Let me place my man card front and center on the table and announce that I can't wait for Gilmore Girls' four part series to drop on Netflix on November 25th.
I'm the guy who can adore a Frank Grillo adventure flick and then flip on a re-run of Sex and the City before I revisit Gilmore Girls and Sportscenter before bed. There's no shame in liking a little of this and some of that.
I love my action hero tales, pulpy noir stories, and gritty dramas as much as the next guy, but Gilmore Girls is a different kind of treat. It's relaxing, timeless, and eases the nagging pain of having to think while enjoying some entertainment.
When we left Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, it was 2007 and 154 episodes had brought us into a lovely small town called Stars Hallow with sexy spots like Luke's Diner and streets that looked like they were poured from the fifties. Lauren Graham infused Lorelai, the thirty something strong single mother, with a beauty that had some bite to it. Alexix Bledel was just the right amount of sweet and dangerous as Rory.
Kelly Bishop stole scenes as Lorelai's mother, Emily, and the late Edward Herrmann was a piece of cool class as Richard, Lorelai's father. Before Melissa McCarthy blew up into a movie star, she was the sassy blend of Sookie St. James and Scott Patterson was the lustful Luke. Jared Padalecki, Matt Czuchry, Milo Ventimiglia, and a few others strove for Rory's attention before she departed for college near the end of the show.
Lorelai got together with Luke and it seemingly was tied up just fine nearly ten years ago. Then Netflix came calling.
The powerful streaming device has grown from a "watch an old lovable yet trashy 1980's flick real easy" to a "let's release a Marvel series all on one night" establishment. It's dominating the globe and turning movie theaters into second options. Original content is flowing out of it, but revisiting old haunts is also available. Enter Stars Hallow's inhabitants.
The trailer promises more of the same. Mini adventures, cozy easy to digest plot lines, humor, romance, and unexpected drama. The greatness of a show like GG is that it can switch from comedy to drama in a blink. You can laugh out loud and shed a tear inside ten minutes. That's gold, and creator Amy Sherman-Palladino knows it. You can't put a price on nostalgia television.
The four episodes will also be 90 minutes apiece, so fans will get their fair share of the Gilmore madness. Hat tip to Netflix and Sherman-Palladino for placing this on Thanksgiving Day weekend. Families will eat this up and the ladies will have something to watch besides college football and snozzy NFL action. Guys like me can have something else to do.
Come on gents, admit it. You'd like to watch a fine 49-year-old woman like Lauren Graham for a few hours.