Will ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’ Season 2 Return? The Palladinos Are ‘Open’ to Continue the Revival for Another Round
When Gilmore Girls ended its original run in 2007, fans missed out on seeing Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino’s original ending. Then nine years later, Netflix revived the series for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, and viewers finally got to hear those final four words uttered by Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory (Alexis Bledel). However, the final episode still had fans wondering whether the revival would ever receive a second season. So will Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Season 2 actually happen? It looks like the Palladinos are still open to continue the reboot for another round.
Amy Sherman-Palladino discusses season 2 after ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’ premieres on Netflix
After Netflix released Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life on Nov. 25, 2016, Sherman-Palladino spoke with Vogue and answered whether the revival will ever come back — again.
“We just want people to watch these. Some people haven’t seen them yet,” Sherman-Palladino said at the time. “This was the story that we wanted to do. We wanted to do this year — a year in the life. So we accomplished what we wanted to do.”
The showrunner added: “We didn’t go in there with any intention of wanting to do more. There were no discussions between us and Warners or us and Netflix of having anymore. We all went through this journey thinking we just wanted to make it a very special event. So that really is where we are right now, because we’re so tired and exhausted and the kitchen still smells like butter.”
Then in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Sherman-Palladino admitted that when they pitched Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, the goal wasn’t to continue on with season 2.
“We pitched this as close-ended. We pitched it as: ‘This is the year in the life. This is the way it was ending.’ … Netflix and Warner Bros., we all went into this sort of saying that this was it,” she said.
However, the possibility of another Gilmore Girls revival was still up in the air.
“I don’t rule anything in my life out,” Sherman-Palladino told TVLine. “When people were talking about a Gilmore movie [after the original series ended] I was always like, ‘That’s not going to happen.’ But I wasn’t going to say no. Because… why say no to anything?”
Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino’s Amazon deal includes a ‘Gilmore Girls’ clause
In 2017, Sherman-Palladino and Palladino signed a multi-year deal with Amazon Studios, prior to the release of the original series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, according to Deadline. Naturally, the plan had fans wondering whether the Palladinos would ever continue Gilmore Girls on Netflix. But as always, the duo was one step ahead.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Amazon deal includes a Gilmore Girls clause, which will allow the Palladinos to continue the Netflix revival.
“We’ve got the Gilmore clause, we’ve carved it out,” Sherman-Palladino said. The showrunner then explained what it will take to make a second season of the Gilmore Girls revival. She said:
The thing about Gilmore Girls is, it’s an amorphous thing. The reason that it happened the first time is because we all went to that Austin [ATX] Festival and we all sat together and there was an open bar and we were all sitting there saying, “It feels good now, let’s do it now.” I think it would have to be a similar situation. There would have to be an open bar and we would have to have the right story and the right format and it would have to be a time where the girls and us all felt like, ‘Yeah, let’s dive in again.’ There’s nothing being planned right now but it’s open if the muse strikes.
But if another reboot ever happens, it’s likely new episodes will be a little different from A Year in the Life. “It’s going to be a different format,” Palladino told TVLine in 2017. “It’s going to take some new shape.”
Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino say they’re open to do more ‘Gilmore Girls’
In 2019, the discussion in regards to another Gilmore Girls revival continues on. Following the third season premiere of Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Hollywood Reporter‘s TV’s Top 5 Podcast asked the Palladinos if they are interested in revisiting Gilmore Girls or if the chapter is officially closed.
“Look, the first Gilmore Girls movies were not planned. They literally were not planned,” Sherman-Palladino said.
The showrunner then once again explained the “strange” — and booze-filled — circumstances at ATX that eventually led the Gilmore family to the Netflix revival. And while nothing is set in motion yet, it seems both Sherman-Palladino and Palladino are willing to return to Stars Hollow — if given the right circumstances.
“We are absolutely open to do more,” Sherman-Palladino said. “You know, I talk to Lauren constantly. And we’re very tight with Milo [Ventimiglia], Kelly [Bishop], and Alexis. We’re tight with the Gilmore family.”
She continued: “It’s not anything other than we need the right story, the right format, and the right timing … So it’s not about anything other than it was sort of kismet the first time. And I feel like it needs to be kismet if we do it again.”