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Gilmore Travails, 2.03.04 ...

Gilmore Girls actually has a new episode at 8 tonight on The WB, and among other things it marks the return of Jess (Milo Ventimiglia). Whether it will return Gilmore Girls to its old heights remains to be seen.

Right now, Gilmore is averaging about 900,000 fewer viewers than it did last season, and things aren't going to get any easier with American Idol back on the air and rolling up big ratings. Critics have also complained about the awkward attempts to maintain the togetherness of Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and daughter Rory (Alexis Bledel) while Rory is away at college. After years of loyal viewing, I've been finding myself a lot less interested this season.

Jordan Levin, one of the top executives at The WB, acknowledged both the competitive problems and the creative ones. He noted that this season, the show also had to contend with viewers turning to competitor 8 Simple Rules on ABC as that show dealt with the death of star John Ritter.

But he also conceded that the series had ``a transition period that was a bit rocky'' as Rory went to college.

``There obviously was a bit of discomfort that I think we... all shared,'' Levin said. He felt that upcoming episodes are more natural in maintaining a connection between Rory and Lorelai.
Credit: The Beacon Journal

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