Whenever it comes up I find myself explaining to someone how it is that I've come to watch every episode of "Gilmore Girls." I never watched it during its original-airing period, but after landing a hotel manager position I had a brief fascination with TV shows and movies that had characters that shared my job title. I watched "The Shining," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," and, since Lorelai Gilmore was an inn manager, I started to watch "Gilmore Girls." 

In the first two seasons I kind of identified with the Dean Forester character and that hooked me into the series on Neflix for about a month and a half in early 2015.

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The one thing I hated about the show was the butchering of Dean's character on his way out, namely the infidelity. I thought that it would have been better if he redeemed himself in the plot somehow, but otherwise I thought that it was a pretty good show.

An official trailer for the upcoming "Gilmore Girls" revival shows are out. The setting is Stars Hollow nine years into the future from the last episode, which makes it in real time. I barely saw Jared Padalecki in the trailer and I wonder how much he'll be in the shows.

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He has enjoyed so much success with "Supernatural" that he can't need the work anymore than the Olsen twins needed to get involved with the "Full House" revival.

Other characters/actors or actresses that I saw in the trailer include the following:

  • Lorelai (Lauren Graham)
  • Rory (Alexis Bledel)
  • Luke (Scott Patterson)
  • Michel (Yanic Truesdale)
  • Emily (Kelly Bishop)
  • Kirk (Sean Gunn)
  • Babette (Sally Struthers)
  • Jess (Milo Ventimiglia)
  • Sookie (Melissa McCarthy)
  • Paris (Liza Weil)

Dealing with the real-life death of Hermann

The trailer shows how the writers worked with the real-life death of Ed Hermann, the man who played Lorelai's father.

Tragically, Hermann died on New Year's Eve in 2014 and the "Gilmore Girls" producers decided to work Hermann's death into the plot. That's a better option than hiring another actor to play the role, one that the audience may not have accepted. Another option would have been keeping Richard off camera for the four-part revival and maybe alluding to him as being away on business or something like that. However, that would have been a break from the show's conventions as well as he appeared in all 154 episodes according to IMDB's credits.

In the trailer we learn that Richard Gilmore, like Ed Hermann, has died. His death hints at a subplot as Emily now has to pick up the pieces of her life after a 50-year marriage. A huge painting of Richard features largely in one scene in the trailer and there appears to be a funeral for him as well.

The main-character conflicts

It seems that Lorelai is having some kind of mid-life crisis with a hint that her and Luke need to rekindle their romance.

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"I thought that I knew exactly what I wanted," Lorelai says, "where I was going, but lately I don't know - things seem hazier." Rory isn't having a mid-life crisis as her character would still be too young for that. However, the following remark she makes hints at professional problems: "I have no job, I have no credit, I have no underwear."

The trailer is below and the date for the release of the first part is November 25th. Incidentally that is Black Friday 2016 so perhaps all kinds of "Gilmore Girls" paraphernalia will be in the malls and sold online.

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