Thursday, May 03, 2007

Gilmore: A Beloved and SFNE Show Comes to the End

It's sadly official: The CW announced the cancellation of Gilmore Girls. Although I only got hooked on the show about three years ago (because of scheduling reasons in the days before my second TiVo--yes, I watch a lot of TV), I avidly watch reruns and new episodes (hint: the older ones are better). In the end it was cancelled for that most prosaic of reasons--stalled contract negotiations.

Set in the magical, fictional Connecticut town of Stars Hollow (a distant suburb of Hartford--I said it was fictional), the show hooked millions of us on the relationship between the "girls"--single mother Lorelai and her precocious daughter Rory Gilmore--and their loves, friends, relatives, and fellow Stars Halloweenians. When you watch it--especially the earlier episodes--the dialogue flies funny and fast (think: His Girl Friday fast), with pop culture references that occasionally even flew over my head (and I'm very pop-conscious). You either get it or not, but if you get it, then you love it. (Ask my brother--I got him hooked, too.)

You know how when you watch one of those shows that's "set" in Boston (I'm talking to you, Ally McBeal!) that it might as well take place in Detroit? Despite being filmed in California (I visited the set once on a studio tour), Gilmore was totally SFNE. Granted, because it's supposed to be southern Connecticut, the accents are sort of northeastern bland, but there's the continuing thread of participatory democracy/town meetings (some of the funniest stuff), celebrations of the seasons (winter carnivals, harvest festivals, etc.), and continual references to Providence and Boston.

More evidence: Lorelai's dad is a king of the Hartford insurance world, and she runs a successful inn (ever since Newhart, one of the most SFNE of occupations). Heck, there was even a recommendation to eat at Barnacle Billy's in Ogunquit in a recent episode. And okay, Rory chose Yale over Harvard (and where were the good public schools in the mix, huh, huh?), it's still a New England school. I'm even guessing applications to Old Eli bumped up a tick after the idyllic portrayal of life at the school. (Minus two points on the SFNE Scale for never mentioning the Sox, though, or--god help us--those &^%#$@ Yankees.)

So goodbye, Lorelai, Rory, Luke, Emily, Richard, Lane, Zach, Sookie, Jackson, Mrs. Kim--even you, Kirk and Taylor. I'll miss you all--and a little bit of magical New England along with you. Let's hope you get a fitting farewell.

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Blogger Fraulein said...

"His Girl Friday" is the best movie ever. I will never forget seeing that movie in a freshman journalism class at Boston U.

11:14 AM  
Blogger karrie said...

My husband introduced me to "Gilmore Girls" when we were dating. I stopped watching right about the time Sookie had her first child, but we have seasons 1-7 on dvd, so maybe I can catch up later this summer.

My mom is staying with us while going through a rough divorce and a few nights ago I pulled out season one and told her to watch it. Gales of laughter.

It really is a great show.

3:55 AM  
Blogger Alison Rose said...

It really is, and I think when I watched the series finale (as I write this, that would be last night), I cried a lot. Not only because of the specific situations onscreen, but because I've really come to love the show, and I'm sad that I won't get to watch new stories with these characters. And this morning I got email from a good friend in Dallas who told me she cried a lot watching the end, and did I think that was silly? (I did not.)

Thank goodness for DVDs and syndication!

10:40 AM  

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