'Gilmore Girls': Everything to Know About Netflix's Revival

Who's coming back? When will the new installments debut? Get the latest details on the family drama's return.
 Mitchell Haddad/WB Television/Photofest

Huzzah! Gilmore Girls is returning after nearly a decade off the air. After months of speculation, Netflix on Jan. 29 finally confirmed a revival of the beloved family drama that will hail from creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and longtime exec producer Dan Palladino. The news left fans with lots to celebrate, but also lots of questions. In an attempt to keep up with all the latest breaking news on the highly anticipated project — preferably sans Lorelai and Rory's habitual overload of coffee — The Hollywood Reporter has compiled everything we know so far into our helpful cheat sheet. Bookmark this page as THR will update this post as more news becomes available.

WHO

Lauren Graham: Played Lorelai Gilmore for seven seasons and will return full-time for the revival.

Alexis Bledel: Played Rory Gilmore for seven seasons and will return full-time for the revival.

Kelly Bishop: Played Emily Gilmore for seven seasons and will return full-time for the revival.

Scott Patterson: Played Luke Danes for seven seasons and will return full-time for the revival.

Keiko Agena: Played Lane Kim for seven seasons and will return full-time for the revival.

Sean Gunn: Played Kirk Gleason for seven seasons (minus the second episode, where he played Mick). Will return full-time for the revival.

Yanic Truesdale: Played Michel Gerard for seven seasons and will make guest appearances in the revival.

Melissa McCarthy: Played Sookie St. James for seven seasons. Will appear in the revival.

Matt Czuchry: Played Logan Huntzberger for three seasons. Will make guest appearances in the revival.

Liza Weil: Played Paris Geller for seven seasons. Will make guest appearances in the revival.

Milo Ventimiglia: Played Jess Mariano for five seasons. Will make guest appearances in the revival.

Sutton Foster: Did not appear on the original series, but will appear in the revival.

Jared Padalecki: Played Dean Forester for the first five seasons. Will make guest appearances in the revival.

David Sutcliffe: Played Christopher Hayden for seven seasons. Will make appear in the revival.

Danny Strong: Played Doyle McMaster for four seasons. Will appear in the revival.

Vanessa Marano: Played Luke's daughter, April Nardini, and appeared in the last three seasons. Will appear in the revival.

Todd Lowe: Played Zach Van Gerbig, Lane's bandmate turned husband, for five seasons. Will appear in the revival.

Emily Kuroda: Played Lane's mom, Mrs. Kim, for seven seasons. Will appear in the revival.

Sally Struthers: Played Babette Dell for seven seasons. Will appear in the revival.

Michael Winters: Played Taylor Doose for seven seasons. Will appear in the revival.

Tanc Sade: Played Logan's friend, Finn, for three seasons. Will appear in the revival.

Jackson Douglas: Played Jackson Belleville for seven seasons. Will appear in the revival.

Liz Torres: Played Miss Patty for seven seasons. Will appear in the revival.

Rose Abdoo: Played Gypsy for seven seasons. Will appear in the revival.

Gregg Henry: Played Mitchum Huntzberger for three seasons. Will appear in the revival.

Mae Whitman: Did not appear on the original series, but will appear in the revival.

John Cabrera: Played Brian Fuller for five seasons. Will appear in the revival.

Aris Alvarado: Played Caesar for five seasons. Will appear in the revival.

WHAT

There is no confirmed episode count or name for the revival, but sources say that the writing team has written four 90-minute movies that cover the span of four seasons: winter, spring, summer and fall.

WHERE

Stars Hollow, duh. Like the original series, the revival will shoot on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank that was most recently home to Grease: Live, among other productions. Whispers about a revival series started to heat up over the holidays when signs were found around the WB lot indicating the Gilmore girls, and the rest of their crazy town patrons, would indeed be back.

WHEN

No premiere date has been set yet, but production kicked off Tuesday, Feb. 2 and will run through June 30, according to a production listing on Backstage.

WHY

Why not? The official Netflix order comes a year into hot revival trend that has brought back several fan-favorite series like Heroes (NBC), The X-Files (Fox), Girl Meets World (Disney Channel) and Fuller House (Netflix). Although not every series has been a ratings boon (buh-bye Heroes), having a built-in fan base and automatic awareness that come with a known IP make these "sequels" of sorts a much easier bet for networks than a completely new project created from scratch.

Bringing Gilmore Girls back was a particularly appealing prospect for Netflix after the streaming service purchased the entire seven-season library last year. The series' October 2014 debut on Netflix generated plenty of nostalgic look-backs and where are they now-type galleries, and even spawned a whole new wave of Team Jess vs. Team Dean think-pieces that the Internet was hardly capable of producing when the series was originally on the air. The series ranked among the company's most-streamed properties for several months after its debut.

However, the true die-hard Gilmore Girls fans out there – Gilmore groupies if you will – know the real reason why the show was brought back: those four words. At the end of the sixth season, Sherman-Palladino and Palladino exited the series when they failed to come to an financial agreement with the studio that produces Gilmore Girls, Warner Bros. Television. However, their imprint on the series loomed large and both fans and critics complained about the subpar seventh season that produced several heavily criticized plot twists. In the words of The New York Times, the new team in charge "cut the show's heart out." Adding insult to injury, The CW declared season seven would be the final season just 12 days ahead of the season finale, leaving little time for the remaining writers to craft a fulfilling finale. Over the years, it has become common knowledge that Sherman-Palladino knew what final four words she wanted the series to end with, and now fans will finally get just that. 

comments powered by Disqus