The show’s cast, Lauren Graham (Lorelai), Alexis Bledel (Rory) and Scott Patterson (Luke), joined the show’s creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, and executive producer, Daniel Palladino, at the Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles on Wednesday, to tease what’s ahead for the reboot.
The panel revealed hints of what’s in store for Rory and her mom, including romantic twists, along with Sherman-Palladino’s comment about whether there could be a possibility for another season.
Bledel, 34, revealed that “all of her ex-boyfriends make an appearance in these chapters in one way or another, and it’s great to work with them.”
The actress also admitted that she was surprised at the amount of interest in Rory’s love life. She pointed out there is more to the character to focus on, “like her ambition and her accomplishments.”
That’s not to say there’s no speculation about who she’ll end up with (if anyone).
“I know they’re not going to end up together but, Rory and Dean seem like a good couple,” David Sutcliffe, also known as Rory’s dad on the show, told USA Today last month.
When asked if Stars Hollow had changed, the show’s creator joked that Warner Bros. must have gotten a “deal on brown paint,” because Stars Hollow’s storefronts no longer existed and had been painted over when they first arrived on set to start working.
Graham, 49, mentioned that the upcoming episodes focus on family and “how these bonds take us through all the different stages of our lives.”
She added, “It’s not a story about a little girl anymore who’s in high school – it’s a story of a young woman and all the struggles she faces, and the dynamics between these two women. They’ve grown up, but they’re the same.”
When a reporter asked Sherman-Palladino whether another season could be a possibility, she didn’t sound ready to think about that idea just yet. “This is what it is,” she said, referring to the four episodes being the end for now.
Melissa McCarthy is another star who came up at the presser.
McCarthy’s fame has soared since she played Sookie in the series (largely because of movies like Bridesmaids and Ghostbusters), which made it complicated for her to fit taping into her busy schedule, said Sherman-Palladino. But everyone made it work.
And according to the show’s creator, Sookie is the same.
McCarthy and Graham “have a weird Lucy-and-Ethel thing that you kind of have to just see it to understand it,” Sherman-Palladino said. Apparently, the actresses played off each other within minutes of reuniting.
Graham said the entire cast, including Bledel, Patterson and Kelly Bishop, easily connected again.
“Everything was like, ‘Oh, here’s the chemistry we had from the very first day we met,’ and it was just a joy to revisit,” she said.
The new Gilmore Girls brings back the popular mother-daughter dramedy that aired from 2000 to 2007. Each of the four 90-minute chapters covers each of four seasons of the year.
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life premieres globally on Netflix Friday, Nov. 25, at 12:01 a.m.
With files from The Associated Press