Gilmore Girls Gone for Good... Officially Now

Gilmore Girls has been cancelled ... officially, that is. Longtime readers of this site know that I reported the cancellation weeks ago, based on information passed along to me from an insider who worked on the production.

Fast forward to today. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the May 15 finale planned for Gilmore Girls will in fact be the series' last episode, which will wrap its run after seven seasons. As a former fan of the series, I can say that it's a relief, since the series long outstayed its welcome in the face of creator Amy Sherman-Palladino's departure (and a tense, creatively weak Season Six), as well as the fantastically awful tenure of David Rosenthal during the series' weak Season Seven.

As for those rumors in recent weeks that the CW and Warner Bros Television had been in discussions about a truncated, 13-episode Season Eight run? The deal didn't pan out in the end (no surprise), and the show will now end at the end of the month.

The CW and Warner Bros. Television offered the following statement:

"Announcing the final season of Gilmore Girls is truly a sad moment for everyone at The CW and Warner Bros. Television. This series helped define a network and created a fantastic, storybook world featuring some of television's most memorable, lovable characters."

Is it sad? Not really. A little bittersweet, however, given how much I adored Gilmore's first five seasons. But in the end, that's what DVD and syndication are for. In the meantime, it's long been time that Lorelai, Rory, and Emily Gilmore were retired from primetime television.

So long, girls, and thanks for my rosy memories of the early days.

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Jace is an LA-based television development and acquisitions junior exec who watches way too much television for his own good and would love a TiVo for every room in the house. (He’s halfway there.) His blog, Televisionary, can be found at televisionary.blogspot.com.