Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Gilmore Girls Showrunners Won't Follow the Show to the CW

As a big fan of the WB's Gilmore Girls, I was saddened to read this interview with showrunners Daniel and Amy Sherman Palladino, who detail their harrowing experience over the last 6 years, and the network's refusal to meet their demands for the 7th season. Seems they've been working under year-to-year contracts all this time, without a dedicated staff director, and forced to take on multiple tasks more efficiently relegated to other staff. Their reward for all this hard work is the CW (the UPN/WB mash-up network coming next fall) refusing to negotiate, and dropping the show's creators for its next season.

Granted, this is a very one-sided perspective on the matter, but the result is perhaps the worst possible for fans of the series. GG may not have the high profile of other recent teen TV shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but the show is consistently exceptional, and the Palladino's some of the most prolific writers on TV, having generated over 90 scripts for the show. That's not normal for TV, which is typically much more collaborative. If the series can be said to have an author, it's certainly these two. Once again, television networks show a basic minsunderstanding of the creative process.


Blogger RBG said...

Such sad news - what will happen to the show? More importantly, what will happen to the fans? The show (the writing and in particular the chemistry between the characters/actors) has consistently improved over the years. It's been a long time since there's been a dull episode. Shame on the network!

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