The series, which followed a young, coffee-obsessed single mother (played by Lauren Graham) and her teenage daughter (Alexis Bledel) in an upper-middle-class suburban Connecticut town, aired for seven seasons on the WB and CW networks in the United States.
Both Graham and Bledel will reportedly reprise their roles in the revival, along with Kelly Bishop, who played Graham’s mother, and Scott Patterson, the grumpy but lovable owner of a local diner and Graham’s main love interest.
CW cancelled the show in 2007. But last year, Netflix began streaming all seven seasons in the US, introducing Gilmore Girls to new fans (and allowing older ones to watch their favorite episodes all over again). Netflix is famously attentive to viewing data. If many subscribers binged on the show, that may have convinced the company to invest in a revival.
The show appealed to a wide range of people—men and women, young and old—because of its quippy dialogue, small-town charm, rich pop-culture vocabulary, and an unconventional (at least for network television) mother-daughter relationship.
TV Line reports that Netflix’s revival will consist of four 90-minute episodes. Negotiations for other cast members to return are still ongoing. There’s no word on when Netflix aims to release the series; the company declined to comment on the TVLine report.
Just a few months ago, Netflix announced that a Full House reunion show was in the works. In addition to the obvious nostalgia factor, both Full House and Gilmore Girls are the type of widely palatable show that Netflix likes to offer its subscribers. And Gilmore Girls, especially, still has a fervent fan base, eight years later.