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Jared Padalecki, who played Rory’s first boyfriend Dean, has joined the limited series, the streaming service confirmed Thursday morning, also confirming that David Sutcliffe is on board to reprise his role as Lorelai’s ex-husband and Rory’s father, Christopher.
It was previously announced that Milo Ventimiglia’s Jess, Rory’s second boyfriend, and Matt Czuchry’s Logan, Rory’s third boyfriend, whom she met at Yale, were also reprising their roles in the revival.
Padalecki and Sutcliffe join returning cast members Alexis Bledel, Lauren Graham, Kelly Bishop, Scott Patterson, Keiko Agena, Liza Weil, Yanic Truesdale and Sean Gunn.
In addition, Sutton Foster, who worked with Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino on then-ABC Family’s short-lived Bunheads, is also part of the Gilmore Girls revival, which will include four 90-minute episodes.
Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino are executive producing, writing and directing the limited series, which like the original Gilmore Girls, will be produced by Dorothy Parker Drank Here Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
The official Netflix order for the still unnamed limited series, the premiere date for which is also unknown, is part of a revival trend that has brought back fan-favorite series like Heroes, The X-Files, Girl Meets World and Fuller House.
Since Sherman-Palladino and Palladino exited the series before its seventh and final season, after failing to come to a financial agreement with Warner Bros. Television, these four revival episodes allow them to have the last word on the series, or rather the last four words. Sherman-Palladino had long planned to end the series with a final four words, something that’s become common knowledge since Gilmore Girls went off the air.
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