233 points 2 days ago
Hi lauren, Big fan of Gilmore girls will there ever be a movie.

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 394 points 2 days ago
I honestly don’t know. I appreciate how many have asked. That character was so special – I wonder what happens to her too!

[–]SkittlesOverMms 177 points 2 days ago
What do you miss most about Gilmore Girls?

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 382 points 2 days ago
I miss that writing, even though those long speeches could be a challenge.

[–]Photogal26 111 points 2 days ago
Post-GG, in many interviews when you were asked about the experience, you always said that it was a hard show to do, that it was tiring schedule, etc. But you didn’t really expand too much on the positives of that experience – was it an overall good experience despite the heavy workload?

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 170 points 2 days ago
It was an amazing experience, and a character I treasure.

[–]Erikab24 148 points 2 days ago
Will we ever find out what the last 4 words ASP had for the original Gilmore finale? Because I’m still dying to know

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 203 points 2 days ago
If I knew, I’d tell you! I’m going to ask her next time I see her.

[–]ShutUpAndPassTheWine 66 points 2 days ago
I have to ask what it was like getting to work with Edward Herrmann. He just seems like the kind of guy you could kick back and relax with (assuming you had a nice bottle of scotch and a good, debatable historical topic).

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 85 points 2 days ago
You’ve pretty much nailed it.

[–]tigzybear 100 points 2 days ago
I justttt got the novel, so I have no comments on that (I haven’t started, sadly…) BUT…. How often do you say “oy with the poodles?” in your own life? :P

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 247 points 2 days ago
Probably not nearly enough. However, I have incorporated Huzzah! into my repertoire.

[–]namelesslynora 81 points 2 days ago
Alright so there have been a lot of Gilmore Girls/GG movie questions asked, but I think what we all really want to know is – IF they decided to make a movie, however unlikely it may be, just imagine they did for some reason – would you want to do it?

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 214 points 2 days ago
Yes, IF a movie version could be as good as we’d all want it to be, I’d love to play that character again.

Someday, Someday, Maybe & Writing

[–]alisonkarls 84 points 2 days ago
What was the hardest part about writing your book?

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 290 points 2 days ago
As much as I wished it would, the book wouldn’t write itself! Sitting down every day and trying not to look at shoes on Zappos was the hardest part.

[–]miazapanta 49 points 2 days ago
LAUREN!!!
Why did you decide to write a novel, rather than say, a screenplay?

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 89 points 2 days ago
I just started writing, and the story dictated the format. Then I got to write the screenplay based on the book. Both fun, both difficult.

[–]booblue1 32 points 2 days ago
Hi!
I’m a very amateur writer and I was wondering how you managed to make each character sound individual – when I attempt dialogue everyone sounds the same! Do you think it’s years of reading scripts that gave you this ability naturally, or is it something you have to work on? You managed to do it really well – every character has a different voice, and you can imagine them talking.
Thanks in advance for answering my long and rambling question!

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 54 points 2 days ago
I’m sure that all the scripts I’ve read helped. When I read, I don’t just imagine my part, I try to play all the parts and hear what the voices would sound like. Same with writing.

[–]ambamartine 4 points 2 days ago
What kept you motivated and focused to finish the book? Or did it all come pretty easy?

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 6 points 2 days ago
I think fear, and the fact that I’d been paid an advance were the main factors. And it’s not any easier the second time, either!

[–]xstauren 1 point 2 days ago
Hi Lauren! When are we gonna have your book in Italy?
[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 5 points 2 days ago
I believe the book is out in Italy this week! I’ll check on that and let you know via the Twittersphere.

[–]Meike92 15 points 2 days ago
We’re so excited about the second book: Do you plan book events in europe?

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 29 points 2 days ago
I’d love to do more events overseas. I’m very grateful to have the book published in other languages.

[–]Sk28 22 points 2 days ago
IS IT TRUE YOU’RE WRITING A SEQUEL? Loved the first one :)

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 67 points 2 days ago
I’m writing a sequel! Franny gets a job, and spends a year in LA where she realizes she’s too pale to drive a convertible (autobiographical alert!).

[–]miazapanta 16 points 2 days ago
How did you decide how much of your real life would be reflected in the book and how much of it would be fictional?

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 31 points 2 days ago
It’s less autobiographical than people think. I started with a world I’m familiar with, but most of the details are invented.

[–]lizziesplaace 9 points 2 days ago
Will you do a give away of the paperbacks?

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 47 points 2 days ago
I’d love to do a giveaway, but have to figure out a better system. The Twitter giveaways were confusing. Maybe we should all meet at that diner on the corner?
[–]danizickl 79 points 2 days ago
What inspired you to write your book? It was really good by the way!

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 98 points 2 days ago
Thanks! I wanted a new challenge and something I could do on my own.
[–]KhyleDeen 74 points 2 days ago
Lauren, big fan, male fan too, read your book, enjoyed it, how many men have said that?, as I know it’s female oriented, big fan, just saying hello!

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 140 points 2 days ago
Yay, Dudes!
[–]hearharethere 27 points 2 days ago
What authors inspired you or have influenced your own writing?

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 49 points 2 days ago
Now that I know what it takes to finish a book, I’m even more inspired by everything I read. Two recent favorites: Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen, and Helen Fielding’s Mad About the Boy.
[–]octoberbride 22 points 2 days ago
I just want to start by saying I loved Gilmore Girls and Parenthood is currently one of my favorite shows!!!
What has been your favorite part about working on Parenthood?
I didn’t know you had a book releasing! What is it about? What inspired you to write it?
I have been trying to finish my story for years but motivation and inspiration are low, any advice?

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 73 points 2 days ago
Don’t stop working just because it isn’t perfect. Get to the end of the story before you judge it. You can always rewrite, but only if it exists!

[–]musicalxchaos 39 points 2 days ago
Hi Lauren! I’ve been a big fan since Gilmore Girls and loved Someday, Someday Maybe. So excited you’re doing this today!
You said on Ellen last week that the pilot version of your book didn’t get picked up by the CW, but that you were hoping to keep trying. I was wondering what the process of writing the script was like – was it very different from writing the novel itself? Do you have certain changes you think you’d make for TV versus the book?
I think the story would make an amazing TV show and I hope it gets made!

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 55 points 2 days ago
Writing the script was very different. They wanted lots of big moments and plot twists. I borrowed from the book, but invented new scenes as well, and beefed up a character in the pilot who we only hear about in the book.

[–]DrydenDon 15 points 2 days ago
Lauren, thanks for doing this!
You’ve been hitting all sorts of mediums: tv, movies, novels, etc…
Is there a medium you prefer? Does one take preference over the others for any specific reason?
Thanks!

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 26 points 2 days ago
I loved writing the script and I’m working on another one. Also working on book two.

Bad Santa

[–]adams145 401 points 2 days ago
Has your family watched you in Bad Santa, or did you urge them to stay away from that one?

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 926 points 2 days ago
My father is still recovering.

[–]westcoast_eastsider 116 points 2 days ago
What was it like working with Billy Bob?

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 176 points 2 days ago
I adore him. He has that Southern gentleman quality, and is very smart.

[–]MickCollins 201 points 2 days ago
“Bad Santa” is one of those movies I can put on and be laughing within about 30 seconds. Will you be appearing in the sequel?
Also, did you ever think “Fuck Me Santa” was going to be a line you ever uttered in your career as an actress?

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 322 points 2 days ago
Someone even wanted to do a line of greeting cards and mugs with that er, line, and I was like, um, no thank you.

Parenthood

[–]nms1539 284 points 2 days ago
Hi! Just wondering – how much of the dialogue on Parenthood is improv? It seems you guys are given a lot of freedom during those scenes where the entire family is bantering.
Also you’re beautiful.

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 499 points 2 days ago
It’s a weird and wonderful mash-up of scripted and improvised. I’ve never gotten to do that on a show and I love it. Also, YOU’RE beautiful.

[–]I_eat_baby_burritos 104 points 2 days ago
I love you and thanks for doing this AMA. My question is who out of the cast on Parenthood is the most similar to their character ?

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 242 points 2 days ago
Hard to say. Dax is an extremely funny guy who is also a super dedicated family man – like Crosby. And Peter is obviously perfect, just like Adam. :)

[–]mrg58 150 points 2 days ago
In all of your roles, who was your favorite male counterpart?

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 262 points 2 days ago
Ha! Impossible to answer. I’ve had some great ones. Jason Ritter and Ray Romano both delightful.

[–]whyareyouasuper 5 points 2 days ago
Why is Sarah Braverman a super??? Like, how did that happen? It’s been bothering me all season.

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 10 points 2 days ago
I thought it was sort of odd too, but it gives her a reason to interact with hunky neighbors and get sprayed by faulty plumbing.

[–]ShutUpAndPassTheWine 31 points 2 days ago
What is the Parenthood cast like between takes? When a particularly dramatic, tense scene is over who starts cracking jokes and who stays serious? In general, what do you guy do on a typical shooting day when you’re not on camera?

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 64 points 2 days ago
I sit in my trailer and write and try not to watch too much HGTV.

[–]miazapanta 35 points 2 days ago
Which cast members do you hang out with the most when you’re off set?

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 89 points 2 days ago
I see Mae and Miles a lot. Mae and I have started taking Pilates. Ouch!

Lauren Graham

[–]fergmaster 296 points 2 days ago
What are your feelings on graham crackers?

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 503 points 2 days ago
I’m very proud of them, and the cereal as well.

[–]useitdontloseit 56 points 2 days ago
You are incredibly awesome. What is your #1 tip for other people trying to be as awesome as you?

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 175 points 2 days ago
Be friends with awesome people who tell you you’re awesome.

[–]letdown105 192 points 2 days ago
What do you remember most about your appearance on Seinfeld?

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 337 points 2 days ago
I remember Jerry was very appreciative and nice and and laughed at everyone else’s jokes.

[–]mrg58 68 points 2 days ago
Is there one role you wish you’d never agreed to take?

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 111 points 2 days ago
Not really. I probably learned as much or more from the projects that didn’t turn out as I hoped.

[–]miazapanta 93 points 2 days ago
Do you still keep in touch with Connie Britton? Would you ever consider being on Nashville?
I’d love to see Connie on Parenthood too!

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 213 points 2 days ago
Connie and I moved to LA together and lived in an empty house, where all I remember us eating were Rice Krispie treats. She’s still a friend, but now we both have furniture!

[–]singsoprano 79 points 2 days ago
5 things you can’t leave home without.

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 139 points 2 days ago
Notebook, pen (le pen is my favorite), book, lip balm, phone (of course).

[–]Domeniquesmile 4 points 2 days ago
Favorite song to dance around to right now?

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 10 points 2 days ago
Pharrell’s “Happy” is just so, well, happy. I’m still not tired of it.

[–]namelesslynora 26 points 2 days ago
what’s your favourite pizza topping? (really asking the important questions here wow)

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 67 points 2 days ago
I just had an all cheese pizza from Mozza Pizzeria in LA. No red sauce, just the cheese and some sage. So I guess my favorite topping lately is nothing!
[–]drfunkdawg 29 points 2 days ago
great to see you on here! do you still think belly buttons are cool? or have you moved on?

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 52 points 2 days ago
Obviously, they’re still cool.

[–]hleopard21 15 points 2 days ago
Hey Lauren! I’ve been a huge fan since Gilmore Girls and LOVE everything you’re doing on Parenthood. Who would you say had the biggest influence on you growing up/who influenced your decision to pursue acting. Again, i love everything that you do and I’m so proud of your book!

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 29 points 2 days ago
Thank you so much. My dad was always supportive of whatever I showed an interest in – from horseback riding to acting. And I had some great teachers along the way too.

[–]HalijoHa 16 points 2 days ago
If you could pic place to go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 33 points 2 days ago
We’re choosing where to go on vacation, so this has actually been the topic of discussion in our house for weeks! Japan, maybe?

[–]first_tiger_hobbes 67 points 2 days ago
You always seem to have so much fun on Craig Ferguson’s show. How much is just TV and how much is real? (Please don’t crush my dreams)
Also will there be giveaways for the paperback on Twitter like there was for the hardback?

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 102 points 2 days ago
I love doing that show, and there’s no way to fake that kind of genuine affection. We just have a weird/fun connection.

[–]singsoprano 40 points 2 days ago
Top 3 things you love to do when you’re in NYC!

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 99 points 2 days ago
I love to walk, anywhere really, but especially over the Brooklyn Bridge, shop with my sister, eat at Momofuku.

[–]Lauren_Graham[S] 610 points 2 days ago
Thank you so much for doing this with me. You’re all delightful, and having an especially good hair day! Until we meet again….

So what do you make of that New York lunch, huh?

Bunheads Set is Taken Down – But Not Out

Vulture.com reports that the Bunheads set has been put into storage, but don’t get out your black armbands quite yet.

don't cry girls...

Bunheads was written and created by Gilmore Girls’ creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and is awaiting official renewal or cancellation, very likely to be confirmed later this month. With the positive fighting spirit Fostered by the show and all the girls, both in front and behind the camera, we know it’s not over until it’s over.  Even with eyes teary with mace, they’ll go on with the show and give it their lunatic best.

With great critical reviews and good-not-great viewing figures, Bunheads echoed Gilmore Girls’ warm start, which only found its feet and its audience in the third series.  Also like Gilmore Girls, Bunheads is awash with direction, positivity and heart.  It would be a real shame to lose this blossoming series to the prevailing winds of short-term pay-off. Seriously, I understand that show business is a business like any other, but why not try to make something wholesome that bears re-watching in a decade’s time, something we might look back on the way we do our favorite shows?  Quality is not anathema to profit, my friends.

Bunheads sought to be quality.  Perhaps if it had less self-belief or tried to achieve less, it could have wandered aimlessly, actively driving off its viewers but instead, it stuck to its guns.  It kept up its pace and banter, it had progressive story arcs, it made us cry and laugh out loud.  The mid-series kick off, ‘You Wanna See Something‘ wasn’t just good, it was Gilmore Good.  Witness Emily reaching out to Michelle in some Nevada dive, their repartee tighter than the bubble wrap that Truly’s trapped herself in.  Gasp at Gilmore Girls’ T.J. flailing around like a magic octopus and pretend you’re not moved by Hubbell’s wedding video.

Although there were a lot of familiar faces, Bunheads wasn’t trying to be Gilmore Girls.  Bunheads’ Paradise is kookier than Stars Hollow, it’s more showbiz.  Characters ride the sharp edge between celebrity and being certifiable, from the coffee guy to the one-eyed plumber, the dress shop owner’s sister to an illusionist in Henderson, Nevada.

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For now, we can still hold a hopeful flame for more of Truly’s battiness, Michelle’s nuggets of inappropriate dating advice and a continuation of Boo, Sasha, Ginny and Melanie’s happiness and heartbreak, dance and disaster.  Most of all, I need to hear them talk.

Truly: My niece isn’t even allowed to sit on my lap any more, not since I catapulted her into a wall.

Michelle: Yeah this would be a lot easier if I could offer you a drink.

Michelle: There’s so many buttons to button and every time I button a button there’s another button to button.

Truly: I could play with the crotch a little.
Michelle: Best offer all day.

Fanny: I haven’t understood a word he’s said since ‘Hi my name is Bob.’
Eric: Eric.  My name is Eric.

Roman: Wow, you’re weirder than I thought. And I thought you were pretty weird.

Michelle: Give me some warning before you get married again.
Scottie: There’s usually not that much time.

Ginny: It’s a Chinese restaurant mum. They don’t do Gay Marines.

Michelle: Hard hat, waffle iron, Bananarama box set.

What are your Bunheads best bits so far?  If you haven’t seen it yet, catch it on Amazon Prime or Hulu and tell us about it after.

 Pics c/o ABC Family

Gilmore Girls in the Movies

When was the last time your started lollygagging at the TV, pointing and gibbering at the screen because one of the Gilmore Girls alumni turned up where they shouldn’t? What, just me? Come on, ‘fess up.

lorelai and arlen

Sean Gunn (GG’s Kirk) turning up in Glee was a nice surprise, although he was criminally underused. And I always have a moment of re-acclimatisation seeing Kelly Bishop (Emily Gilmore) as the mother in Dirty Dancing. Uh, not that I watch Dirty Dancing over and over or anything.

They’ve had a fair run at the movies too, stand-outs being Milo Ventimiglia (Jess) in Rocky Balboa and Melissa McCarthy (Sookie) in Bridesmaids. Keiko Agena (Lane) recently won Best Supporting Actress for the short Lil Tokyo Reporter at the AoF Awards.

Prior to her blossoming career in publishing, Lauren Graham (Lorelai Gilmore) had a few good features under her belt. She was a Lorelai-a-like in the charming comedy The Answer Man (aka Arlen Faber), had a small part in the great Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, was underwritten in Evan Almighty and successfully played against type in Bad Santa.

Alexis Bledel (Rory Gilmore) carried on her Rory story in Post Grad, vacationed with her buddies in the enjoyable Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants and made the most of her baby blues in Sin City.

What’s your favourite non-Gilmore role from a Gilmore Girls actor? Extra points for anything really obscure.

Bunheads” 1.18 ‘Next!’ – Recap and Review

Bunheads” 1.18 ‘Next!’ – Recap and Review
Airdate 25 Feb 2013

always emily and paris

Michelle wakes with a Godot in her bed, which she takes full advantage of with a morning phone pic of his naked chest (a scene not so charming if reversed). In the main house, Fanny (Gilmore’s Emily, Kelly Bishop) returned from her retreat to find Michelle’s brother Scottie asleep on her couch. Misunderstandings ensue and she chases him into Michelle’s bungalow for a nice bit of morning fiasco.

In the dance studio, Ginny’s been taking drawing lessons from Frankie, the boy she’s besotted with and is painting an indecipherable banner to welcome Fanny back. Truly is still inhabiting the studio, putting herself to use by zhuzhing up the costumes. She’s felt like a failure ever since her sister Millie kicked her out of her clothes shop, Sparkles, for falling behind on rent. Michelle joins in the morning practice ballet session while Fanny has put Scottie to work shifting bricks.

Roman and his necklace bring a letter to Sasha, on her request, detailing all his intimate relationships (a la Anna Karenina). She reads it in front of him, then later in her grown-up apartment with the girls, Boo, Melanie and Ginny. As she brings out a beautiful pot roast, she’s obsessed with being sexually inexperienced and over a pot of facemask, tells Boo they need to strike while the iron is hot.

Sasha: I think we need to consider having sex, now.
Boo: With each other?

The girls educate themselves on sex, safe sex and Judy Blume in a montage that would result in a rather different education than Rory’s Book Club List. Cozette drops Our Bodies Ourselves into the huddle, which is so explicit that Boo passes out.

oh boo

Millie (Gilmore’s Paris Geller, Liza Weil) is explaining to Fanny that their amphitheatre project may be delayed due to inadequate builders. Fanny says it needs to be done in time for the Autumn show and asks her to put her mind toward helping Truly out.  Truly is taking up room on the studio floor, comatose in a pile of tutus.

Millie: All she had to do was screw on a nut.

Michelle comes in and takes the room, limbering up for some practice. Sasha interrupts and asks for some time on Sunday (it’s Friday) to talk frankly about sex. Unable to run screaming from the room, Michelle agrees.

Sasha: Penis, vagina blah blah blah.
Michelle: Boooooring!

Michelle asks Fanny for Saturday afternoon off and asks Fanny what she does when the girls ask about sex, realising too late that none of the girls ever have.

It’s Saturday afternoon and with the masochistic Jordan filling in for Michelle, the four girls skip class only to see Michelle stop-starting her old blue VW Beetle down the drive. Worried that Michelle might be leaving town like at the last series break, the girls jump in Sasha’s car and follow, incidentally selling a truckload of brand new blue Minis. Just how guilty are her over-compensating parents?

Michelle has driven to LA for an audition in a church hall. As the girls see Michelle waiting in line, they run for cover (selling a boatload of multi-coloured Ugg boots), they Google the venue and event: it’s an audition for a musical version of Dark Victory, a 1939 Bette Davis movie where a young socialite is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour and chooses whether to die with dignity – as Melanie says, sounds like a real barnburner. They pull a Goodfellas kitchen backdoor routine and spy on the audition process, which is brutal. The audition guy summarily dismisses swathes of auditionees, comes to Michelle and pauses… and decides to keeps her in.

A well-timed ad-break allows those left to learn the combo. Boo jumps out of hiding and joins in – quickly joined by the others and of course they have it down pat. Sasha drags Boo away from the rest of the audition process, to Boo’s dismay. Boo faces off against Sasha, saying that this could be her chance for the big time and she’s fed up of Sasha’s bossiness, including her plans about sex. Boo recounts her plan to wait for prom (in a year and a half) and defying Sasha, intends to stick with it. Their confrontation is only interrupted by Michelle’s group being called back for the next round of auditions, where she gets through again.

In her single audition, the catty piano guy wisely advises against anything from Les Mis (“Freakin’ Hathaway”) and picks out “If You Could See Me Now”.

see me now

To the girls’ incredulity, the audition people don’t even seem to be watching. Michelle performs impressively and afterwards, the pianist congratulates her on her performance, interrupted by a string of female dancers walking into the hall. He tells her these are the dancers for the show and that the auditions are merely a union requirement. Crestfallen and mad, Michelle tosses her stuff in the car and heads home. Sasha regrets not showing themselves to Michelle.

Truly meets Millie at the Oyster Bar where we find out that Truly not only didn’t pay their mom back for college, she didn’t graduate. Millie offers Truly rent-free premises to revive Truly’s shop and apologises for her previous behaviour. The two sisters seem finally to have turned a page in their relationship and as Truly goes to seal the contract with the traditional blue drinks, Scottie comes in under Fanny’s orders with a delivery for Millie. Millie eyes him like a side of beef while Truly pictures him in a delivery man’s cap. He leaves before they devour him alive and together realise that their sibling rivalry is back, with a vengeance. They both like Scottie. Poor Scottie.

After Michelle’s previous comment about the girls asking about sex, Fanny has taken it upon herself to educate the entire class with some frighteningly archaic props and posters. After she passes out a box of bananas, Michelle leaves the room.

Matisse: This isn’t going to work. I’m allergic to bananas.

She’s joined shortly after by Ginny, who asks about the audition. Touched, Michelle says it went fine. Ginny starts getting teary and Michelle asks if she’s OK. Ginny confides that she slept with Frankie – she’s not even sure they’re formally dating since he’s never really talked to her and hasn’t called since – and while Michelle tries to calm her fears that she’s not an idiot and that Frankie won’t ever talk to her again, all she can really do is hold her tight while Ginny cries on her shoulder.

Ginny: He was just so beautiful.

Closing credits to a fifties style dance routine to a steamy version of “Makin’ Whoopee” (is that Sam Phillips singing?)

Discussion

This was the end-of-season finale and good news for fans – IMDb is showing season two episode one, entitled Honestly YA (Young Adult?). With any luck, we’ll see that amphitheatre in all its glory.

Sex! It’s fair to say Gilmore Girls didn’t shy away from the subject, with Rory’s first time becoming a confused mess and Lorelai being a single, available woman throughout. However, the Bunheads treatment is focussed far more on the kids than the grown-ups and considering the audience and channel, it’s to be expected. Personally, I found the various perspectives were handled with confidence and aplomb and it certainly didn’t feel like anything was being jammed down anyone’s throat. So to speak. So as we head into season two, we’ve got relationships coming out of our ears – Sasha wants to with Roman, Boo is abstaining with Carl, Ginny’s had a confusing start with Frankie, Michelle’s enjoying herself with Godot and Melanie is (currently) happily single. It’s really Michelle’s relationship (with Hubbell as well as Godot) that distances Bunheads from Gilmore. Without Lorelai to hang the show on, it’s all five girls that share the burden. Did you feel an agenda? Did it favourably compare?

Wonderful to see Scottie back and on tip-top comic form – and with some second season hijinks in order, I’ll be bound. Let’s hope it wasn’t the Millie-Truly-triangle that portended Hubbell’s demise.

The audition – anyone sense some real-life experience injected into these scenes? The bitchiness (the girl lying about which beat to kick on), the harshness (“no, no, no, no – wait – no”) and eventual pointlessness of the audition process. Were you expecting the audition outcome? Or one of the girls not being discovered?

Truly didn’t graduate college, Michelle didn’t finish high school. This might be out of place on a Gilmore Girls blog entry, but is a college education worth what it once was?

So, thanks for sticking with us for the end of Bunheads, season one? Sure, it was never going to be Gilmore Girls, but was it good enough?  Too similar or too different (man, they just can’t win)?  Do you think it deserves another season?  What else are you watching and how does it compare?  See you out on the discussion boards, guys.

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