There could be more Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life in the future.
Two months after Netflix sent out a cryptic tweet that led fans to speculate another season may be on the horizon, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos didn’t exactly debunk the rumors.
In fact, he revealed that the streaming service was in “very preliminary” talks with Gilmore Girls creators Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino for a continuation of the revival series.
“We hope [there are more installments]. We obviously loved the success of the show, fans loved how well it was done, it delivered what they hoped,” Sarandos told the U.K.’s Press Association.
“The worst thing is to wait a couple of years for your favorite show to come back and for it to disappoint you, but they sure delivered and people were really excited about more, and we have been talking to them about the possibility of that,” he continued.
Though nothing official has been set in stone, this new update leaves the door open on the idea that Rory and Lorelai Gilmore’s stories aren’t finished just yet.
Alexis Bledel told reporters in January that there “hasn’t been a conversation as of yet” about another revival. And in December, Netflix sent fans in a tizzy when it sent out a tweet referencing the cliffhanger at the end of A Year in the Life, when Rory revealed to Lorelai that she was pregnant. The identity of the father was not revealed, which the tweet referenced.
It wouldn’t be impossible to gather the troops again, though many of them are tied to other jobs. According to TVLine, Lauren Graham will headline Fox’s half-hour comedy pilot, Linda From HR, while Bledel will recur on Hulu’s upcoming adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale.
But not everyone seems to think continuing the Gilmore Girls arc would be a good thing.
This Is Us star Milo Ventimiglia, who appeared in the final two installments of A Year in the Life as Jess Mariano, was candid about why he was OK moving on.
“I had dinner with Dan and Amy this week, and funny, we actually didn’t talk about Gilmore at all,” revealed Ventimiglia, who was in his mid-20s when he landed Gilmore Girls in the early 2000s, during a chat on the Build Series last week in New York City.
“As an actor, you constantly want to evolve,” he said, adding, “But I’m constantly trying to evolve and grow, and I think when you have a show that is so far in the past, like over a decade in the past, to visit it once, hey, it’s a blast -- you see some old friends, jump into the shoes and the leather jacket of an old character. But then, you’re like, ‘OK, cool. We gave you that last slice of pie. I’m going to go back to this other show I have called This Is Us and the other gigs that I’m working on.’”
“So, as much as I would love for audiences to have more, it’s also like, guys, just accept what you got and that you got a little bit more, which is awesome,” he continued. “Not everybody gets that.”
This is a 180 from what Ventimiglia said in December at the Critics' Choice TV Awards, where he told ET he'd "be happy to be there" if another revival came to be.
At the end of A Year in the Life, Ventimiglia’s Jess was seen resorting back to his old ways, leaving Stars Hollow after fibbing to his uncle, Luke, that he would make it back in time for his wedding to Lorelai.
As for the theory that Jess fathered Rory’s baby, Ventimiglia struck down that rumor during his Build Series session: “No, it is not Jess’ baby. I feel like everybody’s like, ‘But what if he came out with a pompadour, leather jacket and a smart brain?!’”
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