‘Gilmore Girls’ revival coming to Netflix with original cast minus Melissa McCarthy
NEW YORK — First “Full House” and now “Gilmore Girls.”
The beloved series that ran on The WB and CW from 2000 to 2007 is being brought back by Netflix, the company announced on Friday.
Rory and Lorelai are coming back, too, as Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel will be returning in original roles of mother and daughter Gilmore.
Graham tweeted the news Friday evening with a photo of her smiling while holding a jacket that Graham “stole” from the show’s costume department.
“It’s time for me, and this jacket I stole in 2007, to return to work,” Graham tweeted.
Netflix also confirmed that other cast members Scott Patterson, Sean Gunn, Kelly Bishop, and Keiko Agena will all be returning.
On Tuesday Melissa McCarthy, who played Lorelai’s best friend, tweeted that she was not asked to be part of the revival.
In an interview with TVLive, the show’s creator Amy Sherman-Palladino said she didn’t write Sookie into the major plotline because McCarthy is really busy.
“It simply would’ve been impossible,” Sherman-Palladino said in the interview. “Planning around her crazy pants schedule and her movies and her this and her that and Ghostbusters… I would just be sobbing in a corner for six months. That would be my whole life.”
However, Sherman-Palladino did say that if McCarthy is available she would work her into the plot.
So far the streaming company has not said when the show would be premiering or what its title will be.
This is not the first time Netflix has revived a popular television series for a nostalgic fanbase.
Netflix ordered a continuation of the 1990s ABC series “Full House” with a new title, “Fuller House” in April.
Remakes and reboots have been hot commodities with TV networks as of late with “The Muppets” and “The X-Files” all returning to the airwaves.
The return of fan favorites has at times been rewarded with big viewerships.
For example, Fox’s “X-Files” nabbed 16.2 million viewers for its return on Sunday, a figure that grew to over 20 million when accounting for delayed viewing, according to the network.