When Lorelai finds out that Luke organized it, the pair reconcile with a kiss. Lorelai promises Emily that she will continue attending Friday Night Dinners. Before Lorelai and Rory have to say goodbye, they have one last breakfast at Luke's Diner. Nine years after the end of the original series, Netflix produced a Gilmore Girls revival miniseries. Rory is struggling in her journalism career and having a no-strings-attached, secret affair with Logan in London, while technically having a boyfriend named Paul that she often forgets about.
While Logan is engaged to be married the two of them can't seem to stay apart. Lorelai and Luke live together but are still having communication problems.
Richard has recently died of a heart attack, which causes tension between Lorelai and Emily and they end up in joint therapy. Lorelai starts to question her life, so travels to California with intentions to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, where she has an epiphany: she fixes the rift with Emily by recounting a happy story about Richard, and goes home to propose to Luke.
Emily decides to sell the Gilmore mansion and move to Nantucket , where she starts working in a museum. After encouragement from Jess, Rory decides to write a book about her life called "Gilmore Girls".
After Luke and Lorelai marry, Rory tells her mom that she is pregnant. Amy Sherman-Palladino , who came from a background of writing for half-hour sitcoms , had Gilmore Girls approved by The WB after several of her previous pitches were turned down. On a whim, she suggested a show about a mother and daughter but had put little thought into the idea. She explained: "If I can make people feel this much of what I felt walking around this fairy town, I thought that would be wonderful At the time I was there, it was beautiful, it was magical, and it was feeling of warmth and small-town camaraderie There was a longing for that in my own life, and I thought—that's something that I would really love to put out there.
Once the setting was established, Gilmore Girls developed as a mixture of sitcom and family drama. You never run out of conflict. The pilot episode of Gilmore Girls received financial support from the script development fund of the Family Friendly Programming Forum , which includes some of the nation's leading advertisers, making it one of the first network shows to reach the air with such funding. Alexis Bledel was cast in the key role of Rory despite having no previous acting experience.
Sherman-Palladino was drawn to her shyness and innocence, which she said was essential for the character, and felt she photographed well. A week before shooting, they had still failed to cast Lorelai so they asked Graham to audition anyway. Sherman-Palladino cast her that day, on the hope that Graham's other show M. You've got to be funny, you've got to talk really fucking fast, you've got to be able to act, you've got to be sexy, but not scary sexy. You've got to be strong, but not like 'I hate men'".
In casting the grandparents, Sherman-Palladino had veteran actor Edward Herrmann in mind for Richard and was delighted when he agreed. Kelly Bishop , a fellow New York stage actress, was cast straight after her audition; Sherman-Palladino recalled knowing immediately "and there's Emily". It was advertised as a guest role, but Patterson said he treated the pilot as "a chemistry test" and he was promptly promoted to series regular. She was therefore replaced by Melissa McCarthy , who re-filmed Sookie's scenes.
The role of Dean also changed after the pilot, with the original actor replaced by newcomer Jared Padalecki.
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The character Lane was based on Sherman-Palladino's friend and fellow producer Helen Pai ; Japanese-American actress Keiko Agena was cast in the role when they could not find an appropriate Korean-American actress. Liza Weil auditioned to play Rory, and while she was considered wrong for the part — Sherman-Palladino liked her so much that she wrote the role of Paris especially for her. Headed by Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino from seasons 1 to 6, Gilmore Girls had a small writing staff that changed regularly throughout the series.
The Palladinos wrote a high percentage of episodes, and would review and rework the dialogue in episodes allocated to others. As such, the show is considered to have a distinctive "voice". Sherman-Palladino said "every draft either I write, or it passes through my hands It's very important that it feel like the same show every week, because it is so verbal.
As signalled by its tagline "Life's short. Talk fast", Gilmore Girls is known for its fast-paced dialogue and "witty repartee". Much of the dialogue is peppered with references to film, television shows, music, literature, and celebrity culture. The range of references is broad, summarised by critic Ken Tucker as "some cross between Mystery Science Theater and Ulysses ". In contrast to the rapid-fire dialogue, storylines on Gilmore Girls move slowly. Sherman-Palladino's motto was "make the small big, make the big small", which she learned from her days writing for Roseanne.
She chose to be "very stingy with events", and the drama is low-key because "sometimes the average every day things are more impactful".
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Sherman-Palladino treated Lorelai as a reflection of herself. Her husband commented: "Amy writing for Lorelai Gilmore has always been really special. No surprise, they're kind of dopplegangers Amy and Lorelai are very, very similar. That character is a great cipher for a lot of what Amy is and has been, from the very beginning. The pilot episode was shot in the Toronto suburb of Unionville.
The rest of the series was filmed at the Warner Bros. Exterior scenes of Stars Hollow, along with those at Luke's Diner and Miss Patty's dance studio, were all filmed on the backlot — with dozens of background actors utilized to make it look like a functioning town. Production designers regularly had to decorate the town square with fake leaves or fake snow to make it look like a New England fall or winter.
Interiors of Lorelai's house and inn, and all scenes at Yale and the Gilmore mansion, were filmed on a sound stage. The shot of 'Stars Hollow' seen in the very first frame of the show's opening credits is actually a panoramic view of South Royalton, Vermont. Gilmore Girls relied on a master shot filming style, in which a scene is filmed to frame characters and their dialogue together within a long and uninterrupted, single take; often illustrated through another method regularly employed on the show, the walk and talk. That's how we get our pace, our energy, and our flow I don't think it could work any other way.
It took eight working days to shoot an episode,  and days were regularly 14—20 hours long. Matt Czuchry , who had a main role for the final three seasons, commented "The pace of the dialogue was what made that show incredibly unique, and also incredibly difficult as an actor. To be able to maintain that speed, tone, and at the same time, try to make layered choices was a great experience to have early in my career.
It really challenged me. Gilmore Girls ' non- diegetic score was composed by singer-songwriter Sam Phillips throughout its entire run. Sherman-Palladino, who served as the music supervisor of the series, was a big fan of the musician and secured her involvement.
Many of the musical cues are accompanied by melodic "la-la"s and "ahh"s, which developed because Sherman-Palladino wanted the score to sound connected to the girls themselves, almost like "an extension of their thoughts Everything was trying to say a little something, add a little something to it. King made a new recording specially for Gilmore Girls : a duet with her daughter Louise Goffin. She was happy that it gave the song "a deeper meaning of love between a mother and her child". Music also plays a large part in the show as a frequent topic of conversation between characters and in live performances within scenes.
Grant-Lee Phillips appears in at least one episode per season as the town's troubadour , singing his own songs and covers. The CD booklet features anecdotes from show producers Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino about the large part music has played in their lives.
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Gilmore Girls survived the merger, being selected as one of seven WB shows to be transferred for a new season, but it resulted in a significant change. In April that year, it was announced that Amy Sherman-Palladino and her husband Daniel could not come to an agreement with The CW and would be leaving the show when their contracts expired that summer. It was a botched negotiation. It really was about the fact that I was working too much. I was going to be the crazy person who was locked in my house and never came out. I heard a lot of 'Amy doesn't need a writing staff because she and Dan Palladino write everything!
By the way, all this shit we asked for? They had to do [it] anyway when we left. They hired this big writing staff and a producer-director onstage. That's what bugged me the most. They wound up having to do what we'd asked for anyway, and I wasn't there. David S. Rosenthal , who worked on the show as a writer and producer for season 6, was selected by Sherman-Palladino to replace her as showrunner. What remains after their departure is something that seems like Gilmore Girls Adjacent more than anything. There was speculation during the seventh season that it would be the show's final year, as Graham and Bledel's contracts were both coming to an end.
As negotiations continued between the actresses and the network, Rosenthal planned a finale that "could serve as an ending or a beginning of a new chapter and a new season". The CW initially considered bringing the show back for a shortened, episode season but then decided against the idea. Because the final season was not written by the series' creator, and the new writers had not known that the finale was definitely the last episode, Lauren Graham noted that a lot of fans "were disappointed with how it [the series] ended".
Privately, Sherman-Palladino stayed in contact with Graham, Bledel, Patterson and Bishop to discuss the possibility, but nothing came to fruition. In June , for the 15th anniversary of the show, the cast and showrunners reunited for a special panel at the ATX Television Festival. When asked about a possible revival, Sherman-Palladino told the audience "I'm sorry, there's nothing in the works at the moment.
Aside from Edward Herrmann, who died a year prior, every cast member who received a main credit on the show returned for at least a scene, while many supporting characters also made an appearance. The sets all had to be rebuilt from scratch, using nothing but photos and footage from the original series. During seasons 4 and 5, it lead into One Tree Hill , which slowly became a hit.
In season 6, it lead into Supernatural , which became another hit for The WB. An additional run of the first season aired in on Sunday nights under the title Gilmore Girls Beginnings which featured a modified opening sequence voiced with a monologue detailing the premise from Graham , and was one of two shows on The WB to give the Beginnings in its title for reruns, along with 7th Heaven.
Only the first three seasons were shown, with episodes edited for content and some, like " The Big One ", dropped entirely.
The series was subsequently picked up by the Hallmark Channel , which gave UK premieres to seasons 4 and 5.