Lorelai Gilmore won’t stop talking. Ever. It’s kind of her thing. She talks incessantly at a lightning-quick pace that can only be sustained by drinking multiple cups of coffee every day. At least she did … until season 7. Lauren Graham remembers the exact moment it happened. “I was in a scene in that seventh season and I thought, ‘Something feels so odd to me,’” Graham says. “And it was I was in a scene with two other people and I wasn’t talking. I thought, ‘I’ve never had this before.’” For Gilmore Girls fans, season 7 is essentially The Godfather Part III of the series: Some people defend it, but it doesn’t come close to touching the original. That all stems from the fact that Gilmore creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, along with executive producer Daniel Palladino, left the show after season 6 due to contract disputes. And Gilmore had to continue without its leaders for what would become its final season. (It was canceled after shooting wrapped.) With that cancellation, fans were forced to accept the season 7 finale — which featured Rory (Alexis Bledel) heading off to cover the Obama campaign and Lorelai rekindling her romance with Luke (Scott Patterson) — as the series ending. That is until Netflix came to the rescue.
On Friday, Nov. 25, Netflix will release Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, a four-part revival that will take fans back inside Stars Hollow so Sherman-Palladino can finally end the show the way she always intended, down to the final four words that she’d first imagined in season 1 — words Matt Czuchry believes will cause a “heated debate” among fans. That ending comes packed full of familiar faces — Sookie! Paris! Paul Anka! — though its focus is on the one that’s missing. The revival kicks off with the funeral of Richard Gilmore (actor Edward Herrmann died in 2014) and follows the remaining Gilmores as they work through their grief over the next year. “It’s a story about women at crossroads in their lives,” Sherman-Palladino says. “It’s going to have more weight and more emotion, because there’s more time and when you’ve got time, you don’t have to truncate moments.”
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“You sound cool like that,” Curtis joked. “But [in reality], she came on set and it was season 4, which was eight years ago,” he recalls. “I thought she was cute and smart, and I remember she would always read books. And one of my pet peeves is when somebody interrupts me when I’m reading — like I kind of get the shakes.” He continues, “But I kept on finding myself interrupting her. I’d be like, ‘So what’s your favorite Hemingway?’ [Then] I’d go in my trailer and look up Hemingway. I thought she was awesome and so I asked her out to lunch, and it turned into hanging out and talking about traveling, and it turned into dinner.” The actor says that while he’s been filming in Vancouver, his wife has been on duty in their Austin, Texas home to make sure their sons have a good routine. “She’s been buckling down with the kids, because they’ve had their school year [start],” he says.
In their 12th season, the Winchester brothers (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) have added yet another victory to their list of achievements. (And this one comes right after stopping the apocalypse!) After 2.6 million votes were tallied, Supernatural came out on top, beating 63 other new and returning fall shows in our bracket competition. This week, subscribers will receive the Supernatural edition of the Fall TV Preview cover — jam-packed with scoop from the set of The CW’s longest-running series, as well as info on 136 other shows — and the special collectors’ edition will be sold exclusively at Barnes and Nobles nationwide, beginning Sept. 9. For more exclusive interviews and photos only in EW.
Ackles and Padalecki join an already stacked roster of talent for PopFest, including Late Late Show host James Corden, live performances from music superstars Nick Jonas and Janelle Monae, discussions with Oscar-winning actress and director Jodie Foster, and Emmy-winning showrunner Ryan Murphy and friends. Attendees will also have the chance to check out first-look footage and special guests from The Dark Tower, a live taping of Anna Faris’s podcast, Anna Faris Is Unqualified, a reunion with the cast of Happy Endings (where the stars will perform a never-before-seen episode), a conversation with Outlander author Diana Gabaldon, the cast of The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend performing their musical mashups live, a live table read from the cast of Bob’s Burgers, and a conversation between husband-and-wife YA superstars Ransom Riggs (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children) and Tahareh Mafi (Shatter Me). The weekend will conclude with a 20th anniversary Scream celebration including a Wes Craven tribute, followed by an outdoor screening of the film. Additional programming will be announced in the coming weeks.
The two-day event will be held on Oct. 29 and Oct. 30 in downtown Los Angeles at The Reef. Tickets are available to the general public at http://ewpopfest.com/.