"Gilmore Girls" Cast: Where Are They Now?

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Y'all may know I'm a huge Gilmore Girls fan, and even though the show ended its final season three years ago, that doesn't mean I don't check in on Stars Hollow now and then in reruns on ABC Family.

The show about a single Mom, a bookish daughter, their very wealthy relatives and the wacky townsfolk who live in their town was known for its heart, its humor and its first class acting and writing.  I've always thought that if Gilmore Girls aired on a major network instead of the struggling WB, later the CW, Lauren Graham would be a household name and the show would have been a huge hit.

Image:  Warner Brothers Television

No matter, we had it while it lasted and we must be grateful for that.

And lately I've been thrilled to see quite a few former Gilmore Girls cast members all over primetime TV.  That got me to thinking it was time for a "Where are they now?" Gilmore Girls post.  So here it is.

Lauren Graham (Lorelai Gilmore)

Lauren Graham co-stars on the NBC show Parenthood.  She was a last minute replacement when Maura Tierney had to drop out of the show due to breast cancer.  Parenthood is a decent show, but I find myself wanting to see more of Graham and less of all those other people in the show.  

On a gossipy note, Graham and co-star Peter Krause are an item.  They kept it a secret for a while but Graham confirmed the relationship recently.

LAUREN GRAHAM & PETER KRAUSE arrives for the 8th Annual 'Acts of Love' to support Autism Awareness at CAA. © Red Carpet Pictures

Alexis Bledel (Rory Gilmore)

Alexis has been a busy little actress, what with all those Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movies.  Right now she's shooting Violet & Daisy, a film about two teen assassins.  Co-starring with Alexis is Saoirse Ronan who made such a big splash in The Lovely Bones.

Alexis Bledel shoots scenes for 'Violet & Daisy' in New York City, New York on October 13, 2010.  Fame Pictures, Inc

Melissa McCarthy (Sookie St. James)

Funny lady, Melissa McCarthy got a gig on Samantha Who? right as Gilmore Girls ended.  And this season she stars in her own CBS show, Mike and Molly  about a romance between two people who meet at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting. 

The show's been holding its own in the ratings but then got a huge publicity boost when some chick at Marie Claire decided to write about how she couldn't even think of watching the show because seeing two fat people making out is disgusting.  Yeah, go figure.

May 19, 2010 - New York, New York, U.S. - MELISSA McCARTHY arriving at the CBS 2010 Upfront at Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park in New York City on 05-19-2010. 2010..K65031HMc. © Red Carpet Pictures

Scott Patterson (Luke Danes)

After flaming out in the CW show Aliens in America, Scott seems to now have half a chance of sticking around for an entire season on NBC's The Event.  Scott plays an airline pilot who's forced to try to kill the president after his daughters are kidnapped.  There are aliens and guns and explosions and so far The Event is keeping my attention.  But Scott's gotta talk to the hairstylists on the show 'cause that very black rug he's sporting on his head just ain't cuttin' it.

Edward Herrmann (Richard Gilmore)

Herrmann's a TV, movie and stage veteran that's likely to pop up just about anywhere.  And listen to those TV commercials closely because you're also likely to hear his voiceovers.

But it was a reunion of sorts just recently when Herrmann guest starred on The Good Wife.  That's because Matt Czuchry has co-starred on the show from the beginning.  On Gilmore Girls Czuchry played Rory's last, and as far as I'm concerned, best boyfriend, Logan Huntzberger.

Kelly Bishop (Emily Gilmore)

Oh that Emily GIlmore!  There was no one like her.  Except maybe my mother -- without all that money.  And Kelly Bishop played her to the hilt.  The last TV role she appears to have had was in a multi-episode arc on the now cancelled Mercy.  If you want to watch those episodes you can find them on NBC's Mercy website.

According to IMDB, she's co-starring in the upcoming movie, A Novel Romance.  Also according to IMDB, she did an uncredited voiceover on The Good Wife just a couple of weeks ago.  How did I miss that!?  Now all we need is Graham and Bledel to show up on The Good Wife and the cast will almost be complete.

Here's Kelly recently at the Broadway opening of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson with yet another Gilmore Girls alum, Emily Bergl.  

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 13: Actress Kelly Bishop and actress Emily Bergl attend the Broadway opening night of 'Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson' at The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on October 13, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Bergl played Rory and Paris' Chilton nemisis, Francie.  Back then she was sporting bright red hair, but right now she's a blond and co-starring on Desperate Housewives as a new wife looking for revenge.

By the way, raise your hand if you knew that Kelly Bishop was in the original cast of A Chorus Line on Broadway and won a Tony Award for the role of Sheila. 

Due to the beauty that is YouTube, here's a clip of Kelly winning her Tony Award for that role and another clip of Bishop singing "At the Ballet."  (I hope somebody's getting royalties for these clips!)

 

 

 

Liza Weil (Paris Geller)

Speaking of Paris, who could forget that brilliant yet neurotically driven classmate of Rory's?  Liza Weil has done guest spots off and on, but the last time I saw her was last season as a cancer patient on Grey's Anatomy.  She's also co-starred on a web series called, Anyone But Me.

Keiko Agena (Lane Kim)

How shocked was I just a couple of weeks ago to see Rory's sweet, music obsessed best friend trying to get a job with Dr. Gregory House?  I barely recognized her because she played a somber doctor, but there she was.  I kept waiting for Mrs. Kim to show up and send her to her room.

405473 05: Actress Keiko Agena (L) and actress Alexis Bledel attend the Warner Brother (WB) Casting Call 2002 presented by Clean & Clear at the Puck Bldg May 15, 2002 in New York City. (Photo by Jimi Celeste/Getty Images)

Other Characters:

  • Todd Lowe (Lane's husband Zack) plays a shell shocked Iraq war vet who's a cook at Merlotte's on True Blood.
  • Danny Strong (Paris' boyfriend Doyle) had a running gig on Mad Men until his character got laid off in the finale.
  • Vanessa Marano (Luke's "came out of thin air" daughter, April) was on The Young and the Restless for two years, co-starred on Dexter last year as the daughter of a serial killer, did some guest stints on Scoundrels and Parenthood -- say hello to Lauren for me -- and she has a couple of TV movies coming up.
  • Jared Padalecki (Dean Forester) has had a nice steady run on the CW starring in Supernatural.
  • Milo Ventimiglia (Jess Mariano) was playing around with the supernatural also, except in NBC's recently cancelled Heroes.

A little side note, it wasn't until I started writing this post that I realized I wasn't the only one who thought it was a good time for a "Where are they now?" post about the Gilmore Girls.  Stefanie Lee at TV.com did one in honor of the 10th anniversary of the show's premiere and Allison Waldman at TV Squad did one earlier this year.

What can I say?  Great minds think alike.

One final note, to get myself in the mood to write this post, I watched a Gilmore Girls episode and talk about a "before they were famous" moment!  Lorelai meets this tall, dark and handsome young man, Peyton Sanders, at an auction and ends up going out on a date with him, only to find he's more boring than dust.  The problem?  Emily helped set her up and now is pissed that Lorelai wants to dump the guy.

The actor playing Sanders?  Jon Hamm.  Yep, none other than Mad Men's Don Draper.

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Megan Smith is the BlogHer Contributing Editor covering Television/Online Video.. Her other blogs are Megan's Minute, quirky commentary around the clock and Meg's Rad Reviews.

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