Stars Hollow Scoop: Sally Struthers Reflects on Returning to GILMORE GIRLS

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Whether you binged it all within the first hours of its release or are savoring the four-season themed installments of Amy Sherman- Palladino’s dream of a show, GILMORE GIRLS: A YEAR IN THE LIFE for a rainy day. The revival is all anyone has been talking about these days. The universally loved series came back stronger than ever on November 25th and in honor of being back in Stars Hollow, we chatted with Sally Struthers who plays Lorelai’s crazy, loud, and loyal neighbor. Here are our top 5 questions with GILMORE GIRLS resident, Babette, portrayed by the lovely and talented, Sally Strutters.
 
When the show ended in 2007 did you ever think that you would get to be back in Stars Hollow? 
Sally Struthers: This was a huge surprise to us all. Usually, when a show is over it is over – None of us thought it would ever come back. I’m so happy it did.
 
How did it feel to come back after being away from Babette for so long? Did it take a while to get readjusted to the character or did it come instantly?
It came instantly. That is in my blood.  I molded that character after my idol, the iconic Ruth Gordon.
 
How is it working with Liz Torres? The two of you have such great banter on the show, are there any fun scenes between Babette and Miss Patty that we can look forward to?
I’m only in one scene with Liz Torres unfortunately, and that is my biggest disappointment. I’ve always loved working with her and we have been friends for over 45 years dating back to when I was on All In the Family, and she played the housekeeper.
 
What is your favorite Babette moment from your time on the show?
I loved all the dialogue Amy Sherman-Palladino wrote for me. Those lines were hilarious. I was always so excited to go to work and deliver.
 
What is your favorite moment from the revival? 
My favorite moment was simply the joy of being back at the Warner Brother set of Stars Hollow. Wandering around the back lot was Nirvana.
 
You can watch GILMORE GIRLS: A YEAR IN THE LIFE on Netflix. 

Stars Hollow Scoop: Liz Torres Reflects on Returning to GILMORE GIRLS

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While some binged GILMORE GIRLS: A YEAR IN THE LIFE, some very patient people are savoring the four installments and spacing them out over the next couple of week’s. We’ve got a spoiler free interview with Stars Hollow’s very own, Miss Patty, Liz Torres to hold you over until you finally cave and binge the rest of the season.

Everyone really wanted this revival and really fought to get this revival. How did it feel to know that so many people truly wanted this show to come back?
 Liz Torres: Oh it’s amazing! It’s such a miracle that anything gets done on television that lasts. It used to be in the old days – because I started back in the 1800s (laughs) they would shoot a pilot, then take up twenty-eight shows, now if you do eight you’re lucky. It’s a miracle that people like it and watch it and that the network picks it up. I’ve been doing this since I was a kid, I’m so happy and really grateful to be a part of something so wonderful.
 
Why do you think way back when the show premiered people fell so hard for a show with such low stakes?
I don’t think there had been a show with a mother that young. Lauren was so young; those issues were fresh during that time. There were so few shows that were directed at the heart of women like that, such a clear generational gap, I think that’s why. Also, because older women who have grown children, it’s refreshing, a young mother daughter relationship.

Did it take you a while to get back into character when you stepped back on set for the first time? Did it come to you naturally? 
Totally natural! It’s a second skin for me, it doesn’t feel like I’m acting. Sally (Struthers) does a character and she puts a lot of energy into it, and I’m just Miss. Patty, I felt like I should’ve given Miss. Patty a little more color, and let the words carry me. I thought that Miss. Patty was a tough talking, showbiz broad, so I just really tried to sell the words.

Whose storyline were you most excited for in the revival? Luke (Scott Patterson) and Lorelai (Lauren Graham)? Rory (Alexis Bledel)?
Well I always thought she’d end up with Luke! I was always kind of rooting for him, he’s so difficult and so interesting, but he’s not a bad guy he’s just difficult. He deserves somebody like Lorelai to nudge him into reality. I was always pulling for him. I’m not sure which way the show will go, but she’s always had such wonderful boyfriends too, it’s hard to pick, but I guess I’m rooting for Luke because he’s been there since the beginning.

What can you tease about your scenes?
I’m paired up with Babette (Sally Struthers) again, so that should be the Abbott and Costello of Stars Hollow. Working with her is such a joy because I was in ALL IN THE FAMILY with her years ago and I just know what she is going to do before she does it, and she knows what I’m gong to say before I say it. It’s like we’re working on telepathy with each other and it’s so much fun. I get so happy when I see her. 

You can stream GILMORE GIRLS: A YEAR IN THE LIFE now on Netflix.

Stars Hollow Scoop: Yanic Truesdale Reflects on Returning to the GILMORE GIRLS

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With the GILMORE GIRLS revival GILMORE GIRLS: A YEAR IN THE LIFE still fresh on everyone’s Netflix cue, we caught up with Stars Hollow’s Michel played brilliantly by Yanic Truesdale to gab all about the revival! So, if you’re one of the few (I can’t include myself in this) people who has some self control and is savoring the four perfect installments of the revival this SPOILER FREE interview will definitely take you back to Stars Hollow and get you even more excited for the revival!
 
When the show ended in 2007 did you ever think you would get to go back to Stars Hollow again?
Yanic Truesdale: No, I did not when the show ended. Although years went by and I did realize that the show kind of never went away.  As an actor you feel the pulse of a show that you’re in on the streets, by people talking about it and all of that and it never really went away. When it started on Netflix it was, for me as an actor, it felt as if the show started again, as if it was a brand new show because you had a whole new generation discovering it. It wasn’t surprising when it came back.
 
When you first read for Michel and first read for the show what stood out to you about him back then?
The first time around, it was very instinctive my take on him. For some reason I connected with him, Michel is very sarcastic and has dry humor and has an opinion on a lot of things and I can relate to it on that part and that was my way in. Also, I had gotten more scripts and discovered more of his personality I kind of molded who he was once we went along. Emotionally I understood the feeling of an outcast, I was living in LA and I’m French-Canadian, also I am a black kid in a white family. My mother is white and I was raised by her, I don’t know the black side of my family. So that feeling of feeling like an outcast that Michel very much had was my way into the character.
 
Going back and doing the revival did you pick up right where you left off with him?
The character felt very much like it would to be meeting an old friend again. The connection with him was very quick, he has grown like all of the characters have grown in the revival. There is much more going on in his life, at least we will know much more that is going on in his life. To me as an actor its very rewarding because there is more meat to him, there is more storyline and there is more going on with him that is actually shared with the fans. It was very rewarding this time around.
 
Can you tell us anything new that we will get to learn about Michel in the revival?
Well you will get to see his love life, which we’ve never seen. You will get to know what is going on with him personally and all of that kind of stuff. That to me is huge because we have never seen anything with him outside of the inn.
 
Aside from Michel, whose storyline are you most excited for the fans to see in the revival? Are there any characters that have a funny storyline throughout the revival?
I don’t know about funniest, just because we lost Ed (Herrmann) and he was so beloved by the fans and so beloved by us. He was such an awesome guy and the fact that he is not there is a big part of the story. Emily’s (Kelly Bishop) storyline because of what she’s going through with the loss of her husband has many layers to it for us. It’s very touching and there is a lot going on there with what it does to her relationship with her daughter and that’s very rich and that’s very moving to me.
 
Are you happy with how the revival ended?
Yeah! The ending is very surprising but makes a lot of sense. It will leave many with their mouths open. It is a very full circle kind of ending. This is the thing I am most curious about, to see how fans will react to the ending.
 
People were obviously SO excited when the revival was announced (myself included) what are some shows that you would love to see brought back?
Well I was a huge fan, and the irony of it is that they did bring it back – THE COMEBACK, with Lisa Kudrow because that is very much my sense of humor. Her humor is very dry and sarcastic and they brought it back for a season and I could take fifteen seasons of THE COMEBACK and it still wouldn’t be enough for me. Another show that I loved and was so upset that it went away last year was GETTING ON on HBO, which again was very dry and sarcastic humor and I thought they were all so good in it.
 
You can watch GILMORE GIRLS: A YEAR IN THE LIFE on Netflix. 

Watch: The Cast Celebrates GILMOREversary Day with a New Netflix Featurette

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Just when we thought we couldn’t get anymore excited for October 5th’s Gilmoreversary [gil-more-uh-vur-suh-ree] that is seeing Netflix transform coffee shops around North America into Luke’s Diner (Click here to find a location nearest you), our favourite streaming service went ahead a dropped this “We’re Back” featurette that we guarantee GILMORE girls (and guys) will LOVE.

GILMORE GIRLS Trailer Released and Premiere Date Announced

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Rory and Lorelai will be gracing our (streaming) screens once again in November. Netflix has announced that the GILMORE GIRLS revival series will be streaming worldwide as of November 25, 2016. The show will consist of four extended episodes, each representing a different season of the year.

The revival series will feature the return of many beloved Stars Hollow residents. In addition to the Gilmore girls themselves, Luke (Scott Patterson), Emily (Kelly Bishop), Sookie (Melissa McCarthy), Logan (Matt Czuchry), Jess (Milo Ventimiglia), Dean (Jared Padalecki), Lane (Keiko Agena), Kirk (Sean Gunn), Paris (Liza Weil), Christopher (David Sutcliffe), Michel (Yanic Truesdale) and many, many more.

Check out the preview below for GILMORE GIRLS and prepared to return to Stars Hollow in November.

GILMORE GIRLS: Jared Padalecki & Milo Ventimiglia Share Their Batman v Superman Thoughts

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Warner Bros’ BATMAN V SUPERMAN is coming out on March 25 and the studio rounded up Jared Padalecki and Milo Ventimiglia to share their thoughts on the great debate: will Batman or Superman win the fight?

But fans with keen eyes will realize that Padalecki and Ventimiglia were filmed on the set of Stars Hollow, which they have both returned to for the upcoming Netflix GILMORE GIRLS revival.

Rory’s ex-boyfriends both took one side of the debate, with Padalecki rooting for Superman, while Ventimiglia thinks Batman will win the fight.

The Internet Remembers: Dearly Departed GILMORE GIRLS Patriarch Edward Herrmann

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• TMZ Broke the News: Edward Herrmann ‘Gilmore Girls’ Star Dead at 71
• Wikipedia: Edward Herrmann

• TVLine: Gilmore Girls Matriarch Kelly Bishop ‘Sad, Stunned’ By Death of TV Hubby Edward Herrmann
• HitFix Remembers: ‘Lost Boys’ and ‘Overboard’ star was also a frequent big and small screen FDR
• Time: Gilmore Girls Actor Edward Herrmann Dies at 71
• THR: ‘Gilmore Girls’ Star Edward Herrmann Dies at 71
• BuzzFeed: Edward Herrmann Has Died
• Deadline: ‘Gilmore Girls’ Regular Won Emmy & Tony In 40-Year Career
• TheWrap: Edward Herrmann, ‘Lost Boys’ Villain, Dead at 71
• Lauren Graham Remembers Gilmore Dad Edward Herrmann: ‘He Lit Up Any Room He Entered’
• Remembering Edward Herrmann: Gilmore Girls Creator Recalls the ‘Audition’ That Changed Everything.
• NYTimes: Edward Herrmann, Actor With a Noble Air, Dies at 71
• Must Read TV: Richard Gilmore’s Best 19 Quotes From “Gilmore Girls”
• Alexis Bledel on Gilmore Girls Grandpa Edward Herrmann: ‘I Will Miss Him Tremendously’
• Resume: Edward Herrmann on working with Warren Beatty, Woody Allen, and John Huston

For Canadian Eyes Only: GILMORE GIRLS Arrives on Netflix Canada Today

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This just in: Netflix Canada subscribers have yet another reason to be thankful this holiday weekend. Starting today, one of television’s all-time best mother-daughter duos is available for streaming. Yes, you’re reading this correctly, the GILMORE GIRLS have arrived. So stop what you’re doing, cancel those Thanksgiving dinners, grab a coffee, some popcorn and do as Lorelai and Rory would. Plop yourself and your family on that comfy couch and re-live seven seasons of one of this TV Addict’s all-time favourites. Click here to check it out.

Alexis Bledel and Zachary Levi Preview REMEMBER SUNDAY

Attention TV Addicts: Have you ever wondered what a romance between Chuck Bartowski and Rory Gilmore might have looked like? Well, wonder no more! Because this Sunday April 21st, ABC will unspool the REMEMBER SUNDAY, Hallmark Hall of Fame’s latest film that sees Bledel playing a lonely down-on-her-luck waitress named Molly who falls for quirky jewellery store clerk named Gus (Levi) whose past holds somewhat of a big secret. So what does said secret entail and what was it like filming this delightful movie of the week? We caught up with the talented twosome to find out exactly that. See for yourself, after the jump. [Read more…]

Today’s TV Addict Top 5: Pilot Casting News That Has Us Really Excited for Fall

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Latest Gig: Portraying Edgar Allan Poe in ABC’s Sherlock Holmes-esque crime fighting series POE.
Why We’re Excited: Well, if 13 episodes of holding ones own against Ian McShane (aka. the small screen version of Daniel Day-Lewis) in NBC’s short-lived KINGS proved anything, it’s that Aussie import Christopher Egan is a lot more than just a pretty face. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

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Latest Gig: According to Deadline Hollywood, Liza Weil has just been added to Shonda Rhimes’ ABC drama pilot DAMAGE CONTROL, an ensemble based on the career of legendary crisis management consultant Judy Smith.
Why We’re Excited: Umm… if you have to ask, you clearly never saw her scene-stealing after scene-stealing turn as Paris Geller on GILMORE GIRLS. Emphasis on the scene-stealing.

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