Catching up (kinda) with Gypsy the Mechanic

I often find myself (especially on quiet news days) wondering what’s happening with the Gilmore Girls cast these days.  Michael Winters (Taylor Doose) will hopefully be playing something wonderful again at the Seattle Rep next year and Sean Gunn (Kirk) will be shooting up the raccooniverse in a sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy but what of Gypsy the mechanic?

No, but he was carrying it in a canvas bag with a big dollar sign on it.

Rose Abdoo has been keeping incredibly busy on the small screen.  Since the cancellation of Bunheads, she’s had recurring roles in Pretty Little Liars, Parenthood, Shameless and The Comeback as well as appearances in The Mentalist, Psych, The Millers and Sofia the First.

Her turn on Parenthood was particularly poignant – she played a cancer sufferer – and was cast in the part a year after she finished chemotherapy in real-life.  She was diagnosed with cancer of the appendix in February 2011, which is a rare type of cancer so difficult to diagnose, it has an almost 100% mortality rate.  However, she is now in remission and evidently making the most of life.  Here’s a podcast from last year where she talks about what she’s been through and her time on Parenthood.

Next up is an appearance in the opening episode of Castle season 7, at the end of this month.  Two theatrical releases are also due later this year: Welcome to Me – with Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell – a comedy about a woman with borderline personality disorder who winds millions, quits her meds and buys her own talk show.  And Cake with Jennifer Aniston and Anna Kendrick, a drama – maybe dramedy – about a woman who becomes fascinated by the suicide of a woman in her chronic pain support group.

Anything of those tickle your fancy?  Have you been following Rose Abdoo?  Spotted her in something unexpected?  Favourite Gypsy moments?  Will anyone give me odds that she’s the one that did it, in Castle?

[I've been enjoying Sofia the First much more than I should.  Some of the songs are brilliant (the theme tune is straight from the 80's) and when the real Disney princesses make guest appearances... well, it'd make any fangirl squeal.  But their songs are rubbish.]

Pic c/o RoseAbdoo

The Return of the Gilmore Boys

There’s a veritable Gilmore Girls pickle-fest coming up in the new series of Chosen.  Milo Ventimiglia (Gilmore Girls’ Jess Mariano) stars as a lawyer tasked with becoming an assassin to protect his family.  In season two, he’ll meet Chad Michael Murray (Gilmore’s Tristan DuGrey), a bartender who finds himself in the same predicament.  Here’s a picture of them squabbling over a pistol.

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As if they weren’t enough Gilmore eye candy, Brandon Routh (the naughty frat boy who lures schoolgirls away from Bangles concerts and one-time Superman) is also set to appear in series two.

If memory serves, Jess and Tristan never crossed paths, though they shared Dean as a nemesis.  Most of the young guys did pretty well out of Gilmore Girls, didn’t they?  Milo memorably went super in Heroes, Chad squeezed every last ounce of angst from One Tree Hill, Jared’s still fighting monsters in Supernatural, Adam Brody went to The O.C. and Matt Czuchry is still taking names in The Good Wife

I would have liked to have seen Jess and Tristan face off.  Of all of Rory’s other beaus, I think Tristan could have acquitted himself well against Jess – they were both bad boys.  But would Tristan really have had a chance with Rory? Maybe in a different world, if he hadn’t been all Tristan-y.

Who was your favourite Gilmore Boy, be it main cast or teeny tiny cameo?  Pick three: one to kiss, one to marry and one to push off a cliff.  My three… Richard (man of experience), Digger (makes me laugh) and Dean (I’ll build my own car thankyouverymuch).

Pic c/o Cracked and The Hollywood Reporter exclusive.

Lauren Graham’s Book Countdown! Are you a True Graham Cracker?

Lauren Graham’s debut novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe is officially released one week from today, on April 30th.  On May 3rd, she’ll be in New York at the Random House Open House in the morning, then at Union Square Barnes & Noble in the evening.

the author-to-be, Lorelai Gilmore - I mean - Lauren Graham

I don’t know what they’ve done to her eyes in that picture but anyway, looks like tickets are still available for the Open House and if you need it in print, Nookbook, Kindle, or audiobook, there’s this thing called the internet.  Or better still, support your friendly neighbourhood bookstore, if you still have one.

How hardcore a Graham Cracker are you?  Have you pre-ordered the hardcover version AND the audiobook (unabridged and read by Lauren herself)?  Have you booked your vacation around both Barnes & Noble appearances, in NY and LA?  Can you spell ‘restraining order’?

I’m plumping for the audio version because a) at the speed she talks, it’ll be quicker than reading it myself and b) it’ll be like she’s reading me to sleep every night.  Night night, crazy Lorelai lady.  How about a trilogy next?

(Bonus! Through the magic of The Facebook, pre-ordering can bag you an autographed bookplate and an invitation to a video chat with Lauren on SSM Eve, April 29th.)

Thanks to the Sophie Kinsella for the RH heads up.  With friends like those…

Lauren Graham on Conan O’Brien

Lauren Graham will be a guest on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien on September 5.

It will be the sixth time Lauren is a guest in his show and I am sure it will be a fun evening for all of us. September 5, do not miss it.

Yeah, and then also Parenthood begins with their fourth season and we can  follow Sarah Braverman with family again. A long awaited return only of course – Starting September 11.

There will probably be a lot of talk about what season 4 of PH has to offer us this year. Would be nice if it included something about the Project Runway episode that Lauren was a guest judge in.

What do you hope that they will talk about ?

Melissa McCarthy to be on Anderson

Melissa McCarthy (Sookie on Gilmore Girls) will be appearing on the November 28th episode of Anderson Cooper’s talk show (check here for when it’s on in your area).

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In the episode, Anderson and Melissa discussing everything from her eccentric rituals with her husband to being a mother of two young girls, her rise to fame and how she maintains such a positive body image in the body conscious world of Hollywood. And yes, that’s a soap bust that Melissa has given to Anderson!

Here’s the preview of the episode:

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Lauren Graham to be at Macy’s Parade

logo_macythanksgiving.jpgLauren Graham (Lorelai Gilmore on Gilmore Girls) shared on the Ellen show that she will be attending the upcoming Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade held on November 24th from 9am – NOON.

This year marks the 85th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. It’s not clear if Lauren will become a part of the show itself, as NBC often airs segments of the stars scheduled to appear on the show.

Will you be watching?

Lauren Graham on Ellen in 2 Days

Lauren Graham (Lorelai Gilmore on Gilmore Girls) will be making another appearance on Ellen! Our favourite daytime talk show!

Lauren Graham will be talking about Parenthood, but as always we can expect that Lauren & Ellen will come up with lots of other fun things to discuss. What a great pair!

Here’s a preview of the episode:

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In other fun talk show news, Lauren will also be a sidekick for Craig Ferguson, voicing the character of Geoff Peterson (Craig’s robot skeleton sidekick).