The Gilmore girls may not be entirely gone just yet. After its original seven-season run from 2000 to 2007, the beloved dramedy series made a surprise comeback in 2016 with its four-part Netflix revival, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. But now that it’s been years since the revival's release, things are looking a bit grim for the possibility of a follow-up season. Never fear, though, Gilmore Girls fans, because there is still hope that another Gilmore Girls revival season could actually happen.
One of the biggest roadblocks to another season of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is definitely Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino's new hit show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, along with the overall deal with Amazon that the showrunning pair renewed in 2019. The year after Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life was released on Netflix, the Palladinos shifted their focus to Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which wound up becoming a massive hit for Amazon, with the show sweeping at the Emmys and Rachel Brosnahan winning Best Actress two years in a row at the Golden Globes.
The renewed deal at Amazon may sound like a nail in the coffin for any future Gilmore Girls seasons, but Amazon's co-head of television, Vernon Sanders, made it clear at the TCAs in 2019 that the Palladinos are still free to work on more Gilmore Girls if they want to, even if it is not for Amazon:
We are talking to Amy and Dan about a lot of things. [Another Gilmore Girls revival] hasn't come up. But I do think it speaks to our overall philosophy when it comes to talent, which is we think it benefits us when we have talent that’s creatively happy and have opportunities to do many things. If that show were to continue and it isn’t for us, we would obviously be happy to see it happen.
That should come as a relief to Gilmore Girls fans. It also clarifies that the terms of Amy Sherman-Palladino's contract with Amazon still include an out if she decides to work on more Gilmore Girls over at Netflix. Reportedly, the Palladinos’ first contract with Amazon also included an out clause specifically for the possibility of more Gilmore Girls.
Sherman-Palladino herself confirmed on The Hollywood Reporter’s podcast at the end of 2019 that she is still in touch with the Gilmore Girls cast and they often chat about what a second season of the revival could look like. She said she’s still open to making more Gilmore, but needs the story and timing to be just right first. “It’s not anything other than we need the right story, the right format, and the right timing,” Sherman-Palladino said. “It’s nothing more than that.”
It totally makes sense that Sherman-Palladino may be having difficulty finding the right story to potentially continue Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life with a follow-up season. The primary driving force behind reviving the series on a creative level in the first place was the fact that Sherman-Palladino never got to end the show on her own terms, as she did not showrun or write at all on the seventh and final season of Gilmore Girls. Famously, Sherman-Palladino had the show's final four words in her mind since it began, and was finally able to reveal them in the finale of A Year in the Life.
Since Sherman-Palladino finally got to end her show on her terms, and now she is busy with Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, it would be understandable if she opted not to go back to Gilmore Girls again. Then again, the A Year in the Life ending was definitely a cliffhanger, so there is definitely a springboard to tell the next chapter of the story. Fans will just have to keep on hoping they’ll get to see Lorelai, Rory, and the rest of the Stars Hollow crew again sometime in the future.
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