How Lauren Graham Found Out Gilmore Girls was Cancelled

Last week, Lauren Graham (Lorelai Gilmore) was interviewed on Late Night with Seth Meyers talking about the series finale of Parenthood.

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There’s a wonderful moment (from the 1 minute 40 second mark) where Seth mentions Gilmore Girls for the first time in the interview and the live studio audience erupts into a spontaneous 5-second ovation. It gave me tingles.  Check it out:

She talks about how with Parenthood, they knew it was the end, so everyone had a chance to appreciate the moment, sentimentalize and have some closure. Whereas Gilmore Girls was quite the opposite.

Lauren: I was in a restaurant and I had turned my phone off, cause that’s polite. The waiter comes to the table and he was like, ‘Are you Lauren Graham?’ I was like, ‘Yes!’ He goes, ‘Your agent’s on the phone!’ I thought I was in a ’40s movie or something. I was like, walking to the house phone. I was like, ‘Hello?’ and he goes [grubby voice] ‘It’s cancelled,’ and that’s how I found out that it was the end.

Depressing, right?

I had the same feeling watching the DVD Extra which features Keiko Agena (Lane Kim) filming a behind-the-scenes day of filming Gilmore Girls. She has a live crew following her around makeup, her trailer, the sets and her dialogue training and she keeps saying it’s her last day on season 7 – but she doesn’t realise it’s her last day of shooting on Gilmore Girls, EVER. Her day doesn’t end in tears or with any fanfare, she just has a little hug with Todd Lowe (Zack Van Gerbig) at the end of their kitchen scene and that’s it. She goes back to her trailer then presumably heads off into the sunset on her hotwickedcool motorbike.

The end really did come out of the blue.  But rather than lament the loss, I’m looking forward to the ATX Reunion later this year.

Do you whoop every time someone mentions Gilmore Girls? I do hope it’s not just me.  Just how upset are you that there may never be another episode?  Did you watch that DVD extra amazed at how fast they were spitting out the lines by the end of the coaching?  Crazy crazy stuff…

Pic c/o LateNightWithSethMeyer

Dirty!

One of my favourite Lorelai-isms is her use of the word ‘Dirty’. It pops up (dirty!) throughout the seven seasons and in one word, captures both her fun-loving childish side as well as her grown-up-ness-ness.

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From humble beginnings…

Luke: By the way, you do tell people that you’re the one that named my toolbox, right?
Lorelai: Toolbox, dirty.
Luke: Oh geez.

Bonus point for the first person to tell me the name of Luke’s toolbox.  On to one of my personal favourites, conjuring naughtiness out of thin air:

Luke: Go one day without coffee.
Lorelai: That’s not giving up.
Luke: I’ll put a toy in your cereal.
Lorelai: Dirty!

And a stunning one-two, in a town meeting no less:

Taylor: You really have to work on your punctuality, Lorelai. I banged the meeting in a half an hour ago.
Lorelai: Uh, dirty!
Taylor: All right now, the last order of business is a matter relating personally to me, therefore I’m going to give Miss Patty my gavel.
Lorelai: Again, dirty!
Taylor: Stop that.

By season 3, other people are doing it without her (ooh dirty):

Rory: We like tacos.
Lorelai: Yes, we do. [reads] “You haven’t had a taco until you’ve spent some time at Hector’s, crisp and meaty – ”
Rory: … dirty.
Lorelai: Thank you.

And a couple to finish from Luke:

Luke: Well, if you have a big one you don’t need a small one. [Lorelai opens her mouth] Don’t say ‘dirty’, it’s too easy.

Luke: No, I’ve filled my whacking quota for the week.  Dirty?
Lorelai: Extremely.

Do you use ‘Dirty’ like Lorelai?  In honour of Lorelai, I challenge you to use it appropriately this week.  I want a dirty epidemic, people.

Pic c/o TheWB

Lauren Graham Looks Back at Gilmore Girls

The Time magazine website (which for me has been a legitimate news source ever since they put Taylor Swift on the cover – what took you so long?) has an interview with Lauren Graham (Lorelai Gilmore), looking forward to the imminent last episode of Parenthood on January 29 and reflecting back on Gilmore Girls.

My agent said, “It’s over.” I didn’t get to say goodbye to anybody.

A good chunk of the interview is about Gilmore Girls and all of that is satisfyingly positive. This bodes well for the ATX reunion in June as well as upbeat commentaries on the 10-year anniversary Blu-Ray boxed set. The boxed set is a recurring dream of mine. It tap-dances on my shelf, magically launches discs through the air into the player and dazzles me with new content and a secret hidden season eight.

Some choice tit-bits from the article:

TIME: Do you look back on Gilmore Girls as something that defined you as an actress?
Lauren: Yeah and happily so. I didn’t realize then how perfect a fit that was for me in terms of material and sensibility. As much as I have loved this job and this character [on Parenthood], I feel like Gilmore Girls was just a special match. It’s hard to find a writer with that specific of a voice. I’m super thankful to have had it.

TIME: How much are you like Lorelei as a person? (sic)
Lauren: No one talks that much or that long, but it’s that thing where you read something and it just clicks. It’s like music. I could hear what [creator] Amy [Sherman-Palladino] intended and it made complete sense to me. I remember an interview with Christopher Reeve where he said, “I choose my jobs based on the feeling that I can’t stand the thought of anyone else doing it.” And that’s how I felt with that. It’s a rare chemistry.

They also ask her which boyfriend Rory should have ended up with – and she gives an answer! (of sorts).

Read the TIME article here: http://time.com/3660359/lauren-graham-parenthood-series-finale/

Will anyone give me odds on a 10-year anniversary boxed set with commentaries on selected episodes, interviews with the cast today, a retrospective on our dear departed Edward Herrmann and suchlike?

Is anyone planning to see Lauren and the gang at the ATX Festival?

What are you hoping to see from the end of Parenthood?

Pic c/o TheWB, God bless ya.

 

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

Happy Holidays from GilmoreNews!

Here’s a snapshot that sums up all the best stuff about Gilmore Girls at Christmas.

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Although… it was taken after Christmas, Lorelai doesn’t get her way and the girls don’t have money enough for retail therapy.

Lorelai: I melted three entire candy canes into this not-very-large cup of coffee, and still I can barely taste it… I swear I could get the same effect if I put Vaporub on my chest and drank coffee at the same time.

OK so maybe not the best Christmas ever but in the spirit of appreciating what we have, we have coffee, kick-ass Christmas sweaters and those beautiful baby blues. If I only had those things in my stocking, I’d be a happy camper.

Merry Christmas my turtle doves and sincere Best Wishes to you and yours for the Holiday season, for 2015 and for all that the New Year may bring.

Peace Out,
Rich

Pic c/o TheCW

How Many Yellow Daisies Does It Take To Make A Proposal?

Hopefully any new readers watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix for the first time should by now have gobbled up all of season one.  If not, well basically this whole website is Spoiler City so, y’know, there’s my due diligence right there.  Hope you’re enjoying the show btw.

At the end of season one, Max Medina blurts out a proposal in a ‘desperate attempt to end a bickering match’ and Lorelai gives him a well-deserved dressing down:

Lorelai: … It should be magical. There should be music playing and romantic lighting and a subtle build up to the popping of the big question. There should be a thousand yellow daisies and candles and a horse and I don’t know what the horse is doing there unless you’re riding it, which seems a little over the top, but it should be more than… this.

Then later we see her, for once, speechless as she gets what she wished for.  

ah-aah-ahhhCHOOOO

Apparently, many times over.  EW talked to show writer and creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and Sandy Veneziano the Production Designer for a look behind-the-scenes – well, behind that scene in particular.

Amy Sherman-Palladino: We had no money on Gilmore, especially that first year. We were trying to trade sexual favors for snow.

Sandy Veneziano: We cheated a little bit on some of the shots. We would push the background daisies—if it wasn’t a wide shot—further in and put some on apple boxes so they were a little higher and filled the space.

So, how many daisies did the show actually end up using?

Amy: Oh my God, it’s thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands. I think we all lost count at some point… Three or four times we had to send people back to get yellow daisies. I think we wiped out yellow daisies on the West Coast.

Head on over to catch the whole piece: http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/10/21/gilmore-girls-thousand-yellow-daisies/

What I want to know is – where are the candles and the horse?  (And the roller-skates for the horse?)

This scene is sandwiched between Rory blurting out to Dean ‘I love you, you idiot!’ and the Lorelai and Rory running at each other through Stars Hollow gibbering like the lovestruck fools they are.  Probably the most ‘up’ ending of any of the seasons?

Did you like the daisy proposal?  I thought Max’s original mid-argument proposal was frighteningly realistic – I’ve heard worse.  Do you like Max as a partner for Lorelai?  This could have gone so, so wrong if Lorelai had hayfever…

Pic c/o TheWB

The Town Troubadour plays Nashville!

Hipster spectacles? Check. Twelve-string acoustic? Check. Portable microphone amp, a deliriously cool repertoire and a solid chunk of Stars Hollow cool? Check, check and most certainly check. Ladies and gentlemen, the Stars Hollow Troubadour, Grant-Lee Phillips.

who you gonna call?

From his first appearance in season 1, leaning on a lamp post as a bus brings Rory to Dean, to his final wandering around the haybale maze in season 7, Phillips’ recurring role as ‘Grant’ saw him accompanying a number of poinient moments as a wandering musician. He added a gloopy amber warmth and comedy to the flavour of Stars Hollow – anywhere else in the world he’d be a busker but in Stars Hollow he’s The Troubadour.  With his trademark brown box amp and headgear, he resembled a one-man band crossed with a Ghostbuster – a Ghostbusker if you will.

Ahead of his show tomorrow (Weds November 5 2014) at the City Winery in Nashville, the Nashville Scene featured an interview this week, with Phillips giving some choice glimpses into his time on Gilmore Girls.

It always felt like some great coup was being pulled: How on earth could this wholesome family drama find its way to welcome the likes of me? Sonic Youth? Sebastian Bach? You know, it’s just a crazy thing.

It’s hard to imagine a Stars Hollow without him.

They had me lean against a lamppost and play a song and maybe next episode they had me lean up against a tree.  We exhausted all of the things I could lean up against.

My favourite Troubadour moments include the five seconds of Heavenly he plays as Dean and Rory cross a street; and Lorelai barging into him mid-song (a cover of Cat Stevens’ Peace Train), the girls laden with preposterously tall rucksacks.

Rory: Coming through! Heavy bags.
Lorelai: Out of our way Peace Boy! No offense, love the song.

My outright favourite moment is just watching him sing and groove – his hair grown out like Ben Folds – to the wonderful Lily-A-Passion from his 2004 Virginia Creeper album.

If you’re in Nashville, why not go say hi? I’m sure he won’t mind if you start whistling along.

everybody needs a little sanctuary *whistle*

And check out the full Nashville Scene interview here.

Favourite Troubadour songs or covers? Troubadour highlights?  Have you been following Grant-Lee Phillips?  He’s got a new album coming out next year y’know.

Pics c/o TheWB