'Gilmore Girls' Producer Files Lawsuit Over Netflix Revival
By John Boone
We're not letting anything harsh our Gilmore Girls revival high.
We only just got our first look at Netflix's big Stars Hallow reunion, but now behind-the-scenes drama is starting to arise. Gavin Polone, a producer on the original series, has filed a lawsuit against Warner Bros. Television for breach of contract and wants at least $195,000 in damages.
According to court documents obtained by ET, Palone claims to have developed the show with creator Amy Sherman-Palladino back in 1999, and his contract dictates that he make $32,500 for each episode produced after 2003, a percentage of earnings from the show and an executive producer credit.
Per the docs, Warner Bros. TV has responded by arguing that the 90-minute mini-movies are "derivative works" based on Gilmore Girls and that the revival is not considered a "television series" because Netflix is producing it instead of a traditional broadcast network.
This isn't Palone's first Gilmore-related grievance. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the producer filed a complaint against WBTV and The WB in 2008, claiming breach of contract.
Oy with the lawsuits already!
Thankfully, this doesn't overshadow the good news from last week: Melissa McCarthy is officially back as Sookie St. James! "Amy Sherman-Palladino is going to squeeze me in to do it, and I'm very happy to go back to Stars Hollow," the comedian revealed.
Watch McCarthy's exciting announcement in the video below.