Melissa McCarthy answered the call for Netflix's Gilmore Girls sequel and made magic again with star Lauren Graham, the show's creator said.
McCarthy's career has soared with movies including Bridesmaids and Ghostbusters since she played Sookie in the 2000-07 series, complicating efforts to fit taping into her busy schedule, said Amy Sherman-Palladino. But it was inevitable, she added.
"She's the same," she said. McCarthy and Graham "have a weird Lucy-and-Ethel thing that you kind of have to just see it to understand it," and played off each other within minutes of reuniting, Sherman-Palladino said.
The new series, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, includes four 90-minute chapters that will debut globally on Nov. 25, Netflix announced this week.
Graham said the entire cast, including Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson and Kelly Bishop, easily connected again.
"Everything was like, 'Oh, here's the chemistry we had from the very first day we met,' and it was just a joy to revisit," she said.
The new Gilmore Girls brings back the popular mother-daughter dramedy. Each of the four 90-minute chapters covers each of four seasons of the year.
Sherman-Palladino, who shared writing and directing duties with husband Dan Palladino, said she would have preferred the episodes to be released gradually. She suggested those inclined to spoil the ending for others get "some therapy" beforehand.
Netflix also announced another reboot premiere date this week: A new Latino version of One Day at a Time premieres Jan. 6.
The new One Day a Time reimagines the 1970s sitcom classic, this time centering on a Cuban-American family. Original producer Norman Lear is back for its 13-episode first season.