The power of the internet is unquestionable. The power of the fan however, that is just as important and yet, not recognized as much of an influencer. Cult favorites are coming back with a force and they can thank fans and the internet for that. In the last couple of years, shows that had a small but very loyal viewership expressed outrage and heartbreak that another channel or studio listened. Yahoo picked up Community after NBC pulled the plug. Hulu resuscitated The Mindy Project after Fox cancelled it. HBO even listened to the fans and finally gave The Comeback it’s, well comeback!
Then there is the necromancer, Netflix. The Killing would not be killed, Arrested Development got a second change, even Full House rose from the tv grave. But perhaps, the biggest story of the ultimate show revival is Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Since the show’s creators, Amy Sherman-Palladino and her husband, Daniel Palladino left after season 6, everyone could tell the magic was not quite there. Cast member, Jackson Douglas once described on a podcast that it as getting a heart transplant but the fans, cast, crew and even the studio couldn’t really live with this change. And so the beloved show was cancelled and done by season 7. For nearly a decade, fans continued the discussion of what could have been if only Amy and Dan never left and of course, wondering what were the final four words of the whole series? Podcasts were created, from Gilmore Guys to even my personal one. Fan’s investigated on the incomes and expenses of the characters, fan fiction of Lorelai and Luke and of course Rory with one of her three loves (and yeah it was almost always about Jess).
Netflix started to see the demand, the appeal, the love and the need for Gilmore Girls to get the conclusion that the fans and creators deserved. So it is returning with four new hour and a half episodes. We will see how they coped with Richard’s death, we will see how they utilize Twitter and how they feel about Obama, John Oliver and so much more. Everyone’s favorites are returning, from Sookie St. James, Lorelai’s best friend to class mates of Rory’s from Yale.
In the past, it has been rare to have a show be brought back into our lives with new episodes after cancellation. Maybe it’s the lack of original content, the fear from the studios to try something new, or maybe, it’s to give the fans an ending they deserved from a premature cancelled show. From Prison Break to The X Files to Twin Peaks, we have our favorites coming back and we are welcoming them back, zombified or good as new.
*Originally written for gnovisjournal.org