'Gilmore Girls' revival update: Who's back and who's not


The four-episode Netflix revival of “Gilmore Girls” started shooting Tuesday and Hollywood Reporter has a list of the characters known to be back so far. According to the list, Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Kelly Bishop, Scott Patterson, Keiko Agena, Sean Gunn and Yanic Truesdale are on board to reprise their roles.

Graham played Lorelai Gilmore, a single mother to Bledel’s Lorelai Gilmore, or Rory as she was fondly called. Wealthy Gilmore matriarch Emily was played by Kelly Bishop, who will be back on screen as a widowed character.

Series creator Amy Sherman Palladino has expressed sadness over Ed Herrmann’s demise in 2014, as he could no longer reprise his role as Gilmore patriarch Richard Gilmore. In an interview with TV Line, Palladino shared that the actor’s passing will be incorporated on the Netflix revival. Like the beginning of the show’s first season, where the Gilmore girls were entering a new phase in their lives, the tragedy brought about by Richard’s loss will play in the script. 

She further shared, “It’s walking onto that Gilmore set that is going to be a different feel, because one piece is missing. So it looms large over the work that we’ll do. And definitely the stories are of where the ladies are and where they’re going.” 

Luke Danes (Patterson) was Rory’s on-again-off-again love interest for seven seasons. At the end of season 7, the state of their relationship was open-ended. Rory’s best friend Lane Kim (Agena) will be back along with another of Rory’s friends, Kirk Gleason (Gunn). Dragon Fly Inn concierge Michel Gerard (Truesdale) will also return. 

Despite Palladino’s expressed interest and hopes at getting comedian Melissa McCarthy to find time to relive her role as Sookie, the actress tweeted no one has asked her to come back to Stars Hollow, where the series “Gilmore Girls” is set.