What elements do we need for the Gilmore Girls revival? Well obviously Lauren Graham’s Lorelai and Alexis Bledel’s Rory. The longed-for proper ending for Lorelai and Luke Patterson’s Luke. Some sort of relationship drama for Rory. Awkward family dinners with Emily Gilmore (Kelly Bishop). And plenty of coffee. Actually just insert the intravenous tube right now.
While all of the above is practically guaranteed, there is one vital element missing and has caused much online discussion and dissecting… the absence of Lorelai’s best friend, sometimes voice of reason, and partner in crime, Sookie.
Played by the wonderful Melissa McCarthy, Sookie, the lovable klutzy co-owner and head chef at the Dragonfly is not only Lorelai’s best friend, but is practically another mother to Rory. Having a Gilmore Girls revival without her would be akin to a soufflé that doesn’t rise… it would just feel flat. However, on her return, there has been very little said from official channels leading fans to mount internet campaigns begging the star to return to Stars Hollow.
Earlier this week, series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino revealed to TVLine that she was eager to have McCarthy return in whatever capacity she could, but it seems that the news has yet to reach McCarthy.
McCarthy’s Twitter mentions have exploded with fans eager for news on her involvement with the four-episode continuation, and one lucky fan received a reply yesterday (February 2). In response to the fan’s cry: “@melissamccarthy PUH-LEEZ come back to Stars Hollow!! #gilmoregirlsrevival” the actress tweeted:
Thanks for the invite, but sadly no one asked me or Sookie to come back to Stars Hollow. Wish them all the best!! https://t.co/II2Atug4wx
— Melissa McCarthy (@melissamccarthy) February 2, 2016
Seems like some crossed-wires there especially given Sherman-Palladino’s intense desire to have Sookie present: “the thing I have said [to her team] is, ‘Look, if Melissa is available and has an afternoon free, I’ll write her a scene. Melissa was one of us. If she has a spare moment to run over [to the set] — even if for just a cameo — we would be totally game. And if it’s a last-minute thing, I would write her in and we would figure it out. That’s the way we left it.” However, she did acknowledge that McCarthy was “really f-ing busy”.
It seems that Sherman-Palladino wants it, that McCarthy wants it, and the fans certainly want it, so hopefully that invite does make its way to McCarthy’s inbox an schedules can be worked out.
Gilmore Girls is returning for four episodes on Netflix.