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When Bad Things Happen to Good Characters

Something seriously unfunny is happening on two of TV's most notable hour-long comedies, Desperate Housewives and Gilmore Girls. Not that either show is beyond rescue, but I fear it's going to take a while this season to extricate some heretofore favorite characters from the miserable corners they were painted into last season.Most infamously, Lorelai Gilmore (still, against the odds, effervescently played by Lauren Graham) is mired in an unpleasant situation that makes her overextended estrangement from daughter Rory a while back look like a walk in the park. Last season ended on a dreadful thumb-nosing note by departing series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino as Lorelai walked away from fiancé Luke after making an impulsive (some might say irrational) ultimatum, and then ended up in her former flame (and Rory's father) Christopher's bed. No good can come from this.In Tuesday's opener, Lorelai tells everyone who'll listen, "It's over." If only it were. Not Lorelai and Luke, but t... read more

As of the time I write this, ...

Question: As of the time I write this, I have not seen you post your opinion of the panel discussion with Gilmore Girls' new show-runner, David Rosenthal, and the two stars of the show, Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. Have I somehow missed it? I am curious what you thought of their answers and what those responses bode for the upcoming season(s). Other critics' interpretations are not inspiring me to watch the show come September, which is sad, considering how much I used to enjoy this series and its characters. Answer: I attended that panel, and while I am doing some Dispatches analyzing what goes on at press tour, I decided to sit this one out, interesting as it was. I'm not in the business of reviewing press conferences per se, especially when anything I could respond to would be speculative at best. Michael Ausiello's reporting was more than thorough. Did people think the stars and new show-runner would all of a sudden start to bash Amy Sherman-Palladino? They took the high road, ... read more

Finally: Gilmore's New Boss Speaks

Here's my interview with David Rosenthal, conducted immediately following today's Gilmore Girls press-tour session. Luckily, he was much more forthcoming during our little Q&A than he was on the panel. Ausiello: What can you tell me about the first six episodes?David Rosenthal: Obviously, the repercussions from the end of last season [will play out]. That's something that is not going to just disappear. It's a major shift, a major change in everybody's lives. It affects not just Lorelai and Christopher and Luke, but Rory as well. There are a lot of consequences, and we fully intend to explore them — the positive and the negative. It's a big deal, not just for the fans, but for us, the writers and producers of the show. Ausiello: Fans are holding out hope that maybe Lorelai and Christopher didn't sleep with each other.Rosenthal: No, no, no. That's a pipe dream. Those were two grown-ups who woke up in bed together after spending the night together.Ausiello: Is Matt Czuchry of... read more

As I mourn the fact that ...

Question: As I mourn the fact that Gilmore Girls will never be the same again due to Amy Sherman-Palladino's departure, I find myself wondering how many shows left on the air are run by women. The only shows I can think of off the top of my head are Grey's Anatomy, 7th Heaven (which is almost gone) and Everwood. Are there any others? It's a shame that Gilmore Girls is losing one of the few amazingly creative women out there who are given the opportunity to be a creative force in the business. Hopefully, she will be behind another amazing show soon. One thing is for sure, Gilmore Girls won't be the same without her. Answer: You may be right, but to cut off the Amy-bashers before they chime in again, given the shaky quality of this most recent season, maybe some fresh blood will help get things back on track for what I can only hope will be its final season on CW. As for female creators, the list also includes Cold Case's Meredith Stiehm, New Adventures of Old Christine's Kari Lizer, read more

Let me get this straight. The ...

Question: Let me get this straight. The Palladinos write an incredibly bad season of Gilmore Girls, then drop the show, leaving others to clean up. Unless this show does a 180 next year, I won't be watching. Also, why would I be interested in any new projects by Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino? Answer: All concerned Gilmore Girls fans should check out Michael Ausiello's newsy chat with Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino in his recent Ausiello Report. What that made clear to me is how complicated the business of making TV really is. That said, I can understand a reluctance to stick with Gilmore Girls. I'm struggling to make it to the end of this season myself. But why anyone would shun a future project from these creators is beyond me. Gilmore Girls has provided such genuine and original pleasures for so long, I can only hope Amy and Dan get a chance to realize another creative dream before too much time passes. They may not be perfect, but they're clearly gifted. ... read more

Team Palladino: The Interview

I'm going to dispense with the fancy introductions this one time and cut right to the chase: I just hung up with exiting Gilmore Girls show runners Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino and here's the complete Q&A, raw and uncensored. I'm anxious to hear what you think. Ausiello: So let's start with the obvious question: Why are you leaving?Amy: Oh, my god! Nobody told me! I just bought new curtains!Ausiello: I was hoping this was all just a big punking.Amy: Ashton Kutcher is standing behind me.Dan: The short answer really is that we just could not come to terms with the studio for a new contract. Amy: And we tried. We went to them very early — what was it, January? — to say, "Let's talk about this now."Ausiello: Well, let's get into the longer version of the story, shall we?Amy: Oh, you're adorable.Ausiello: The word on the street is that you guys wanted a two-year pickup. True?Amy: I don't think "pickup" is the right word, because this was a personal deal; this had... read more

Team Palladino Says "Goodbye, Girls"

My fellow Gilmore Girls fans, the news we've all been dreading has now been made absolutely, 100 percent, painfully official: Series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino has opted not to renew her contract and will be leaving at the end of the season — and she's taking husband Dan with her. "Despite our best efforts to return and ensure the future of Gilmore Girls for years to come, we were unable to reach an agreement with the studio and are therefore leaving when our contracts expire at the end of this season," said Amy and Dan in a statement. "Our heartfelt thanks go out to our amazing cast, hard-working crew and loyal fans. We know that the story lines from this season will continue into the next, and that the integrity of the show will remain long after we leave Stars Hollow."(Crickets)Yeah, I'm speechless, too. I've had more than a week to mentally prepare for this outcome — heck, I even wrote a story and watched helplessly as it was accidentally pushed live for a brief per... read more

Gilmore Girls Crisis Update

There's still no news. And if you don't know what "news" I'm referring to, you either aren't a Gilmore Girls fan or you skipped over the first question of this week's Ask Ausiello. (And right about now, you're probably going, "Enough with all this Gilmore crap!") But for everyone else, you know very well I'm talking about the nail-biter of a cliff-hanger over whether or not series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and her right-hand man, husband Dan, will abandon their six-year-old baby just as it's heading into what may be its final season — and its first on new network, the CW. Although there's nothing official to report — see "There's still no news" above — the rumors are spreading faster than hummus on a toasted whole wheat bagel. Here's the latest:As early as Tuesday morning, it appeared as if Team Palladino was going to announce their departure. (Hence, the "scary moments" I alluded to in AA.) But then a funny thing happened as I sat by my phone waiting for the offi... read more

Gilmore Girls Turns 100

Millions may be too engrossed in American Idol's Hollywood auditions to notice Gilmore Girls marking its 100th episode tonight (8 pm/ET, WB). And that's a damn shame because Emily and Richard Gilmore's wedding — well, technically, renewal of vows — will be a major blowout event. In honor of this milestone occasion, TV Guide Online's Daniel R. Coleridge rang up GG's sassy creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, for the exclusive prenuptial scoop on the Gilmore family f&#234te, Lorelai's love triangle, Rory's revolving-door of BFs and much more!Mother-daughter clashExpect testosterone-driven drama to erupt tonight between Lorelai's current beau, Luke, and her ex, Christopher, whom Emily specifically invites to the wedding to derail her daughter's romance. Just when we thought Emily had turned semi-nice! "In life, you never solve your family issues," Sherman-Palladino says. "You take a fe read more

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