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‘Gilmore Girls’ Revived At Netflix; ‘Parenthood’ Duo Lauren Graham & Mae Whitman Reteam For ‘The Royal We’

'Gilmore Girls' Revived At Netflix; 'Parenthood' Duo Lauren Graham & Mae Whitman Reteam For 'The Royal We'

“There is nothing in the works, but the good news is nobody here hates each other,” “Gilmore Girls” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino told attendees at ATX Festival this summer, where cast members staged a reunion. And either she was playing coy, or Netflix heard the cry of fans who wanted more.

TV Line reports that Netflix is rebooting the beloved series for what will be four mini-movies/extended, ninety minute episodes. Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Kelly Bishop and Scott Patterson are all expected to return, with Sherman-Palladino and executive producer Daniel Palladino also back to finish what they started. As fans know, the final season of “Gilmore Girls” did without Sherman-Palladino following failed contract negotiations with Warner Bros., but now she’s back to get some real closure.

No word yet if Melissa McCarthy will reprise her role of Sookie St. James, or what other supporting characters will be back, but according to the internet, Jess, played by Milo Ventimiglia, is one that seems to resonate. Frankly, I have no idea. I’ve seen maybe twenty minutes of an actual episode of “Gilmore Girls,” and watched another on mute once in a bar. But big news indeed for a certain generation of TV viewers, who should be heartened by Sherman-Palladino’s words at ATX: “If [new episodes] happened, I promise we’d do it correctly.” 

Meanwhile, Graham’s reunion train is making another stop, as THR reveals she’s teaming with her former “Parenthood” co-star Mae Whitman for “The Royal We.” Graham is adapting the book by Jessica Morgan and Heather Cocks about an American girl who falls in love with the future King of England, with Whitman slated to star. Here’s the book synopsis: 

American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it’s Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain’s future king. And when Bex can’t resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.
Dating Nick immerses Bex in ritzy society, dazzling ski trips, and dinners at Kensington Palace with him and his charming, troublesome brother, Freddie. But the relationship also comes with unimaginable baggage: hysterical tabloids, Nick’s sparkling and far more suitable ex-girlfriends, and a royal family whose private life is much thornier and more tragic than anyone on the outside knows. The pressures are almost too much to bear, as Bex struggles to reconcile the man she loves with the monarch he’s fated to become.
Which is how she gets into trouble.
Now, on the eve of the wedding of the century, Bex is faced with whether everything she’s sacrificed for love-her career, her home, her family, maybe even herself-will have been for nothing.

The project is set up at CBS Films, who were behind the most recent Whitman-starring vehicle, “The Duff.” And while I had issues with that movie, she was great, and more leading roles for Whitman is only a good thing.

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