The upcoming Gilmore Girls revival for Netflix, currently filming now through June 30th, includes 4 90-minute episodes, Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. The series, tentatively titled Gilmore Girls: Seasons has brought back together many Gilmore Girls actors whom we’ve all come to know and love.
Gilmore Girls Revival: Who Are We Missing?
As of today, there are 25 returning actors for Gilmore Girls: Seasons, but that does leave us with a long list of missing faces. Of course, this doesn’t mean that these actors will not be returning to Gilmore Girls for the reboot, simply that we don’t yet know one way or the other yet. Even for those who have had a lot of media attention, such as Melissa McCarthy, we can always hold out hope that they will join the returning cast.
Right now, the most notably absent of actors and characters include:
- Edward Herrmann as Richard Gilmore – Edward passed away in 2015 and his character’s death will be a main focus of the first episode
- Melissa McCarthy as Sookie St. James – Melissa says she was not invited, though Amy Sherman-Palladino previously expressed interest in having her for even a short role, perhaps assuming her schedule was too busy
- Kathleen Wilhoite as Luke’s Sister, Liz Danes – Kathleen has also publicly noted she was not invited back, hinting perhaps at a falling-out
- Jackson Douglas as Jackson Belleville – it would make sense that if Sookie were absent from Stars Hollow, so too would her husband be
- Alan Loayza as Colin McCrae – Given news that Tanc Sade will be returning as Finn, perhaps it’s reasonable to hope for other players in the Life & Death Brigade?
- Ted Rooney as Morey Dell – we have confirmation that Babette will be back, but not yet her husband
- Sebastian Bach as Gil – with all current members of Hep Alien back (Keiko Agena, John Cabrera and Todd Lowe), we have been eagerly awaiting a response from Sebastian as to his involvement (he is open to the idea)
- Biff Yeager as Tom – Stars Hollow needs its contractor!
- Michael DeLuise as T.J. – given the possible estrangement between Kathleen Wilhoite and those involved in Gilmore Girls, perhaps no Liz means no T.J.?
- Chris Eigeman as Jason Stiles – is his storyline complete? His last appearance was in Season 4
- Adam Brody as Dave Rygalski – there are many interested in Adam Brody’s return to Gilmore Girls, serving as the original member of Hep Alien. Could he be back in the band?
- Sherilyn Fenn as Anna Nardini – with the confirmation of the return of Luke’s daughter April, played by Vanessa Marano, this isn’t entirely unlikely
- Gregg Henry as Mitchum Huntzberger – we have Logan back, thanks to Matt Czuchry, so perhaps his dad will follow too?
- Wayne Wilcox as Marty – although Marty’s storyline seems complete, Wayne himself thinks Marty is a strong contender for Rory’s hand
As you can imagine, there are a lot of additional characters who played major roles in Gilmore Girls throughout the series, the question remains whether they can be integrated back into the revival or whether their plot lines were completed already. Of course, you could continue the list in so many ways… if the Life & Death Brigade members are back, what about other university friends? Lucy (Krysten Ritter), Tana (Olivia Hack) or Olivia (Michelle Ongkingco)? The list goes on.
Who do you think is likely to return? Who else is missing from the above list that you expect back?
Scott Patterson Can See “Gilmore Girls” Movie Happening
Were you ever worried that Gilmore Girls fans would have a problem seeing you as a character other than Luke Danes?
No, no. [Gilmore Girls fans] would watch me read the phone book in Japanese. They are extremely loyal and extremely intelligent. They were chomping at the bit to see the pilot, let me tell you.
Do you think there is an actual possibility that a Gilmore Girls movie could happen?
Sure, anything is possible. Why not? There is still a very hungry fan base out there. I don’t see why it couldn’t be put together.
How much do you hate talking about Gilmore Girls three years after it ended?
[Laughs] I don’t mind it.
Did you keep any of Luke’s gear? His flannels or hats?
Well, I have some flannels. I have some clothes. I actually had the original hat he wore in the pilot in a safe but about five years ago I was on vacation and somebody broke into the house and stole the safe.
That is tragic.
Yeah, but I have other Luke hats that I wore in the series.
Can we all shed a little tear for that lost Luke’s hat? Because that’s just tragic. And probably the person who stole it had NO idea what it was.
Sally Struthers, Michael Winters & Liz Torres Confirmed for Gilmore Girls
Well, it seems that we’re getting a lot more out of Milo Ventimiglia’s announcement than met the eye! In his tweet, Milo shares not only his great return to Gilmore Girls, reprising his role as Jess Mariano, but he shares a picture of the script. Seems innocent enough, but it could be what led to today’s later announcement: that Sutton Foster would be joining the cast.
Inspired by Bustle, I also put the image through Photoshop, revealing some indication of the text on the second page, which includes Sutton Foster’s name. I got this result (click for larger edited version):
As you can clearly see, some names are obvious: Matt Czuchry and Sutton Foster are the top names, and already confirmed, but 3 names appear that were assumed to be back, but not yet confirmed: Liz Torres, who played Miss Patty LaCosta, and Sally Struthers, who played Babette Dell and Michael Winters, who played Taylor Doose. We had assumed Miss Patty and Taylor Doose would be back, after seeing photos of Miss Patty’s School of Ballet and Taylor’s Soda Shoppe and Doose’s rebuilt in Stars Hollow.
Thanks to this, we can EXCLUSIVELY scoop the news that these actors will be returning to Gilmore Girls! Welcome back Miss Patty, Babette and Taylor!!
The rest of the names are hard to read… I can maybe make out Carole King, who plays Sophie Bloom, owner of Sophie’s Music in Stars Hollow and is the songwriter behind the Gilmore Girls theme song… but I’m not 100% sure on it, I can only see some of the letters and the length looks spot on.
See a full list of CONFIRMED actors returning to Gilmore Girls here (kept updated daily).
Gilmore Girls Entertainment Weekly Preview
Gilmore Girls was given a lengthy feature in this month’s edition of Entertainment Weekly, set to hit newsstands on Friday, though some early editions have been spotted. With an exclusive first look at the spread, EW takes us behind-the-scenes of Gilmore Girls: Seasons and what it’s been like for the actors to return to Stars Hollow:
One of the biggest mysteries around Gilmore Girls has always been the elusive Final Four Words. Yanic Truesdale recently revealed he had read the final four words and Lauren previously noted that Amy had told them the words would be an exchange between Lorelai and Rory. Today, she’s expanded on that:
“It’s not as resolved as I thought they would be,” Lauren Graham teases. “I keep saying, ‘Hey, does anyone else notice this is actually not an ending?’ Amy and Dan just giggle at me.”
Lauren shares she thought they would be ‘Honey, I’m home!’ or something like ‘Goodbye, small town!’ So, the true four words left her being “like, ‘Oh, really?’” which adds a great deal of intrigue to the mystery! Alexis Bledel adds:
“It does kind of throw you.”
Going further, some additional quotes from the article were shared on Today.com, including a note from Amy Sherman-Palladino on what it’s been like to get everyone back together again:
“It’s strange. But very lovely. Like a family reunion, in a sense. That weird family that meets once a year.”
Lauren Graham adds what an amazing experience it is to return to Gilmore Girls both to appreciate it and to honor it:
“You know how you finish college and you’re a few years older and you’re like, ‘I wish I could go do this now ’cause I would appreciate it so much more and understand it and get more out of it’? That’s the opportunity I have with this, and I appreciate every day that I’m here.”
Alexis Bledel was initially concerned about picking up the series again, noting “what would the story be?”
Amy Sherman-Palladino, known for her fast-paced dialogue with scripts far longer than average, wondered whether the actors would be able get back into the rhythm of their fast-talking characters. Scott Patterson, who plays Luke, says he was concerned about this as well!
“I struggled with it at first. I remember looking at our dialogue coach and going, ‘I don’t know if I can pull it off. But when I walked in the diner the first time, everything felt better. It was like no time had gone by.”
As for the involvement of Melissa McCarthy, Amy Sherman-Palladino says she’d still like her back, though at this stage it would only be a small part:
“There’s nothing malicious going on,” she said. “We’ve just put it out into the universe; we’re here until May 10. I know what the scene is. I’ll pre-light it for her. She can drive up, run in, shoot it, and run out. I can get her in and out in two hours.”
I know we all would have preferred Sookie to be written back in as a main character, and perhaps that’s also what Melissa had wanted? So hard to guess or know.
The 10-page (yes, 10!) spread about Gilmore Girls contains new photos from the set, a photoshoot with Lauren Graham (Lorelai) and Alexis Bledel (Rory), some known spoilers, as well as new spoilers and quotes from the cast. I will post more about the spread as soon as I read it!
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