Why the ‘Gilmore Girls’ Fandom Lives On (New York Times)

Gillys NY Times

Demi Adejuyigbe (left) and Kevin Porter (right), hosts of the “Gilmore Guys” podcast. Credit Kevin Porter (New York Times)

Well, now I know I’m a “Gilly.” From the New York Times,

Art could imitate life, but why would we want it to? Life is missed opportunities, witty rejoinders left unsaid, jobs and homes and boyfriends lost to the sands of time. “Write what you know,” goes the saying, but maybe there’s something better than what you’ve actually lived?

Or perhaps there’s a tightly defined fictional universe you know so well it becomes an extension of your life, as is the case with Kevin Porter, co-host and co-founder of “Gilmore Guys,” a podcast devoted to the intimate minutiae of “Gilmore Girls,” a critically acclaimed and beloved show that ran from 2000 to 2007 on the WB (now CW). Together with Demi Adejuyigbe, Porter’s friend and colleague, the two titular “guys” lovingly and painstakingly examine a television show that often resembled the lives of its viewers, with a few key improvements.

After its seven-season run ended, “Gilmore Girls” was syndicated on the ABC Family channel, but its second life really began last October, when the entire show became available for streaming on Netflix. On Sept. 30, 2014, Adejuyigbe and Porter introduced their companion podcast, “Gilmore Guys,” with a simple conceit: Porter was a longtime fan of the show and was excited to see it return. Adejuyigbe had never seen a single episode.

“Gilmore Guys” has developed its own fan base: ratings of the show in the Apple iTunes store are at a solid five stars, and listeners have their own name: Gillys, affectionate shorthand being the truest marker of a shared interest. In the last few months, Adejuyigbe and Porter have begun to produce live events in major cities called Town Hall Meetings — a reference to the fictional town meetings the Gilmores regularly attended on the original show. Tickets for tonight’s 7 p.m. live show at the Bell House in Brooklyn sold out almost immediately, and a second show for 10 p.m. was added.

Read the entire article.
Yes, I wish I was going to Brooklyn tonight.
Instead I’ll continue watching the final season of Gilmore Girls.


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