Gilmore Girls - Where Are They Now?

The internet went crazy with the news of Gilmore Girls coming to Netflix. It's been here for a full week now, how many episodes have you watched already? (I've watched eight.) I was a few seasons late to the Gilmore party. It premiered in 2000, when I was just starting my junior year in college. I went to school during the day, worked a few nights a week and spent the rest of my time doing homework and partying socializing. I recorded Friends on my VCR and occasionally caught a few other shows live, but TV was just not my thing back then. Shocker, I know.

Somewhere in season four, my BFF told me about this show he loved featuring a fast-talking, coffee addicted mother/daughter duo and the crazy small town they lived in. It sounded so stupid to me. But ABC Family aired reruns every day at 5:00 and I just happened to catch it as they were starting the series from the beginning. So I watched every day and caught up right before season five premiered. And after that cliffhanger in season four, I was so excited, and had a new favorite show.

Most of the time it really was cheesy. I rolled my eyes at the annoying Stars Hollow citizens, but absolutely loved Lorelai, Rory, Emily, Richard, Sookie, and Luke (although, I always wanted Lorelai to end up with Christopher. SUE ME!) I also enjoyed Michel, Paris, Lane, and of course...Jess. (Rory and Jess forever.) But I love it and I'm having fun relieving it through Netflix late at night when I should be sleeping.

I forgot how much I loved Rory those first few years when she was quiet and a little dark. I love how there's a festival almost every week. I love how it's almost always fall. I love Rory and Lorelai's banter, even if Lorelai is kind of a bitch sometimes. I didn't love season six or seven though. If you've seen it, you know why. If you haven't yet, just wait. It gets weird.

Let's talk about the cast. The crazy kids on this little WB show (that only got five million viewers at it's height) had some serious potential.  

Lauren Graham (Lorelai) is now playing another single mom on Parenthood. She's been dating her co-star Peter Krause since 2010. She released her first novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe in 2013, which is supposed to be made into a TV show.

Alexis Bledel (Rory) reprised Lena in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, starred in a few independent movies, and had a three-episode arc on Mad Men. She married her Mad Men co-star Vincent Kartheiser over the summer. A third Sisterhood movie is in the works.

Melissa McCarthy (Sookie) is easily the biggest star of the series. She's currently on TV's Mike and Molly, which she won an Emmy for in 2011. She was also nominated for an Oscar for Bridesmaids. Other movies include The Heat, Identity Thief and Tammy and she has three more movies in the works: Spy, Michelle Darnell, and The Heat 2

Jared Padalecki (Dean) immediately went on to star in another WB/CW series, Supernatural, which is about to start it's tenth season. He met his wife, Genevieve, while she guest starred on Supernatural and they have two sons together.

Milo Ventimiglia (Jess) went on star in TV shows Heroes, Wolverine, Mob City, and Chosen, as well as movies like Rocky Balboa, The Divide, That's My Boy and Grown Ups 2. He'll be staring in a mid-season show called The Whispers. Alexis and Milo dated for three years.

Matt Czuchry (Logan) went on to play Chris on Friday Night Lights and Cary on The Good Wife, who some say is a less obnoxious version of his Gilmore character Logan Huntzberger.  

Liza Weil (Paris) starred in TV shows Anyone But Me and Bunheads and appeared on ShondaLand shows Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, and Scandal. She's currently a regular on Shonda's fourth series, How To Get Away With Murder. She has one daughter with husband Paul Adelstein (Prison Break, Private Practice).

Scott Patterson (Luke) hasn't had as much luck as the rest of the cast. He starred in the first and only seasons of Aliens in America and The Event and has been busy making independent movies. Apparently he and Lauren Graham didn't get along in real life.

Do you love Gilmore Girls too? Hate it?
Have you ever seen it before? Do you intend to binge-watch it on Netflix?
This is a fun read about watching the show. So is this.


SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

Holy crap, I didn't know all those people were in that show.

I didn't watch it the first time around. It's in my Netflix queue!

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

I started watching on ABC Family at the same time you did. I used to record Gilmore Girls and Smallville every day and eventually caught up to live tv.

It definitely had its annoying moments, but it'll forever be one of my faves. I'm Team Luke and Team Jess. I had no idea that Lauren and Scott didn't get along. I think he was my favorite character besides Loralei and Rory.

I really need to start watching Supernatural. I've got a long way to go to catch up though.

Matt Czuchry looks really hot in the new pic you posted. I don't watch The Good Wife, but I've heard great things.

Ok, I guess I'm done.

Kelly @ turned UP to ELEVEN! said...

*SWOON* Jared Padalecki.... Love that dude, although I was introduced to him first in a House of Wax (horrible)... I became totally obsessed with him after watching Supernatural, it was SO strange this week, to see him on Gilmore Girls, he sounds SO different. He's an amazing actor, and I love his wife Gene who played Ruby as you stated on Supernatural. Their kids are amazingly cute. There is also a snippet of the SPN episode "French Mistake" where they discuss his time on Gilmore Girls. (They go into an alternate universe where they play themselves on the set of SPN, and it's on a lot where they claim Gilmore was filmed, it's a funny moment.

*** I also love that so many of the locations on Gilmore and sets are now still used. The town square with the gazebo is used on Hart of Dixie Now. Small world right - and the town of Blue Bell is a lot like where the girls live in the show... something crazy is always happening, quirky characters live in the town and there is ALWAYS a parade or festival in Blue Bell just like where the Gilmore girls live.

I'm only on episode 8, but I do love it, it's a great, relax and clear your mind sort of show.

PS I stopped scanning after Jared's photo, NO SPOILERS!

Karen M. Peterson said...

I have seen some episodes here and there and liked the show, but I never saw most of it. I need to go back and watch it from the beginning, but don't know when I'll have time.

Elle Sees said...

i've never seen it, but recognized many of the actors on there! had no idea melissa was on there!

Jo said...

I loved it ... just can't get Cat to watch it and I'm sure she'll like it if she gave it a try.

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

This is one of those shows I never watched and regret. I should just Netflix it!

Tricia Nae said...

This is my favorite show. Well that and Friends. I dvr them everyday, even though I have them all on DVD and now Netflix. I just love it. I watch them over and over and over, and never get tired of them...that's how you know it's a good show!!

Do you watch Hart of Dixie? It reminds me a lot of GG. It's been on hiatus...hoping it doesn't get cancelled.

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

Now this was a great post

Selma @ Crazy Little World Of Mine said...

I loved the Gilmore Girls, the books Rory read, and the phony town members...hahaha, it was MY show. ;)
I actually liked Logan, which yes, shocks everyone. :) The only thing I didn't like was the ending, but turns out they had to cut it short and keep it kind of open. The cast, apparently, didn't know the show ended and were informed a few days/weeks before. I might watch it again on Netflix, especially during Christmas break.

Jodi said...

Loved this show so much. It is a classic. I could sit and watch re-runs forever! I wish Alexis would star is another great show.