Gilmore Girls Revival: Team Palladino on Melissa McCarthy's 11th Hour Return as Sookie: 'The Weird Thing Was...'

5ggAmy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino made a little Sookie go a long way in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.

“We had [Melissa McCarthy] for one day and of course we threw her, like, a 10-page scene, because, why not?” AS-P told me Friday night at the premiere for Netflix’s four-part, six-hour revival (out Nov. 25). And it sounds like McCarthy wouldn’t have had it any other way.  “She did say, ‘Bring it,” notes Sherman-Palladino with a smile. “And we brought it.”

Despite all the will-she or won’t-she spectacle leading up to McCarthy’s last-minute return, AS-P says the A-lister’s day on the set was decidedly drama-free. “The weird thing was, she walked on [sporting Sookie’s signature] ponytails, with the chef thing and [everything] sort of clicked back into the way it was. She was just delightful.”

Watching McCarthy and Lauren Graham seamlessly slip back into their old rhythms was “particularly fun” says AS-P, “because the two of them are like a weird, psychotic Ethel and Lucy when they get together off camera; they finish each other’s thoughts and they have a whole physical thing that they do.”

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  1. Ryan says:

    So we definitely only have Sookie for one scene? She was such a huge part of the show, I can’t imagine her abscence from most of the new episodes.

    • They didn’t said 1 scene, but 1 day of shooting. She might had done 30 small scenes in one day, or just one big one. We don’t know.

      • dude says:

        They said it was a 10-page scene.

        • dan says:

          No, they said they threw a 10 page scene at her. They didn’t say that was the only thing they filmed. They could have done other, smaller scenes with her, too.

          • Pedro says:

            It has been said elsewhere that it has been a scene. Either way, a TV scrip usually has 40 pages. Gilmore Girls’ were longer, around 55. A TV episode shoots for 7 or 8 days. 10 pages is already a lot of pages for a single day. I doubt there were also several other scenes.

    • S K says:

      OK, everyone’s talking about the usual stuff, but is no one fascinated by the comments about Melissa McCarthy and Lauren Graham OFFSCREEN? I’d heard long ago that they were friends/got along well offscreen, by this dynamic that is mentioned…well, seriously, I really want to see this. And of course never will. But that really, really got my interest here!

  2. Carolina Alvarenga says:

    Melissa is a star nowadays

    • Disappointed_In_Shameless_EP says:

      She thinks she’s a star, she has had some huge hits with good screen writers and directors and some massive bombs – her behavior towards the gilmore girl revivial was pure diva nonsense as it was the show that launched her (and fought for her to get the part). It’s a lack of gratitude combined with an obvious problem regarding her place in the hollywoodverse

      • Carolina Alvarenga says:

        I disagree today she is one of the only comedians I give a laugh she has a talent and charisma that many do not have

      • Simon Jester says:

        It’s not clear that any of the stuff regarding the GG revival was due to McCarthy’s ego, as opposed to the actions of her agent. But this much is certain: YOU have absolutely no information on what transpired.

      • AB says:

        She’s a star. Even her flops (The Boss, Tammy) made money.

      • QYW says:

        So, you know everything about this–how? Yeah, I thought so. Sorry to disappoint your little rant, but, she is a star. Frankly, the only one trying to act like a “diva” is the likes of you, I do love sour grapes…..

      • TV Gord says:

        It’s been a few years since I’ve had the opportunity or felt the need to say this, but here we go…”Crazy Internet People”! :-D (That felt good.)

  3. Roberta says:

    Please say that there will be more episodes made!!

  4. Mike S Eddy says:

    I did not watch Gilmore Girls while it was on the air but I have now through Netflix. It was great! All I can say. I want more. I thought I would loose my man card when my daughter suggested I watch it but alas I still have it and now I’m a fan. Please do another season on Netflix please.
    I would like more with Melissa McCarthy in it because it seems Sookie and Lorelai need to have each other.