The Paramount Theater in Austin, Texas became a celebration of all things Gilmore Girls and Amy Sherman-Palladino when the still-adored WB show reunited on Saturday evening at the ATX Television Festival. Surprisingly hat-less creator Amy Sherman-Palladino was accompanied by stars Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Kelly Bishop, and much of the rest of the Stars Hollow gang, noticeably minus Melissa McCarthy, who wasn’t mentioned once. After playing the theme song and credits, as the audience sang along, the event began with a family reunion, where the Gilmore women and Sherman-Palladino spoke about how the show came to be, including how Graham and Bledel didn’t meet until filming. Then the rest of the cast joined them on the stage, sitting in chairs from the Stars Hollow sets.
The last armchair was placed in honor of the late Gilmore patriarch Edward Herrmann, who passed away in December. Sherman-Palladino cut together a video tribute to Richard, after which all three Gilmore girls were seen wiping away tears. Later, she recounted how Hermann would yell at her on the dailies because of multiple takes: “We’re not puppets!”
The direction of the show was clear to Sherman-Palladino. “I always had a feel for where we were going,” she said. “Shows have a life of their own and they surprise you.” Her approach to writing came from her time on Roseanne, where the motto was “make the small big, make the big small.” She explained, “It’s in the small moments that life changes, and the big, giant headlines have got to be there to serve the small ones.” This can be seen in the pilot’s dinner scene, which summed up the heart of show. “The core of it,” Sherman-Palladino said, “the interplay, the sniping between Lorelai and Emily, the way that the past came up, the way Rory was caught in the middle.”
Throughout the evening, questions ranged from the future of each actor’s character (see below) to their most popular lines. When asked about the origins of Lorelai’s oft-quoted, “Oy, with the poodles already,” Sherman-Palladino explained, “It’s this extremely white-bred goyim family, and all they did was talk and argue, like Jews. So she’s just going to start talking like a Jew.” She added, “There’s something so wrong and so right about this.”
The men who played Rory’s boyfriends picked which #Team they’re on. Milo Ventimiglia (rebel loner Jess) chose Dean, explaining that “Logan was a dick.” Jared Padalecki (floppy-haired Dean) and Matt Czuchry (wealthy Logan) both went with Jess. Czuchry called back to something Sherman-Palladino previously said: “The right boyfriend came at the right time. They each brought something out in Rory that she needed at that time.” Alexis Bledel refused to pick.
Getting Lorelai and Luke together couldn’t happen until the entire plotline was figured out. “There’s so much to mine in characters,” Sherman-Palladino said, “when you jump to that next moment, you’re going to lose three or four moments.”
As for the rumors of an on-screen extension of the show, heavily hinted at by Scott Patterson on the Gilmore Guys podcast? Ain’t happening. That isn’t to say a movie or another season on Netflix is off the table, but Sherman-Palladino said, “It would have to be the right everything,” adding, “It would have to be honored in a certain way.”
Sherman-Palladino has only accidentally seen episodes from Season 7, which she was not a part of, on ABC Family, the same channel that declined to renew her other (great) show Bunheads. When asked to finally reveal her infamous final four words, Sherman-Palladino refused, as did her husband Daniel, the only other person alive who knows what they are. Graham, for one, doesn’t want to know, unless “either I am saying them or I’m listening to someone say them who’s in the show, the way it was intended. Otherwise I would feel sad to know what I wasn’t a part of.”