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Old 02-08-2007, 06:16 AM
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Will 'Gilmore Girls' live?

The CW is in a fever to resign the two stars

By Diego Vasquez
Feb 6, 2007

The word: The CW’s “Gilmore Girls” may soon become “Gilmore Girl,” with just half of the pop culture-spouting mother-daughter duo sticking around for an eighth season. Or that's the latest rumor buzzing about on the web.

Though viewership for “Girls” has fallen since last year, when it aired on the WB, it still holds up decently against Fox’s “American Idol” in its 8 p.m. slot and is one of the network’s highest-rated shows.

Thus the CW is feverishly negotiating to renew the contracts of the show’s stars, momma Lauren Graham and daughter Alexis Bledel, which expire this year. The network wants to avoid losing another key part of the successful show, one year after contentious contract negotiations with creator Amy Sherman-Palladino led to her exit.

Graham, whom TV Guide says last week added an executive producer credit on the show, seems likely to sign for another season with that development. Bledel is more of a question mark, leading to speculation that the show will be completely revamped.

According to rumors on several TV sites, the new “Girls” would focus on Graham’s Lorelai character, who will reunite with diner owner Luke later this season, get married and maybe have a baby. The new show would follow their new family, with daughter Rory, by then graduated from Yale, dropping in for occasional visits.

But whether the CW would actually proceed with such a show is questionable. The chemistry between Graham and Bledel’s characters has always been the foundation for the show, and viewers have complained whenever plotlines kept them apart, including this season.

That won’t be the case tonight, however, as the two of them stand vigil at the hospital over seriously ill family patriarch Richard.

“Girls” has averaged a 2.6 in households this year, down 13 percent from last year, but its 18-49 rating is steady at a 2.0. Last week’s episode, airing against “Idol” for the third time, hit a season high in women 18-34 with a 4.0.
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