Gilmore Girls: 10 Behind The Scenes Secrets
Gilmore Girls was one of the best shows on television back in the early 2000s. The series ran for 7 whole seasons and developed a strong fan following throughout its entire time on air. Featuring a now iconic mother-daughter duo living in the fictional town of Stars Hallow, Gilmore Girls is widely recognized as a cult classic and was so popular among viewers it was revived into a miniseries on Netflix called Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life a whopping nine years after the series finale. Because the show was so popular, here’s a look at 10 behind the scenes secrets from the original Gilmore Girls series!
10. Only 1 Gilmore Girl
In 2007, Lauren Graham did an interview with TV Guide and revealed that, when the show was winding down and it was clear it was the right time to end the show, the network tried to think of many angles to keep the show going. They even threw out the idea of continuing the show without her and having Gilmore Girls primarily focus on Rory. “I did formally say at one point, ‘I’m not coming back.’ Then they thought, ‘Well, can we do it with just Alexis?’ I don’t want to speak for her, but we both went back and forth. Ultimately, neither of us wanted to do it without the other one…If [Bledel] was in a place where she wanted, like, her own show or her own spin-off…They were trying to think of everything,” she said. In the end, neither Alexis Bledel nor Lauren Graham wanted to continue on without the other and they were tired of their hectic schedules. They both felt like it was time to say goodbye and eventually the network agreed.
9. Theme Song
The theme song of any given series becomes like a signature for the show and often reflects what the premise of the show is about. This is not what happened with Gilmore Girls! According to creator Sherman-Palladino, the iconic theme song we hear play out at the beginning of every Gilmore Girls episode tells the story of a woman following a man, not a mother and daughter relationship. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Sherman-Palladino reflected on what happened when she asked King for the rights to the song: “What’s interesting is I just wanted to use the song off of Tapestry, and we thought there’s no way that was ever going to happen, because how would that happen? We’re a tiny show, we don’t really exist and Carole King is a legend. We got to her and what was weird is she said, ‘I don’t do that song anymore in concert because it’s about a woman following a man and I feel that the times are different and I don’t want to be singing about a woman following a man. But I love the idea of a mother and a daughter and if I could re-record it with my daughter and turn the song that I wrote into something more relevant, I would love to do that.'” That’s how the Gilmore Girls theme song was born!