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Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and her husband/collaborator Daniel Palladino have signed a multi-year overall deal to develop more television for Amazon Studios. The news is great for anyone who might be a fan of the pair’s first Amazon original series—The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel—but it’s seeming like bad news for any Gilmore Girls fans who were holding out hope the pair would continue the hit show on Netflix.
Back in March, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos revealed that the streaming giant was in “very preliminary” talks with the couple about continuing Gilmore Girls as a regular series. Limited spinoff Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life was a surprise hit for the company, and Sarandos admitted he was interested in recreating that success with the Sherman-Palladinos soon.
“The worst thing is to wait a couple of years for your favorite show to come back and for it to disappoint you, but they sure delivered and people were really excited about more, and we have been talking to them about the possibility of that,” he said at the time.
With Alexis Bledel in Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale and the Sherman-Palladinos tied up with Mrs. Maisel, timing for a new Gilmore Girls season might have been tough to tie down, but fans remained cautiously optimistic. This new Amazon deal, though, seems to signal that a Netflix project isn’t on the horizon—or at least wouldn’t begin filming soon.
Sherman-Palladino didn’t mention what any future series might look like, but did emphasize that she loved the Mrs. Maisel universe and is looking forward to working with Amazon for years to come. “The team at Amazon has allowed us to have Dwight Eisenhower and John Kennedy as our presidents for the next few years and for that we are eternally grateful. Amazon is the future of television and we are thrilled to tag along for the ride.”
Christine Friar is a writer and editor in New York who focuses on streaming entertainment and internet culture. Her work has appeared in the Awl, the Fader, New York Magazine, Paper Magazine, Vogue, Elle, and more.