There are few things more exciting for an avid television viewer than a good old fashioned revival. Cancellations can be rather upsetting for television enthusiasts, especially if they’ve spent years watching characters interact and grow. This was certainly the case for Gilmore Girls when it was abruptly cancelled in 2007. Luckily, Netflix is bringing back the members of Stars Hollow for a quartet of 90-minute episodes. Filming has wrapped, and now it appears that Amy Sherman-Palladino and company have finally settled on an official title for the revival.
THR is reporting that Lauren Graham, who plays the coolest mom ever Lorelai Gilmore, recently appeared on Ellen to discuss the upcoming revival. In her interaction with host Ellen Degeneres, Graham revealed the official title for Gilmore Girls’ revival: Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.
Honestly, that title sounds like the reality show of my dreams. Lorelai and Rory’s various antics and extremely fast paced dialogue would be the perfect reality series. But I guess I’ll settle for the scripted dramady.
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life sounds like an immensely rewarding experience for the audience that has supported the show, even after its cancellation. Rather than showing one specific plot line over a short amount of time, we’re going to be given an insight into how the characters from Gilmore Girls are functioning years later. We’ll get high, lows, and probably plenty of time with Rory and Lorelai on the couch still watching VHS tapes.
Speaking logistically, having the four episodes span a full year makes perfect sense. Assembling the ensemble cast of actors, many of whom have become massively successful in their own right, is no easy feat. So rather than attempting to have everyone in the same room at the same time, A Year in the Life can choose to feature certain characters during specific times of the year. This can help explain any absences and allow all of the characters we know and love to be represented. Maybe Melissa McCarthy’s Sookie is in the episode set in the fall, but she went on a vacation with Jackson for the winter. That’s how a year of a person’s life truly functions.
It should be interesting to see if the year in the Gilmore Girls' lives will have an overarching theme. Perhaps the show will have Richard Gilmore’s death begin the series, and we’ll be able to see all three Gilmore ladies deal with their grief and change throughout the course of a year. Or maybe Lorelai and Luke are finally getting married, and it’s the year leading up to the nuptials.
Of course, only time will tell how Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life handles their various challenges during its run. All I know is I’m ready to get back to Stars Hollow, and I’ll be listening to Carole King’s “Where You Lead” until Netflix finally releases the revival.