Whoa! Troubling news:
THE WB LESS FOND OF 'GILMORE'
I agree that there's probably some "positioning" going on here, but as has been mentioned, actions speak louder than words, and GG's renewal was the Frog's first
of this season (7th Heaven
got a two-year gig last year), putting Smallville
, which now both outdraw GG, and Charmed
, which sometimes outdraws GG, behind the Girls in the renewal process (Charmed's
renewal was just announced today).
But even staunch defenders of ASP and the need to thoroughly ground the transition to Yale (like me) have to admit that the exposition just went on, and on, and on, and, etc. Only one episode of GG made The Futon Critic's
top 50 episodes of 2003 list, at the end. A risk-taking Everwood
episode centering around abortion led the list. Although the acting contiues, IMO, to be stellar, Lauren Graham, Kelly Bishop, Edward Herrmann, and several others continue to go without recognition when they deserve it, and I think one reason is the difficulty the writers have had combining transitioning with real character development in interesting storylines.
They have half the season left, for practical purposes. It's my fervent hope that they've used the hiatus time not only for holidaying but for serious thought about how they're going to bring back the magic. I see some promise in the Yale arcs we've been told about, but I dunno about Digger. I think we need to get Lorelai and Sookie and Michel into that damned Inn tout de suite and get a little variety going in her life, something to occupy her attention besides Digger and Rory (Rory already has that with Yale and all, if she will just embrace it -- which she needs to do). The two don't have to exactly grow apart, but they need to develop separately, while remaining an unusual mother-daughter combo. I want the theme song ("I'll be there on the next train....") to remain accurate -- just not the only thing.