Sookie may be out, but new characters are in for the “Gilmore Girls” revival. The Netflix revival/miniseries will begin shooting within the next few weeks, and production will wrap this spring, according to E! News on Jan. 29. In addition, several members of the cast have already been confirmed.
There has been speculation about who would return for the “Gilmore Girls” revival ever since it was first announced last fall. In October, TV Line revealed that the hit series, which aired from 2000—2007 on the CW and the WB, would return as a Netflix limited series, with series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino penning the script alongside exec producer Daniel Palladino. While the show’s main stars, Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Kelly Bishop and Scott Patterson, were expected to sign on for the continuation of the series, the official cast is just now being confirmed.
According to Deadline, Graham (Lorelai) and Bledel (Rory) will reprise their roles as the Gilmore mother-daughter duo, while Patterson (Luke) and Bishop (Emily) are also confirmed for the “Gilmore Girls” revival. Show alums Sean Gunn (Kirk) and Keiko Agena (Lane) have also signed on for the new project. New characters will include Peruvian couple Berta and Alejandro, and Nat Compton, a grumpy Stars Hollow resident. There’s also Clementina, a Portuguese nanny, a 30-something character named Paul, a blue collar worker named Dwayne, 9-year-old Korean-American twins, and a commune full of hippies.
But what about beloved character Sookie St. James? “Gilmore Girls” alum Melissa McCarthy has been mum about the revival, and her name was not on the shortlist for the Netflix series. And while McCarthy’s CBS sitcom “Mike and Molly” was recently canceled, the actress is currently producing a new show for TV Land with her husband Ben Falcone. McCarthy hasn’t commented at all about the “Gilmore Girls” revival, so things aren’t looking good for a Sookie return to Stars Hollow, but stay tuned.