Friday, May 04, 2007

Bye-Bye to GG

Breaking news: "Gilmore Girls" a goner

So that's it, the show has been officially canceled. It's been in limbo all season long if there was going to be an eighth season, and now, with two episodes left, they say it won't be back as contract extensions with the shows stars couldn't be hammered out. It'll be interesting to see how they do the series finale, but the writing is already on the wall of what's coming.

This was actually a pretty good show for the first 5 seasons. I certainly haven't seen all the episodes by a long shot, but any I caught on TV reruns were always fun to watch. Good writing is good writing, regardless of the topic. And I always liked waiting for Luke's reaction and sarcasm to the lunacy of the title character Gilmore Girls.

Of course, what the show will probably be known for is how the series creators didn't get a contract extension (they wanted multiple years), and almost tanked the series with a true "What the?" moment at the end of a pretty bad season 6 (during the season they even brought in what is always the death knell of a TV show - a kid). In fact, after getting interested in the show around season five, I missed a lot of episodes of season 6 and just kept up with it online. Then after that 'finger to the fans' season 6 ender, the creators left, writers and producers changed, and I was watching just to see if they could do a writing miracle and turn it around. It took half the season and 10 episodes before it even started to happen, but the last few have been back on track. So of course, that means it's being canceled. Either that, or the fact they lost about a million viewers each of the last two seasons.

It's probably about time the show ended, as there really isn't anywhere more for it to go. As an exercise in story arc writing, it's been an interesting watch. They should have planned a little for it though, and ended it properly after what could have been a pretty good season 6. Oh well, that's one less show to remember is on. Back to TV on DVD...

Comments on "Bye-Bye to GG"


Blogger Blythe Lane said ... (May 04, 2007 11:45 AM) : 

I am surprised that someone who professes to have started watching GG in it's 5th season, some 6th season and only here and there in the 7th season can consider themselves such an expert on GG! That's quite nervy, my friend.

The avid GG fan must weigh in here... There was no one more devastated than I that the Pallandino team was on the outs during season 6. I worried about it's survival without it's beloved mother hen.

However, there has been no one more pleased at the story line and writing this season. To be quite honest, it's the funniest and quirkiest dialogue and scenarios that it's been in a long time.

As to season 6 being terrible as you always seem so apt to say, for someone who's actually watched the series for it's entirety it was actually a good arc for the characters. It gave room for character growth.


Blogger Eaglewing said ... (May 04, 2007 3:41 PM) : 

Well, I got nerve to spare, but I certainly bow to your superior expertise on the matter. I have watched the entire season 7 and as much as the show has been enjoyable, watching how the behind the scenes stuff affects story arcs and planning has been even more so. Still, I agree with you on this season. The writers managed to pull it together and come up with some good stuff. Should be interesting to see how they go out.


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