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'Gilmore Girls' cast on revival: It's 'like a family reunion'

The series will be revived as four 90-minute new episodes on Netflix.

By Annie Martin
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'Gilmore Girls' cast on revival: It's 'like a family reunion'
Lauren Graham at the Los Angeles premiere of "Max" on June 23, 2015. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, April 7 (UPI) -- Gilmore Girls is gearing up for its forthcoming Netflix revival.

The series is giving fans a first look in the April 15 issue of Entertainment Weekly, which features stars Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel on the cover.

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Graham, 49, and Bledel, 34, played Lorelei and Rory Gilmore on the original WB/CW series and will reprise the mother-daughter duo for the revival. Kelly Bishop, Scott Patterson and Keiko Agena are among the other stars who will return.

"It's strange," series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino said of being back with everyone on set. "But very lovely. Like a family reunion, in a sense. That weird family that meets once a year."

Gilmore Girls originally had a seven-season run from 2000 to 2007. Palladino and the cast considered making a feature film or TV movie before Netflix struck a deal for the revival. The streaming site announced the project in January.

"You know how you finish college and you're a few years older and you're like, 'I wish I could go do this now 'cause I would appreciate it so much more and understand it and get more out of it?' That's the opportunity I have with this, and I appreciate every day that I'm here," Graham said.

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"Gilmore Girls" stars Lauren Graham (L) and Alexis Bledel on the April 15 cover of Entertainment Weekly. Photo by Entertainment Weekly

Noticeably missing from the revival is Melissa McCarthy, who played Sookie St. James and previously claimed she wasn't invited back in time. Palladino said she still hopes the actress will take part, a sentiment echoed by Yanic Truesdale.

"She's a friend, we see each other a lot and I love her to death," the actor, who portrays Michel Gerard, told People magazine. "There's nothing I would like more than having her back on set, but it's completely out of my control. Her schedule is her schedule."

Gilmore Girls will return as four 90-minute new episodes.

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