The TV academy accepted the petition by producers of the “Gilmore Girls” revival that streamed on Netflix last fall to consider these four 90 minute telefilms that were presented under the umbrella title of “A Year in the Life” as a limited series. It had been thought that this reboot would be classified as a drama series as had the original towards the end of its run.
In making the announcement, the TV academy explained that “a limited series is defined as a program with two (2) or more episodes with a total running time of at least 150 program minutes that tells a complete, non-recurring story and does not have an ongoing storyline and/or main characters in subsequent seasons.”
To that end, at least six of the nine members of a special panel accepted that this reboot fit that definition. While we don’t know who was on the panel, we know that five of them are industry leaders appointed by the academy chairman and four come from the board of governors.
The telefilms, named for the four seasons, caught fans up with the lives of Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory Gilmore (Alexis Biedel) and dealt with the death of family patriarch Richard Gilmore (the late Edward Herrmann). And we got to finally hear those final four words long promised by series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino.
Do you think Graham will hear her name called on July 13? She is hoping to contend in the ultra-competitive TV Movie/Limited Series Actress race agains the likes of “Feud” leading ladies Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon and “Big Little Lies” stars Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman.
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