10 'Gilmore Girls' Actors Who Popped Up On Your TV Screens In The Last Year
Between the reunions, the think pieces, and the Netflix revival that has finally been confirmed, it has been a every Gilmore Girls kind of year. The beloved series went off the air nine years ago, but Lorelai, Rory, and the rest of Stars Hollow were the talk of the pop culture town all year long. While everyone is talking about all the details being revealed about the Netflix revival, the Gilmore Girls actors have been keeping busy. From one-off guest appearances to nabbing regular roles in hot series, the cast of Gilmore Girls popped up on a bunch of TV shows in the past year before being confirmed (or not yet confirmed) for the revival. That's no surprise, of course. A cast as talented as the Gilmore Girls crew will always be in demand.
So who popped up where? I'm so glad you asked. Below you will find a list of shows your Gilmore Girls favorites appeared in 2015. There's a good chance even the most committed Stars Hollow junkie missed a few of these surprising guest spots, or forgot to tune into your favorite's new show. Everyone from Alexis Bledel to Kelly Bishop showed off their talents on the small screen. Let's take a look back at all the places your Gilmore Girls faves went in 2015 — and keep your fingers crossed they all make their way back to Stars Hollow together in 2016.
1. Lauren Graham
Graham said goodbye to her second iconic TV character when Parenthood went off the air in 2015, and no, I'm definitely still not over it. The always-busy Graham didn't let her mourning over Sarah Braverman stop her from guesting on her good pal Matthew Perry's CBS sitcom The Odd Couple though. Graham appeared in the first season finale as Oscar's (Perry) ex-wife, leaving the door open for more appearances in Season 2. She's also confirmed to appear in the Gilmore Girls r evival, of course.
2. Alexis Bledel
Bledel had a big year thanks to a well-received movie, Jenny's Wedding and that time she made Gilmore Girls fans' dreams come true by reuniting with her Stars Hollow family at the ATX Festival. With so much going on in her life, Bledel didn't have much time left for TV appearances, but she did squeeze in a guest appearance in an episode of ABC's Canadian import Motive as — gasp! — a murderer. Next, you can catch her in the Gilmore Girls revival. Again, obviously.
3. Kelly Bishop
No one could put Bishop in a corner in 2015. The woman formerly known as Emily Gilmore guest-starred on a trio of diverse shows. First, she took on the role of a pro-choice activist on an episode of The Good Wife, then she guest starred as the mother of Denis Leary's Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll character Johnny, before wrapping up the year with a guest spot on Starz's dance drama Flesh & Bone. Now, she'll be breaking hearts reprising her role as Emily Gilmore for the revival, without her beloved Richard by her side.
4. Liza Weil
Fans of How to Get Away with Murder know exactly what Weil has been up to this year. She has been adding astonishing new layers to her character Bonnie and holding her on in mesmerizing scenes with Viola Davis. Who needs other roles when you've landed on one of TV's best shows? How To Get Away With Murder returns in February 2016, but hopefully Weil has a break in her schedule to appear on the Gilmore Girls revival.
5. Melissa McCarthy
McCarthy was pretty busy owning the big screen in 2015. She had this little movie Spy, you might have heard of it? Still, she continued to have a presence on TV thanks to her role on the now-canceled Mike & Molly. However, her biggest TV moment in 2015 occurred on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, when she showed up wearing a dress covered in pictures of the departing late night host. The moment was hilarious, sincere, and one of TV's most memorable segments. Whether or not she'll appear in the Gilmore Girls revival still remains to be seen.
6. Milo Ventimiglia
Every Gilmore Girl fans' TV boyfriend was a very busy man in 2015. Ventimiglia has been making a career out of doing traditional TV and web series alike for years now, but he took his goals to a whole new level. Ventimiglia appeared on Fox's Gotham as The Ogre, voiced Noir Spider-Man in Ultimate Spider-Man, played the wonderfully emotional Cash in The CW Seed's The Pet Squad Files, was a regular on ABC's The Whispers, guest starred in Vimeo's Con Man, and made time to appear in an episode of The League. Ventimiglia definitely deserves a TV MVP award for all his hard work. (In case you are wondering, Rory's other two boyfriends Jared Padalecki and Matt Czuchry continued their ongoing roles on Supernatural and The Good Wife, respectively.)
7. Todd Lowe
8. David Sutcliffe
During his tenure as Christopher, Sutcliffe didn't always get a lot of Gilmore Girls love, but he was a huge part of the narrative (and a great actor too). He has remained busy since the show ended, and 2015 was no different. He guest starred on ABC's sadly canceled Rookie Blue and played a major role in TNT's Proof. He's currently filming a project called Milton's Secret, which is slated to come out in 2016.
9. Rose Abdoo
Abdoo played the always sarcastic Gypsy on Gilmore Girls. These days her career is taking off in a major way. In 2015 alone, she played a senator on Scandal, a judge on The Grinder, dropped by The Odd Couple, and starred in an episode of I Didn't Do It. She'll appear as Arlene Sobel Rosen in upcoming film Chicanery. All bow before Abdoo!
10. Danny Strong
Strong has become an award-winning screenwriter since his days as Doyle, but he still squeezes in the occasional TV guest appearance. In between co-creating such recognizable shows as Empire, Strong made a final appearance on Justified and visited HBO's Girls.
As you can see, 2015 was a good year for former Stars Hollow residents... but I have a feeling 2016 will be even better. Especially if they all sign on for the revival.