Gilmore Gah! Jason Ritter Trades Lauren Graham for Alexis Bledel in Fox's Friends & Family Pilot

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Friends & Family Pilot Alexis Bledel Jason Ritter Gilmore GirlsIn a twist Shakespeare would love, Gilmore GirlsAlexis Bledel has joined Fox’s comedy pilot Friends & Family as a romantic interest for Jason Ritter, TVLine has learned.

Ritter, of course, was last seen romancing Bledel’s former Gilmore mom, Lauren Graham, in NBC’s Parenthood.

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The actress formerly known as Rory will play Stacey to Ritter’s Gavin in the single-camera project, an adaptation of the British comedy Gavin & Stacey.

The potential series is written by David Rosen (I Just Want My Pants Back), with Jane Tranter, Julie Gardner, Henry Normal and Gavin & Stacey creators James Corden and Ruth Jones also serving as EPs.

Stacey is described as sweet and strong “but willing to do the weird stuff.” In the pilot, the Pennsylvania native — who’s hit it off with co-worker Gavin through their Skype and Facebook interactions — travels to New York for their first date… which goes south when the oysters Stacey ate at dinner make her violently ill.

Bledel played Stars Hollow’s favorite child for seven seasons. Her few TV appearances since Gilmore‘s 2007 finale include ER and a buzzy arc as Mad Men‘s desperate housewife Beth in 2012.



Comments (55)

  • The circle continues…Lauren Graham traded in Scott Patterson first for Jason Ritter…his co-star in “The Event.”

    Comment by MuzzikLvr – March 2, 2013 10:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Too bad Alexis Bledel can’t act

    Comment by M – March 2, 2013 10:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I believe actors are born not made, but I still hope that maybe she has somehow improved on it.

      Comment by april-ann – March 2, 2013 10:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think she’s a great actress, completely likeable and she connects with other actors so well onscreen.

      Comment by Ally Oop – March 2, 2013 10:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Agreed, I think she’s wonderful!

        Comment by Brittany – March 2, 2013 02:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • She reminds me of Katharine McPhee — pretty as hell but can’t act their way out of a paper bag. Too … soft and no depth of emotion. Having said that, can Jason Ritter PLEASE just shave that Super Mario scruff off of his face? He’s like a cub trying hard to look like a lion. No can do.

      Comment by Little Red Charlette – March 2, 2013 04:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Totally agree to both comments!

        Comment by jackie2830 – March 3, 2013 04:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I know. She’s adorable and everything, but she’s a pretty bad actress.

      Comment by Spencer – March 2, 2013 05:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • M can’t blog.

      Comment by TV Gord – March 2, 2013 08:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • yes she can

      Comment by Dana – March 1, 2014 07:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I know she’s an adult and was already pretty much one when she was on that show. But man, on some level, I still find it creepy that he’s going from Lorelai to Rory. I guess I’ve been watching too many GG reruns.

    Comment by Lauren – March 2, 2013 10:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Ok also, I’m still a little bitter that Sarah and Mark aren’t going to end up together. C’mon Parenthood!

      Comment by Lauren – March 2, 2013 10:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I know exactly what u mean. But I like both actors so I’ll give it a shot.

      Comment by Ally Oop – March 2, 2013 10:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I would too, except Jason Ritter is way, way closer in age to Bledel that Graham. And think of it this way, Graham is actually closer in age to Bledel in real life than she is to Erika Christianson (who plays her current TV sister) in real life.

      Comment by Drewer – March 2, 2013 12:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • only by one year…lol

        Comment by Sonia – March 3, 2013 05:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • But Lorelai and Rory were only 16 years apart…

      Comment by Jan1 – March 2, 2013 04:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Man, I miss Gilmore Girls…

    Comment by Babybop – March 2, 2013 10:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ME TOO!!!

      Comment by c-mo – March 2, 2013 11:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • me, too. ME, TOO>

      Comment by lz – March 2, 2013 11:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Me … thousand

      Comment by Seuss – March 2, 2013 12:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Me too and to the comment above about her not being able to act it silly! She is a great actress!

        Comment by sarah – March 2, 2013 01:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • same here, it was such a great show :’)

      Comment by Line – March 2, 2013 12:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It ended way too soon…

      Comment by May – March 2, 2013 04:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh, gosh… I loved Gavin and Stacey on BBC. This sounds like it’s going to be an awful attempt to translate the show for Anerica, terrific acting talent aside. Just the description of the change to the pilot’s plot is dismaying.

    Comment by Laurel – March 2, 2013 10:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Even though I fully understand that this is just tv, the idea of him kissing both Rory and her mom creeps me out a little…;)

    Comment by edensongbird – March 2, 2013 10:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love Gavin & Stacey, but I’m not banking on the American version. I am not sure Nessa, Smithy, and Bryn will translate well, and they make the show.

    Comment by Shelley – March 2, 2013 10:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Lol I’ve had this conversation a few times in the past and I usually find most people agree that the weakest thing about Gavin and Stacey and the title couple. The supporting cast made the show.

      Comment by ABBY – March 2, 2013 12:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Was the title couple not and the title couple sorry*

        Comment by ABBY – March 2, 2013 12:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I love Gavin and Stacey also. I also watch a lot of British television. America have very few good television writers and fail to capture the depth of the characters. The only good American show that I like as well and even better than its British Counterpart is ‘The Office’, but there you had one of the original writers and contributing writers have also been outstanding.

      Comment by Janel – March 5, 2013 02:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Having seen the original, I think Ellie Kemper would have been perfect in this role, although she’s already booked her own pilot.

    Comment by Jay – March 2, 2013 10:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is a little creepy! Been a big fan of Gilmore Girls and this is just werid to see. I know, they are just actors, but still. I wonder if Alexis has called Lauren to inform of this. Lol.

    Comment by Allyson – March 2, 2013 11:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Threesome!!!

    Comment by Luke – March 2, 2013 11:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I loved Jason on Parenthood, and even though he and Sarah had great chemistry, the age difference, and what they each wanted out of life was too different. Putting the “ick” factor aside, I think Jason and Alexis are a better match. I will definitely tune in for at least a few episodes. Hoping it’s a hit!

    Comment by Mel – March 2, 2013 11:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well I guess Sarah will be man hunting again.

    Comment by robinepowell – March 2, 2013 11:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How age appropriate!

    Comment by Potato strong – March 2, 2013 12:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
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    Comment by I LOVE TV – March 2, 2013 12:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is great news!!! As a longtime GG fan, I’m loving the meta of it all. Can’t wait for the show!

    Comment by Lola – March 2, 2013 01:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Alexis is a beautiful girl but she’s a horrid actress. She can’t even do drama so how is she gonna do comedy which is arguably harder? Sorry this has FLOP written all over it!

    Comment by Christian – March 2, 2013 02:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Alexis certainly isn’t a horrid actress. She was very good in Mad Men last season. I like her and hope this transition from a very successful British comedy to an American programme isn’t the usual disaster. Hopefully, with Ruth and James involved it can be the exception. Casting Jason and Alexis is certainly a great start. Looking forward to seeing it, if we get it in England.

      Comment by Sarah – March 2, 2013 03:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Alexis Bledel wasn’t really that good on Gilmore Girls. She just failed at displaying the emotional depth that Rory should have had.

        Comment by Guest – March 2, 2013 10:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • um im soo excited that alexis will be back on a show im going to maybe enjoy

    Comment by Kaitie – March 2, 2013 03:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Written by David Rosen? Scandal never mentioned his writing career!

    Comment by B – March 2, 2013 04:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sounds Shade-y to me.

    Comment by Anonymoose – March 2, 2013 06:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wow, I haven’t really ever watched Parenthood but I knew Jason was on or had been on it so when I first read headline I misunderstood it and thought they meant Alexis would be appearing on Parenthood as his new love interest or Lauren’s rival.

    Comment by Jennifer – March 2, 2013 07:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Alexis Bledel isn’t the best actress, but I still loved her as Rory, so I think that if the writing and direction is good enough, she can pull it off. I can’t believe she’s 31 – she still looks 16 (in a good way)! I think that she and Jason Ritter will make a really cute couple.

    Comment by lara – March 2, 2013 10:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I like Alexis Bledel but she’s NOT Lauren Graham. She’s likeable but…

    Comment by French – March 4, 2013 05:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As long as she never has a scene where she has to cry or hug, she should be okay.

    Comment by Tahitigirl – March 4, 2013 08:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Hahaha! Good one Tahitigirl! I so agree!

      Comment by Mel – March 5, 2013 07:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Personally, I think Alexis Bledel is a good TV actress. Remember, GG was her first acting gig, so I don’t fault her on her possible shortcomings. Nevertheless, I will say that I’m glad she’s playing a character totally different from Rory. That way, there will be no comparisons between the two characters. Lauren Graham might be the better actor of the two, but her range of characters/storylines are short (and very similar). Ouside Bad Santa, LG has always played the (single) parent role. So at least Alexis is willing to try new roles.

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  • Funny, I found Gilmore Girls later…..first time watching, Rory was in pilot and my husband walked in and said to me, “god, that is one ugly kid!”. LOL I didn’t agree, she was cute.

    As I watched all the GG episodes on DVD, Alexis was the only one who seemed to get worse as the series went on………everyone else was at the top of their game throughout the series.

    I kind of feel bad for her……she was dating Milo, and SHE was the one who held out for more $$$$ and network just said no, so they all walked out that last season.

    And yes, unless she gets rid of her awkwardness in physical situations (hugs/kisses etc), and drops the squeaky voice (when Rory was young in first season, she had a deeper, normal voice) which IS NOT ACTING…unless you’re a Disney character…..I fear for her future.

    Although, I do agree w/previous poster……might be true that actors are born, not made.

    Just my two cents……. still GG fan b/c of Lauren and cast!!!!

    Comment by Mare – May 14, 2013 01:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Oh gosh, I should have added that was 10 years ago, when she was learning acting! I do hope AB does well in her new show. (I realized I sounded terrible with that post and couldn’t delete it).

      Sorry…..I’m new to site and just tripped over the entry way……

      Comment by Mare – May 16, 2013 02:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I agree that Alexis’ acting got noticeably worse as the seasons progressed on GG. You’d expect the opposite, no? By the last few seasons, her character really grated, and I think that’s in large part to how Alexis portrayed her.

    Comment by Jennifer – June 23, 2013 07:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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