'Gilmore Girls' revival update: Show leads defend decision for a revival, explains it's not a form of 'money grab'


This year, mainstream media has been plagued with previous narratives which are either revisited or rebooted. The formula has arguably been very unpredictable with some projects garnering applause while others are mocked for its failure to reach expectation. Being a cult series last decade, the decision for “Gilmore Girls” revival was also questioned with some naysayers accusing production of just milking the show for additional profit.

In the midst of the backlash, the show’s main leads, Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel, defended coming back to the lore saying that they have a justified reason for doing so.

“It doesn’t feel like a money grab,” Graham who plays Lorelai told Entertainment Weekly in an exclusive feature for the limited run series. “There were perfectly reasonable artistic reasons to return: Our creator didn’t finish it. This is an auteur’s project; it’s not just something that someone else can easily take over.”

The actress was referring to the return of show creator Amy Sherman-Palladino who left “Gilmore Girls” a season before they wrapped their original run. Because of this, the continuation that will be Netflix’s produced special will be the epitome of how the writer envisioned her story to end.

“Amy didn’t get to finish the show, so a year in the life is the only way that feels like the conclusion, at least the way she wanted to do it,” Bledel added. The actress who is stepping back into the shoes of Rory also dished that there were previous rumblings for a movie based on the series but it was somehow scrapped.

Last month, Sherman-Palladino also revealed that fans of the show can expect not just the return of “Gilmore Girls,” but her take on it as well. While she said that narrative-wise, she did not have much problem patching in the show’s seventh season, there is one particular plot where she was kind of taken aback for how it transpired. Nevertheless, the four 90-minute episodes will still be very organic to the overall story which will pick up on the lives of not just Lorelai and Rory but also the recently widowed Emily, played by Kelly Bishop.

All episodes of “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” will be available on Netflix starting Nov. 25, 12:01 a.m. PT/ 3:01 a.m. ET.