Am I crying or laughing? Melissa McCarthy returns as Sookie to the Gilmore Girls revival on Netflix. Below, watch her announce the good news, on The Ellen Degeneres Show. It seems McCarthy and Amy Sherman-Palladino have found the necessary scheduling solutions
In early February, McCarthy tweeted that no one asked her to join the Gilmore Girls TV show reunion project. Sherman-Palladino later told EW that when Netflix asked her and husband/Gilmore co-producer Daniel Palladino about a Sookie story they said, “Look, we know you didn’t hear a Melissa McCarthy arc in here because we are not naïve enough to think we’re going to be able to grab her for 60 days of shooting.”
Here is more backstory, from EW:
Amy, who is represented by the same agency as McCarthy, says she’s been keeping tabs on her former cast member’s schedule. “I’ve been told by her people for months, ‘Can’t happen. Can’t happen. Can’t happen.’” As for whether McCarthy knows how badly Amy wants her? “This business of people and managers and reps. There are a lot of layers and you can’t really get to people and you don’t know how things are being conveyed and who’s talking on your behalf. All I can tell the fans is we love her. She was a big part of the show … There’s nothing juicy or hidden here. It’s a matter of she’s one of the top working actresses in films today and we are very proud of her.”
Amy went on to give specifics just in case McCarthy should find herself with a free afternoon. “We’ve just put it out in the universe: We’re here until May 10. I know what the scene is. I’ll pre-light it for her. She can drive up, run in, shoot it, and run out. I can get her in and out in two hours. If she finds that time, I don’t care when it is, we will make it happen.”
Well, putting it out in the universe sure paid off this time. Watch McCarthy break the story to Ellen.
What do you think? Are you excited that McCarthy is returning for the Gilmore Girls TV series revival? Do you plan to watch?