Netflix is bringing the show back for four feature-length episodes on November 25th
With just a month to go until Netflix re-launches Gilmore Girls with four 90-minute specials, each covering a season of the year – not to mention love, life, pop culture, and coffee in Stars Hollow – a new trailer has just been released.
The footage offers fans and an opportunity to acclimatise to the fast-past mother-daughter banter that made the show a hit during its seven-season run, catching us up with what Lorelai and Rory have been doing since. With a host of returning faces, the two-minute clip shows how life has changed for the Gilmores, how it’s stayed the same, and where things might be going. Here are our five takeaways from the trailer...
Displaying either the original cast’s fondness for the show or the very deep pockets of Netflix, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life manages to get every major character back on set, from Rory and Lorelai and Emily. Richard Gilmore won’t be returning, as actor Edward Hermann passed away in 2014, though he still manages to make a larger than life appearance in the trailer. All three of Rory’s principal love interests make an appearance, along with her friends Lane and Paris, while Luke and grocer Taylor still seem to be at war. Michel, Lorelai’s caustic receptionist, dishes his signature one-liners, and after months of speculation, Hollywood A-lister and Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy is back as Sookie, the accident-prone chef.
Having finished the original run as a Yale graduate and journalist covering Barrack Obama’s campaign, the youngest Gilmore now finds herself with no job, no credit and no underwear. Telling her mother “This is my time to be rootless,” the footage appears to show Rory venturing from Connecticut to London and New York.
The senior of the duo, Lorelai’s relationship with Luke was left somewhat up in the air at the end of the show’s run in 2007. While she and Luke are together, the trailer sees her telling someone in her inn in a rather lacklustre tone that “Luke and I are happy,” suggesting a midlife crisis.
For a show known for its pithy lines and zingers, the trailer also pays tribute to the death of Edward Hermann, showing the funeral of patriarch Richard Gilmore. In one touching scene, a tearful Rory and Lorelai can be seen looking on as Emily, Richard’s wife, is standing in front of his coffin.
The iron matriarch of the Gilmore family, the show appears to be moving Kelly Bishop’s fan-favourite character in an intriguing new direction as Emily comes to terms with her new identity as a widow after 50 years of marriage. From embracing Marie Kondo’s life-changing bin-it-if-it-doesn’t-bring-you-joy philosophy of tidying up to abandoning her designer clothes for t-shirts, Gilmore Girls’ most acerbic wit will be taking audiences to new places come November 25th.