Will Emmy voters finally make it up to “Gilmore Girls”? The series ran for seven seasons (2000-2007) on the WB and then CW network, but despite critical acclaim and nominations from the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild, the show got the cold shoulder from the TV academy. It earned just a single nomination and win: Best Non-Prosthetic Makeup for a Series for “The Festival of Living Art” (2004). Last November the show returned for a special four-part revival on Netflix titled “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.”
During its original run, “Gilmore Girls” alternated between comedy and drama categories at the Emmys, though it never got traction in either genre. Now the four-episode reunion competes in the longform categories with other movies and limited series like “Sherlock,” “Feud” and “Big Little Lies.” And now it’s on Netflix, which has been a much stronger Emmy player in recent years than the WB or CW ever were. So will it be nominated, and if so, how many will it get?
Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel are both competing for Best Movie/Mini Actress, which is not a great surprise, but the supporting races are somewhat more intriguing. Supporting actors Matt Czuchry, Scott Patterson and Yanic Truesdale and supporting actress Kelly Bishop are on the ballot, but several returning favorites are missing in action, including Melissa McCarthy, Milo Ventimiglia and Liza Weil.
For McCarthy and Ventimiglia, it may have been a matter of screentime. After Ellen Burstyn earned a Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress nomination in 2006 for a 15-second performance in the telefilm “Mrs. Harris,” the Emmys instituted a rule stipulating that a performer in a movie or limited series must appear in 5% of the total running time, so the brief cameo appearances by those “Gilmore” fan favorites may have been disqualified.
Among individual episodes, “Fall” has by far the most Emmy entries with six, including Best Directing, Best Cinematography and Best Picture Editing. “Winter” is in contention for three awards, including Best Writing, Best Non-Prosthetic Makeup and Best Sound Editing. “Spring” and “Summer” are up for one award apiece, Best Writing and Best Directing respectively. But ballots are not available for music categories, since the voting process for those awards is different from most other races (more on that here).
Check out the complete list of “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” Emmy submissions below. The entire series is submitted for consideration except where a specific episode is indicated.
Lauren Graham (‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’): Returning as Lorelai Gilmore ‘was even better than I could have imagined’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO]
Sign up to get Gold Derby’s free newsletter with latest predictions
Discuss the Emmys with Hollywood insiders in our notorious forums
Best Limited Series
Best Movie/Mini Actress
Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor
Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress
“Winter” (Amy Sherman-Palladino)
“Spring” (Daniel Palladino)
Best Directing (Movie/Mini)
“Fall” (Amy Sherman-Palladino)
“Summer” (Daniel Palladino)
Best Casting (Movie/Mini)
Best Cinematography (Movie/Mini)
Best Costumes (Contemporary)
Best Hairstyling (Movie/Mini)
Best Makeup (Movie/Mini, Non-Prosthetic)
Best Prosthetic Makeup
Best Picture Editing (Movie/Mini, Single-Camera)
Best Sound Editing (Movie/Mini)
Best Sound Mixing (Movie/Mini)
‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’: Netflix’s Emmy FYSEE event reunites Lauren Graham and Mae Whitman
Predict the Emmy nominees now; change them until July 13
Be sure to make your Emmy predictions. Weigh in now with your picks so that Hollywood insiders can see how their TV shows and performers are faring in our Emmy odds. You can keep changing your predictions until just before nominees are announced on July 13. Join in the fierce debate over the 2017 Emmys taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our TV forums. And visit our home page for the latest in entertainment news.