The Girl leaves Gilmore

Bummer news for fans


Can you imagine a “Buffy” without Joss Whedon?, An “X-Files” without Chris Carter?, A “Cosby Show” without Macy-Werner? A “Lost” without J.J Abrams – OK, that’s probably not the best example, being that Abrams hasn’t had much to do with the show this year, and might as well have handed the reigns to someone else.
Of course you can’t.

Now imagine a “Gilmore Girls” without creator Amy Sherman-Palladino. That’s right, the news fans have been dreading, is up at TV Guide : The Palladino’s are officially leaving the hit WB series. For good. Bye Byes. See Ya. We Outta here.

“Despite our best efforts to return and ensure the future of Gilmore Girls for years to come, we were unable to reach an agreement with the studio and are therefore leaving when our contracts expire at the end of this season,” said Amy and Dan in a statement. “Our heartfelt thanks go out to our amazing cast, hard-working crew and loyal fans. We know that the story lines from this season will continue into the next, and that the integrity of the show will remain long after we leave Stars Hollow.”

Columnist – and all-round Keri Russell fan, but that’s another story – Michael Ausiello says that “The thought of Gilmore Girls heading into what is likely to be its final season (and its first on a brand-new network) without its mama or her right-hand man is unfathomable. But it is happening. And it’s a total bummer.”

Ausiello believes the primary sticking point of their decision to depart “was apparently the length of Gilmore Girls’ renewal. AS-P wanted a two-year pickup, a demand that Warner Bros. refused to meet since Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel are only on board for one more year. Instead, the studio was ready to pay them just shy of $5 million for a one-year deal, an offer that was apparently good enough to refuse.”

In a statement, Warner Bros said: “While we are disappointed that Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino have decided not to stay with the show next season, we are very confident that Dave Rosenthal, an experienced writer/producer with the show, will make the transition seamless moving into the seventh year of Gilmore Girls. We want to thank Amy for creating and nurturing this wonderful series for the past six years and giving us one of the most memorable mother/daughter relationships in television history.”

In other words, the show pretty much ends this season. Sure, there will be something called “Gilmore Girls” in air next-season, but it won’t be the brilliantly written effort you’ve been watching all these years. R.I.P.