Kelly Bishop Talks In-depth about Gilmore Girls

Amid the explosion of Gilmore ATX articles was a revealing little interview Decider had with the person who won the biggest cheer as she stepped onto the reunion stage, Kelly Bishop (Emily Gilmore). Or Dame Kelly as we call her round here.

Our Queen Bee, Kelly Bish

She talks endearingly and frankly about her co-actors, her Gilmore origin story and how she wants a movie as much as any of us.

Kelly: When Sex and the City did their first movie, I was a little jealous of them. Of course, they were up for Emmys and Gilmore Girls had some issues with that. I kept going, ‘Wait a minute! We’re funnier than they are and we’re better than they are!

True dat.

Dear Queen B, please please please be my sassy fairy godmother.

Read all about it, right here.

Was Gilmore Girls funnier and better than Sex and the City?
Why do you think Kelly received the loudest cheer? 
What was she better in, Gilmore Girls or Bunheads?
What would you like to see her in next?

Pic c/o Eagle-Eye Jack Plunkett

The Bunheads Panel at ATX

Of course it wasn’t just Amy Sherman Palladino’s Gilmore Girls that reunited this weekend at ATX. Amy also created the short-lived but much-loved Bunheads, whose cast members Sutton Foster (Michelle), Kelly Bishop (Fanny and Emily Gilmore from Gilmore Girls) and Stacey Oristano (Truly) met on last Friday’s ATX Panel.

more funny girls!

TVLine has a terrific round-up of the panel highlights.  For example, Amy never knew Stacey – who never danced in the show – could tap dance!

Stacey: Amy actually got mad at me one time because she didn’t know I’m a tap dancer.
Amy: Not a f—ing word! I find out, not from her, but from [Foster], who said, ‘You know, Stacey’s a great tap dancer.’ I’m like, ‘F–k you!’

Can you imagine the dance-off between Michelle and Truly for Hubbell’s affections?  And then Truly awakens from her dream sequence.

And Amy on casting the four girls:

Amy: I needed a specific body type for each girl, because it was a part of the story. I wanted them to be going through something where a lot of their success was dependent on their body type. So I needed Sasha, who had to be beautiful, look like that ballerina, have that classic body type, have the technique and be able to do it, because she was the one who could do it all and didn’t give a s–t. I needed Boo, who had to not have the body type … but she had to have the technique. That was particularly difficult because I needed a rockstar dancer, someone who had it all, except she’s not two pounds. And thank God we found Kaitlyn [Jenkins]…

Then I wanted someone very tall and lean [for Melanie], and I wanted someone with big boobs [for Ginny]. Of course, the minute I cast adorable little Bailey [Buntain, now De Young], she goes on a diet, and the first place she loses weight was in her t–ts. … I’m like, ‘What happened to her t–ts?’ Sometimes the first thing that goes is the boobs.

There’s more at about where they each saw their characters ending up at TVLine, check it out!

Flavorwire also recounts:

The budget was so small that elaborate scenes, like Sasha’s “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)” routine, were filmed in a single day, and Sherman-Palladino paid out of pocket at times.

And that the session ended with a screening of the farewell dance scene featuring Bailey and Julia Goldani Telles (Sasha), financed and shot in 2013 by Jackson Douglas (Jackson Belleville from Gilmore Girls), who directed a couple of Bunheads episodes.

Sutton: I wish we had more time.

The full Flavorwire article is here, go go go and then come back back back.

In an interview with the wsj, Sutton later said:

It was great, it was so great to see the clips… Toward the end I got really sad… my eyes started welling up and I thought ‘oh god, I’m going to lose it’ – cause I don’t know if I’ve ever properly even mourned it.

I’m still mad at the cancellation of Bunheads so I’m gonna stop before I get cross again.  Please give me some Bunheads love below…

Pic c/o Waytao Shing and more great pictures at birthmoviesdeath.com

The Gilmore Girls Reunion Answered My Questions!

This is a companion post to our post from a month ago when I cobbled together this wishlist of questions for the cast reunion:

Keiko Agena (Lane), Yanic Truesdale (Michel) and Liza Weil (Paris)

Amy: Please write us a scene and have those present act it out right now.
Sadly unasked but it would have been awesome. Amy and Dan would have run up and down, whispering lines into people’s ears. Maybe next time…

Alexis: Team Dean, Jess or Logan? (I’d love her to say Team Rory).
The boys answered this so entertainingly I blogged about it about an hour ago, right here!

Also Amy: What was the town loner protesting?
Also unasked but I believe it was related to the rocketing price of McGuffins.

For All the Cast: What props or memorabilia did you yoink from the set?
This was asked by a fan and the segment was not included in the video, but it was mentioned in the EW live blog:

Keiko Agena (Lane): We didn’t know it was ending. I would have stole so much!
Daniel Palladino (writer and co-producer): We’ve got the original Stars Hollow sign in my house.
Milo Ventimiglia (Jess): I’ve got Jess’ leather jacket.

For All the Cast: What do you think happened to your character after the show ended?
The cast answers this in the video at the 34 minute mark. It’s been documented well in a few places including BuzzFeed, with the mic being passed fairly quickly down the line. While my favourite response is Jackson’s, will somebody please give Kelly Bishop a hug from me next time you see her?

Kelly Bishop (Emily): I actually think if Richard were still with us we would have been pretty much in the same place we were. I think we were very comfortable with that life with the country clubs and the right people and all that and still probably fighting the battles but now, um… now Emily’s a widow, so… that’s a whole other world.

So, I don’t know where she is.

Oh, Emily...

Just ah, give me a moment.

Ok.

Jackson Douglas (Jackson Belleville): [After an entertaining trip down memory lane] To give you an actual answer, I would say… the vasectomy never took, there’s 42 children out there and uh, I ‘m actually farming children now, so… I guess that’s the best answer I can come up with.

Thanks to anyone who took these questions to ATX!

Pics c/o Jack Plunkett & Entertainment Weekly

The ATX Reunion EW Stream – The Missing 70 Minutes and My Highlights

Well, that happened.  The Gilmore Girls cast reunited, babes and beards and an empty chair – and it was good.  ‘Good not great?’ I hear you ask. Alright already, it was mondo-fabulous.

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Sadly I wasn’t there in person but so far I’ve caught up with the Entertainment Weekly coverage, namely the live blog and the reunion panel video and am left wondering – where’s the rest of it?

The blog timeline shows that the talking started at 7.40pm and finished at 9.40pm yet the streaming video lasts a little less than 50 minutes. Why have EW cut one hour and ten minutes?  Perhaps time really does fly when you’re having fun. Well, do we really need it?

Of course I’d still gobble up another hour of these familiar faces sitting together in real life, shooting the breeze and talking about my favourite subject. But bear in mind, EW sponsored the event and from the ATX founders pre-reunion speech, we are told the whole shebang might not have happened at all without EW:

Caitlyn McFarland (ATX Founder): We just want to thank Entertainment Weekly… because without them it would have been general programming, it would have been competition – it would have been really hard to do.

I suspect EW is holding the whole thing ransom for when TheWB releases the 10th Anniversary Blu-Ray Widescreen Boxed Set and that’s fair enough. They paid for it and they didn’t *need* to show us anything. If they’ve taken the time to edit it, there’s got to be a reason behind it. And it’s not because of swearing!

I just thought – the obvious omission from the video stream is the tribute to Ed Herrmann – if this included scenes from the show, there would be copyright issues with TheWB. Did you see that? That’s my law degree brain working there.

Besides, the live blog doesn’t suggest we miss that much. Perhaps those who were there could enlighten us? If you were there, what are we missing?

Regardless, what we do have is extremely pleasurable.  Seeing the cast again in all their beautiful, beardy glory. Whenever they mention Ed Hermann’s passing, Kelly Bishop’s reaction makes my eye twitch. Rory’s three boyfriends wisecracking and demonstrating clear respect for each other is pure class. Amy Sherman-Palladino (sans hat) admits watching season 7 purely through having ABC Family on in the background and realising she doesn’t recognize Alexis’ hairstyle or that the walk ‘n talks were too short. Liza Weil and Danny Strong (Paris and Doyle) are as connected as ever. And Lauren Graham handles the ‘last four words‘ issue with eloquence:

Lauren: I don’t wanna know unless either I am saying them or I am listening to someone say them – who’s in the show the way it was intended… otherwise I would feel sad to know what I wasn’t a part of.

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I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was disappointed that there was no Big Announcement about a sequel or continuance. But it is affirming hearing and feeling the affection both within the cast and directed at them from the audience. Everybody there on the stage and in the crowd loves Gilmore Girls and this can only be a good thing.

I’ll be posting more tomorrow about my standout moments from the non-live ‘live stream’ where three of my questions were asked and answered!

  • Dean, Jess and Logan answer: Team Dean, Jess or Logan?
  • The cast answers: What props or memorabilia did you yoink from the set?
  • And: What do you think happened to your character after the show ended?

Until then, let’s watch those 48 minutes and 40 seconds again. Take a drink every time someone says ‘audition’, ‘fembot’ or the crowd goes ‘WHOO!’

What have you seen and liked? Or disliked?

How much do you really, really need that missing hour?  

Pics c/o Entertainment Weekly

ATX Reunion – What Would You Ask The Gilmore Girls?

There’s less than a month to go now until the Gilmore Girls cast reunion at the ATX Television Festival and all tickets are now SOLD OUT. At least one of our flock was lucky enough to get tickets but for the rest of us, EW.com will be broadcasting the reunion panel.

What questions would you want to ask Amy Sherman-Palladino and the cast?

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Here’s my shortlist – narrowed down from a much much MUCH longer list…

Amy: Please write us a scene and have those present act it out right now.

Alexis: Team Dean, Jess or Logan? (I’d love her to say Team Rory).

Also Amy: What was the town loner protesting?

For All the Cast: What props or memorabilia did you yoink from the set? What do you think happened to your character after the show ended?

And a reminder that you still have a couple of hours to enter our competition to win a free book!

ATX Panel Itinerary c/o ATX

Gilmore Girls AND Bunheads are Reuniting!

Less than two months to go now until the ATX Television Festival in Austin Texas.  Running from Friday 5 to Sunday 7 June, a veritable plethora of Gilmore Girls cast members are scheduled to appear on Saturday 6 June, including show creator Amy Sherman-Palladino.

10 out of 13 ain't bad

The list of attendees currently stands at:

Amy Sherman-Palladino (Writer/EP), Cast: Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Kelly Bishop, Scott Patterson, Liza Weil, Keiko Agena, Jared Padalecki, Sean Gunn, Liz Torres, Yanic Truesdale, John Cabrera

That’s Lorelai, Rory, Emily, Luke, Paris, Lane, Dean, Kirk, Miss Patty, Michel and Brian with the deviated septum. Just writing those names in a row sends a shiver up my spine.

As if that wasn’t enough, Amy Sherman-Palladino will be hosting a Bunheads panel! Kelly Bishop, Stacey Oristano and Sutton Foster (Fanny, Truly and Michelle) will re-unite for a screening, discussion and hopefully an interpretative dance routine about the cancellation of shows in their prime. Wishful thinking, perhaps.

gee it's good to be together again

Aside from the expected table Q&A, I wonder if they’ll do something less expected, like a read-through or some kind of announcement about – I don’t know – a new season?! The Dawson’s Creek Writer’s Room reunion has expanded in scope, now including a pilot read-through with show creator Kevin Williamson and ‘special guests’… only Dawson, Pacey, Jen and Joey would do it for me.

Here is the full run-down of the weekend’s shows and guest stars. Weekend badges are still available for US$225 although check out @ATXFestival tweets for people re-selling their $175 weekend badges.

I wonder if they’ll have a table long enough to accommodate the entire cast… or if Amy will bring Bert the toolbox along for Luke to do some fixing up.

Please, somebody be attending! I’m totally bummed that I have a dear friend’s wedding to attend. Is anyone else excited about this? Now with added Bunheads!

What questions would you want to ask?

Who else – or what other shows – would you want to see there?

Pics c/o TheWB & ABC Family

Edward Herrmann Dies at Age 71

With deepest sadness we report that Edward Herrmann, the actor who so memorably portrayed Richard Gilmore, passed away on the morning of New Year’s Eve in a hospital in New York, aged 71.

Lauren Graham (Lorelai Gilmore): My friend Ed Herrmann was the kindest, classiest, most talented man. It was an honor and a joy to know him, a devastating blow to lose him.
@thelaurengraham on Twitter

Edward had been battling brain cancer and in intensive care for the last three weeks, TMZ reports. His condition did not improve and he was taken off the respirator yesterday.

Well Emily, for tonight and tonight only, my name is Bill and this is our song.

 

Richard Gilmore’s fluctuating health led to some of the most poinient moments in the show. Remember putting your hands over your mouth when he’s giving a lecture and keels over sideways? Or Lorelai standing at the foot of his post-angina attack hospital bed unable to tell him… well unable to speak. Which is kind of how I feel right now.

Amy Sherman-Palladino (creator of Gilmore Girls): Ed Herrmann was a towering presence who filled the room with grace, laughter, Chekhov references and several salty stories. He was our patriarch… Gilmore Girls would not exist without Ed. There really are no words.
Speaking on Variety

After recent appearances in Black Box, The Good Wife and The Town That Dreaded Sundown, his final feature will be in Coach of the Year, currently in post-production and slated for release in 2015.

David Sutcliffe (Christopher Hayden): Sad to hear about the passing of Ed Herrmann, aka Richard Gilmore from Gilmore Girls. Great man, great actor. He will be missed.
@SutcliffeDavid on Twitter

Only prostitutes have two glasses of wine for lunch

Edward Herrmann is survived by his wife Star Hayner and two daughters, Emma and Ryan. Also his stepson, chef Rory Herrmann.

His on-screen wife, Kelly Bishop (Emily Gilmore) spoke to TVLine:

Kelly Bishop: We, the Gilmore Girls family, are so terribly sad and somewhat stunned. We only learned about his illness a week or so ago. I got a call from Star Monday night asking if I wanted to come to the hospital to say good-bye. I went yesterday and was able to give Ed love from Lauren, Alexis and Amy… I have so many fond memories of our time together on Gilmore Girls and since, mainly via email. I think everyone who knew or worked with Ed found him to be absolutely delightful… Everything looks a little dim, as if the lights went down.

 

It takes a remarkable person to inspire all this

Sniff.

Pics c/o TheWB & TheCW