“Gilmore Girls” originally aired on the WB from 2000 to 2006 until it moved to the CW for a seventh and final season that ended in 2007. Its last season was controversial due to the abrupt exit of creator and showrunner Amy Sherman-Palladino, but nine years later Sherman-Palladino is back in charge with “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life,” a four-episode Netflix revival set to drop November 25. It’s eagerly anticipated by fans, and those fans include myself and Daniel Montgomery, so we just had to get together to discuss all things “Gilmore Girls” (watch above).
Our conversation began with a discussion of the only major cast member who will not appear in the revival: Edward Hermann who played family patriarch Richard Gilmore, passed away at the end of 2014, and as we learned from the official trailer the series will address the actor’s death by having the Gilmores mourn the loss of Richard. Montgomery says, “It will be amazing material for both Lorelai [Lauren Graham] and Emily [Kelly Bishop]. It will be interesting how it plays out and how they pay tribute to him.”
We also discussed the series’ history of Emmy snubs: its only nomination and win was Best Non-Prosthetic Makeup for the episode “The Festival of Living Art” (2004). The biggest omission over the years was Graham, who never received a nomination for her work as Lorelai, even though, as I point out, “They changed the rules [in 2006] by narrowing it down to the top 15, then allowing [the finalists] to submit sample episodes to narrow it down to the final nominees.” But Graham submitted the sixth season finale, “Partings,” instead of the episode many feel she should have entered, “The Prodigal Daughter Returns.” But we both hope that “A Year in the Life” will bring Graham her long overdue first nomination.
The other lady we have our fingers crossed for is Sherman-Palladino. As Montgomery notes, “This show is like ‘The West Wing’ but funny. It has distinctive writing to it in the same way that Aaron Sorkin’s writing is distinctive to him. You cannot mistake it for anything else on TV.”
Their first test will come at the Golden Globes where Graham was nominated in 2001 for Best TV Drama Actress.
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