That Cold Shiver Down Your Spine is Melissa McCarthy Declining the ‘Gilmore Girls’ Revival
It’s a tale as old as TV, one show giving rise to a mega-star among the ranks, and Gilmore Girls has had its share both before and after Melissa McCarthy. Sadly, it doesn’t appear as if the Ghostbusters star will reprise her role as Sookie St. James for Netflix’s long-heralded Gilmore revival, according to a chilly tweet from the star.
Granted, Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino has acknowledged for some time the difficulty to getting former series star McCarthy to fit even a cameo into her busy schedule, noting to TVLine of the four-part revival:
She’s really f—ing busy. But 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.
It was a character we knew we could not count on in terms of story, because [Melissa] just simply wouldn’t have that sort of time to carve out for us. It simply would’ve been impossible. Planning around her crazypants schedule and her movies and her this and her that and Ghostbusters… I would just be sobbing in a corner for six months. That would be my whole life. But if her people called me up and said she’s free on these particular days or would love to drop by and just be in one scene, we would put her right in.
That message does not appear to have reached McCarthy, who sent the internet aflutter tweeting:
Ouch. Already preparing to shoot next week, Gilmore Girls has confirmed to return Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson, Kelly Bishop, Sean Gunn and Keiko Agena. Original producers Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino will once again be at the helm, having left the final year in a dispute with Warner Bros.
We’ll see if McCarthy ends up revising her statement, or perhaps reconsidering an offer, but it looks like the winter outing of Netflix’s four-part Gilmore Girls series will prove especially chilly.