By Evan DeSimone
That high pitched screeching sound you hear right now is social media exploding with the news that Netflix will revive popular CW dramedy “Gilmore Girls” with a four part mini-series, announced today.
Acccording to a report by TVLine, Netflix has locked in a deal with Warner Bros., which owns the property, to revive the beloved series under the direction of series creators Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino. The Palladinos, who left the original series before it filmed its final season, will be able to bring the story of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore and the eccentric group of family and friends, to its intended conclusion.
The decade-old series has already enjoyed a cult revival thanks in large part to Netflix, which last year secured the rights to stream all seven seasons of the original series, which spawned a whole new generation of fans and galvanized existing ones. On the strength of the renewed wave of fan sentiment, a “Gilmore Girls” cast reunion was the headline event at this year’s ATX television festival.
During the event, series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino played it cool about the possibility of a revival, saying only, “It would have to be the right everything — the right format, the right timing.” However, she guaranteed that, “If it ever happened, I promise we’ll do it correctly.”
“Gilmore Girls” premiered on the former WB Network in 2000 before crossing over to successor network The CW, where it concluded its run in 2006. This isn’t the first time that Netflix has both stimulated demand for the relaunch of fan favorite show and then facilitated that relaunch. The streamer famously relaunched cult comedy “Arrested Development” in 2013, seven years after its cancellation by Fox, on the strength of its viewership on the platform.
Cast negotiations are just now getting under way, but all major players, including the core cast of Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Kelly Bishop and Scott Patterson, have publicly expressed a willingness to participate in a continuation of the show.