Monday, May 08, 2006

Gilmore Girls article

On a related note:

It doesn't give away much about the season finale, but stop reading here if you don't want to know anything.

I was thinking that with Rory's impending graduation, the show probably only has another year to go. After all, keeping the relationship going when realistically Rory need to move away for her first post-college job is tough. They really will have separate lives after she finishes college. It sounds like from the article that's the general feeling. It's sad to know it will end, but I'd rather it go out on a good note rather than because the show fell apart.

'Gilmore Girls' creator bids farewell with season finale
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES - "Gilmore Girls" creator Amy Sherman-Palladino is going out on a high note, with her last episode for the WB series filled with her musical favorites.

"It might be the coolest thing we've ever done," Sherman-Palladino said of Tuesday's season finale featuring the "eclectic" musicians she admires and lured to the show.

"We've put together our own Gilmorepalooza," added her husband, Daniel Palladino, a fellow executive producer on the series.

The couple said last month they were leaving the comedy-drama after failing to reach agreement on a new studio contract. Dave Rosenthal, a writer and producer on the show, will be in charge when it makes its expected move to the new CW network, the result of a WB-UPN merger.

Among the artists featured on the sixth-season finale are Sonic Youth, Sam Phillips, Yo La Tengo, Sparks and Joe Pernice.

They've flocked to Stars Hollow, the fictional New England town where "Gilmore Girls" is set, after hearing that the town troubadour (Grant-Lee Phillips) was discovered by Neil Young's manager.

"We're playing our own reality that there's an East Coast troubadour community, people who play music on street corners," said Daniel Palladino.

The couple put together a "wish list" of artists to appear as the street musicians and got an enthusiastic response, he said.

"Gilmore Girls" is about the close relationship between a young single mother, Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) and her daughter, Rory (Alexis Bledel). With the stars under contract for one more season, next year is widely considered to be the show's last.

Sherman-Palladino and her husband said their contract dispute centered on working conditions, including adding more writers to ease their burden. The couple said they have written the majority of scripts for the show and worked on all of them.

In a statement from CW and the studio, Warner Bros. Television, the companies said they were disappointed with the couple's departure but looked forward to a "seamless transition."

The network and studio reportedly wanted to give the couple a one-year deal. Sherman-Palladino, whose own snappy patter was reflected in the Lorelai character, said she believed the show could run longer than another year.

There's more than music to the finale. Also at issue in the episode co-written by Sherman-Palladino and her husband are Lorelai's postponed wedding to Luke (Scott Patterson) and Rory's up-and-down relationship with boyfriend Logan (Matt Czuchry).

The episode sets up "strong places to go next year," Sherman-Palladino said.

She was grateful for the creative freedom she enjoyed on the series and for the excellence of its cast. Leaving was hard, she said.

"I had fully intended to shepherd it forward to the bitter end. I've often said I know what the last four of the final episodes are, and I've known it for a long time," she said.


zerodoll said...

I love the show too but have been really annoyed with how passive aggressive both Rory and Lorelai have been with the men in their lives. Why can't they admit to them that they're upset, hurt, angry, etc.? They are supposed to be somehwat models of strong independent women, at least Lorelai is; Rory's always had loser taste in men. I hope some of that gets resolved...
Silly to get so worked up over a TV show, huh?

Reel Fanatic said...

There is a solid stable of writers left behind for what may be the last season on the new CW .. let's just hope they fare better than "West Wing" did after Aaron Sorkin left!