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Gilmore Girls to Return for its Fifth Season on The WB, 12.17.03 ...

The WB Network and Warner Bros. Television announced today that critically acclaimed comedy GILMORE GIRLS has been picked up for a fifth season, taking it through the 2004-2005 television season.

GILMORE GIRLS, which focuses on a mother-daughter relationship that plays more like the bond between sisters, stars Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. The series has been a favorite among critics since its premiere in the fall of 2000.

"'Gilmore Girls' is one of The WB's defining shows, and getting a fifth year deal done was very important to us, so we couldn't be happier," said Jordan Levin, co-CEO. "It works on many levels for us by encompassing a strong, interesting family, emotionally resonating storylines, wish fulfillment and female empowerment. Amy Sherman-Palladino is a gifted writer with one of the most unique voices on television, not to mention a truly frightening collection of silly hats."

"We're delighted to have reached an agreement with The WB to continue with 'Gilmore Girls' for another season," said Peter Roth, President, Warner Bros. Television. "Creator/Executive Producer Amy Sherman-Palladino and her fellow Executive Producer, Dan Palladino, have done an outstanding job in shaping some of the most delightful characters currently seen on television. Their craftsmanship, talent and terrific work have resulted in this well-deserved pick-up, and we are very grateful to The WB for their support and enormously proud to be associated with this magnificent series."

"Season 5 - finally the year for flights & tights! Oh wait, wrong show," said creator Amy Sherman-Palladino. "We have an amazing cast and crew. They deserve to be on the air forever."

During the recently completed November sweep, GILMORE GIRLS was the top-ranked drama in its time period among female teens (5.4/18). The show was also #2 for the hour in women 12-34 (3.9/12) and teens (3.1/10), and scored #3 rankings in women 18-34 (3.4/10) and persons 12-34 (2.5/8). The one-hour series was created by Ms. Sherman-Palladino, who serves as executive producer with Daniel Palladino for Dorothy Parker Drank Here Productions and Hofflund/Polone in association with Warner Bros. Television. Also credited as an executive producer is Gavin Polone ("Stir of Echoes," "Drop Dead Gorgeous").

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