Melissa McCarthy Officially On Board For Gilmore Girls Revival
After months of back-and-forth as well as increasing uproar from the show’s passionate fans, Melissa McCarthy, also known as Gilmore Girls‘ Sookie St. James, announced in a clip for Friday’s Ellen DeGeneres show that she will officially be involved in the highly anticipated reboot of the classic show.
“There is something I have asked about so so many times and it hasn’t worked out,” said McCarthy in a clip for today’s show, “And… they’re making four new movies of the Gilmore Girls, which is a show that was near and dear to my heart for four years, and we could not get those schedules to work,” she explained.
Then, she went on to announced very candidly, “Literally about an hour and a half ago we figured out that I am going to go back and do it and I am so excited.” To the cheers of the audience she continued, “I’m very happy to go back to Stars Hollow.”
After the successful show had wrapped, McCarthy went on from much-loved supporting character to feature film superstardom. This started from her Oscar-nominated role in 2011’s Bridesmaids. Then, she went on to snag an Emmy for her own (now-canceled) sitcom Mike and Molly and continued with a long list of comedies. Just this week she made headlines with her hilarious Jimmy Fallen lip sync battle and her now movie The Boss has just opened.
Weeks after the January announcement of the reboot when the list of actors returning was expanding, McCarthy had taken to her Twitter to explain that, “sadly, no one asked me or Sookie to come back to Stars Hollow.” She had wished them all the best, and later continued, after show creator Amy Sherman-Palladino told TVLine that the actress had an open invitation, that her busy schedule would keep her from participating. Sherman-Palladino earlier this month, however, presented another invitation in an interview with EW, explaining that the show was filming until May 10, and if McCarthy had any time to stop by, they would have a scene for her.
“I know what the scene is,” said Sherman-Palladino, “I’ll pre-light it for her. She can drive up, run in, shoot it, and run out. I can get her in and out in two hours.”
This method, it seems, worked.
Obviously, McCarthy is very excited to be able to be a part of this, as she even pauses mid-sentence to appreciate an old picture of her and Lauren Graham (who plays Lorelei Gilmore on the show). It is unclear based off of this information whether McCarthy will truly only be in one scene or her announcement means that she will be more involved. It is indubitable, however, that fans are overjoyed.
Graham took to Twitter to welcome her old friend back on set:
— Lauren Graham (@thelaurengraham) April 8, 2016
Still no word on a premiere date.