One Way To Handle A 'Gilmore Girls' Revival: 'I Wept Immediately' Could the rumor be true: Is Netflix reviving Gilmore Girls? NPR's Rachel Martin turns to the hosts of the Gilmore Guys podcast to find out what fans want — and if the cast can pull it off.

One Way To Handle A 'Gilmore Girls' Revival: 'I Wept Immediately'

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For those who have missed Lorelai and Rory, it looks like the "Gilmore Girls" are coming back.


ALEXIS BLEDEL: (As Rory Gilmore) I'm so glad to see you.

LAUREN GRAHAM: (As Lorelai Gilmore) No, I'm glad to see you.

BLEDEL: (As Rory Gilmore) I'm never leaving home again.

GRAHAM: (As Lorelai Gilmore) Oh, that's my emotionally stunted girl. Hey, I got you gifts.

BLEDEL: (As Rory Gilmore) What?

MARTIN: Twitter lit up Monday when star Lauren Graham said she couldn't deny that the show would be revived on Netflix, which these days practically means she's confirmed it. Of course, fans immediately had so many questions. Eight years after going off the air, is it too late? Are the actors too old? Can the show's creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, pull it off? Who better to go to in this moment than the Gilmore Guys, Kevin Porter and Demi Adejuyigbe. They've got the podcast devoted to all things Gilmore. Welcome to show, you guys.

DEMI ADEJUYIGBE: Thank you for having us.

KEVIN PORTER: Hello, thank you.

MARTIN: Your reaction, first, to this breaking news that there might be - might be - a reunion.

PORTER: Well, I wept immediately.


PORTER: I was sincerely overwhelmed by it. I mean, there's a lot of questions and there's a lot of interesting discussion. How are they going to do it? How are they going to pull it off? It's eight or nine years later. But my initial reaction was very emotional and very joyous. It was - you know, more "Gilmore Girls," and especially in this iteration, is going to be a very good thing.

MARTIN: OK, and, Demi, weren't you a little miffed that you weren't made to know this first?


MARTIN: You guys should have been privy to the information before it went out into the Twitter-sphere.

ADEJUYIGBE: I think I would've been a little nervous if I knew first because I would've just - like, every time we mention it on the show I would've done, like, an oh, yeah, that'd be - oh, yeah, that'd be crazy if...

PORTER: It would've been like having the emotional nuclear football of the "Gilmore Girls" universe (laughter).

ADEJUYIGBE: Right, it's like trying to hide a puppy from a child on Christmas.

MARTIN: All right, so let's back up a little bit. For those who don't know, you have tons of followers. I mean - and there are shows that come and go and are super popular, but what is it about this particular show?

PORTER: It has the staying power and the quality and the richness of a novel, but really, upon examination of the show, it's this mash-up of all these interesting, very disparate influence. They've got the fast talking of a Howard Hawks movie or an Aaron Sorkin TV show, even, with the long-form storytelling of something like a Jane Austen novel.

So I think all those things combined made it a show that wasn't disposable. It was something that, you know, was worth living with and examining and enjoying over a long period of time. And certainly when it came back on Netflix last year, that was a big part of the resurgence of its popularity.

MARTIN: Demi, do you think it's too late? Is it - I mean it's been nearly a decade. Are these actors too old? I mean, will it be the same?

ADEJUYIGBE: "Gilmore Girls," as a show, very much exists in this bubble of the 2000s where it feels like something that couldn't be on television today. So I'm wondering how they adapt that sense to common day, while also catching us up to the present and making us feel like we're still in Stars Hollow and not some weird parallel 2015 version of Stars Hollow. I'm confident that Amy Sherman-Palladino can do it. I'm just - I'm curious to how.

MARTIN: There's some characters that won't be there. Lorelai's dad, who was played by Edward Herman, he passed away.

PORTER: What's interesting about this new revival is going to be that Rory, or Alexis Bledel, is going to be the same age as Lorelai was when the show started, if they keep with current time, which is kind of a mindbender.

MARTIN: Rory was always taking care of her mom, and Lorelai, the mom, was always kind of the flighty one who didn't have her act together. Do you want to see those roles reversed? I mean, would it really be satisfying to see Lorelai kind of grow up? I don't know.

ADEJUYIGBE: It wouldn't be satisfying because it's not a journey that we went on. Like, if - I think the best way to see Lorelai is to see her however she was in season seven. I don't want it to be the kind of thing where we're told she's changed and then we have a few seconds to catch up to the fact that she's changed.

MARTIN: Are any of the show's producers seeking advice from you guys?

ADEJUYIGBE: Absolutely not and they should not.


ADEJUYIGBE: Because if they sought our advice, we'd give them insane storylines.

PORTER: Amy Sherman-Palladino texted me, but I was busy so I haven't texted her back yet.

MARTIN: Yeah, I'm sure. You had other things to do, yeah.

PORTER: Yeah, that's right (laughter).

MARTIN: Kevin Porter and Demi Adejuyigbe, they are the hosts of the podcast Gilmore Guys. They joined us from our studios at NPR West. Hey, thanks you two.

ADEJUYIGBE: Thank you.

PORTER: Thank you so much.

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