Gilmore Girls Michael Ausiello

Gilmore Girls Revival: Dragonfly Inn's No. 1 Customer Sets Anticipated Return — But There's a Twist

OK, now the Gilmore Girls: Seasons cast is complete.

Sources confirm to me exclusively that, um, I’m set to appear in Netflix’s upcoming four-part revival of the beloved WB/CW series. The twist? I will not be reprising my Season 5 role of “Dragonfly Inn Customer No. 1 (pictured, below).” Details about my new character are being kept under lock and key in GGAmy Sherman-Palladino’s secret hat drawer, but sources confirm that there’s a decent chance I’m making way too big a deal of this.

Here’s what I can say about my cameo: The part is non-speaking (although I can assure you my internal dialogue was quite verbose); it was shot back in March under moderate-to-light security; and my scene is with Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel.

Also, it was one of the greatest days of my life.

Production on the continuation — which was written and directed by Sherman-Palladino and her husband, exec producer Daniel Palladino — wrapped this week in Los Angeles and is set to premiere later this year. Each 90-minute installment will represent a different season over the course of one calendar year. (As such, they will be titled “Winter,” Spring,” Summer” and “Fall.”)

Given each episode’s movie-like length, it’s unclear whether Netflix will release them separately or all at once. As Sherman-Palladino told me back in February, “My preference would be they would not be released at once, because I feel like there’s going to be anticipation, and I think the diehard fans would enjoy it more with a little separation.”

OK, hit the comments and tell me how excited you are about my big return. And if you’re not excited? Pretend that you are. 

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. AJ says:

    Michael, I know the whole narcissism thing is your shtick, and we tolerate it for scoop.

    But if this is the “casting scoop” you promised last week, seriously? Seriously? It’s fine to report you’re in the new episodes but don’t act like its a huge bit of news everyone cares about and get us all excited. That’s kind of cruel.

  2. Daphne says:

    Totally called it during your Facebook Live last week! I’m sooooo jealous!!

  3. c-mo says:

    I just pray you are not related to the cutting room floor…

  4. Melosm says:

    Love you!! Your writing is so much fun! Can’t wait to see you in GG again.

  5. Lucy says:

    Yay, Michael. That is your reward for being such a loyal ASP fan and promoting the best tv has to offer.

  6. jenna says:

    can’t wait to see your cameo michael!

  7. jj says:

    Awesome on set pic!

  8. SImone says:

    Congrats, Michael. Can’t wait to see you sharing the screen with the Gilmore Girls, again :D

  9. Deion says:

    Oh good, after they didn’t ask him back for the Veronica Mars movie, I was afraid he may have had too high an ask.

  10. Annie says:

    Aww. I’m legitimately happy for you.

  11. LaDonna says:

    Sweet! If we guess, will you confirm? My guess: wedding guest!! (Not sure whose wedding, but still…)

  12. french5851 says:

    Congrats! I was so hoping they would give you a part!!

  13. LADY_in_MD says:

    Congrats Michael! Looking forward to seeing you on the revival!

  14. abbyrose says:

    so awesome!!!!

  15. Woot! Go Michael ! You totally deserve it after years of being a loyal fan and begging/pleading/nagging them to finish the series the right way. :-D

  16. Sara says:

    I was wondering if you would make an appearance and I am glad you will be in it! Though you totally deserved a speaking role. ;-)

  17. Muriel says:

    Before the final year I looked forward to each episode. With that last year being what it was I do feel that they owe us something. Lets give us all the episodes at once. We are adults and know how to watch things.

  18. Molly says:

    This is called pay for play. What a silly little narcissist.

  19. Bonnie W says:

    I just finished rewatching seven seasons and it’s confirmed – my all time favorite show. Friday Night Lights got bumped I will never understand how Lauren Graham and Kelly Bishop were overlooked by the Emmy’s. What outstanding performances!!!! And, Michael, you were good, too!

  20. Katie says:

    This is the greatest thing ever. So happy for you!

  21. Luis says:

    Just tell me this, is there coffee involved?

  22. David4 says:

    I think the first episode should come out December 20th, then March 20th, June 20th, September 20th. If you are going to make a big deal about the four seasons might as well release them on the seasons.

  23. Tim says:

    I hope if there is nudity, it is at least plot-driven and tasteful.

  24. TaMara says:

    Great news!! Looking forward to seeing you in Stars Hollow again. And I’d be happy with release dates close to the time of year they take place. Not that Netflix cares what I think.

  25. Stefanie says:


  26. Robyn says:

    I hope they release them one at a time! I don’t think I could stop myself from watching all of them in one sitting!

  27. Lisa says:

    Best GG news since Sookie’s return!

  28. Ben says:

    This is the scoop I’ve been waiting for for ages. I knew it!

  29. GG23 says:

    That picture must be from a break in filming because I’ve researched and reminded that episode several times and not once does that actor eat out of Laurens hand! While he is adorable I hope his new role includes a slightly less pastel outfit ;)

  30. Devin says:

    No one gives a crap about you, Michael. Why do you try to make everything about you? Do they not teach you to stay out of the story in journalism school anymore? You created this site because you want everything to be about you. I come here because the site does have great content, but I want to throw up when you and writers make it al about yourselves. It’s pathetic.

  31. jenb1023 says:

    Yay! So excited for you and can’t wait until we find out the release date(s)!

  32. Doris Wells says:

    I’m bingeing on all previous seasons right now in preparation for these new shows. I’m enjoying Loralie and Rory as much now as I did previously.