Now that's what I call a scoop.
TV Guide's Michael Ausiello, the lucky (and well, good) bastard, has gotten his hand on the teleplay for the first episode of the seventh season of "Gilmore Girls," aka the first episode of the post-Amy Sherman Palladino era.
Most important thing first: He says of the script, by new show runner David S. Rosenthal, "yes, it's good."
As all fans will remember, the sixth season ended with our heroines in rather precarious positions. After having her impulsive offer to elope rejected by Luke (who, it must be said, has turned into a first-class weenie), Lorelai ran back to Christopher. Rory, meanwhile, was forced to bid au revoir to Logan as he shipped out for a year to work for one of his father's newspapers in London.
It was a suitably downbeat finale to what, for me, was the most disappointingly uneven season of the Gilmores. I really need Rosenthal and his gang to inject some life back into the show, and it seems they have, at least according to Ausiello.
Here's a direct quote of his blunt assessment: "Besides nailing the banter, several of his one-liners were classic, laugh-out-loud Palladino." Amen, brother.
He also says that, inevitably, it will be a tough episode to watch for fans of Luke and Lorelai, but will offer some hope for those of us who think they belong together.
I won't tell you everything he revealed, but I was happy to hear that Rosenthal, like me, is also a big fan of Liza Weil's Paris Geller. Along with the Kims, Paris has grown into my favorite character on the show because Weil has showed her humanity as much as her, well, lesser traits. If you like Liza Weil, I urge you to check out a little flick called "Whatever" from a few years back. It's about two young ladies Weil being one of them) coming of age and following different paths in and out of New Jersey. It's very funny, very real and very entertaining. In "Gilmore Girls" 7.1, Paris apparently becomes - what else- a SAT coach. Should be a hoot.
Mr Ausiello, apparently under threat of severe violence from hired goons at CW, couched these two other nuggets in a sort-of riddle. I couldn't fill in the blanks on any of these, but if you can, please let me know:
Rory and Lorelai spend some quality time together at a *a********* c****
There's a very silly subplot involving Michel, Sookie and *r* ********g.
To read the rest of Ausiello's savory scoop, click here.
Hopefully that will help anyone else out there, who, like me, has been going through serious "Gilmore Girls" withdrawal. Relief is indeed in sight. The show returns Sept. 26, to be followed one week later by "Veronica Mars" in the 9 p.m. slot, giving the CW the best programming bloc of the week, for my money.
"World Trade Center" screening
Though I'm still far from an actual film critic (rumor has it that these lucky people actually get PAID to watch movies), I somehow did manage to finagle my way into a press screening of Oliver Stone's "World Trader Center" tonight in Atlanta. Even if it is Cal Thomas' new favorite movie, I'm really looking forward to it.
It will end later than my brain can function, but I'll have my impressions up by Thursday, so please feel free to come back and check them out.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Now that's what I call a scoop.