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Nov 18 2016
by Daniel Nguyen

Gilmore Girls Revival: A Year in the Life

By Daniel Nguyen - Nov 18 2016
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With all the terrible things happening politically, the nation divided and families in turmoil because of the election season, what's more pertinent than a show that at its core embodies the intractable values of familial connection? "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life" will debut on the 25th. And what could be more appropriate? 

The show has deep roots, starting all the way back in 2000, when most of us freshman were just two or three; maybe even one! The original show ran for an impressive 7 seasons and ended in 2007. Despite the time period it was aired in, the show has proven to be a universal audience-please and has maintained its popularity all these years later. 

The show has been in talks for a revival since 2012, but rumors were vague and no promises were made until 2015 when the talks started solidifying into something actually substantial. Finally, (nearly a decade later) logistics, schedules, show runners and the powers that be have culminated to bring us "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life"! 

This isn't a regular revival. This is a return of all the cast members of the original series, including cast members who started their now prolific careers in the quaint town of Stars Hollow such as Melissa McCarthy (aka comedienne extraordinaire) and Jared Padalecki (aka Sam from Supernatural). 

Other amazing cast members to return include, the Gilmore Girls themselves, Alexis Bledel, Lauren Graham, and Kelly Bishop who play the daughter, mother, and grandmother trio that make up the show's title. 

"A Year in the Life" will be split into four episodes corresponding with the seasons and aired on Netflix starting November 25th. The miniseries will follow the show's characters throughout each season and cover the events between the end of season 7 up to now. Last we saw her, Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel) had just graduated from Yale and broken up with her long-standing boyfriend at the time Logan Huntzberger (Matt Czuchry). Lorelai (Lauren Graham) had seemingly made up with her long time coffee server and on and off romantic partner Luke Danes (Scott Patterson). Based on the trailers, Lorelai and Luke still seem strong while Rory's future is left to be seen.

The revival will in part cover the death of actor Edward Herrmann who played Richard, the endearing husband of Emily Gilmore. While the tragic loss left an irreplaceable gulf in the show's cast, the revival seeks to honor the actor and character's legacy by doing what "Gilmore Girls" always does: make us cry and laugh in the same episode.

While the revival comes at a tenuous time in terms of the fractious political landscape where everyone's feeling separated from people who they're unable to see eye to eye with, "Gilmore Girls" reminds us of the underlying link that unites everyone - the power of laughter and love. It might sound a bit overly sentimental, but the show is unabashedly sentimental. It melds together the sharp-reference-filled dialogue that made it famous with universal themes that were really needed around this time. It talks about inter-generational connection, from daughter to mother to grandmother, both about the conflicts that entail and impossible strength of that bond. It talks about community, growing up while still being a kid (cue late night movie and takeout madness), the magic of everyday things and so much more! 

Check out the four season miniseries on November 25th!  

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