Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life may have been the talk of the town around Thanksgiving (I know, because I woke up at 3 a.m. to watch it), but I’m not sure that that excitement was at all scalable. Once the final four words came through, I felt the buzz die down. Sure, everyone talked about it for a little, and then… nothing. So even though the revival didn't receive any nominations as a drama, comedy, or miniseries (and could technically fit in any of the three categories), I don't think Amy Sherman-Palladino was snubbed by the Golden Globes.
If anyone was snubbed, it was Lauren Graham and Kelly Bishop, who should have received acting nods for the Gilmore Girls revival, because those women brought Lorelai and Emily Gilmore, respectively, to whole new levels of understanding and growth. But I don’t know that I would say that Amy Sherman-Palladino and her writing team earned any Golden Globes nominations. In terms of the Gilmore Girls revival, the actors made a lot with what they had to work with. The episodes, which were 90 minutes in length, were drawn out in places and short in others. At times, they felt stilted, and at times, the story didn’t make sense.
Now, I get it — the Gilmore Girls revival was made for the fans, and there were certain points that the show needed to hit in order to please its eagerly awaiting viewers. But if the show barely got an Golden Globes when it was on network television and was really hitting its high marks (Lauren Graham was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Drama in 2002), what made everyone think it would get Golden Globe nominations now, with only four episodes? And don’t get me started on the last four words of Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life. Though Sherman-Palladino had reportedly known what the last four words of the show would be since she exited in Season 6 due to conflict negotiations, I maintain that the ending fell flat (I won’t write what they are, just in case someone hasn’t seen it). Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life was entertaining for long-time Gilmore Girls fans, but it lacked the depth and quality to compete with the rest of the shows in our alleged "golden age" of television.
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