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‘Gilmore Girls’ Returns to TV: What You Need to Know

Missing the Gilmore Girls? Great news - this holiday season we can expect our favorite mother-daughter duo to return to cable TV. We've got all the details inside, including what you can expect... is a second season coming?!
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Plenty of Gilmore Girls articles have been making the rounds this week. And for good reason—it’s the 20th anniversary of the date the show first graced our TVs.

Series star Lauren Graham took to Twitter to express her gratitude for the show’s long-time, loyal fans.

“Your kindness and devotion to this show have brought me so much joy over the years,” Graham’s tweet read. “I’m so grateful, to say the least, and I love you all.”

It’s also just been announced that the 2016 four-part mini series Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life will soon air on the CW, starting Monday, November 23, and running up to Thanksgiving Day.

A Year in the Life finds the mother-daughter duo nearly 10 years after the season finale. Lorelai (Graham) is still running the Dragonfly Inn in Stars Hollow and dating diner owner Luke Danes (Scott Patterson).

Rory (Alexis Bledel) has been globetrotting and has seen some success in her journalism career. And Emily (Kelly Bishop) and the girls are dealing with the recent loss of patriarch Richard (played in the original series by the late Edward Hermann).

Among other familiar faces we see Rory’s best friends Lane Kim ( Keiko Agena) and Paris Geller (Liza Weil), as well as her memorable ex-boyfriends Logan (Matt Czuchry), Jess (Milo Ventimiglia), and Dean (Jared Padalecki).

In addition, the show welcomes back several Stars Hollow townsfolk, including Dragonfly concierge Michel (Yanic Truesdale), and of course co-owner and chef Sookie St. James (Melissa McCarthy), returning for a brief but memorable appearance.

From Netflix to the CW

The announcement that the mini-series will be running on the CW is a bit of a surprise, as it’s very unusual for content from a streaming service like Netflix to make its way onto a linear network like the CW.

But Back when A Year in the Life was being pitched, it was understood that the CW really wanted the rights. It was ultimately outbid by Netflix and lost its chance. But because the original show launched on the WB, which eventually became the CW, Warner Bros. was able to negotiate airtime on the network. The mini-series will also stream for free on its ad-supported app and online for 30 days.

This is a bit of a coup in light of the pandemic, which has jeopardized content for all networks across the board.

Season 2 Rumors

Not to spoil anything for people who’ve yet to see A Year in the Life, but the mini-series ended on what many have considered a serious cliffhanger. So it was only natural that fans would begin asking for a second season the day the first one aired.

In her memoir, Talking as Fast as I Can, Graham revealed she too was expecting a continuation of Lorelai and Rory’s story. The series tied up a lot of loose ends for the original series’ widely-criticized final season. But it left even more things unanswered. And the fans seemed eager for more.

In February of this year, Melissa McCarthy added fuel to that fire by posting a photo of her and Graham posing in front of a green screen on Instagram. 

“It’s only taken 20 years for my growth spurt but I’m finally taller than LG!!” the caption read. (Though to be fair, I think a fair amount of crouching is happening on Graham’s part.)

Fans went nuts. They bombarded her with questions about a possible new season. Though others were quick to point out that Graham looked to be in the same outfit she’d worn in a recent Ellen appearance. McCarthy appeared on the show later the same week. It was possible she taped her episode on the same day.

A bit later in the year, a few sites broke the news of an “official” season 2 announcement. This was seemingly based on a listing for a “Season 2 Episode 1” of the series on its IMDB page.

Sadly, as of August, that listing has been taken down. And the “official” announcements proved to come from unreliable sources. Needless to say, this dashed the hopes of many excited fans.

Is That All There Is?

But does it really end there? There seems to be more story to tell. Unfortunately, the cast is busy with other projects.

Lauren Graham co-stars on the popular Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. She’s also signed on to star in the upcoming Mighty Ducks series. Alexis Bledel is doing award-winning work on The Handmaid’s Tale. Melissa McCarthy remains in high demand for various film roles. And Milo Ventimiglia stars in the wildly popular This is Us.

Still, the show runners say “never say never.”

Creators Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino have their hands full with their successful show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. But going into the Amazon original, they ensured they’d be able to work on another Gilmore Girls project if it presented itself.

“We carved out a little niche for ourselves with Amazon saying that if we ever want to do it, if the girls and us get together and we have a concept that works, then we have the freedom to do it,” Sherman-Palladino told Radio Times. “So it would just have to be the right circumstances, and that we’re all sort of in the same drunken mood together to go repaint Stars Hollow again. Because we had to repaint Stars Hollow, and we’ll have to repaint it again. But it’s definitely possible.”

And the stars seem to agree. Graham and Bledel have both gone on record saying they hope that wasn’t the end for their characters. And while Ventimiglia initially said he thought everyone was too busy, that might change if he knew a second season were in the right hands.

“If Dan and Amy were there, I’m sure I’d consider it,” he said.

Here’s hoping.