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.
The first episode commences approximately four months after Richard Gilmore has passed away. Luke and Lorelai are not married... yet – they are now engaged! Rory teaches at Chilton (at least part time/guest lecturing). There is a musical taking place in Stars Hollow and, judging by the look of Rory and Lorelai's outifts, set in the '70s?
- Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore
- Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore
- Kelly Bishop as Emily Gilmore
- Scott Patterson as Luke Danes
- Melissa McCarthy as Sookie St. James
- Keiko Agena as Lane Kim
- Yanic Truesdale as Michel Gerard
- Liza Weil as Paris Geller
- and Sean Gunn as Kirk Gleason
- Jackson Douglas as Jackson Belleville
- Emily Kuroda as Mrs. Kim
- Sally Struthers as Babette Dell
- Liz Torres as Miss Patty
- Michael Winters as Taylor Doose
- Ted Rooney as Morey Dell
- David Sutcliffe as Christopher Hayden
- Matt Czuchry as Logan Huntzberger
- Milo Ventimiglia as Jess Mariano
- Jared Padalecki as Dean Forester
- Alex Borstein as Drella
- Rose Abdoo as Gypsy/Berta
- Mike Gandolfi as Andrew
- Brian Tarantina as Bootsy
- John Cabrera as Brian Fuller
- Todd Lowe as Zack Van Gerbig
- Jim Jansen as Reverend Archie Skinner
- Sebastian Bach as Gil
- Chris Eigeman as Jason Stiles
- Danny Strong as Doyle McMaster
- Vanessa Marano as April Nardini
- Dakin Matthews as Headmaster Charleston
- Biff Yeager as Tom
- Aris Alvarado as Caesar
- Carole King as Sophie Bloom
- Alex Borstein as Miss Celine
- Gregg Henry as Mitchum Huntzberger
- Nick Holmes as Robert
- The above actors have all been confirmed to reprise their characters.
- Scott Cohen did not return as Max Medina, nor did Wayne Wilcox return as Marty.
- 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
- Carolyn Hennesy as Toni, a member of the DAR
- 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
- Stacey Oristano as Allie
- Bailey De Young as Heidi
- Alex Kingston as Naomi Shropshire
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'.
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- Season 8 was temporarily titled Gilmore Girls: Seasons.
- Shooting commenced February 2, 2016 and concluded May 10, 2016.
- There is more background story for Michel Gerard.
- All episodes are directed and have been written by Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino.
- Each episode (or chapter) runs 90 minutes.
- The infamous 'last four words' of the series were featured!
- Both Graham and Bishop stated that fans would not be disappointed in the story.
- Creator Sherman-Palladino and husband Daniel Palladino pitched the seasonal four-installment series around May 2015.
- Gilmore Girls being put on Netflix played a large part in making the revival happen.
- Season seven, which did not involve the original series creator, is accounted for.
- 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.
- 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.
- Lane's twin boys appeared in 2 episodes: Winter (8.01) and Fall (8.04).
- Along with a plethora of new characters.
- Lorelai's dog, Paul Anka, also appears..
- Mae Whitman portrayed Lauren Graham's daughter on NBC drama Parenthood.
- On the Heightened Sense of Privilege in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (VULTURE • NOVEMBER 2016)