Lauren Graham Feels Excited About Returning to ‘Gilmore Girls’ — It’s a Wonderful Life


Gilmore Girls is an American comedy-drama television series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino starring, Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. Sherman-Palladino, her husband, Daniel Palladino, David S. Rosenthal, and Gavin Polone served as the executive producers. The series debuted on October 5, 2000 on The WB and remained a tent-pole to the network until its move to The CW on September 26, 2006. The series was canceled after its seventh season and ended its run on May 15, 2007.

Helen Graham is an American actress, producer and novelist. She is best known for playing Lorelai Gilmore on the WB drama series Gilmore Girls and as Sarah Braverman on the NBC series Parenthood.

“We started having conversations in earnest I would say two years ago or something. Then it was slowly happening maybe a year ago. At Netflix, like Amy [Sherman-Palladino] said, it took a year and a half to make maybe Fuller House or something, just make the deal. Because this is all brand-new,” Lauren told reporters at the 2016 TCA Summer Press Tour. “Nobody knows how to do it. We only had the backlot for this very small window before the Pretty Little Liars had to take it. Everything had to happen in this certain way and it was part of—I am not a gushy actor—but it was part of the magic of what it felt like. Everything just fell into place.”

After the seven season, she disclosed it was a bit of an unusual situation.

“This was so unusual. Friends ended beautifully. We ended on a season that wasn’t with the creator of the show, and for a show like this, it’s really a singular voice. There were so many plot points that weren’t sew up in the final season, so even that was perfect in its own way with so many questions left to answer. So it wasn’t so much that we went home again as we sort of needed to give the answers to some of those questions.”

On January 29, 2016, it was confirmed that Gilmore Girls would return as a limited series, titled Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, on Netflix. The series will consist of four 90-minute episodes, which will be released on November 25, 2016. Each episode of the limited series will be set in Stars Hollow with each episode covering a season. So, no question of audience on Gilmore Girls will left unanswered.

“I really think they answer—it’s hard because I’m sure there will be people who won’t feel satisfied. For me, it was just really satisfying,” she said. “There wasn’t any question left unanswered, for me personally.”

It’s been almost 10 years since Gilmore Girls enfolded its seven-season run.

“Well, of course you don’t have your first day on set. You have your camera test or something anti-climactic. I’m just in such a different place. It’s like, you know, at the end of It’s a Wonderful Life,” she said. “I’d be like, ‘And you, and you! And you’re here! Taylor Doose, you’re my favorite character!’ I was a complete dork. I was just very emotional and excited. It was just the best. It was too emotional. I had to pull it together to say my long lines.”

“It was a blur of a time for seven years. They don’t allow the hours we used to do anymore. They cut it at 14. We used to do regularly 15, 16, 17. My last day of season seven was 21-hours long. And that wasn’t the first time it had happened. It was film. It was the long scenes and dialogue. It’s really theater in a way and it’s like filming theater, so it was hard to remember. But then if I see it on TV or someone says a line to me—they wanted to play a game today where you guess who said what. I was like, ‘I could tell you who said what. There’s no problem.’ Once you say it to me, I snap back in. But when somebody’s like, ‘What did you think about season four?’ I’m like, ‘Which one was that? What did my hair look like?'”

The show was always a fan-favorite when it was on TV.

“I try not to process really any of that. I find it’s really unhelpful as a person to get involved in that kind of whatever the hype is around something. I think, for me, I did Guys & Dolls on Broadway, and the girls waiting for me outside, some of them were quite young. And that was just when it was in reruns and I thought, ‘Oh, this it like how I grew up watching the Partridge Family or something.’ It wasn’t in real time. I watched it in reruns. And I thought, ‘That’s interesting.’ But it was Kelly Bishop who said, ‘This is going to be one of those shows that people don’t forget and that people want to know what happens to these people.’ She always said, ‘This is that sort of thing that has legs.’’


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