UP FRONTS: CW’s New Fall Shows

 

The CW Cancels ‘Veronica Mars’
By DAVID BAUDER

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NEW YORK (AP) – The CW network canceled the cult hit “Veronica Mars” and will try to pick up steam in its second year with series about the snobby rich, transplanted families and a bounty hunter for the devil.

The network, created out of the ashes of the former WB and UPN, had already ended the long-running family dramas “7th Heaven” and “Gilmore Girls.” On Thursday the ax fell on “Veronica Mars,” which starred Kristen Bell as a wisecracking teenage private eye.

Corporate parents CBS Corp. and Time Warner Inc. had hoped the CW could become a fifth major network by combining the best of its predecessors, but it has often slipped behind Univision in the ratings during a disappointing first year.

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The new “Gossip Girl,” about a group of prep school teenagers in Manhattan, will be given the biggest push. The CW scheduled it for Wednesdays at 9 p.m. after its top-rated program, “America’s Next Top Model.”

The CW’s only new comedy, “Aliens in America,” is about a high school student trying to adjust to a Pakistani exchange student. “Life is Wild” is a drama about a New York City family spending a year at a game reserve in South Africa.

The new drama “Reaper” features one of the CW’s oldest new characters: a 21-year-old. His parents sold his soul to the devil and he’s assigned to track down evil escapees from hell.

On Sunday nights, the network will debut “The CW Now,” an entertainment-oriented newsmagazine for 18-to-34-year-olds. “Online Nation” will talk about what’s hot on the Web.

In midseason, the CW will bring on a reality show, “Farmer Wants a Wife,” about a country guy choosing among 10 women fed up with big-city prospects.

The CW’s prime-time schedule for the fall TV season:

Monday

8 p.m. – “Everybody Hates Chris”

8:30 p.m. – “Aliens in America”

9 p.m. – “Girlfriends”

9:30 p.m. – “The Game”

Tuesday

8 p.m. – “Beauty and the Geek”

9 p.m. – “Reaper”

Wednesday

8 p.m. – “America’s Next Top Model”

9 p.m. – “Gossip Girl”

Thursday

8 p.m. – “Smallville”

9 p.m. – “Supernatural”

Friday

8 p.m. – “Friday Night Smackdown!”

Sunday

7 p.m. – “The CW Now”

7:30 p.m. – “Online Nation”

8 p.m. – “Life is Wild”

9 p.m. – “America’s Next Top Model” reruns

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Kirk’s Favorite GG Episodes

From EW:

COUNTDOWN!

Gunning For the Last Laugh

Sean Gunn, who plays one of the show’s quirkier characters, talks about his favorite on-the-set moments, from playing Jesus to being terrorized by his cat

EYE OF THE TIGER A determined Kirk became Stars Hollow’s five-time dance champ

Mitchell Haddad

All About

Gilmore Girls

Sean Gunn, aka Stars Hollow’s resident buffoon Kirk, was mentally prepared for Gilmore Girls to end its seven-season run (tonight at 8 p.m. on the CW) — just not for how he found out about it on the same day as fans did. ”I got a text message from Cher, the season 2 winner of Beauty and the Geek,” he says, kindly pausing for laughter. ”’Sorry to hear about your show.’ That’s how I found out it had just got canceled.” Because the series’ fate hadn’t been decided at the time of last month’s annual wrap party, the cast never got the blow-out they deserved. To give Gunn a proper send-off, we asked him to countdown his Top 10 favorite Kirk episodes. It was the least we could do…especially if we wanted to hear the words ”Cat Kirk” again.

10. Season 3’s ”Haunted Leg”
It’s the one where… Kirk asks Lorelei (Lauren Graham) out on a date. ”She’s worried the whole episode, How am I gonna get around this?, and then in the last scene she says, ‘Oh, you’re a nice guy, but we should just be friends,’ and Kirk is very upset. It’s actually one of the closest things I have to a dramatic moment on the show, even though it’s kinda absurd. I’d like to believe that Lorelei made a massive mistake there.”

9. Season 3’s ”They Shoot Gilmores, Don’t They?”
It’s the one where… Lorelei is determined to keep Kirk from winning the Stars Hollow dance marathon yet again. ”The final moment, where I’m hoisting my trophy and running around to the theme from Rocky, is one of my favorites. I wish I could say I improvised that, but I didn’t. That was all in the script.”

8. Season 5’s ”Blame Booze and Melville”
It’s the one where… Luke (Scott Patterson) and Kirk put in competing bids on the Twickham house. ”I get to really be a villain in that episode, which I enjoy. I’d always rather be a jerk than a loser. Unfortunately, Kirk usually skews more toward loser.”

7. Season 3’s ”Face-Off”
It’s the one where… Kirk announces the hockey game. ”I have a line that I love: ‘So it’s back to the desert for the [Stars Hollow] Minutemen, perhaps for another 40 years. Of course, by then, I’ll be 70 years old. A lot of the rest of you will probably be dead. Taylor, you’ll be dead. Babbette, Miss Patty…that man there in the hat.”’

6. Season 2’s ”Teach Me Tonight”
It’s the one where… A Film by Kirk has its world premiere. ”There’s a Stars Hollow film festival, and every year, Taylor [Michael Winters] shows The Yearling. Lorelei’s like, ‘Oh god, let’s show something better this year,’ so she’s [put] in charge of it. Kirk goes to her and says, ‘I don’t know if you know this, but I’m an auteur and I’ve been working on this short film for five years.’ And then it’s this bizarre, black-and-white arty film. When I meet fans, this is one of the two episodes people mention the most. Everybody loves A Film by Kirk.” (Yes, those were his own dance moves.)

 

KIRK IN ‘THE FESTIVAL OF LIVING ART’ ”I love that episode…. It didn’t look like — I’m trying to think of a polite way to diss the WB — shoddy production values”

5. Season 2’s ”A-Tisket, A-Tasket”
It’s the one where… Kirk wins the basket Sookie (Melissa McCarthy) made for Jackson (Jackson Douglas) at the annual Stars Hollow Picnic Basket Auction. ”We shot it when I was still just a guest star, going from episode to episode. It was the first time they gave Kirk any sort of backstory. Jackson comes to me, and we have a scene on a park bench that for whatever reason is still just about my favorite scene I’ve ever done on the show. I say [to him], ‘Look, you don’t understand, some of us don’t have girlfriends to make baskets for them, and I grew up in a house with 12 brothers and sisters and nobody ever made me a basket.’ I end up selling him back the basket for like $250, and ask him for two forms of ID for a check. It’s funny, but it’s kinda sad, too.”

4. Season 4’s ”Raincoats and Recipes”
It’s the one where… Kirk runs naked through Luke and Lorelei’s kiss outside the newly opened Dragonfly Inn. ”Everybody remembers the maniacal yelling, but I prefer the earlier scene that sets it up. I go and talk to Luke and tell him I have these night terrors. ‘I’m used to it now, but I don’t want to end up ninja-kicking or strangling Lulu [Rini Bell] in her sleep.’ It’s just very matter-of-fact.” Uh-huh, but back to the nudity. ”That pillow really is all I got. I remember after the first take, walking by [Graham and Patterson]. They were kinda laughing, kinda uncomfortable. I said, ‘Was I too big?’ I think that broke the tension a little bit.”

3. Season 5’s ”Jews and Chinese Food”
It’s the one where… Kirk plays Tevia in the elementary school’s production of Fiddler on the Roof. ”Here’s the backstory: Before Gilmore Girls even started, [executive producers Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino] had gone to see a friend’s young child in a production of Fiddler on the Roof, and Tevia was played by an enormous black man, who was the music director of the school. They said it was one of the most bizarre things they’ve ever seen, and they knew they had to recreate it. But for years they couldn’t get the rights [to Fiddler]. We used the same backstory: The role’s too big, none of the kids can do it, and so we needed an adult. It’s hysterical because Kirk is singing ”Do You Love Me?” to an 8-year-old girl, but at the same time, Luke and Lorelei are listening and having a moment. To me, that makes for good TV: when you can simultaneously contrast something totally absurd with something kinda dramatic and touching.”

2. Season 3’s ”A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving”
It’s the one where… Kirk gets a cat that he names Kirk. ”This is the other episode fans say is their favorite. What I really like about it is that all the action takes place offscreen, which to me is always funnier. The last scene, where Kirk is bandaged and describing how Cat Kirk is terrorizing him, is the only time in the whole seven years of doing the show that I can remember doing a take, and having Dan Palladino say, ‘Sean, that was a little too big. Can you bring it down a little bit?”’

1. Season 4’s ”The Festival of Living Art”
It’s the one where… Stars Hollow hosts a pose-as-famed-artwork festival, and Kirk goes ”Method” while playing Jesus in Da Vinci’s ”The Last Supper.” ”I love that episode because everything works. Everything that happens is hilarious. It was also the number-one most grueling episode to shoot for me. The makeup artists won an Emmy for that show [the only one Gilmore Girls ever won], which they richly deserved. It looked fantastic. It didn’t look like — I’m trying to think of a polite way to diss the WB — shoddy production values. Actually, there is a great still photo from that episode, where it looks like a nice little tableau of ‘The Last Supper,’ but it’s all people and I’m in the middle as Jesus. I had a bunch of copies framed and gave them to my family members for Christmas that year.”

Gilmore Girls (Spoiler Alert!): Was It a Perfect Ending?

Gilmore Girls (Spoiler Alert!): Was It a Perfect Ending?

May 16, 2007

Would you have ended the show’s seven-season run differently? While we weren’t biting our nails over whether Luke’s tucked-away necklace would find its way onto Lorelai’s neck (of course it would!), it was satisfying to see some of the storylines tied up, with the world still wide open for newly minted online reporter Miss Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel).  And while the town farewell to Rory was picture perfect, the best part may have been seeing the mother and daughter sitting at their usual table at the diner at 5 in the morning, framed in the window, bantering as if it was the day we first laid eyes on them.

So what did you think? Did it end the way it should have?

Photo: Bruce Birmelin/The CW

Gilmore Girls Series Finale Tonight

 

Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel by Mark Liddell/The CWGilmore Girls

8 pm/ET CW New

Television banter may never be this fast again! As the series ends its seven-year run, we say goodbye to one of TV’s most endearing mother-daughter duos (and to society matron Emily Gilmore, whose portrayer, Kelly Bishop, was a pure joy to watch). Tonight’s finale comes at an appropriate time, with Rory getting her dream job as a political journalist and preparing to leave home. And it looks as though Luke and Lorelai may get a second chance at romance. Journalist Christiane Amanpour has a cameo. — Bill EcklundWatch more of Gilmore Girls in our Online Video Guide.

Q&A: Gilmore Girls’ Scott Patterson

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Exclusive Q&A: Gilmore Girls‘ Scott Patterson

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Scott Patterson by Mark Lidell/The CW

 

It’s sort of fitting that death was staring Scott Paterson in the face when word of Gilmore Girls’ demise came down. In Toronto shooting the horror sequel Saw 4, “I was on the set [filming a scene] when the news broke,” he recounts. “I flipped open my cell phone and saw there were, like, 15 messages. I was like, “Ooooh, that’s either really good or really bad.” For fans of Patterson’s gruff-but-lovable Luke Danes, it was most certainly the latter. And Patterson himself? How does he feel about bidding Stars Hollow adieu after seven years? And what was his relationship with sparring partner Lauren Graham really like? Read on and find out…

What was your reaction to hearing that the show was ending?
Patterson: I kind of expected it, actually. And I think I was probably a little relieved, and disappointed at the same time. So many things went through me when I heard the news. I wasn’t terribly shocked. I know a lot of people were very optimistic, but I wasn’t one of them.

Why not?
Patterson: To continue to do something like that there has to be a real passion for it. I didn’t sense there was any passion left, and, therefore, little reason to do it.

Are you speaking about yourself?
Patterson: Not me, just a general sense. The mood on the set was that it had run its course. Creatively, maybe, certain cast members were bankrupt and wanted to recharge their batteries in another venue. But there are a myriad of [factors] that go into these decisions; it’s not just one thing.

But you were prepared to return if it was renewed?
Patterson: Yeah. I signed a deal a couple of months ago. I was all set. I also have a holding deal, which means that [Warner Bros.] is looking to place me in another series as we speak. I was covered either way.

What are you going to miss?
Patterson: Just having a regular job. (Laughs) That’ll be an adjustment. We all struggle for all these years to get to this point and you never think in a million years that you’re going to look in the mirror one day and say, “I need to do something else.” When it becomes redundant and repetitive and old hat, it’s nice to change the music a little bit.

Was the vibe on the set different this year with [series creator] Amy [Sherman-Palladino] gone?
Patterson: Yeah, there was a perceptible change. Lauren was a producer this year, and there was a little more leeway in how things were shaped. The actors had more input than in the previous six years. And it was less work — I’m not qualifying that either way, whether it was good or bad. That’s just the way it was.

Was it bittersweet that Amy wasn’t there at the end?
Patterson: I think it was. I miss her like crazy. I always loved it when she directed an episode, or when she visited the set. She just energized the whole place. Just a lovely woman and a dear, dear friend. That’s the most important thing that I took away from this: my friendship with Amy. I will always do whatever I can to help her. Like I told her on the phone, “Not only would I hide a body for you, I would chop one up as well.”

Were you satisfied with the way the Luke and Lorelai story was wrapped up?
Patterson: No, I wasn’t, because there was still a lot of life left in it. But also, less is more, because it leaves in the audience’s imagination where it could go, and that’s really good writing. Why give them the full meal? And I know fans are a little upset because they feel unsatisfied. They feel like they hung in there for so long and didn’t get the full monty, so to speak. But I think the show will live in their imaginations longer as a result of this type of an ending.

A lot of fans Luke and Lorelai fans feel cheated because she spent so much of the season with Christopher.
Patterson: But what could they do? They were really faced with doing it the way they did it or pull a Deus ex machina, and that would have been really bad. I think that would’ve turned the fans off even more. Look, the fans were the show. We really felt the presence of the fans. What a terrific and loyal group of people they are. I think they have 152 episodes of Gilmore Girls to go over again and again and relive. It’s a lot of work that’s in there and I think at the end of the day, they’re going to take away from this that they’ve had a good run as well.

What did you think of the April storyline?
Patterson: I personally loved it. I think it gave Luke dimension. It humanized him more. It showed Luke in a much different light than what we were used to seeing. I know a lot of fans resisted April initially, but I thought it really helped the show. I think fans were a little perturbed because it delayed what they considered to be the inevitable, but this is what happens sometimes in life. I thought it was very cleverly done. And Vanessa is just a delight to work with, and a true professional.

Over the years there’s been speculation that you and Lauren had some rocky times. Would you say that’s accurate?
Patterson: No, I think it’s not accurate. I think it’s really inaccurate. And I think people thrive on rumor and innuendo; that sells papers, gets people to click on websites. Lauren has always been pretty much the rock of that whole production. She did the lion’s share of the work, and she did it with real aplomb. I wouldn’t have wanted that schedule. Not for 10 minutes would I have wanted that schedule. I mean, that schedule would’ve broken a workhorse, and she just plowed through it every day and it was pretty amazing to watch. We would hear those things and just laugh. We had a very comfortable working relationship. I enjoyed doing scenes with her because I knew she was going to hit the ball back over the net as good as she got. All of that stuff is just overblown.

Would you like to work with her again?
Patterson: Oh, absolutely. I would work with her again in a heartbeat. She happens to be a very, very, very good actress. I would jump at the chance to work with her again.

Do you feel like you were cheated out of saying a formal good-bye to the cast and crew since the decision came down after you were done filming?
Patterson: That part was unfortunate. But in Hollywood, when you’re trying to make the best deal you can, unfortunately, that type of thing is going to happen from time-to-time. I don’t think [Lauren and Alexis] had a choice. They chose a certain tactic and they stuck to their guns, which is admirable. I haven’t talked to either Lauren or Alexis about the situation, but I guess they just felt like the deal just wasn’t good enough for them. If they felt the deal was good enough, they would’ve signed. But I don’t really know the details.

I posed this question to Lauren and I’ll as you as well: Would you be up for doing a Gilmore Girls reunion movie penned by Amy?
Patterson: I don’t even see that happening in the hypothetical sense. (Laughs)

What’s next?
Patterson: The movies are beginning to stack up. I have about four or five lined up in a row. I’m also up for the lead in Repo! A Genetic Opera. Darren Lynn Bousman is directing it, and he’s just amazing. I have a big singing audition for him tomorrow in full wardrobe. I’m very excited about it. This is the upside of Gilmore ending, because now a whole new world is opening up and it’s really thrilling.

Next Season on TV

The TV upfronts are next week. The excitement and speculation for which shows will get their pilots picked and which remaining shows not yet renewed will return.

Gossip Girl cast

Today in TV Guide they listed some of the possibilities. The one I am most excited about has to be Josh Schwartz’s Gossip Girl for the CW, great cast and will fill a void left by the OC and even Gilmore Girls (tears).

Unlike many of the bad and cool reviews towards Grey’s 2.0, I actually loved it, even a bit more than the original Grey’s. I am a big Taye Diggs fan from way back so that helps and there’s the one that play’s Piz on Veronica, I thought the cast was having more fun than the original’s; LA’s laid back vibe was really evident. It was like a medical more mature OC, I know a far stretch; but it could really work.

On the returning front I would miss Supernatural even more than Gilmore Girls, if it wouldn’t return. I always thought Gilmore Girls stopped being good when they let go of Jared Padalecki. Here’s hoping the rating speak for themselves and it get renewed. Because if Veronica Mars with praticularly the worst rating can possibly get renewe, Supernatural should be a slam dunk!

Fall 2007: The Latest Word on the Hottest Pilots

With the upfronts mere moments (OK, days) away, here is the Hollywood Reporter‘s report on where each network stands regarding new shows… and some surprising returns:

ABC
Comedies: Sam I Am, Miss/Guided and (Ain’t It Cool be damned) Cavemen. Knights of Prosperity and Notes from the Underbelly have shots at encores, and George Lopez has the edge over According to Jim in returning. Dramas: Pushing Daisies, Dirty Sexy Money, Eli Stone, Football Wives, Cashmere Mafia and Marlowe have strong buzz. “Grey’s 2.0″ is looking at a 10 pm Wednesday, 9 or 10 pm Monday, or Thursday-at-10 slot.

CBS
Comedies: Fugly, The Big Bang Theory, The Captain and I’m in Hell. Dramas: Babylon Fields, The Man, Viva Laughlin and the Jimmy Smits/rum dynasty series (which, rumor has it, may bump Shark to Close to Home‘s slot).

NBC
Comedies: The IT Crowd, Business Class and Lipshitz Saves the World. Dramas: Too many to list, but the pack is led by David Eick’s The Bionic Woman.

Fox
Comedies: ‘Til Death is expected back, to be paired with Grammer-Heaton’s Action News. Dramas: The Sarah Connor Chronicles is eyed as a companion piece to 24. Also in contention are K-Ville, Them and Canterbury’s Law.

CW
Reaper has joined Gossip Girl in getting a green light to start staffing.

Scoop on Gilmore Girls

This week’s Ask Ausiello was almost entirely devoted to the Gilmore Girls finale and even featured an interview with Matt Czuchry.

 

Gilmore Girls by Greg Gayne/The CWMatt Czuchry and Alexis Bledel, Gilmore Girls

 

Question: How are you coping with the loss of your beloved Gilmore Girls?— Stacy

Ausiello: I have good days and bad days. Today is a good day, thanks in large part to my friends at Pfizer. Warning to all you GG-haters: Considering this is the last Ask Ausiello of the Gilmore era, this week’s column is a veritable Stars Hollowpalooza. Yep, I’m throwing in everything but the kitchen sink. On second thought, the sink’s going in, too.

Question: Is Gilmore Girls really going to end with Logan and Rory broken up? ‘Cause that would suck!— Caitburke

Ausiello: Yep, they’re finished. Sad but true. Knowing you guys would be broken up about it on this, the morning after the big split, I literally went to the ends of the earth to bring you an exclusive little pick-me-up: an exit interview with Logan himself, Matt Czuchry. Due to his travel schedule — he’s currently in Austria visiting his family — the Mattster was unable to talk to me over the phone in time to meet my deadline. But being the unbelievably awesome human being that he is, he went ahead and e-mailed me answers to questions he thought I would ask. So, without further delay, I give you Gilmore Girls‘ exiting Matt Czuchry, in his own words.

On Gilmore Girls coming to a close: It is an honor for me to have been part of such a well-loved show for the past three seasons. I know that the fans will miss the connection they have developed over the past seven seasons, and I will miss working with my friends on a project that I believed in so passionately.

• How I found out Gilmore Girls was officially not coming back: Currently I am in Vienna, Austria, visiting my family. I checked my cell-phone messages and one message referenced the official word regarding the end of the show. As I was listening to the message, my niece was calling for me in the other room. She was saying, “Uncle Matt, do you want to color with me?” These are the moments in life that make it all so beautiful.

• On Logan’s story line in last night’s episode: The joy of Gilmore Girls has always centered around [the relationship between] Lorelai and Rory. I was very happy in regards to Logan’s story line when I read the script for Episode 21. The conclusion for Logan and Rory’s relationship preserves the integrity and beauty of the show’s best quality.

• On the last scene for Logan and Rory: The last scene for Logan and Rory was such an important scene for Alexis and me. We wanted to get the thing right, knowing that there were three years of history between these two characters. The scene had so much weight for us as people and as actors that it was hard to just play the moments and do our jobs effectively. I’ve seen the end result and I am happy with it. But at the same time, it’s hard to believe that that’s really it. It’s all done.

• The impact of Logan: Logan’s effect on Rory and the change that he brought in Rory over the past three seasons, and thus the change that Logan brought to the story lines of the show overall, has been an extreme pleasure to be a part of. Rory goes off into the world changed by her direct experiences with Logan. For Logan to be there at the end of such a beloved show is special for me both as an actor and as a fan of the show.

Question: Thank you for the Lauren Graham interview. I love her even more now.— Suz

Ausiello: And you’re going to love me even more when I tell you I saved a few gems from the interview for Ask Ausiello! Toward the end of our chat, I asked her if she was sad that the cast and crew didn’t get a chance to formally say goodbye to each other at the wrap party last month, since, at the time, it looked like the show was coming back. “For me personally, I don’t know how I would’ve said goodbye,” she admitted. “I was so emotional anyway with things being up in the air. I feel like it would have been really hard to try to say thank you, to try to say goodbye to those 153 people.”

 

Question: I am really sorry that Gilmore Girls isn’t coming back next season. Since you have already read the finale script, can you at least tell me if it is implied that Luke and Lorelai will stay together?— Barbara

Ausiello: It’s heavily implied.

 

Question: Any idea if AS-P‘s last words are going to be the final words of the series?— Laura

Ausiello: Unfortunately, they’re not. But as Lauren mentioned in our Q&A, she would’ve asked AS-P for permission to use her final four words had she known ahead of time that the show was kaput. “I think she would’ve given it up to me had we known this was the end,” she said. “And we would’ve worked it in.”

 

Question: Now that we know Gilmore Girls is ending, have you begun stalking AS-P to find out what those last words were? I believe that she promised to tell you if the show ended this year.— Holly

Ausiello: No, I’m just sitting around waiting for her to e-mail them to me. (Beat) Of course I have begun stalking her! Mark my words: I’ll get those four words out of her if it’s the last thing I do!

 

Question: With Gilmore Girls ending, please, please, please, answer me this one question: Will Emily and Lorelai hug before the end of the series?— BLAO1028

Ausiello: (Spoiler alert) No. They do, however, have a really nice moment together — although it’s nothing compared to the final scene between Lorelai and Rory, which Lauren described for me during our chat: “It ends with a shot that mirrors the closing shot of the pilot, which really represents the show. It’s Lorelai and Rory sitting in the diner talking about really nothing. Just having a moment together.” She added that most of the story lines get resolved by the end of the hour. “Had we come back, I think it would’ve been a little bit like, ‘Oops, never mind!'”

 

Question: Thanks for the amazing interview with Lauren Graham. It made me cry, especially the last part when she thanked the fans.— Tamy Ponczyk

Ausiello: Keep your tissues handy. Something else I saved from my Lauren Q&A was this morsel about what might’ve happened next season if the show had returned. “Kelly Bishop said to me, ‘If we come back, I think Emily should buy half of the inn, so that we have to work together.’ It was such a great idea. Lorelai would have a new level of irritation.” Um, I don’t know about you, but to me, that sounds like the makings of one kick-ass Broadway show. And on that note, the final AA of the Gilmore era comes to an end. I’ll give you all a moment to compose yourselves. [Moment passes] OK, head on over to the Ask Ausiello Discussion Thread to debate the merits of this week’s column; check out the latest installment of my Ausiello Report vodcast for exclusive scoop on a possible Gilmore Girls reunion movie penned by Amy Sherman-Palladino (hey, stranger things have happened in this biz)

 

Gilmore Girls Final 2

With only 2 Gilmore Girls episodes left, here are the spoilers for them.

Episode 7.21: Undo The Breach
Airdate: May 8, 2007

  • Gilmore Girls04/20 – On the eve of Rory’s graduation, Emily and Richard throw her a party and perform a song in her honor. At the party, Lorelai and Christopher are reunited for the first time since their separation, and both are relieved to find they can still be friends. Logan surprises everyone at the party by proposing to Rory, but she is too shocked to give him an answer and begs Lorelai to help her decide what to do. On graduation day, Rory and Paris receive their diplomas, and Rory finally gives Logan her answer. Meanwhile, Lorelai is embarrassed about her karaoke serenade to Luke the night before, and Luke is hurt when he overhears her saying it didn’t mean anything. Melissa McCarthy and Sean Gunn also star. Source: The CW
  • 04/04 – According to Madeleine, a USC student, the show filmed the graduation scenes on USC’s campus. The graduation scene features Christopher and Lorelai standing and cheering for Rory. Emily and Richard were also there. Madeleine didn’t notice Sookie, Luke, or anyone else in the “friends” category but that doesn’t mean they won’t attend. When Rory and Logan break up, Rory will still be in her graduation garb and will hand him back a black ring box. He takes it and walks away. Source: SpoilerFix BuddyTV Spoilers Chat [Note: Yes, the black ring box means that Logan will propose to Rory. And the fact she returns it means that she’ll say no.]
  • 03/27 – Rory and Logan will decide to go their seperate ways in the May 8th episode. Source: The Ausiello Report
  • 03/21 – Rory isn’t graduating in the season/series finale on May [15], as everyone assumed. She’s graduating in the penultimate May [8] episode. And yes, Lorelai will be attending the ceremony with Christopher. Source: Ask Ausiello @ TV Guide [Note: In another of his column, Ausiello says that it was a joke that Lorelai will attend with Christopher. However, that doesn’t mean Christopher won’t be there. Some sources say Luke will attend as well.]

Episode 7.22: Bon Voyage (Series finale)
Airdate: May 15, 2007

  • 04/26 – Just as Rory lands her dream job as a political reporter, Luke enlists the help of everyone in Stars Hollow to throw her a graduation party. Emily and Richard attend the huge party, where Rory makes a speech thanking Lorelai and the whole town for giving her such a great start in life. Luke’s thoughtfulness brings out an unexpected reaction from Lorelai. Finally, on the morning that Rory leaves Stars Hollow to start her career, Luke opens the diner before dawn to share a celebratory breakfast with the Gilmore girls. CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour makes a cameo appearance as a guest at the Dragonfly Inn. Source: KTLA
  • 04/25 – [The Luke and Lorelai kiss] happens in the season finale shortly after Luke single-handedly prevents Rory’s graduation party from becoming a total washout. Source: Ask Ausiello @ TV Guide
  • 04/18 – The townsfolk throw Rory a massive graduation party since most of them couldn’t get tix to the real ceremony. I also know that the final scene features three characters and, per one source, “brings the show full circle.” Source: Ask Ausiello @ TV Guide
  • 04/18 – Rory has one last meal at the diner, and the final scene of the S7 finale mirrors the final scene of the pilot. Source: Fan Forum
  • 04/16 – Rory is going to Iowa. She gets a job with an online magazine. Lorelai cancels Rory’s party, but Luke goes ahead and plans it as a surprise. Source: Fan Forum
  • 04/12 – Lorelai and Luke come to a new understanding, Stars Hollow throws a huge graduation party for Rory, and CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour guest stars. Source: The CW
  • 04/11 – Matt Czuchry is not appearing in the finale, but Logan is referenced during a conversation between Lorelai and Rory. Source: Ask Ausiello @ TV Guide
  • 03/15 – Show-runner Dave Rosenthal has […] arranged for Rory to finally come face-to-face with her longtime idol, Christiane Amanpour! According to multiple Girls sources, CNN’s internationally renowned newshound will make a cameo in the show’s May [15] season (and likely series) finale. Amanpour’s scene is still being written, so all that’s known at this point is that she will be playing herself. Source: The Ausiello Report

It’s Here: Lauren Graham’s Final Gilmore Girls Interview

It’s Here: Lauren Graham’s Final Gilmore Girls Interview

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Lauren Graham by Mark Liddell/The CW

The fast-approaching finale of Gilmore Girls is depressing on so many levels; I get a lump in my throat contemplating even a few of them. It’s the end of an era, for starters. Lauren Graham — the closest thing Hollywood is ever likely to get to another Katharine Hepburn — may never again play a character as given to bantering at breakneck speed as Lorelai. For that matter, she may never find verbal sparring partners as worthy as Kelly Bishop and Scott Patterson. But maybe worst of all, the series’ demise probably means I’ll be talking to my favorite Girl a lot less frequently. With that weighing heavily on my mind, as we began what would be our last interview of the golden Girls age, I held nothing back. In turn, neither did she.

I hear you’re going to have a lot more free time on your hands.
Lauren Graham: (Laughs) Yes, it would seem that way.

Are you relieved that it’s over?
Graham:
I feel that way, which is not without feeling mixed and thankful for the experience. But, yeah, I feel relieved.

All indications were that the show was coming back for 13 episodes. What happened?
Graham:
Well, you know, there was a lot that went back and forth by the time the [13 episode thing] came out. I had sort of said to them a couple of months ago that I didn’t see it coming back, and they had asked to just give them some time to figure something out that would make it work. Both Alexis and I felt tired, and also creatively like the show was in a place where we were either at the end or very close to it. We really couldn’t imagine another season. I think they were trying to tempt us with 13, which was tempting, but ultimately it just wasn’t going to work for them. We needed the situation to be so ideal, and I think it just wasn’t meant to be. I do want to say that the studio and the network were very generous and very respectful in this whole process. We just didn’t want to work the schedule we’d been working. But if we’re working a lesser schedule, what is the show? The way we’d like to have done it would not have necessarily been good for the show. Right now you have me working six to seven days an episode, and Alexis doing about the same. To do anything less than that just wasn’t going to be the same show. They tried to make it appealing for us, and we tried to be imaginative, but then at the end of the day it just felt like we were trying to do something impossible.

Did you and Alexis band together during negotiations?
Graham:
Not in a formal way, but we certainly discussed what our hopes were. We were very open with each other. Most of our conversations were, “Can we imagine coming back.”

Is it true that Alexis was the harder sell?
Graham:
I don’t think that’s true. I did formally say at one point, “I’m not coming back.” Then they thought, “Well, can we do it with just Alexis?” I don’t want to speak for her, but we both went back and forth. Ultimately, neither of us wanted to do it without the other one.

Was that a real possibility?
Graham:
If she was in a place where she wanted, like, her own show or her own spin-off… They were trying to think of everything. There was a time when we thought maybe I would produce and not be on the show in the same capacity. I’ve been at this for a long time; I feel ready to move on. But they were trying to find a way to make it work. There were a lot of scenarios. I had very open conversations with Dawn Ostroff. We tried, but they ultimately said, “You know what? This is just too complicated.” And I felt so glad, because I don’t think it would’ve been the same show for another 13. We were trying to find a way we could have a slightly easier schedule, and there was really no way to do that and still have it be Gilmore Girls.

Were you happy with the show creatively this season?
Graham:
I was happy with the process. I really enjoyed [working with] the writers. I felt every year, even under Amy’s leadership, that the show evolved. For the last episode, we tried to match the final shot with the first scene from the pilot, so we went back and watched the pilot — which I haven’t seen for so long. And the show now is really different from that pilot, which was more dramatic at the time than your typical WB show. And I think it evolved and got more comedic over the years; every year was an evolution. This year was strange sometimes because I had a lot less to say, and that was really weird. For some people I’m sure that was great, but I would find myself in long scenes where I was not rattling on, and it was just really weird to me. And so I did sort of question, “Are we keeping this character consistent?” And they were responsive to me.

When we spoke last year you mentioned that you’d like to someday be given a producer credit, but you said there was no way Warner Bros. would allow it. Well, this year they gave you a producer credit. What changed?
Graham:
I really felt strongly that I was doing the job of a producer. And in order to imagine moving forward — which I was imaging at the time — I really hoped they would recognize the different job I was doing. And eventually they very nicely did. When the creator of the show is gone, the actors end up being the people who have been there the longest. And I got more involved with where the story was headed, and felt that I was having more of an active role. I just thought it was warranted.

I heard that you requested some changes to the finale script…
Graham:
How do you hear these things Mike!? Where will all your moles go now that the show is over! (Laughs)

Good question! So, what changes did you ask for?
Graham:
My feeling was [the episode] just felt too light to me — even as a season finale. I thought this should be an opportunity to say good-bye, or at least have some sort of acknowledgement of all these characters. I [also] wanted it to be more dramatic. And David Rosenthal was extremely responsive — moreso than he needed to be. So he went back and took another look at it, with more of an eye to, “How can we acknowledge all of these characters? Give everyone a moment.” I felt it was important to go a little deeper.

Do you think Luke and Lorelai fans will be satisfied with how things end?
Graham:
Yeah. You know, the other thing I felt strongly about is that this is a show that is ultimately about these girls. It started with this mother-daughter relationship, and we haven’t been a show where big events happen. So I always worried that there would be some pressure to… (Laughs) My extreme example was always, “Double wedding!” I just didn’t want there to be a big event. But there’s definitely a direction [with Luke/Lorelai] that I think will be satisfying.

Were you surprised at how reluctant fans were to let Luke and Lorelai go when she went off and married Christopher this season?
Graham:
Well, it was a tough story to follow. We got married really impulsively. I always wanted [the Luke/Lorelai/Christopher triangle] to be as complex as it could be so that there wasn’t an obvious choice. It’s like when you go see some romantic comedy movie and you’re like, “Well, obviously she shouldn’t be with that guy.” They make it too easy. I just sort of wanted them to write Christopher in a way that made it a real love triangle. But everything happened so fast. The Luke and Lorelai story is where the show started. That should be the thing they’re rooting for, because that’s what the show set up. That makes complete sense.

Conspiracy theorists maintain that you pushed for a Lorelai/Christopher romance because of your prickly relationship with Scott Patterson.
Graham:
You’re the conspiracy theorist! (Laughs) I finally figured it out!

No, I’m not! You wouldn’t believe how many questions I get about this. Is it much ado about nothing?
Graham:
Yes, it was overblown. I mean, I am closer, personally, to David [Sutcliffe]. And we’ve gone to dinner together. I always thought that maybe people thought I was trying to give him some sort of advantage because we’re friends. But that’s not it. Like I said, when a show is continuing for so long, I didn’t want there to be an obvious choice, because then the show is over; there’s nowhere to go. So I always argued for other [romantic complications] because I thought it made the story better. But I always felt that it would cheat the fans to not have the [Luke and Lorelai] relationship be important in the whole of the show.

How would you characterize your working relationship with Scott over the years?
Graham:
Totally great. It’s a working relationship, like most of them are. But he was so great in that part. I really loved my scenes with him and the chemistry we had. Our banter was among the most fun stuff to do.

Is it bittersweet ending without Amy?
Graham:
Yeah. What I hoped — and this is not to take away from David Rosenthal, who I had a really nice year with — was that she would write the finale. But that’s not the way she works. She’s either there 100 percent [or not at all]. She couldn’t just come in and pick up another story that she didn’t lay the groundwork for and finish it. I wish she had been more involved this year, because I was playing a piece of her that is so specifically her. I missed her writing.

Have you spoken to her since the announcement was made?
Graham:
We e-mailed and we’re supposed to have a drink this week.

Are you going to try and get her to divulge the final four words she had planned to end the series with?
Graham:
Oh, right — I forgot about that. I think she would’ve given it up to me had we known this was the end. That was the other weird thing about ending the show like this. When we finished [shooting], there was a 50/50 chance we’d be returning. So when we left the wrap party, we were like, “Bye! See ya next season!” Had we known [this was it], I think she would’ve given it up and we would’ve worked it in.

Favorite memories?
Graham:
Oh, gosh. There was a real kind of high — that’s the only way I can describe it — when we’d get these big athletic speeches and then nail it after 35 takes. (Laughs) And that is a feeling that I really haven’t had with another part. To do that language all systems have to be go; you have to really have a lot of concentration. And that feeling was really exhilarating. I’ll miss that experience as an actor. And there was a specific sense of humor and music to the way [Amy] would write these speeches that I’ll really miss. And these are people that I loved, whether I see them every day or not. Alexis and I fell over laughing many, many times — partially out of exhaustion. (Laughs) We really bonded in a very unique way. And I’ll miss the feeling of [being around] a crew, all of whom I know and feel really at home with and really supported by. That was not an easy show to do and that crew was really great.

Favorite episode?
Graham:
Oh my God. I literally can’t even remember the last one.

Maybe a scene that stood out?
Graham:
There really were so many. The dinner tables, while a drag to shoot because it takes forever getting all the angles, were really, really fun.

So, when’s the Gilmore Girls reunion?
Graham:
(Laughs) We’re totally doing the Gilmore Girls movie. I’m never, ever going to do anything else. There’s Gilmore Girls: The Musical. The line of clothing called Lorelai. And the perfume called Stars Hollow… No, you know, I’m promoting Evan Almighty, which comes out in June. And I have been reading a lot. And sleeping. (Laughs) But I’m auditioning for things, and I’m going to try and do another movie soon.

Would you do another TV series?
Graham:
I would do another TV series, but not right away. I love TV. I think I’d do a half-hour single camera comedy. But I’m going to really just enjoy this time and make sure I’m ready to do something new. If I had the best thing in front of me right now I don’t know that I’d be able to be excited about it, ’cause I think [you have to make room] to let the other thing pass. So, yeah, I’d love to take a year and see what else I can do.

Anything you’d like to say to the fans?
Graham:
Just that I’ve been truly thankful for their support and for their fanaticism (Laughs) and their investment in these characters through all the ups and downs of a seven-year process. I can’t tell you what a kick I get out of [hearing from the fans], especially the younger people over the years who have grown up with the show and have [developed] a bond with a family member from a different generation while watching it together. I hope when I’m 55 and I’ve been out of a job for a long time and those girls are running the studios that they remember Lorelai Gilmore.

Why Gilmore Girls Had to End

Unfortunately greed has caused our beloved Gilmore Girls to come to a premature end, before any of the major stories fans had invested so much time in would have been properly concluded. We will never see a Luke and Lorelai wedding, never know what truly becomes of Rory. It is a great, great disappointment for longtime fans.

From Ausiello:

Why Gilmore Girls Had to End

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Gilmore Girls by Mark Liddell/The CW

In the end, they just couldn’t strike a deal.

That, in a nutshell, is the reason Gilmore Girls isn’t returning for an eighth season.

Multiple sources confirm that Warner Bros. recently made one final offer to Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel that included sizeable salary bumps for both in exchange for a shortened 13-episode season. As is now obvious, that offer was rejected.

The good news? The May 15 finale was meant to serve as either a series or season finale. And having just read the script, I can assure you that it is an extremely satisfying conclusion to the series. As I previously teased, it brings Gilmore full circle.

The official statement is below.

“Announcing the final season of Gilmore Girls is truly a sad moment for everyone at The CW and Warner Bros. Television. This series helped define a network and created a fantastic, storybook world featuring some of television’s most memorable, lovable characters. We thank Amy Sherman-Palladino, Dan Palladino, Dave Rosenthal, the amazing cast led by Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel as well as the producers, writers and crew for giving us this delightful gem for the past seven years. We would also like to thank the critics and Gilmore fans for their passionate support and promise to give this series the send off it deserves.”

Much more to come. In the meantime, post your eulogies below. Stay strong, guys.Gilmore Girls comes to a close after seven seasons

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The CW and Warner Bros. TV have announced that they will cease production on Gilmore Girls after this season’s final episode, which airs May 15. The announcement ends speculation that the dramedy would return for short, 13-episode run next season intended to wrap the series. The CW and WBTV released a joint statement that said: ”Announcing the final season of Gilmore Girls is truly a sad moment for everyone at The CW and Warner Bros. Television. This series helped define a network and created a fantastic, storybook world featuring some of television’s most memorable, lovable characters…. [We] promise to give this series the send off it deserves.” (Variety)

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