We recently asked you if “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” should submit its final episode, “Fall,” as a standalone film (you can still vote in that poll here). Overwhelmingly, you agreed that, yes, “Fall” should be submitted as a TV movie: 68% of you supported that option. In a distance second place was the option to submit “A Year in the Life” as a limited series with 20%. Even further behind was the choice to submit the show as a comedy series (7%), while submitting as a drama series received 3% and submitting “Winter” as a standalone movie received 2% of the vote. See the complete results at the bottom of this post.
“Fall” dominated this poll with 68% of the vote for a few simple reasons, chief among them being that it was the best of the four 90-minute episodes, one for each season — winter, spring, summer and fall. But our respondents might’ve also realized that the competition in the Best Limited Series category at the Emmys is going to be tough given how crowded it is with “Feud,” “American Crime,” “The Night Of,” “Big Little Lies” and more. The “Sherlock” strategy of submitting one episode as a film would give “Gilmore Girls” its best chance at an above-the-line nomination.
Our readers might’ve also had its star in mind. Lauren Graham is long overdue for her first Emmy nomination for playing Lorelai, and she is at a career best in the season finale, culminating in a “Wild”-style hike where she calls her mother Emily (Kelly Bishop) to share a memory of her father Richard (the late Edward Herrmann) and delivers one of the best monologues of the television season. In a year when getting into Best Movie/Limited Series Actress appears to have the prerequisite of an Oscar — “Feud’s” Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon and “Big Little Lies’s” Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon are top contenders — if voters only have to watch “Fall” instead of the entire six-hour “Year in the Life” it could significantly improve Graham’s chances.
Those who loved the series as a whole and want it submitted for Best Limited Series accounted for 20% of the vote. Daniel Palladino and Amy Sherman-Palladino wrote and directed two episodes each, so if they only submit “Fall” then Daniel Palladino would give up any chance of a nomination except for Best Movie as one of the program’s producers.
Or like myself those who picked that option may not want to see the “Gilmore Girls” musical left on the sidelines; it took place in the penultimate episode, “Summer.” It would have to be considered a frontrunner in music categories since the musical itself was composed by Jeanine Tesori, a recent Tony winner for Best Score (“Fun Home,” 2015). It featured the original song “Unbreakable,” sung by Sutton Foster and composed by both Tesori and Sherman-Palladino.
During the original run of “Gilmore Girls” from 2000-2007 it went back and forth trying to compete as both a drama and comedy to get the Emmys’ attention. It never worked, which probably accounts for why the Comedy Series option for “A Year in the Life” only received 7%, and submitting for Drama Series only received 3%. Respondents probably also remembered that during the show’s original run its only nomination and win was Best Non-Prosthetic Makeup for the episode “The Festival of Living Art” (2004).
Receiving a surprising 2% of the vote was the option of entering “Winter” as a standalone film. Sentimentality is probably what helped “Winter” make an impression as this episode deals with the passing of Richard and his funeral, where Lorelai and Emily have an epic confrontation at the height of their grief.
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