We can all finally sleep at night, because Melissa McCarthy is going to be in the Gilmore Girls revival after all. After what felt like an eternity of miscommunication and denials and nights spent worrying about how we could ever have a Stars Hollow without a Sookie, Melissa made the announcement that she will be coming back. She shared the exciting news on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, because wouldn’t you?
Melissa explained that just about an hour and a half before her interview with Ellen she figured out that she would be able to fit the show into her schedule. Sure, she calls it The Gilmore Girls and remembers being on it for four years instead of seven. But hey, we all forget stuff. What matters is she’s doing it, and she doesn’t have to be added to the hall of shame for actors who don’t return to their most famous vehicles. (I’m looking at you, Olsen twins. And so is John Stamos.)
Just yesterday, the show’s creator Amy Sherman-Palladino explained to Entertainment Weekly that there was “nothing malicious going on” between her and Melissa, despite conflicting messages about whether she was asked to return. She says she initially didn’t include an arc for Sookie in the revival because she didn’t think Melissa would be able to fit a 60-day shoot into her schedule, which was also apparently what Melissa’s team told her.
But Netflix really wanted her in the show, and so did Amy, and she was still willing to make it work if Melissa was up for it:
“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.”
Apparently that offer worked for Melissa, because now the news is official. It doesn’t sound like she’ll have a big part to play in the new story, but at least she’ll be there, along with literally everyone else.