The 'Gilmore Girls' Revival's Emmys Chances May Be Tough

by Taylor Ferber
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The powers that be at Netflix are continuing to fight for die-hard Gilmore Girls fans and give audiences what they want. On Tuesday, there was an update regarding Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life's Emmys chances. Variety revealed that producers of the GG revival reportedly petitioned to get the show in a very specific category for the 2017 nominations. For Gilmore Girls lovers, the good news is that the series won't be competing with other programs in the toughest category: Outstanding Drama Series. However, chances of the show scoring a nomination, never mind an Emmy, in its designated Outstanding Limited Series category will still be tough, considering the rest of the top-notch competition.

Two other contenders in the category this year will likely be FX's Fargo and ABC's American Crime, both of which have previously been nominated. But there are some potential newcomers in the limited series category that shouldn't be overlooked. One is HBO's Big Little Lies and the other is FX's Feud — both have major star power and positive praises behind them. Considering these series showcase an array of wildly talented females and significant stories of womanhood, this is a positive competition to be in. Here's a small breakdown to show what the competition is really looking like among the new kids in town.

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Ryan Murphy and his team scored multiple Emmys in 2016 for FX's The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, including the award for Limited Series. It's possible that Season 1 of the anthology Feud, starring Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon, could rack in a few nominations and potentially a win in this category. The campy drama is a retelling of the infamous rivalry between Hollywood darlings, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, while shooting 1962's Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? Although the show hasn't been as well-received as ACS, audiences and critics have positively pointed out the underlying themes of ageism and the unfortunate inner workings of Hollywood amidst all of the delicious diva behavior.

There's also the Rotten Tomatoes' Certified Fresh dark comedy Big Little Lies, starring Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz, and Laura Dern. The drama, based on the Liane Moriarty novel of the same name, shows that not all is what it seems when secrets of a well-off, idyllic California beach town are revealed. According to Rotten Tomatoes, critics have deemed the miniseries "bitingly funny and highly addictive" and "twisty, thrilling, and enlightening," as it tackles topics like motherhood and domestic violence.

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So, how does Gilmore Girls stack up? Responses to the revival generally seemed mixed. The series scored an 88 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with a general consensus that it was "a faithful and successful" revisit of the story fans originally fell in love with. Some critiques regarded the revival as "disappointing," while other feedback claimed it was a "delight." Fans seemed to love how Rory (Alexis Bledel) and Lorelai's (Laura Graham) quick wit, smartness, and heartfelt mother-daughter bond was still strongly intact. On the flip side, the show was criticized for being confusing and contrived, with the plot picking up where it had left off 10 years ago.

Nominations for the 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards will be announced on July 13. And until fans get the final verdict, there's always the option of marathoning all of the shows above. That sounds like a win in itself.