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McG, 'Gilmore Girls' Creator Sign With CW

by Scott Harris, posted Jan 27th 2010 4:00PM
Fans of the late, lamented mother-daughter drama 'Gilmore Girls' have reason to celebrate today as the network has announced they are re-teaming with the show's creator Amy Sherman-Palladino for a new series. But will lingering resentment over 'Gilmore''s demise threaten the project?

That's the key question being asked after the Wrap reported today that Sherman-Palladino and her husband, producer Daniel Palladino, had agreed to create a new series for the network that famously forced them out in 2006 following a contract dispute. That decision resulted in the final lame-duck season of 'Gilmore Girls' becoming a critical and ratings failure and eventually led Sherman-Palladino to create the equally unpopular Fox sitcom 'The Return of Jezebel James,' which crashed after just three episodes.Fans of the late, lamented mother-daughter drama 'Gilmore Girls' have reason to celebrate today as the network has announced they are re-teaming with the show's creator Amy Sherman-Palladino for a new series. But will lingering resentment over 'Gilmore''s demise threaten the project?

That's the key question being asked after the Wrap reported today that Sherman-Palladino and her husband, producer Daniel Palladino, had agreed to create a new series for the network that famously forced them out in 2006 following a contract dispute. That decision resulted in the final lame-duck season of 'Gilmore Girls' becoming a critical and ratings failure and eventually led Sherman-Palladino to create the equally unpopular Fox sitcom 'The Return of Jezebel James,' which crashed after just three episodes.

Whether or not all fences have been mended, however, it now appears as though both sides have put the past behind them in an attempt to recapture the success that they had together with 'Gilmore Girls,' which was once the flagpole of CW's predecessor The WB over the show's seven season run. Fittingly, this new project seems more in keeping with the style of 'Gilmore Girls' than 'Jezebel James,' with the as-yet unnamed 'Wyoming Project' described as a "family soap set on horse farm in a small town," presumably in Wyoming.

If this latest collaboration doesn't work out, though, CW has also greenlit a counter-programming alternative: 'La Femme Nikita.' This marks the second TV adaptation of Luc Besson's 1990 cult film of the same name; the original version, which was created by '24' masterminds Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran, ran for five years beginning in 1997, topping the syndicated ratings chart for its first two seasons. The new version, however, has an even bigger name at the helm: 'Charlie's Angels' director McG (pictured), who will be executive producing the series as a follow-up to Fox's current hot property 'Human Target.'

Few details are yet available regarding this new iteration, but the article does give some hints, stating that the new pilot spins out of the premise that "Nikita has gone rogue, and a new Nikita is being trained to replace her." No word on if Peta Wilson will be tapped to reprise her role as the original Nikita, but don't count anything out; after all, in addition to McG's presence, this new update is being developed by Wonder Sound and Vision, the people who are responsible for CW's cult smash 'Supernatural.'

And hey, who knows? If the 'Wyoming Project' doesn't get off the ground, maybe CW will hedge their bets by combining the two projects to see how 'Nikita' might fare with Sherman-Palladino's sensibilities at the helm. Now there's a new series we'd really like to see.

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