Amy Sherman-Palladino “Had To Fight” To Cast Melissa McCarthy In ‘Gilmore Girls’

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Update Saturday, 8:20 PM: Fans hoping for a revival of Gilmore Girls will have to keep hoping. During tonight’s panel, Sherman-Palladino said there are no plans currently to bring the show back. “There’s nothing in-the-works at the moment,” she said. “Here’s the good thing: Nobody here hates each other. It would have to be the right everything — the right format, the right timing. It would have to be honored in a certain way. If it ever came around, I think we would all jump in and do it.” (Via TV Line.)

Original Post, 2:09 PM: Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino was ahead of the curve when she wanted to cast Melissa McCarthy as Sookie St. James. Sherman-Palladino told an audience at the ATX Television Festival in Austin that she “had to fight” for McCarthy, according to Deadline’s PMC sibling TVLine. This would be the same McCarthy that has this weekend’s No. 1 movie at the box office (Spy) plus other hit movies (The Heat, Bridesmaids) and a second hit TV series (Mike & Molly) under her belt since Gilmore Girls ended in 2007.

“It wasn’t that people didn’t like her, but she was a different energy,” Palladino explained. “She was a different kind of chick. The part was just written for a woman — there was no body type, there was nothing specific about it. I was just like, ‘I need someone who’s funny and can really act.’ Just funny doesn’t get me anything, because I need her to be able to cry and be heartbroken and be in a relationship, so it was a tricky sell. It took a while.”

Sherman-Palladino wasn’t involved for the show’s final season, and said she wasn’t invited to participate in the final episode.

“The last season was the last season, s–t happens,” she said during the “Coffee With Amy Sherman-Palladino” panel. “We left it in the hands of our writers, so it wasn’t like we got Saddam Hussein to come in. We had smart, strong writers who had been with us and trained with us. We felt like, ‘Well, if we can’t be there, at least it’s in the hands of people that we know will honor the spirit of what we set up.’”

She admitted that it’s “always a bummer when you don’t get to end it,” and that she “hoped maybe there would have been a call — ‘Hey, it’s the last episode. Do you want to come back?’ — and there wasn’t.”

“That’s the way it works in Hollywood; there are rules,” she conceded. “I just don’t like rules.” That said, she’s still on speaking terms with the entire cast, and as she pointed out, “When does that happen?”

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