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WB Drops Gilmore Girls Spinoff, 06.19.03 ...

High costs have helped put the kibosh on The WB's proposed "Gilmore Girls" spinoff.

Originally intended for a fall premiere and then pushed back to a six-episode midseason pick-up, the "Gilmore Girls" spin-off was to focus on Milo Ventimiglia's Jess character and his attempts to reconcile with his estranged father. Executive producers Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino intended to shoot the series entirely on location in Venice, California, but the price was simply too high for Warner Bros. TV.

"After thorough analysis, we have determined that the costs to produce an ambitious series, filmed totally on location in Venice, California, were simply prohibitive," WB Entertainment President Jordan Levin and WBTV President Peter Roth tell The Hollywood Reporter.

"I should have listened to what my mother told me when I was a little girl: 'If you set a show in Venice, no one's gonna pay for it," ' Sherman-Palladino says. "This was a great project, with a great cast. Dan and I now look forward to a fourth great year of 'Gilmore Girls' and to definitely developing new projects for fall 2004."

The spin-off was set up at the end of last season when Jess left Stars Hollow, Connecticut to head to Venice, but now in theory Jess could return.

Rory Gilmore's former love interests had a decidedly spotty record this pilot season. In addition to Ventimiglia's stagnated spinoff, Jared Padalecki's "MacGyver" update failed to make The WB's fall line-up, while Chad Michael Murray's "One Tree Hill" was picked up for midseason.
Credit: Zap2it

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