Gilmore Girls by Mark Liddell/The CW Gilmore Girls by Mark Liddell/The CW

Looks like we've got ourselves a nail-biter, folks.

Although all indications were that Warner Bros. and the CW were nearing a deal to bring Gilmore Girls back for a shortened eighth season, sources close to the negotiations now tell me that talks are at a complete [ Gulp] standstill.

"It's anybody's guess what's going to happen," reports my Gilmore mole. "There's no deal in place at this point, and there may never be. This is probably going to come down to the wire."

The holdup can be summed up in five words: Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. According to the insider, "very good" offers were made to both actresses, but it apparently wasn't enough to coax signatures out of them. "Now it's a game of chess," whispers the spy. "It could go either way."

Further complicating matters is the fact that the CW's upfront presentation - the unoffical deadline for a deal to be brokered - is scheduled for May 17. What's so complicated about that, you ask? Well, that's two days after the show's potential swan song airs. In other words, if negotiations literally go down to the wire, we won't know if we're watching the season or series finale.

Bottom line: This kind of uncertainty sucks for everyone.