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Gilmore Smartie Fools 'Em, 04.23.03 ...

LOS ANGELES - "Gilmore Girls" took a series-altering twist last night when super-good girl Rory (Alexis Bledel) decided to attend Yale over Harvard.

In the quirky mother/daughter buddy drama set in mythical Stars Hollow, Conn., Rory has spent her whole life dreaming of Harvard.

But when she's accepted to the Ivy League's big three - Harvard, Yale and Princeton - the beautiful bookworm picked Yale because, "Gilmore" executive producer Amy Sherman-Palladino said, it was necessary to keep the action of the hit series going.

"We needed to keep her close - or she'd be one of those psycho kids who can't leave home," Sherman-Palladino told an industry gathering this week. "We needed her to be close enough so it doesn't wreck our show.

"It seems very in character for [Rory] to maybe realize she was wrong [about Harvard] and freak out a little because it's not what everybody expects," Bledel said. "But at the end of the day, it's what's best for her."

Even though Rory will have to move away from mom Lorelai (Lauren Graham) to New Haven for the show's fourth season, the younger Gilmore is moving emotionally closer to her antagonist grandparents - a shift that's rich with conflict, Sherman-Palladino said.
Credit: New York Post Online Edition


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