Written by Erin Lobner. Media by Courtney Murphy.
It appears that Netflix has become the platform for releasing revivals of popular shows. Recently, “Fuller House,” a continuation of the show “Full House,” released on the streaming service. The next big series making a comeback on Netflix is “Gilmore Girls.” Nine years after the show’s final series, a four-part special called “Gilmore Girls: Seasons” is set to premiere before the end of 2016.
“Seasons” will be comprised of four 90-minute episodes, which will each cover a different season of the year. The show’s creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino explained the choice to organize the revival this way by saying, “Seasons were so big with the show. It was snow and fall and spring and festivals … it defined [Stars Hollow] a lot.” She also stated that having the show launch in the fall or winter, then progress to warmer times, transitions smoothly to the story’s ending.
Probably the most exciting news for fans are all the returning characters. Of course, Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, and Kelly Bishop will star as the Gilmore girls, Lorelai, Rory and Emily. The character list for the four episodes is lengthy, including old love interests and friends, as well as some new characters. Many fans are anxious to see if Luke (Scott Patterson) and Lorelai actually get married, and if Rory ends up with Jess (Milo Ventimiglia), Logan (Matt Czuchry) or Dean (Jared Padalecki).
Apart from the old flames, “Seasons” promises to bring back other characters, such as Paris (Liza Weil), Sookie (Melissa McCarthy) and even April (Vanessa Marano). While some characters will only appear for a scene or two, others will be presented in a new light throughout the revival. Luke’s daughter, April, for example, will not be “breaking up any major couples right now,” according to Vanessa Marano.
Sherman-Palladino selected a handful of the new characters from her ABC Family show, “Bunheads.” Sutton Foster and Broadway star Christian Borle will reportedly perform in the Stars Hollow musical. Other new cast members, with undisclosed roles, include Stacey Oristano and Mae Whitman.
One last noteworthy change is the absence of Richard Gilmore. Richard was played by Edward Herrmann, who
passed away in December of 2014. Sherman-Palladino says that his absence will be felt in the show, as the girls work through their feelings. She explains, “Something they loved is gone, which means things you love will not be around forever. And you can’t take them for granted.” Kelly Bishop confirmed that much of Emily’s part in “Seasons” will revolve around the loss and fans will be able to see how she adjusts over the one-year timeframe.
While the episodes will clearly have their ups and downs, it might be the closure that fans have been waiting for. Sherman-Palladino was not in charge of the final season of the original show, so she was unable to incorporate the four words she claims to have planned out for the last episode. Fans have speculated as to what these words might be, but Sherman-Palladino refused to reveal anything. Whatever the words are, hopefully, they provide a positive conclusion to the show’s long-running story.