Last week news came that the Gilmore Girls are moving out of Stars Hollow for good. After seven seasons, the mother-daughter comedy-drama is ending its run with its finale May 15. The abrupt departure comes after negotiations between the network and stars Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel fell through.
I’ll confess, I haven’t watched the series for the last couple of seasons. When Buffy the Vampire Slayer made the jump to UPN, the two shows conflicted, and the girl with the pointy stick won out over the girls with the rat-a-tat-tat pop culture references. After Buffy ended, I thought I’d go back and reacquaint myself with the gals, but time had passed and so it goes.
In a taped segment for The Ellen DeGeneres Show (set to air Tuesday), Lauren seemed the opposite of broken up about the cancellation. In fact, she toasted the news by throwing back a mojito with Ellen.
“It was a conversation that was going on for a long time and it’s not a surprise. I think it’s a really a good thing…. It’s the best thing for the show and I feel really good about it.”
As much as I enjoyed Lorelai and Rory’s quips-ahoy chatter and the quirky-cute denizens of Stars Hollow, it’s probably time for the Gilmore women (after seven years, they deserve an upgrade) to call it a day. Still, I wish they’d been able to write a proper series finale instead of a standard season ender for the show’s swan song.
Since both Lauren and Alexis have made the jump to film, I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of the ladies. Next up for Lauren is this summer’s Evan Almighty with Steve Carell. Coming up for Alexis is The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants sequel with America Ferrera. And, of course, we’ll always have those Gilmorisms.