the north face jester backpack A sad day for ‘Gilmore Girls’ fans
It’s worse news for those who had hoped for great, or at least good, things from executives at the new CW network. They’ve already demonstrated questionable management instincts by letting this happen.One has to wonder, Why bring “Gilmore Girls” over to the new network, which most TV observers expect to happen, without its crucial creative team at the helm? Whatever benefit the CW would have gotten from renewing this much loved show will be destroyed by the fact that the distinctive vision of its creators will be gone.The thing is, “Gilmore Girls” is not “CSI: Stars Hollow.” It’s not a procedural, nor is it like any other drama on TV. It doesn’t have predictable characters who speak predictable lines; it’s not a straightforward show with familiar moving parts and story lines.More than just about any other show on TV, “Gilmore Girls” is the product of the unique creative voice of Sherman Palladino. Sure, every fan can tell stories about the “Gilmore Girls” episode (or episodes) that made us want to tear our hair out, but when it’s on a roll, “Gilmore Girls” is great, and that greatness usually sprung from the pen of Sherman Palladino and her husband.So you can’t just pluck some guy from the writing staff, as the CW executives clearly plan to do, and end up with the same show. It’s just not going to work. I’d love to be wrong about this, but with “Gilmore Girls,” I know I’m not.Believe it or not, I actually can see the CW’s side of this whole debacle.But smart TV executives would have made the next season happen, somehow, with the Palladino team at the helm. But then, if these executives were such geniuses, they would have known that the show without Amy Sherman Palladino at the helm would not be the same show, and not worth continuing.Sigh. It makes me wonder if next season on the CW, we’re going to see a lot of shows in the vein of “South Beach” and “Pepper Dennis.” I was hoping we’d get the best of both the WB and UPN with the new CW network, but maybe we’ll just get more of the same a few good shows and a lot of dumb decisions.The truth is, I’d rather see the show end than see it linger on without the Palladinos. And though the Palladinos, in a recent Tribune interview, professed to be resigned to the fact that the show might continue on without them, I don’t quite believe that.Despite its rough patches, which I’ve complained about like any other longtime fan, “Gilmore Girls” is, week to week, a swell show with an unmistakable,
unique voice.It’s not fair to keep it going on a respirator. We all deserve better than that.I would be more inclined to agree with you about the loss of ASP and DP, if I didn get the impression that there was an abrupt change halfway through the season. I was unpleasantly surprised that some of the mock worthy storylines (Long Lost Daughter) went nowhere and were indeed mock worthy, Lorelai and Luke are imploding, while Rory and Logan seem to be trying to set a record for break up/make up. I actually do find moments of humor even in the worst episodes, and love the characters this team have created, but I feel that the second half of s6 has shown the exhaustion ASP has mentioned in past interviews. I too worry that the show will sound wrong, but it hasn sounded right in months. Seems to me that Team P brought down years of history in some sort of strange attempt to guarantee their return. Instead, they have been losing viewers left and right. (And I don think AI can really take all the credit for that.) Of course, all of this could be influenced by rumors about the end of the season. If those rumors are true, I will be spitefully glad that they are gone. Of course, Bobby was dead and Vaughn was shot 67 times in the chest. We just have to wait and see how it all plays out. And I will be watching, hoping for a return to the hopeful tone we grew to love.Elizabeth April 21, 2006 at 05:02 PMI actually think Amy and Ephram on Everwood and Marissa and Ryan on The OC are tied for most breakups and makeups on a one hour drama. Rory and Logan must be in the top 10 though.Thing is, as problematic as people feel GG has gotten at times this year (and personally, I don feel it as gone as low as Season 4 did, and hey, this year they did a tribute to the movie so for me, all is forgiven) what it going to be like next year?Don you think it just be unbearable to watch? I mean, when the life went out of Alias, I just couldn watch it any more. It painful to see a show you once loved decline when you had affection for a show and the soul just goes out of it. ugh. I rather watch Criminal Minds. Almost.For that reason, whatever folks think of this season, I think next year going to be very difficult for GG fans.I be inclined to agree, but this second half of the season, Team Palladino destroyed what was arguably the best romantic mature adult couple on TV. And with what? George Clooney or Sela Ward in a special guest stint? No. With a bespectacled contrivance substituting for an affair, causing Luke to act like he was cheating. And I seen the last few pages of the script for the finale, and am flabbergasted that Team P chose to leave on such a horrid note. I look at the first scene in the pilot and think ahead to the last scene for season 6, and just get sick.Estee April 21, 2006 at 11:07 PMHow could CW have committed to two more years if the “Gilmore Girls” themselves might not have been around for the final year? It be like the “Andy Griffith Show” without Andy Griffith. You could have recast Lorelai and Rory for that last year, but just think what you might have wound up with Cher and Mandy Moore. Or, you could have highlighted other characters and taken a different twist with the show. Imagine a widower with a child in a small town like Luke with his newfound daughter. Oops Everwood already did something like that. Well, I think you get the idea of how it wouldn make sense to keep the show on for another year without the original stars.David P. Graf April 22, 2006 at 07:33 AMAs a loyal viewer of Gilmore, I find it disheartening (naive I know) that Amy and Daniel obviously have such little concern for the people who actually watch their show. This is at least the second time (see season 4) they have hijacked GG with sub par scripts and loopy story lines only to use it as leverage in their contract negotiations. Ultimately, I glad that a decent episode in S6 will not depend on whether or not ASP is in a good mood.