Where they lead, we will follow.
Reunited publicly for the first time since the show ended in 2007, the cast of the Gilmore Girls assembled on stage for a panel at the ATX Television Festival in Texas.
On stage were series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, Lauren Graham (Lorelai), Alexis Bledel (Rory), Kelly Bishop (Emily), Scott Patterson (Luke), Keiko Agena (Lane), Liza Weil (Paris), Danny Strong (Doyle), Yanic Truesdale (Michel), Jackson Douglas (Jackson), John Cabrera (Brian), Liz Torres (Miss Patty), Todd Lowe (Zach) and all three of Rory’s exes: Jared Padalecki (Dean), Milo Ventimiglia (Jess) and Matt Czuchry (Logan).
An empty chair along the panel was a beautiful tribute to Edward Herrmann, who played patriarch Richard Gilmore for the entirety of the show, as was the screening of a special tribute to the actor, set to Wedding Bell Blues, the song that Richard and Emily danced to at their wedding. Who’s cutting onions?
Lets just get it out of the way now – there isn’t going to a movie. When the reunion was announced, whispers of a movie (a la Entourage) started, which Palladino was quick to squash. She didn’t say never, but as any Stars Hollow fan knows, she wasn’t around for the final season and, well, it sucked. However, Kelly Bishop did say that it would happen, so fans can wait to see whether Luke and Lorelai get their happy ending.
Highlights from the panel included:
- When asked which of the three suitors Rory should have ended up with, Milo Venimiglia blurted out that “Logan was a dick” and that he thought Rory should have ended up with Dean, whilst Jared Padalecki thought Jess. Cue awww’s from the crowd when Scott Patterson cut in with “none of you were good enough for her”, a Luke-esque comment that was only missing a backwards baseball cap and a plaid shirt.
- Liza Weil, currently starring in How to Get Away with Murder, originally auditioned for the role of Rory. She also said that she believed Paris and Doyle (played by Academy Award winner Danny Strong) were happily married, taking over the world.
- Jared Padalecki believes that his character Dean took over Doose’s Market and renamed it. Specials on cornstarch, anyone?
One thing is for certain – The Gilmore Girls, Stars Hollow and its inhabitants still have a loyal following years later, judging by the 1200 strong-crowd (braved in the Texas heat) and the global reception to any kind of news. And why not? We all wanted to be a part of Stars Hollow – the 24 hour dance marathons, eat at Al’s Pancake World and sit next to Lorelai to heckle Taylor at a town meeting.
And drink lots, and lots of coffee.