Tuesday, May 15, 2007

T.V. on TV: Gilmore Girls

Television gets a lot of things wrong in the name of entertaining us. And, to be honest, in most cases, that’s a good thing. I’d rather watch the CSI team solve a case than turn their findings over to other officers who then go to arrest the perpetrators. And I’d rather watch the small town antics of Gilmore Girls than the umpteenth spin on Sinclair Lewis’ Main Street. Most TV small towns fall into one of two categories -- hyper-romanticized or deeply, deeply confining. If the actual reality of a small town (expressed best in NBC’s Friday Night Lights) falls somewhere in the middle and is nowhere near that interesting, it’s perhaps more fun to live in a hyper-romanticized little burg like Stars Hollow, the home of Lorelei (Lauren Graham) and Rory (Alexis Bledel) Gilmore.

Gilmore Girls launched seven years ago on the now-defunct WB as the latest attempt by the network to capture a family audience. Telling the story of a mother who had her 16-year-old daughter when she herself was 16, the series languished opposite the then-dominant Friends and seemed destined to fade into obscurity despite critical acclaim. Instead, The WB resurrected the show for a second season, moving it to Tuesdays, where it caught on and became one of the network’s bigger hits. Indeed, an eighth season of the show was prevented only at the last possible moment, meaning that tonight’s series finale (airing on The CW at 8) was originally written as a season finale and may be disappointing to the fans the series has left.
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1 comment:

David Sims said...

You were indeed correct to use an image that featured Jess.

Indeed, you were correct. Indeed.