Was Luke’s Coffee Any Good?

In a feat of investigative journalism worthy of Woodward and Bernstein, Kelly Conaboy at Gawker’s Morning After went all out to discover how good Luke’s coffee really was.


Sleazy boy from the Pilot episode: You make that look really good.
Lorelai: Oh it is really good. It’s the best coffee in town.

Conaboy attempts to replicate Luke’s special brew but is sadly disappointed.

I did not add any cream, because Rory and Lorelai did not typically add any cream to their Luke’s Diner coffee, and tried the coffee. It was not great.

Check out her entire journey here.

I wonder what Luke did to make it special. Tripling the recommended quantities maybe. Or lining his mugs with coke, now that would give it wings.

Has anyone else tried this?  Any tips on making “Luke’s coffee”?

What do you think made it special?  Or was Lorelai deluded?  Is it possible that she didn’t know good coffee?

Pic c/o The WB

Who Would You Cast in Stars Hollow?

Which actors and actresses could you imagine asking for a top up at Luke’s, disrupting a town meeting or even taking a seat at Friday night dinner?

That's how Sue sees it

That there’s Jane Lynch, the Glee villain in a previous life as a hospital bureaucrat. If there’s one person who could stand up to Emily Gilmore, it would be Sue Sylvester – if she were able to stop griefing Luke about his butt-chin.

Lorelai: Well, what if I fill out this information and you can go find someone who can tell us how my dad is.
Nurse Sue: I’m not supposed to…
Lorelai: Or I could go and you can stay here and continue to discuss this with my mother.
Nurse Sue: I’ll go.

It’s taken for granted that nobody could ever replace Ed Herrmann as Richard Gilmore. They’d be foolhardy to even try. However, a recent discussion on the forums led me to thinking about the wider Gilmore family, nay the Stars Hollow universe – and who might the players be.

Regular New Girl watchers might recall this rather random Taylor Swift cameo, crashing a wedding and stealing the groom (in a good way).

she's so tall, she's actually sitting down.

Who could you imagine cameo-ing in Gilmore Girls?

I’m envisaging Anna Kendrick as a squirrel-crazy Gilmore cousin, staying over at Lorelai’s for leaf-peeping season and out-weirding Postman Kirk in her bunny slippers.

Who could you imagine joining the Gilmore family? Or walking the streets of Stars Hollow?

Pics c/o TheWB/CW and Fox

How Much for Lorelai’s Autograph?

It’s about 60 bucks for Lauren Graham’s autograph on eBay. Would you get one?

chivalry is not dead

BBC’s Newsbeat has an article on the popularity of autographs in the age of the selfie and includes some choice words from Sean Gunn (Kirk Gleason) at Comic-Con:

Sean: I try to look at it from their [the fan’s] point of view… For each fan that comes up to me, that’s what they’re going to remember of me. So long as I look at everybody as individuals, it helps me not feel it’s monotonous in any way… I certainly owe them whatever honesty I can give them.

Stand-up guy, right? Just like Luke. Heh…

Lorelai: And you know what phrase I keep using? ‘Stand-up.’ ‘Luke Danes is a stand-up guy. He’s an upstanding member of Stars Hollow, a real stand-up citizen.’ People are gonna think he’s turned into a comedian.

Can you name two other things from Lorelai’s ensuing ‘monkey monkey underpants’ monologue?  Which, incidentally, oughta sit right alongside Hamlet’s soliloquy in any budding actor’s audition portfolio.

Whose autograph would you pay good money for?  I think part of the attraction of autographs is that the actor (hopefully) touched it with their own hands and unlike selfies, it’s less about showing others that you were there with them.  Less showy, more respectable. Maybe I’m just old-fashioned that way.

I am also loving how Sean comes off as chivalrous as Kirk in the scene pictured above, looking after Lorelai. He’s related to a 12th Century knight y’know.

Pic c/o TheWB

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.


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

Dean, Jess and Logan on Dean, Jess or Logan? In Full!

I’ve seen this summarised in a couple of places because the internet LOVES generalising (*wink*) but it’s so much better in full. One of the best bits of the ATX EW video was seeing the actors behind Rory’s boyfriends ribbing, bantering and showing each other some brotherly love.

Doyle is like a hobbit next to Dean

Catch it on the video at 25 minutes in, otherwise insert audience laughing, squealing and hooting after every line.

The moderator opens the full cast panel asking where people stand on the question: Dean, Logan or Jess?

Milo (Jess): Look I’ve always been very vocal: I’m Team Dean. I mean…

Jared (Dean): I was going to say, honestly I was Team Jess. I love Matt as well but I was always a Team Jess guy. I love Milo, I thought he was cool and sexy and handsome and…

Milo: Thanks man. But it was one of those tough things too because really it had nothing to do with us I mean y’know Rory and choices and all that but it was like we all know each other and it’s hard sometimes y’know like Logan… Was a dick. He kind of was a dick and – but it’s like Matty! Matty’s the coolest guy on the planet so it’s like, I’m rooting for everyone.

dick move

Matty The Coolest Guy On The Planet (Logan): I saw something that Amy said recently about the right boyfriend came at the right time and that’s kind of what I feel with Dean and Jess and Logan is that they each brought something out in Rory that she needed at that time, so I’m gonna steal that. But I was also kinda Team Jess. [Jared offers and Matty accepts a high-five]

Jared: I will say this: If Milo wasn’t here today, I’d have totally been Team Logan.

Milo Ventimiglia, Jared Padalecki and Matt Czuchry, ladies and gentlemen. So cool.

It peters on a little, with Alexis Bledel (Rory) responding and Scott Patterson (Luke) finishing with a slam dunk:

Alexis: I feel like it’s really unfair when they ask me to pick one because they’re all such amazing actors to work with, it would just… it’s unfair.

Moderator (deadpan): So pick one. (Awkward!)

[EW Video Edit]

Scott: I think I have the final word on this one: None of you are good enough for Rory thankyouverymuch.

Pics c/o Jack Plunkett

Gilmore Girls ATX Festival – A Photo Line-Up

The Gilmore Girls reunion at the ATX Festival brought back Stars Hollow for a gathering that likely hasn’t happened, even off screen, since the show went off the air. The actors seemed so happy to get back together! I am sorting through the hundreds (thousands?) of photos, and will likely highlight more in other posts, but for now here’s a little look at some amazing moments shared on the panel and at the press gatherings:


GG reunion. Jess with Luke and Lorelai. My top three favorite GG characters.

A photo posted by Jess Mariano (@jess__mariano) onJun 7, 2015 at 8:37pm PDT

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Milo Ventimiglia Joins the Gilmore Girls Reunion this Weekend!

If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that the annual ATX Festival will be hosting a Gilmore Girls reunion this weekend. EW announced about an hour ago that Milo Ventimiglia (Jess Mariano) has confirmed he’ll be there, mostly causing trouble in the back row and looking moody.

he wrote a book

Jess and Luke – sorry, Milo and Scott Patterson (Luke Danes) – also had a cute love-in on Twitter this week.  Read it from bottom to top, that’s how Twitter works:

But back to ATX…  With the exception of Melissa McCarthy (Sookie St. James), this means all the primary cast will be in attendance alongside show creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, writer Dan Palladino and I’d bet my back teeth Helen Pai (writer, co-producer, inspiration for Lane Kim) is gonna be there too.

While I think enough time has passed for a Gilmore Girls reunion to be due – the love is as strong as it ever was – my optimistic heart holds out hope that the enormity of this event signifies some kind of planetary alignment and that this would be the perfect time and place to announce a Gilmore Girls movie or sequel. Scott Patterson suggested there were early ongoing talks in an interview earlier this month and my flame was rekindled last year when Amy, Lauren, Alexis and Kelly – that’s the show creator, Lorelai, Rory and Emily Gilmore – may or may not have met up for lunch in New York.

Just think… this time next week we’ll know if there’s going to be a Gilmore Girls sequel.  You still want one, right?

If you’re going to ATX, it’s gonna be a blast. For the rest of us, EW will be broadcasting the reunion in some form so keep an eye out on their website from Saturday night.

Pics c/o TheWB, Twitter, @cashregstrnoise, Milo Ventimiglia and Scott Patterson.