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''Gilmore Girls'': The Movie?

At TV’s summer press tour, Amy Sherman-Palladino promotes ”The Return of Jezebel James” — and hints at a possible ”Gilmore Girls” reunion. Plus: Julianna Margulies, ”Sarah Connor,” and ”House”

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The second and final day of Fox’s TCA press tour was cake compared to Fox’s juicy first day. Still, there was plenty of TV buzz to talk about — especially coming out of panels featuring highly anticipated shows like The Return of Jezebel James (from Gilmore Girls masterminds Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino) and The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Plus, scoop about Julianna Margulies’ midseason entry, Canterbury’s Law, and the highly anticipated return of House.

Gilmore Gone
While Amy Sherman-Palladino was on stage to talk about The Return of Jezebel James, her new Parker Posey-Lauren Ambrose sitcom, the discussion naturally wandered toward her old series, the recently canceled Gilmore Girls. Did she watch the finale? ”I didn’t watch,” she said, quipping that she ”got very drunk that night.” She elaborated, ”I couldn’t watch it because it wasn’t going to be my ending. It wasn’t going to be what I had in my head.” And, nodding to the possibility of a Gilmore movie that would allow for that ending, Sherman-Palladino added, ”We’ve talked about maybe, sometime in the future, doing a song-and-dance together. I rule nothing out.” But what of those elusive final bits of dialogue that fans are dying to know? ”’You’re adopted,”’ she said sarcastically, choosing to keep mum in case the movie really does happen.

Putting Rumors to Rest
Reporters put Thomas Dekker, who will star as John Connor in the midseason entry The Sarah Connor Chronicles, in the hot seat by asking him about his controversial midseason departure from NBC’s Heroes. (Quick recap: It had been rumored that he was leaving the show because producers planned to make his teenage character, Zach, gay.) But Dekker responded, ”I think it was definitely something that got blown out of proportion. Me not appearing on the show has nothing to do with the character.” He added that, in fact, it had everything to do with his new role as Sarah Connor’s Earth-saving son in Fox’s Terminator spinoff series. ”This came along, totally separate from the whole thing [with Heroes].”

Fox, Not FX
The always-pleasant Julianna Margulies revealed the humorous way she signed onto Fox’s midseason courtroom drama, Canterbury’s Law. When she got the offer letter for the part, she was under the impression it was for FX, not broadcast-network sibling Fox, because of a typo (specifically, a missing ”O”) in the letter. Intrigued by the possibly dark, ball-busting lawyer character she’d play — and under the impression that it would simply be 12 episodes for the cutting-edge cable network — she excitedly called back to say she’d do the show. Only then did she discover the mix-up, and she balked at agreeing to the 22 episodes that a network program typically requires. So to woo Margulies into taking the part, Fox Entertainment chairman Peter Liguori ”took me out for a couple of martinis” and persuaded her to give it a shot, Margulies recalled. Right now, Canterbury’s Law has a nine-episode order, but that could be bumped up if it does well in its midseason bow.

A Bigger House
Despite the firings and resignations in the season finale of House, executive producer Katie Jacobs assured the crowd that the embattled characters (Omar Epps, Jennifer Morrison, and Jesse Spencer) will be back — just maybe not in the way that you once knew them. ”They’ll have changed and be in different capacities,” Jacobs offered. And as announced less than a week ago, House‘s new fellowship candidates will include recurring characters (with the possibility to become regulars) played by Olivia Wilde, Kal Penn, Peter Jacobson, Anne Dudek and Edi Gathegi. ”Over the first bunch of episodes, [House] will call in all the candidates,” Jacobs said. ”And we’re gonna see who survives. We’re gonna play a House version of Survivor. They’re all qualified doctors, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re all great candidates. It expands the world of the hospital in a great and organic way.”

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