Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is a 4-episode limited series, which premiered 25 November 2016 on Netflix.[2][3] It was acquired by the CW for a Thanksgiving airing in 2020.[4]

Synopsis

Picking up nine years after we last ​dropped in on the whimsical Connecticut town, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life finds each of our ​leading ladies at a major crossroad: Lorelai’s relationship with Luke is at an unnerving standstill; Rory’s budding journalism career in New York has stalled before it's even begun; and Emily’s world is turned upside down following the untimely passing of her beloved husband, Richard.

Plot

The first episode commences approximately four months after Richard Gilmore has passed away.[5] Luke and Lorelai are not married... yet – they are now engaged![6] Rory teaches at Chilton (at least part time/guest lecturing).[7] There is a musical taking place in Stars Hollow and, judging by the look of Rory and Lorelai's outifts, set in the '70s?[8]

Starring

Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore[9]
Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore[10]
Kelly Bishop as Emily Gilmore[10]
Scott Patterson as Luke Danes[10]
Melissa McCarthy as Sookie St. James[11]
Keiko Agena as Lane Kim[10]
Yanic Truesdale as Michel Gerard[12]
Liza Weil as Paris Geller[10]
and Sean Gunn as Kirk Gleason[13]

Supporting cast

Jackson Douglas as Jackson Belleville[14]
Emily Kuroda as Mrs. Kim[15]
Sally Struthers as Babette Dell[16]
Liz Torres as Miss Patty[17]
Michael Winters as Taylor Doose[18]
Ted Rooney as Morey Dell[19]
David Sutcliffe as Christopher Hayden[20]
Matt Czuchry as Logan Huntzberger[21]
Milo Ventimiglia as Jess Mariano[22][23]
Jared Padalecki as Dean Forester[20]

Recurring cast

Alex Borstein as Drella[6]
Rose Abdoo as Gypsy[24]/Berta
Mike Gandolfi as Andrew[25]
Brian Tarantina as Bootsy[6]
John Cabrera as Brian Fuller
Todd Lowe as Zack Van Gerbig[26]
Jim Jansen as Reverend Archie Skinner[6]
Sebastian Bach as Gil[27]
Chris Eigeman as Jason Stiles[28]
Danny Strong as Doyle McMaster[29]
Vanessa Marano as April Nardini[30]

Minor cast

Dakin Matthews as Headmaster Charleston[31]
Biff Yeager as Tom[32]
Aris Alvarado as Caesar[33]
Carole King as Sophie Bloom[34]
Alex Borstein as Miss Celine[6]
Gregg Henry as Mitchum Huntzberger[35]
Nick Holmes as Robert[36]
  • The above actors have all been confirmed to reprise their characters.
  • Scott Cohen did not return as Max Medina[6], nor did Wayne Wilcox return as Marty.[37]

New characters

Ezra Dewey as Steve Van Gerbig, Lane's 9-year-old son
Lucas Jaye as Kwan Van Gerbig, Lane's 9-year-old son
Claudia de Vasco as Clementina[38]
Carolyn Hennesy as Toni, a member of the DAR[39]
Dan Bucatinsky as Jim Nelson, a magazine editor
Brandon Ruiter as Damon, an 'eager 20-something'
Jack Carpenter as Paul, 30-something
Sutton Foster as Violet
Mae Whitman as Marcy[40]
Stacey Oristano as Allie[41]
Bailey De Young as Heidi[42]
Alex Kingston as Naomi Shropshire[43]

Format

Each 90-minute episode is named after a season, i.e. 'Winter', 'Spring', 'Summer' and 'Fall', which is also the famous chorus of Gilmore Girls title song artist Carole King's new theme song, 'You've Got a Friend'.[44]

Episodes

# EP # TITLE WRITTEN BY DIRECTED BY AIRDATE
154 1
Winter
Amy Sherman-Palladino 25
November
2016
155 2
Spring
Daniel Palladino 25
November
2016
155 3
Summer
Daniel Palladino 25
November
2016
157 4
Fall
Amy Sherman-Palladino 25
November
2016

Trivia

  • Season 8 was temporarily titled Gilmore Girls: Seasons.[45]
  • Shooting commenced February 2, 2016[45] and concluded May 10, 2016.[3]
  • There is more background story for Michel Gerard.[46]
  • All episodes are directed and have been written by Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino.[44]
  • Each episode (or chapter) runs 90 minutes.[47][48][9][49][50]
  • The infamous 'last four words' of the series were featured![51]
  • Both Graham and Bishop stated that fans would not be disappointed in the story.[51][52]
  • Creator Sherman-Palladino and husband Daniel Palladino pitched the seasonal four-installment series around May 2015.[44]
  • Gilmore Girls being put on Netflix played a large part in making the revival happen.[44]
  • Season seven, which did not involve the original series creator, is accounted for.[53]
  • Jared Padalecki appears in one scene as Dean Forester, which Padalecki stated is really good and he felt, personally, that he got closure for the character[54].
  • The death of Richard Gilmore, portrayed by the late Edward Herrmann, who passed away in December 2014, was a part of and respectfully influenced the story.[53]
  • Lane's twin boys appeared[47] in 2 episodes: Winter (8.01) and Fall (8.04)[55].
    • Along with a plethora of new characters.[47]
  • Lorelai's dog, Paul Anka, also appears.[56].
  • Mae Whitman portrayed Lauren Graham's daughter on NBC drama Parenthood.

Photos

A Year In The Life/Gallery

Videos

Media

Gilmore Blacks Tumblr
On the Heightened Sense of Privilege in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (VULTURE • NOVEMBER 2016)
12 Questions Still Haunting Gilmore Girls Fans

Notes and references

  1. Netflix Unveils ‘Gilmore Girls’ 2016 Release Date and New Clip (July 2016)
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTnU5MG5Edw
  3. 3.0 3.1 Gilmore Girls Revival Premiere Date (Sorta) Revealed (April 2016)
  4. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/gilmore-girls-netflix-revival-to-air-on-the-cw
  5. Gilmore Girls Revival Scoop (March 2016)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Gilmore Girls: Everything we know about Netflix's revival (February 2016)
  7. 'Gilmore Girls': EW Exclusive First Look Inside Stars Hollow (September 2016)
  8. https://www.buzzfeed.com/eleanorbate/oy-with-the-waiting-already?utm_term=.pqZw8JyKr#.tqBnxOjyl
  9. 9.0 9.1 https://twitter.com/thelaurengraham/status/693193513287049216
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 http://tvline.com/2016/02/06/gilmore-girls-revival-liza-weil-paris-returning-cast-netflix/
  11. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/melissa-mccarthy-returning-gilmore-girls-882006
  12. http://tvline.com/gallery/gilmore-girls-revival-cast-photos/#!13/michel/
  13. https://twitter.com/seangunn/status/693288303240581120
  14. https://twitter.com/jacksonveggies/status/700789443326652416
  15. http://tvline.com/gallery/gilmore-girls-revival-cast-photos/#!17/mrs-kim/
  16. http://tvline.com/gallery/gilmore-girls-revival-cast-photos/#!17/gilmore-girls-sally-struthers/
  17. http://tvline.com/gallery/gilmore-girls-revival-cast-photos/#!16/miss-patty/
  18. http://tvline.com/gallery/gilmore-girls-revival-cast-photos/#!14/taylor/
  19. https://twitter.com/CandiceCub/status/699757370746888192
  20. 20.0 20.1 http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/gilmore-girls-jared-padalecki-dean-netflix-revival-1201702723/
  21. http://tvline.com/2016/02/04/matt-czuchry-gilmore-girls-revival-logan-returns-cast-netflix/
  22. https://twitter.com/MiloVentimiglia/status/697552000611803136
  23. http://tvline.com/2016/02/11/gilmore-girls-milo-ventimiglia-interview-revival-jess/
  24. http://tvline.com/gallery/gilmore-girls-revival-cast-photos/#!15/gtpsy/
  25. https://twitter.com/MikeGandolfi/status/696532220618510336
  26. http://www.tvguide.com/news/gilmore-girls-revival-zach-miss-patty-todd-lowe-liz-torres/
  27. http://www.eonline.com/news/751612/gilmore-girls-latest-reunion-brings-back-a-surprising-group
  28. https://twitter.com/ChrisEigeman/status/714829096975339520
  29. http://tvline.com/gallery/gilmore-girls-revival-cast-photos/#!11/doyle/
  30. https://twitter.com/VanessaMarano/status/698179991184367616
  31. http://tvline.com/gallery/gilmore-girls-revival-cast-photos/#!26/gilmore/
  32. http://tvline.com/gallery/gilmore-girls-revival-cast-photos/#!25/tom/
  33. http://tvline.com/gallery/gilmore-girls-revival-cast-photos/#!29/caesar/
  34. http://tvline.com/gallery/gilmore-girls-revival-cast-photos/#!27/carole/
  35. https://twitter.com/THR/status/710188479146278912
  36. https://twitter.com/narcissusholmes/status/700213706416783360
  37. http://tvline.com/gallery/gilmore-girls-seasons-netflix-spoilers-lorelai-luke/#!10/gilmore-girls-revival-marty-wayne-wilcox/
  38. http://www.gilmorenews.com/2016/02/25/meet-the-new-nanny-clementina/
  39. http://www.cinemablend.com/television/1559630/gilmore-girls-is-bringing-back-one-of-its-best-sideplots
  40. http://tvline.com/2016/03/22/gilmore-girls-seasons-mae-whitman-revival-cast-lauren-graham/
  41. http://tvline.com/2016/03/29/gilmore-girls-revival-stacey-oristano-seasons-cast-bunheads/
  42. http://twitter.com/GilmoreGUpdates/status/710201080127299585
  43. http://zap2it.com/2016/07/gilmore-girls-alex-kingston-sutton-foster-other-new-characters/
  44. 44.0 44.1 44.2 44.3 http://tvline.com/2016/02/01/gilmore-girls-revival-spoilers-amy-sherman-palladino-interview/
  45. 45.0 45.1 http://tvline.com/2016/01/29/gilmore-girls-netflix-revival-cast-returning/
  46. http://www.people.com/article/yanic-truesdale-gilmore-girls-interview-melissa-mccarthy
  47. 47.0 47.1 47.2 http://www.buzzfeed.com/jarettwieselman/everything-we-know-about-the-gilmore-girls-revival#.uf2XWnG8D
  48. https://twitter.com/bustle/status/693194700736585728
  49. https://twitter.com/Variety/status/693192708635033601
  50. https://twitter.com/netflix/status/693193719046995968
  51. 51.0 51.1 http://tvline.com/2016/01/29/lauren-graham-gilmore-girls-revival-interview-netflix/
  52. http://tvline.com/2016/02/01/gilmore-girls-revival-kelly-bishop-interview-ed-herrmann-richard/
  53. 53.0 53.1 http://tvline.com/2016/02/02/gilmore-girls-spoilers-netflix-revival-rory-dean-jess-logan/
  54. https://youtu.be/jzuDSMBpT0s?t=2m44s
  55. https://56.media.tumblr.com/ef1fbc2a389a047590afebfd342e8653/tumblr_o1djv4kbz41rbwfylo1_500.jpg/
  56. http://tvline.com/2016/02/16/gilmore-girls-revival-paul-anka-returns-dog-cast-netflix/
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