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As a parent, one attracts advice constantly. Sometimes it’s welcome and sometimes not. Sometimes it is absolutely perfect. A few years ago, my best friend, her two daughters and my own mother suggested (insisted would be a better word) that I needed to watch a certain series with my then tween daughter.

It was Gilmore Girls, and they were right!

The series had already ended when we began, but in these digital days, nothing ever really goes away. More afternoons than not, we were able to find an episode in syndication. And, just in case, a certain Mr. Claus left a box-set of the complete series under a certain teenage daughter’s Christmas tree a couple of years ago. Back-to-back Gilmores have filled many a snow day around here ever since.

Gilmore Girls was a mother-daughter “dramedy” about two Lorelais, the older was an unwed mom who built a life in Connecticut’s colorful (and fictional) “Stars Hollow,” without the aid of a husband or her millionaire parents. The younger Lorelai, better known as “Rory,” began as a prep school student with her heart set on going to Harvard and eventually attended and graduated from Yale. Lorelai was a free spirit; Rory a determined scholar. Together, they were best friends. They got into all sorts of emotional scrapes, pulling through with endless banter and quick-witted cultural allusions (there must have been about twice the number of words in a Gilmore script as in any other one-hour show). With its repertory cast of quirky characters, the series was simultaneously funny and tender and irreverent and contemporary. And . . .

We both loved it.

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Gilmore Girls was originally created for The WB by Amy Sherman-Palladino. The series premiered in 2000 and won raves from critic and audiences alike. In 2006, the series moved to The CW, and Sherman-Palladino and her original team were replaced. In May of the following year, after rumors of financial disputes, the series was canceled. Although the show’s devoted fans were devastated, the final episode was satisfying, sad but satisfying.

These days, Gilmore enthusiasts are rejoicing as on-demand network Netflix continues to release tidbits and teasers about its upcoming Return to Stars Hollow. The movie-length sequel will be the first of four, and Sherman-Palladino, as well as virtually the entire cast of the original series has signed on. And what a delightful crew it is!

There simply couldn’t be a sequel without Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel, Lorelai and Rory. Both actresses have worked continually in the years since Gilmore ended, with Graham starring in the series Parenthood and Bledel working in both film and television (and marrying her Mad Men co-star Vincent Kartheiser). Both women are thrilled to be back on the Stars Hollow set. Graham was recently quoted in Entertainment Weekly, “You know how you finish college and you’re a few years older and you’re like, ‘I wish I could go do this now ‘cause I would appreciate it so much more and understand it and get more out of it?’ That’s the opportunity I have with this, and I appreciate every day I’m here.”

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There appears to be plenty of appreciation to go around. What is truly exciting for those of us who love the Lorelais is that so many others are returning as well. Kelly Bishop (Tony Award-winner for the original A Chorus Line) will be back as matriarch Emily Gilmore; Scott Patterson will return as diner-owner and Lorelai’s fiance Luke. Fan favorites Sean Gunn, Liza Weil, Yanic Truesdale, Danny Strong, David Sutcliffe and Keiko Agena are all on board, along with veterans Sally Struthers and Liz Torres. And, all three of Rory’s boyfriends will appear: clean-cut Dean (Jared Padalecki), bad boy Jess (Milo Ventimiglia), and silverspoon Yalie Logan (Matt Czuchry). Carole King, whose “You’ve Got A Friend” provided the show’s theme song (and the titles of the four upcoming Netflix films: “Winter,” “Spring,” “Summer,” and “Fall”), will reprise her role as the town’s music shopkeeper. Even “Sparky” is returning as Gilmore dog “Paul Anka.”

Sadly missing will be Edward Herrmann as Richard Gilmore. The renowned stage and screen actor passed away some eighteen months ago.

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  • hillsmom April 19, 2016 at 10:24 am

    “Gilmore Girls” is one of my all time favorites. I was so sorry when it ended, as I wanted it to go on forever. Wanted to see what Rory would do with her life…I didn’t want her to marry Logan, either. (Well, now he’s a lawyer on “The Good Wife”, tee hee) The scripts were superb and witty. I loved, loved, loved, the allusions, although I probably may have missed many, and the tempo…snappier than most shows today. Thankfully, there was no “laugh track”. I did happen to see “Bunheads” (stupid title, IMO) and immediately recognized the script writing style. Unfortunately, I kept seeing Lauren Graham in the lead. Sorry to rattle on, but I’m so excited about the upcoming “continuation”.

    BTW, you probably can find the entire series at your local library. The UP TV station has been running back to back episodes, so one also can catch up…sometimes they are a bit out of order. Many thanks for all the information of something to look forward to. Cheers

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