Last November Netflix dropped “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” as four 90-minute episodes, one for each season — winter, spring, summer and fall — bringing back our favorite mother-daughter team, Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory (Alexis Bledel), reunited along with the grandmother we sometimes love to hate, Emily (Kelly Bishop). While fans and critics heaped praise on the series it might be tough for “A Year in the Life” to receive an Emmy nomination in the crowded race for Best Limited Series. But they might have another option: the “Sherlock” strategy — submit the final episode “Fall” as a standalone film. Vote in our poll below and don’t forget to sound off in our forums: should “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” submit “Fall” as a standalone film at the Emmys?
“Sherlock” has aired four seasons of classic Sherlock Holmes crime fighting stories updated to the modern era and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Its seasons have each comprised three 90-minute episodes, and for each Emmy cycle the show has selected one episode as a standalone film to represent the franchise in the Best TV Movie category at the Emmys. “Sherlock” employs different directors, but Steven Moffat has penned most of the episodes including “His Last Vow,” which won the Emmy for Best Movie/Limited Series Writing (2014).
That’s where only submitting “Fall” for “A Year in the Life” could hit a speed bump. Husband and wife team Daniel Palladino and Amy Sherman-Palladino wrote and directed two episodes each. If they only submit “Fall” then Daniel Palladino would give up any chance of a nomination except for Best Movie as one of the show’s producers. But it is important to remember 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), so maybe a chance to improve the show’s Emmy fortunes would be worth the trade-off.
One of the only other negatives to only submitting “Fall” would be the exclusion of their “Gilmore Girls” musical, which took place in the penultimate “Summer” episode written and directed by Daniel Palladino. The musical itself was composed by Jeanine Tesori, a recent Tony winner for Best Score (“Fun Home,” 2015). It featured an original song “Unbreakable” sung by Sutton Foster that was composed by both Tesori and Sherman-Palladino. So is it better to potentially receive a below-the-line nomination for Best Music Lyrics or roll the dice and aim for one above-the-line nomination for Best Movie?
The only other potential negative is that Bledel’s best episode is “Summer,” where she faces off against her mother after she decides to write a book about their relationship. But Bledel will also be appearing in “The Handmaid’s Tale” this spring, so she’ll have another chance at getting her first Emmy nomination this year.
“Fall” would not only be the best chance for “A Year in the Life” to receive a major Emmy nomination, it could also prove a good strategy for its long-overdue star Graham, who is at a career best in the season finale, culminating in a “Wild”-style hike where she calls her mother to share a memory of her father Richard (the late Edward Herman) and delivers one of the best monologues of the 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” it could significantly improve Graham’s chances.
Do you agree that submitting just one episode is a winning strategy for “Gilmore Girls”? If so, do you agree that episode should be “Fall”? Vote in our poll below.
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