Of Gilmore Girls, Modern Family & Parenthood

I have, for whatever reason, a certain amount of fan cred for the TV show Gilmore Girls (late of The WB & The CW) because I took a Google search term – Rory Gilmore Sex Boat – and made it my own. Four and a half years later and I’m still number one, which sends me traffic, comments and like-minded viewers whenever someone catches a re-run or watches the DVD.

So the other day when I was writing another blog post I noticed comments in the queue around the aforementioned query and the name of the Stars Hollow Troubadour, Grant [Grant-Lee Phillips], popped into my head.

Lo and behold an equally enterprising fan has compiled ALL(?) of his appearances on the show into one, easy-to-enjoy video:

Thinking about Gilmore Girls led me to the upcoming NBC show Parenthood, based on the film of the same title. Lauren Graham (Lorelai Gilmore) is one of the stars, so I’ll likely be checking it out.

But my current favorite “family comedy” is ABC’s new sitcom Modern Family. If you have kids, I highly recommend checking it out. Funny stuff.

Also, if you’ve seen the show, you’ll get a kick out of the fact that my brother-in-law and his wife & kids gave our family (Me, Jenn & both kids) “comb sheaths” as gag Christmas gifts. I’ll post a picture soon. Priceless.

Until next time, Happy Friday!

Missing Gilmore Girls

I came to grips with my love (and public embrace) of the show Gilmore Girls some time ago, but I’m not “out” at work. Or, rather, I’m not out with my current group of co-workers because:

  1. I’m in a different group since the show has ended
  2. People don’t often talk about being fans of cancelled series, even if you work in TV. 😉

During a meeting with some very fine folks about a week and a half ago the subject of fandom was heartily discussed and I admitted my show-crush on Gilmore Girls to the assembled group.

As a matter of fact, it was more involved than that. The actual topic at hand was how television networks promote digital initiatives and I actually used the phrase “Rory Gilmore Sex Boat“.

In a meeting room.
With my boss present.
And several other VPs.

Hold your applause.

Anyhow, talking about the show in that way has made me nostalgic (if that’s possible for a show that hasn’t been gone long) for the fast-paced, witty banter and esoteric pulp culture references of Gilmore Girls. Eager to get a fix I quickly found out that actress Keiko Agena (Rory’s friend and punk drummer Lane Kim) is on Twitter.

Big surprise there, since Twitter seems to be the de facto home for any and all celebrities these days – big or small.

Keiko isn’t much of a microblogger, but I still feel more connected to some of the quirkier, music-oriented bits of the show for following her.

Bonus points: Gilmore Girls characters on Twitter (run by fans who won’t let the story end): (via Gilmore Girls News/@Gilmore_Fan)



Not all of the accounts are very active at all, but the prospect of even just a little of that old Stars Hollow magic is enough of a spark for me.

I think my fandom for the show is actually quite passive.

I watched a similar show (in my mind) – Northern Exposure – when I was in middle/high school and I have to admit that I never watched Ed, but both of those shows had large, ensemble casts, a semi-outsider lead and quaint, small-town backdrop, so maybe it’s a formula for a “trend” fandom, but if it is, it’s not very trendy right now.

I’m just astounded that after all this time, the cancellation and oodles of web searches, I’m still number one and people still seem to notice, care and give me props.

My one hope – in this blog post and in the job setting that lead to the discussion of the Gilmore Girls – is that I treat fans the right way because, in my heart of hearts, I’m a fan too.

I miss you Stars Hollow and Gilmore Girls, but you’re only a tweet or blog post away.