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Give Us More Gilmore

Adriana Pratt | Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I’ve walked the halls of Chilton spazzing about my first missed test and cruel gossipy girls, stressfully compared the pros and cons of Dean versus Jess (Logan was never the one) and waited anxiously for my college acceptance letters, calming my nerves with a cup of Luke’s coffee.
I’ve fought with Richard and Emily Gilmore amidst Friday night dinners, celebrated with all of Stars Hollow when the Dragonfly Inn opened and laughed as I coached Kirk, by far the town’s quirkiest resident, through his first date.  
I’ve even structured this article similarly to Rory’s high school valedictorian speech, recounting numerous adventures led by the people of Stars Hollow, who opened up a world no one wants to leave. “Gilmore Girls,” a show vibrantly poignant, realistic and lovable, created characters that not only entered your life for an hour a week (or two hours daily if you watch the ABC Family re-runs …) but also ingrained themselves into your heart and mind.
Kirk was the precursor to “The Office’s” Andy and Dwight.  Lorelai was the mother and best friend you always came to in times of need. Rory was the girl who, even when she fell apart, kept it all together. Luke was the soulmate you always saw yourself ending up with.
The closing of the “Gilmore Girls” series was like a delicious Thanksgiving feast without the pumpkin pie. It was nice and all, but that pleasantly and slightly robust feeling of gluttonous contentment was missing. Rory (Alexis Bledel) hopped on the Obama campaign trail, Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Luke (Scott Patterson) reunited and the town said their goodbyes. But as Disney so wisely taught us, a story is not finished until there’s a happily-ever-after ending and too many questions were left unanswered for this story to be complete.
Even Amy Sherman-Palladino, creator and executive producer of “Gilmore Girls,” agrees.  She and her husband Daniel could not come to an agreement with television station The CW to continue their contracts after the show’s sixth season and left the fates of our favorite town’s residents in the hands of David S. Rosenthal, the show’s writer and producer.
“I wanted different things for Rory. I wanted her to follow a different sort of path … (go) off on her own adventure,” Sherman-Palladino said in an interview with Michael Ausiello posted online Monday.
“I don’t want to totally say (what my ideas were), because if there is a movie in the making, I’m going to be basically delving back into where I left off, and then I’m kind of (screwed),” Sherman-Palladino said.
Did you read that line carefully enough? It’s still possible that a “Gilmore Girls” movie could be created. Sherman-Palladino admitted in the same article that she was still in touch with Graham and Bledel and that if there was a good enough story to tell, they would tell it.
Amy, three years is enough time to think about what kind of story to tell.  Before Graham and Bledel get too old and wrinkly, please give them a plot to run with. Bledel’s career is crying for some reinvigoration, especially after her latest flop “Post-Grad.” Sure, Graham’s entered the Broadway scene, but we all know she’ll always be a Gilmore. The characters you created are too fantastic to bury in a series finale and your fans too enthusiastic to leave stranded in the land of what-ifs.
“Gilmore Girls,” where you lead, I will follow. Any-anywhere that you tell me to. Please lead us, your fans, to the movie theatres to see that final perfect wedding between Luke and Lorelai, the union of Rory and her future spouse (hopefully Jess) and a comforting closure for all of Stars Hollow. For Kirk’s sake, give us more Gilmore.

The views expressed in this column are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Observer. Contact Adriana Pratt at apratt@nd.edu