Too Much Coffee & Lots of Books: Missing the Gilmore Girls

The Fall 2008 TV season has begun, and while there are many new and returning shows that look interesting, all I can think of is how much I miss The Gilmore Girls.

Created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, the show centered around the mother-daughter duo of Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and her namesake daughter, Rory (Alexis Bledel) in the fictitious Stars Hollow, Connecticut, and ran for seven seasons (2000-2007).  The writing was witty and densely packed with one-liners and countless pop culture and literary references.  Stars Hollow was an idyllic hamlet filled with off-beat, quirky characters that could be charming and exasperating in equal measure. The dialogue was quick and, at times, as biting and razor-sharp as the old screwball comedies of the ’30s.  But the heart of The Gilmore Girls was the relationship between Lorelai, a stylish and scrappy single-mom, and her brainy, bookish daughter, Rory. Much depth and angst was provided by the true Gilmore matriarch, Lorelei’s wealthy, imperial mother, Emily (Kelly Bishop). The acting of Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel and Kelly Bishop was also consistently overlooked (Entertainment Weekly often said they were outright snubbed) when the Golden Globes came around, which is Continue reading “Too Much Coffee & Lots of Books: Missing the Gilmore Girls”

Da Vinci’s Inquest: The Best Hour on TV?

So, I love Vancouver. I love escaping up there for the weekend in the Summer or going to penguin shuffle the half-marathon each Spring, and lately I’ve been telling everyone who will listen that I just love the Vancouver-based cop show, Da Vinci’s Inquest. After watching I don’t know how many thousand hours of the ubiquitous yet duly beloved Law & Order franchise, fond return visits to the tremendous, hugely entertaining Homicide: Life on the Street, and enduring the challenge of scheduling my life around 5 hours of The Wire each day (see our If You Like The Wire Reading List), I was feeling a little left out in the cold by the current network fare. The only real remedy involved staying up ’til midnight on Sundays to catch this great Canadian cop show that nobody knew about.  With the first three seasons now available on DVD (and at your library), Continue reading “Da Vinci’s Inquest: The Best Hour on TV?”