In a few short days the eagerly anticipated Gilmore Girls returns to our screens for four 90 minute episodes. But as I look forward to these new installments, I also know that it will be over too soon. I have been waiting for Chancery to be old enough to watch Gilmore Girls with me, so I did not re-watch all the old seasons in preparation for the re-boot, but I have been thinking of all the other shows which have tided me over in the last several years & have some connection to Gilmore Girls.
If you have not allowed yourself the pleasure of the fast-speaking, coffee drinking Gilmore Girls, I advise you to start there. It's where it all began after all.
Now, I have not actually watched Parenthood (I don't know what was going on in my life at the time, but I didn't really hear much about it when it was on) but I have heard all kinds of good things about it in the last year & I intend to go back & watch it. One of the main characters is Lauren Graham (Lorelai Gilmore on Gilmore Girls).
Hart of Dixie is the story of a female doctor from New York city who is bequeathed a small town practice, or half of it anyway. The show deals with her adjustment to small town life & the quirky characters who are her new neighbours. Hart of Dixie uses the same sets at Gilmore Girls.
Bunheads is a story about a Vegas showgirl played by Sutton Foster, who moves to a small coastal town, & begins teaching ballet. It's written by Amy Sherman-Palladino, who also wrote the first 6 seasons of Gilmore Girls, & the upcoming Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Many of the actors from Gilmore Girls also appear in Bunheads, such as Liza Weil (Paris Geller), Kelly Bishop (Emily Gilmore), & Sean Gunn (Kirk).
Younger also stars Sutton Foster as a recent divorcee who is on the hunt for a job. When she discovers that she keeps getting turned down for being too old (over 40), her friend encourages her to pretend to be in her 20's. She is now trying to maintain her younger identity & keep up to speed on all the technology, fashion & slang she should know!
I've heard that This Is Us is the new Parenthood. If you liked Parenthood, you will probably like This Is Us. It has a great cast including Milo Ventimiglia (Jess from Gilmore Girls). It follows the lives of triplets (one who's adopted), who are trying to figure out adult life, & also flashes to their growing up years, giving us some perspective on what they are struggling with.
And we're back around to Gilmore Girls! There has been some discussion on whether the show will return for more after these 4, or if it will really be over. I'm excited to see what the people of Stars Hollow have been up to over the past 9 years, but I won't get my hopes up for more episodes. After those are over, I have lots of other shows to get caught up on!