Let me begin by saying that everything I could hope for has really already happened. Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino are back, with 30+ cast members for four 90 minutes episodes of Gilmore Girls. The revival is tentatively titled Gilmore Girls: Seasons, and each episode will deal with a different season of the year, starting in winter and ending in fall. I spent almost a decade hoping for one TV movie to wrap things up, and now we’re getting four of them. I’ve cried numerous times since filming started on February 2nd, only because fans have visited the sets and posted pictures of Luke’s Diner, and Miss Patty’s Dance Studio, and random bushes and trees from Stars Hollow. I’d probably start crying at this point if Lauren Graham posted pictures of what she was eating every day for lunch. I’m a mess, and I couldn’t be happier.
Filming concludes this May and the only question left I really need answered is, will Melissa McCarthy pop by sometime in the next two months (if she hasn’t already) to film at least one scene? She’s the one standout among a huge cast of actors who’ve already returned. In case you haven’t seen the extensive list, the revival stars Lauren Graham (Lorelai Gilmore), Alexis Bledel (Rory Gilmore), Kelly Bishop (Emily Gilmore), Scott Patterson (Luke Dances), Keiko Agena (Lane Kim), and Sean Gunn (Kirk Gleason). It also boasts all three of Rory’s previous love interests: Jared Padalecki (Dean Forrester), Milo Ventimiglia (Jess Mariano), and Matt Czurchry (Logan Huntzberger). Primary players Liza Weil (Paris Geller), Jackson Douglas (Jackson Bellville), Danny Strong (Doyle McMaster), Yanic Truesdale (Michael Gerard), Todd Lowe (Zach Van Gerbig), and David Sutcliffe (Christopher Hayden) will all be back. As for the Stars Hollow townsfolk, and other smaller characters, confirmed actors include Michael Winters (Taylor Doose), Emily Kuroda (Mrs. Kim), Rose Abdoo (Gypsy), Liz Torres (Miss Patty), Sally Struthers (Babette), Ted Rooney (Morey), Mike Gandolfi (Andrew), John Cabrera (Brian Fuller), Vanessa Marano (April Nardini), Tanc Sade (Finn), Alan Loayza (Colin), Grant Lee Philips (The Town Troubadour), Sebastian Bach (Gil), Gregg Henry (Mitchum Huntzberger), Tom the Contractor (Biff Yeager), Dakin Matthews (Headmaster Charleston), Sophie Bloom (Carole King), Aris Alvarado (Caesar), and Sparky the dog (as Paul Anka). We’re really getting to the bare bones of it, so I truly hope Melissa McCarthy finds a spare moment in her (understandably) busy schedule to pop by. If not, at least we’ll have her onscreen hubby to explain her absence.
New cast members include ASP alums Sutton Foster, Stacey Oristano, and Bailey de Young (who all starred on the gone-too-soon Bunheads). Mae Whitman (who played Lauren Graham’s daughter on Parenthood for six years) will also be making a cameo. A few other unknowns have been cast as new characters, some of them curiously the right age to be Lorelai and Luke’s potential children, though we’ll have to see.
Despite my ecstatic delight in everything I’ve heard, and the upmost trust in ASP and DP’s beautiful hands, there are a few things I really want to happen:
1. A Luke-Lorelai Wedding. Obviously it’s unlikely Lorelai and Luke would’ve waited almost ten years to tie the knot, so some sort of loop hole would be necessary. Maybe they made it legal but waited until the right time to actually have the celebration? After all, Rory was last seen heading off on future President Barack Obama’s campaign trail, so who knows where the next eight years led her? It’s awfully convenient Obama is about to conclude his last term as Gilmore Girls films it’s revival. Or maybe they did get married, party and all, but are simply having a vow renewal? Maybe the town was so thrilled they finally got married, it’s a yearly festive event? Either way, we want to see Lorelai and Luke standing under that chuppah.
2. Relationship developments. The tension between Emily and Lorelai is part of the backbone of the story, so it can never fully be resolved, but it’s more than likely that the two stubborn women had to form some sort of quasi-healthy and normal relationship without Rory there to buffer. Especially following Richard’s death, Emily is going to need to lean on someone, and the best person for that is Lorelai. Following on that, I’d really like to see some development in the relationship between Emily and Luke. Emily was reluctant to accept Luke as a candidate for her daughter’s heart, but seemed to come around to him by the end of the series. Still, it’d be great to see them interacting in a, dare I say it, positive light? Maybe Luke also lends a hand during Emily’s hard time, and becomes someone she can depend on?
3. Emily moves to Stars Hollow. More than anything, I’d like to see this happen. Without her husband there, Emily is going to feel that her house is a big, lonely reminder of what she had and lost. Emily moving to Stars Hollow would be a great way to challenge the character, challenge her relationship with Lorelai, and re-introduce the colorful and charming townsfolk through Emily’s eyes. Can you imagine Emily sitting in Luke’s Diner, chatting with Bootsy by the newstand, and bickering with Gypsy over her car repairs? I’m sure she’d be critical at first, but I think Emily could very much like living in such a small town. It’s not what she’s used to, but hey, she sure got used to Lorelai’s jogging shoes, so anything is possible?
4. Don’t make Rory’s storyline all about her men, but also… have her make a choice. This isn’t a situation where Rory needs to pull a Kelly Taylor and choose herself. She’s more or less done that before, and we want to see her happy. We all know Dean isn’t a real contender, though his return might bring closure to their unsatisfying end (plus, his character left the show as a depressed jerk). So will it be Jess or will it be Logan? If it’s Logan, I think the character needs to have matured. Jess and Rory didn’t work out because Jess was selfish, distant, and childish at times, but he matured, grew up, and became someone Rory could really be with. Logan needs to do the same if he stands a fighting chance. But I mean, it really should be Jess.
5. The return of Madeline and Louise. I admit this one is unlikely, and not wholly necessary to the revival. But how great of a throw back would it be to see the four girls back together, reminiscing about their days at Chilton?
There aren’t many certainties in life, but I’m totally sure whatever comes of Gilmore Girls: Seasons, I’ll be laughing, crying, and the happiest I’ve been since the show went off air in 2007. When “those four little words” roll around, I’ll be satisfied by the amazing experience I just had. As someone who’s rewatched the show countless times, it’s neat to think about how now I’ll have a little more to rewatch every time. I’m also sure at least 3 of the above hopes will happen, as I’ve heard the clamoring of fans who want the same things. We’ve all been waiting, and it’ll be worth the wait. It’s nice to know that we all have something to look forward to, and soon we’ll be back in Stars Hollow, with our girls. After all, there’s no place like home.