Netflix is bringing back Gilmore Girls, according to TV Line.
The site reports that sources have confirmed a deal between the streaming company and Warner Bros. to revive the show for a limited series.
Representatives of the two parties have not officially commented on the report, so it should be taken with a pinch of salt, but the news fits in with Netflix’s ongoing strategy of bringing old projects back to TV screens, particularly when there is evidence of demand from a sizeable audience – and, in the case of Fuller House or Wet Hot American Summer, even when there is not.
Speculation of the series’ return has certainly been widespread since it ended way back in 2006 on The CW, with creator Amy Sherman-Palladino apparently dismissing the possibility at the ATX TV Festival this summer.
“There’s nothing in-the-works at the moment,” she told the crowd at a panel reuniting the Girls team. “Here’s the good thing: Nobody here hates each other. It would have to be the right everything — the right format, the right timing. It would have to be honored in a certain way. If it ever came around, I think we would all jump in and do it.
“If it ever happened, I promise we’ll do it correctly.”
Indeed, for Sherman-Palladino, the chance to give the series a proper send-off will hold some appeal: after a contract dispute with Warner, she left the show before its final seasoon, meaning that she was unable to end the programme with the final four words she has always said she had planned from the beginning.
TV Line claims that the major members of the cast are expected to return, including Lauren Graham as Lorelai, Alexis Bledel as Rory, Kelly Bishop as Emily Gilmore and Scott Patterson as Luke Danes. If the revival goes ahead, it will follow the current trend of limited, “event” runs, such as The X-Files’ return for 8 episodes and 24: Live Another Day’s 12 hours, with four 90-minute episodes.