Gilmore Girls Revival Roll Call: Who's Definitely Returning and Who's Missing

Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Kelly Bishop are more are all in...but where's Melissa McCarthy?

By Tierney Bricker Feb 11, 2016 3:15 PMTags
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This meeting for the Stars Hollow reunion on Netflix is officially called to order!

When the Gilmore Girls revival was officially announced, Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Kelly Bishop and Scott Patterson were confirmed to appear in all four episodes. So yeah, fans had the necessary layers of the nostalgia-filled cake they've been waiting years to devour, so anyone else who happened  to sign on kind of felt like icing. Like, yeah, it's delicious, but also not totally necessary to the story, right? But oh man, are fans in for a lot of icing when Gilmore Girls makes its highly anticipated return on Netflix.

We've rounded up all the former stars set to reprise their roles in the reunion helmed by series creator Amy Sherman Palladino and husband Daniel Palladino, and we'll keep updating as more names are confirmed...

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Who's In (Updated By Most Recent)

Todd Lowe, John Cabrera, and Sebastian Bach: The band is back together! The guys of Hep Alien, including Lowe's Zach (Lane's hubby) shared a photo from the set announcing their return.

Liz Torres: Miss Patty's will be open for business once again! Miss Patty, the spunky dance instructor with the multiple ex-husbands, will officially be returning to Stars Hollow. 

Jackson Douglas: Still no Sookie, but somehow her produce-supplying husband Jackson will make a visit of his own. Someone's got to keep the Dragonfly Inn flush with fruits and veggies!

Sally Struthers: Lorelai and Rory's gossip-lovin' neighbor Babette is officially set to make an appearance! Here's hoping she'll have all the latest scoop on Stars Hollow's residents for us.

Michael Winters: Did you really think town leader, Doose's market owner and eternal thorn in Luke's side Taylor Doose would sit the revival out?!

Emily Kuroda: You can't have Lane without her overbearing mother, Mrs. Kim—so it's good that E! news has confirmed that Kuroda is reprising her role for the Netflix sequel. 

Vanessa Marano: Listen, Marano understands why you hate April Nardini. But she's a huge fan of the show, too, which is why we're coming around to the news that she's set to play Luke's daughter in the Netflix revival, too.

Danny Strong: Doyle's back! The Empire co-creator is set to reprise the role of Paris' BF, E! News has confirmed, giving us hope that the duo is married and ruling a small country together. 

David Sutcliffe: Dad's home! Lorelai's ex and Rory's father Christopher will definitely be returning. This news will either please or annoy you. 

Jared Padalecki: The last of Rory's exes to sign on, the Supernatural star is set to reprise the role of Dean Forester, our young heroine's first love. Fans last saw Dean in season five, when he and Rory broke up for good. (He cheated on his wife with her. it was messy.)

Milo Ventimiglia: Ventimiglia will once again rock the leather jacket and permanent smirk as Jess Mariano, Stars Hollow's resident bad boy and Luke's nephew, who was Rory's second boyfriend. In an interview with TVLine, the actor revealed he will be in three episodes. 

Liza Weil: The How to Get Away With Murder star confirmed to E! News that she will be in two episodes of the revival as Paris Geller, Rory's frenemy-turned-college roommate and best friend. 

Matt Czuchry: The first of Rory's three main love interests to sign on for the reunion, The Good Wife standout will once again play Logan, her college BF, who proposed to her in the series finale. She said no. Ouch!

Yanic Truesdale: Michel himself confirmed his involvement in the revival on Twitter, and even gifted fans with the first photo from the set. "First day back at the Inn with my old boss. Fun times! #GilmoreGirlsRevival #WarnerBros," Truesdale captioned a super-cute selfie with Lauren Graham.

Keiko Agena and Sean Gunn: Lane and Kirk are back! Two of Stars Hollow's quirkiest residents were the first to sign on for the revival when it was officially announced by Netflix in January.

Who's Missing (So Far)

Melissa McCarthy: Well, this was awkward. Because of her insanely busy schedule (Ghostbusters! The Boss!), Amy Sherman Palladino said it was unlikely that McCarthy, who played Lorelai's chef BFF Sookie for all seven seasons, would return, but did tell TVLine she reached out to McCarthy's team. 

"She's really f--king busy," Sherman-Palladino told TVLine. "But the thing I have said [to her team] is, 'Look, if Melissa is available and has an afternoon free, I'll write her a scene. Melissa was one of us. If she has a spare moment to run over [to the set] — even if for just a cameo — we would be totally game. And if it's a last-minute thing, I would write her in and we would figure it out. That's the way we left it."

But it didn't end there, as McCarthy then weighed in. "Thanks for the invite, but sadly no one asked me or Sookie to come back to Stars Hollow," she said on Twitter. "Wish them all the best!!"

Now, McCarthy tells E! News that by the time she was asked, she was too busy, but that doesn't mean there's any bad blood. "I'm actually thrilled that it's happening," she says. "I loved that show, and I think the fans for that show are super loyal and great and I will watch every single one of them."


Who's New (Updated by Most Recent)

Stacey Oristano: Another day, another Bunheads star coming to play! Per usual, Oristano's role is being kept a secret, but could Truly and Michelle be taking a trip to Stars Hollow? We can only hope!

Mae Whitman: It would've been a bigger surprise if Graham's other TV daughter didn't follow her on-screen mom from Parenthood to Gilmore Girls. The question is will she come face-to-face with Rory?!

Sutton Foster: In a fun bit of casting, the Younger leading lady, who starred in Amy Sherman Palladino's other beloved series, Bunheads, is the first newcomer to sign on for the revival. Will she be reprising the role of Michelle?!

Plus, we've got a rundown of all the new characters we'll be meeting in the revival.