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November 30, 2016

Gilmore Girls: The Road to 'A Year in the Life'
by Katie Conway - 0

Grab your coffee and meet me in Stars Hollow, because Gilmore Girls is back and ‘I smell snow’! For fans of the television cult classic, it was a Thanksgiving Weekend full of nostalgia, humor, and heart. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life presented fan-favorite cameos at every turn (hello there, Milo Ventimiglia), updated pop-culture references (how ‘bout that tribute to Wild), and the struggle that comes with death in the family as life decides to keep rolling along. The revival premiered on November 25th on Netflix and featured 4 episodes - each surrounding a season of change, starting in Winter and appropriately ending in Fall. 

For those who are unfamiliar with all the hype surrounding this big-hearted comedy, Gilmore Girls was a TV staple that ran from 2000-2007, starting on The WB and moving to The CW in September 2006. The series takes place in the small town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut, and follows the lives of witty single mom Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) and her bookish daughter Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel). The show revolves around friendship, family, love-interests, hard work, as well as social-class and generational gaps. The main conflict comes between Lorelai and her wealthy, often snobby parents, and their many debate ridden dinners over lifestyle choices. Gilmore Girls is best known for its fast-paced, walk-and-talk style dialogue, as well as its clever pop-culture references surrounding movies, music, books, and television. 

Gilmore Girls was created by Amy Sherman-Palladino after she visited the town of Washington Depot, Connecticut, and had a lovely stay at the Mayflower Inn. She thought it was like a fairytale, and wanted to capture the small-town camaraderie she felt during her visit. Amy, along with her husband Daniel Palladino, David S. Rosenthal, and Gavin Polone became the executive producers of the series. After much success and critical acclaim, it was unfortunate that Sherman-Palladino and her husband parted ways with the show after the move to The CW during its sixth season. The show was dropped after season seven, and many fans were left disappointed with the less-than-satisfactory finale. Lauren Graham advocated for a film that would give Sherman-Palladino and the fans closure they were all hoping for, but alas, it never happened

Fast-forward to October 2015, where rumors of a Gilmore Girls revival were in the works. On January 29, 2016, Netflix and Warner Bros. officially announced that Sherman-Palladino and her husband would be returning to write and direct the 4-part mini series - then titled Gilmore Girls: Seasons. Unlike other nostalgia-filled television brought back to life (I’m looking at you, Fuller House), this one felt well deserved, and worth the 9-year wait! Rory is a freelance journalist in a no-strings-attached relationship with her old flame Logan (Matt Czuchry), Lorelai is living happily with Luke (Scott Paterson) but thinks she might want something more, and Emily Gilmore (Kelly Bishop) is dealing with the death of her beloved husband (Edward Herrmann) and her newfound independence. Did I mention Lane Kim (Keiko Agena), Paris Geller (Liza Weil), and even Michel (Yanic Truesdale) are all back, too? The latter now married and happily out-and proud. 

I won’t spoil too much more, but one of the most important parts of the revival is the last four words spoken in episode four, “Fall.” Sherman-Paladino gave an interview with TV Guide way back in 2006, where she revealed she knew what these last four words would be, before she tragically left the project. And now we finally get to hear them! Whether you’ve watched A Year in The Life or not, I can safely predict more Gilmore Girls in the years to come based on this four-word cliffhanger. What are you waiting for? Start binge watching now! 

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