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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