Gilmore Girls Returns – The Next Netflix Revival
Alright, Gilmore Girls fans — put on your comfy clothes, order some Chinese, add a Pop Tart for dessert, and wash it all down with some “coffee, coffee, coffee.” Get ready for a Netflix binge on November 25, because Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life will at last will be a reality. Fans will finally have proper closure after being left hanging during the season seven finale. The excitement for this release is unbearably high for many reasons, but probably first and foremost because the entire original cast will be returning. This trend of full-returning casts and the Netflix release format follows suit of the reboot of Full House, Fuller House, earlier this year.
The internet has been ablaze ever since the return of Gilmore Girls was confirmed. Fans aren’t the only ones enthused — cast members have also been posting all about it. It seems as though the whole world is counting down the seconds until the four 90-minute episodes are available for streaming, but how exactly has the build up for the show’s release reached such a seemingly massive climax? How does Netflix take a comeback of a seven-season show that’s been off the air for nine years and turn it into one of the most anticipated TV releases of the year?
First of all, the nostalgia factor involved, which seems to bode well for the Millennial generation audience, plays a unignorable role in the excitement for the show. Second, the addition of the original seven seasons to the Netflix library got Netflix executives and the Gilmore Girls writer’s thinking.
“Our global licensing of Gilmore Girls around the world — the first seven seasons — enabled us to really get an insight into the idea that this was really a global and current cultural phenomenon.”
Netflix’s chief content officer, Ted Sarandos told the Washington Post, “Our global licensing of Gilmore Girls around the world — the first seven seasons — enabled us to really get an insight into the idea that this was really a global and current cultural phenomenon.” Rumours began circling after the cast reunited at the ATX Television Festival and fans became desperate for answers. On January 29, Netflix confirmed that the Gilmore reboot was official.
Lauren Graham (Lorelai) tweeted, “I CAN NOW CONFIRM: it’s time for me, and this jacket I stole in 2007, to return to work. @netflix #GilmoreGirls,” which was retweeted 44,000 times.
One of the most unique aspects to this reboot is the non-traditional four-episode release in correlation with the four seasons of the year in comparison to the Fuller House format of a full season — similar to what would have aired in a traditional cable TV release. The ability to be creative with this format is one of the great benefits of a Netflix release that isn’t bound by time slots. On the other hand, I’m hoping the quantity of four episodes doesn’t leave fans desperately wanting more despite the actual number of minutes they get to enjoy.
Netflix execs proved wise in opting to release all four episodes at once instead of one at a time, much to the dismay of Amy Sherman-Palladino, the Creator of Gilmore Girls. Palladino preferred to release each episode separately, but Netflix’s Ted Sarandos made the final call. “If we would not have [released them] all at once the fans would’ve killed us. I’m petrified of those fans; they’re so passionate,” said Sarandos.
Early reviews of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life are mixed, but regardless we’ll definitely be watching this Friday while eating Thanksgiving leftovers.
Lea Waeckerle contributed to this article.
Christine Roe is a 20-year-old Digital Marketing apprentice at The Center for Creative Media, who also enjoys editing, photography, and writing. She is from the hockey-loving, maple syrup drinking, ice-cold land of Canada — though ironically hates both hockey and snow. Christine’s long-term goal is to become a missionary and using her gifts and abilities to draw people closer to God.