Life has changed for Gilmore Girls generation
Brace yourselves for that warm and fuzzy feeling - almost a decade since it last aired, comedy drama Gilmore Girls is back. Jeananne Craig reveals all you need to know
Long before the Danish art of hygge became the buzzword of choice, US TV show Gilmore Girls had cornered the market in cosiness. The noughties comedy drama was set in the town of Stars Hollow, where the height of social excitement was movie night on the sofa, a hot chocolate at the local cafe, or a takeaway pizza for dinner.
The action - or rather, the lack of it - focused on single mother Lorelai Gilmore and her teenage daughter Rory, whose witty repartee (and occasionally fraught relationship with Lorelai's haughty mother Emily) ensured things didn't become too saccharine. Fans of the show, which was cancelled in 2007 after seven seasons, are now set for another slice of the wholesome pie with a Netflix revival, the much-hyped Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life.
We sat down (in a suitably hygge-ish location) with Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel, who play Lorelai and Rory, to find out what to expect from the four 90-minute episodes. The new show will take up with the three generations of Gilmore women almost 10 years since we last saw them, following them through four seasons of change.
At the end of the final series, Rory was finishing university and getting her journalism career under way.
Bledal, now a ridiculously youthful-looking 35, says of her character: "Rory's no longer a political reporter, she's a freelance, so she's been travelling around chasing different stories and living a bit of a vagabond lifestyle.
"She got into the field of journalism when it had changed dramatically, so she's had to adapt her life to that, and is at a bit of a crossroads when we pick up with the story."
The finale also left us with a glimmer of hope for Lorelai and her on-off love interest, diner owner Luke (Scott Patterson).
Patterson has also returned for the new show, so will fans get to see lasting love for Lorelai and her baseball-capped beau?
"It's natural for people to project their own lives; everyone would like to have love," says Graham, (49).
"To me, the reassuring part of the show is that no matter what else happens, we have each other, in good times and bad. But I do think the way it's handled here is gratifying and will be fulfilling for fans. For fans of love."
Since the original Gilmore Girls aired, Graham has starred in TV show Parenthood, while Bledel has appeared in Mad Men and ER. But perhaps the biggest name to emanate from the show is Melissa McCarthy, who played Lorelai's friend Sookie and who went on to make it big in the 2011 comedy hit Bridesmaids.
"It's so important to Lorelai to have her best friend," says Graham. "When that finally worked out [and McCarthy agreed to return], I felt so happy, and Melissa ended up shooting her scenes near the very end. I'd been a complete [emotional] wreck the entire time and was no different that day."
Sadly Edward Herrmann, who played Gilmore patriarch Richard, died in 2014 aged 71. The show will address the loss as the 'girls' deal with their grief (and Emily commissions a huge painting of her late husband).
The closing moments of the revival were kept quiet to avoid leaks. In fact, not even the two leading ladies got a sneak preview far ahead of time.
"There was a dummy scene at the end, which lots of people thought was real. They kept asking about wardrobe and stuff," Graham reveals. "The final four words weren't on the script. They were not on paper. Amy told us at different times what they were going to be and I think we were sort of surprised," adds Bledel.
- Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life airs on Netflix on Friday