Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life already released their premiere date and the first trailer — but that wasn't the only news that came out of the show's panel at the Television Critics Association's fall previews on Wednesday.
Executive producers Dan and Amy-Sherman Palladino joined Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel and Scott Patterson on stage to talk about bringing the Gilmore Girls back to viewers, and what they needed to do to say a proper goodbye to Stars Hollow.
Here's everything we learned from their panel, and what you can expect when Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life premieres Nov. 25 on Netflix.
1. We saw the first two minutes and they are Gilmore-tastic: Netflix graced everyone in the ballroom with the first two minutes of the revival series, which shows Lorelai and Rory reuniting for the "Winter" episode. It's a matter of seconds before the Gilmores are back in their patented banter, with a nod to how long its been since we've seen them together.
2. It wasn't hard to snap back into the roles: Lauren Graham says that stepping back into Lorelai Gilmore's skin was one of the easiest things she's had to do, "It was easy. It was joyous. It was fun. It was exhilarating," Graham said. "It was the old show. There was no sense of having to resuscitate something. It was meant to continue."
3. Amy Sherman-Palladino is really excited about grown-up Gilmores: There's no more high school drama in the Netflix revival, and creator Amy Sherman-Palladino is maybe the most excited about that. Exploring Lorelai and Rory's relationship in a more adult atmosphere is one of the key differences between the revival and the original series.
"I really feel like the s--t in your family never gets worked out. That's what's so great about family... That's why this show is such a great show to write. You're never going to run out of conflict," she said. "What was cool about writing for these two, because it wasn't a high school girl and her mom, it's two women. They can have cocktails together. They can sit and drink and talk about s--t."
4. All of the episodes will be released at once, and ASP has made peace with that: Sherman-Palladino originally wanted the episodes to be released with space between them, specifically so no one could skip to the last few minutes and reveal the mysterious "last four words." However, Netflix is releasing all episodes at once, and the show's creator is okay with that. "You don't always get what you want. I don't have the a-- I want. I don't get to put them out separately," she said. "It happens. The good outweighs the bad in the sense that [Netflix] is a great place to create things in a different way."
5. Bledel would appreciate it if you would talk about Rory's accomplishments instead of her boyfriends: One of the big questions of the revival is which former love will Rory be with; or will she have a brand new love fans have yet to meet? While Bledel can appreciate everyone's curiosity, she wants everyone to remember that Rory has an entire life that doesn't revolve around her romantic partner. "I think it's kind of interesting I guess that people are excited about," Bledel explained. "There is so much more to her character. It is great when people focus on her ambition and her accomplishments."
6. The loss of Richard Gilmore [Ed Herrmann] will be a major part of the show: Ed Herrmann, the man who played the Gilmore family patriarch for seven seasons, passed away in 2014 before the revival could happen. The death of their friend and colleague greatly affected the cast, but the loss of Richard Gilmore will be reflected in the show and Lauren Graham says it deeply effects Lorelai in particular. "[His death] gave the show a depth and an emotional complexity that made it feel like, 'Here's the show grown up,' even more," Graham said. "I mention that because it plays into all of the choices the characters are making. Through dealing with that, [Lorelai] makes some decisions [about her love life]."
7. There's no bad blood with Melissa McCarthy, and there never was: There was a lot of drama when the revival was first announced about whether Melissa McCarthy would be able to return to the show — but it turns out it was all over blown. "We always knew amongst us and amongst her that we were going to figure it out. It took on this weird life of its own," Sherman-Palladino said. "Everyone wants everyone to hate each other now... It got this weird sheen on it when all we were trying to do was figure out how this woman who is playing Ghostbusters around the world to find five minutes to come and play with us."
Lauren added that she's glad Melissa was able to make the time to film, or else the revival would have felt incomplete. "She came on one of our last days and if that had not happened we would have felt a gap in what we were trying to do," Graham said. "The fact that she got to come, near the end and we had an incredible time. It made it perfect."
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life premieres Nov. 25 on Netflix.