The Sookie (Melissa McCarthy) piece of the “Gilmore Girls” revival puzzle has developed a jagged edge. When Netflix made the news of the revival official last week, many speculated that McCarthy wouldn’t join due to her hectic film schedule.
Then the actress revealed via Twitter on Tuesday that no one asked her, or Sookie, to return Stars Hollow.
Thanks for the invite, but sadly no one asked me or Sookie to come back to Stars Hollow. Wish them all the best!! https://t.co/II2Atug4wx
— Melissa McCarthy (@melissamccarthy) February 2, 2016
But McCarthy’s exclusion wasn’t an intentional diss; “Gilmore Girls” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino tells TVLine that she knew better than to write an entire storyline for Sookie, given McCarthy’s other demands, but would write her into a scene in a heartbeat.
“She’s really f–ing busy, but the thing I have said [to her team] is, ‘Look, if Melissa is available and has an afternoon free, I’ll write her a scene,” Sherman-Palladino said. “Melissa was one of us. If she has a spare moment to run over [to the set] — even if for just a cameo — we would be totally game. And if it’s a last-minute thing, I would write her in and we would figure it out. That’s the way we left it.”
The showrunner promised that Sookie’s absence would be explained in the revival and if McCarthy were able to swing by for a while, Sherman-Palladino would find a way to get her into the show. “It was a character we knew we could not count on in terms of story, because [Melissa] just simply wouldn’t have that sort of time to carve out for us,” she said. “It simply would’ve been impossible. Planning around her crazypants schedule and her movies and her this and her that and ‘Ghostbusters’…But if her people called me up and said she’s free on these particular days or would love to drop by and just be in one scene, we would put her right in.”
Can someone call McCarthy back and straighten this out? Lorelei and Rory need their Sookie (and so do we!)