Any sesh with writer-producer Amy Sherman-Palladino is always a treat for the ear, and eye if you share her hat fetish. She talks as fast and with a rapier wit; she is her own best character. Amy and her husband Dan Palladino are up for the big second act following the WB Network's beloved "Gilmore Girls" in the coming season with the new Fox half-hour "The Return of Jezebel James," starring Parker Posey as a successful book publisher who hires her slacker younger sister to carry her baby after learning that she cannot conceive.
It's hard to believe that anyone could channel Amy's spirit and words as well as "Gilmore's" Lauren Graham, but Posey surely does with her own trademark sweetly goofy free-spirit. Posey, known as the queen of indie film, said she'd never seen "Gilmore Girls" but was taken with the "Jezebel James" script when she read it in a laundromat in Albuquerque, New Mexico while filming the upcoming feature "The Eye." Posey had no experience in series TV but she's found she likes the rhythms of the work on the Gotham-based production. It's in the get-it-done spirit of indie pics done on a shoestring budget.
"I like to work," Posey said. "This work is tight...clear...calm...assertive...like (dog trainer) Cesar Millan. I don't want to go in my trailer and be all moan-y all the time. You get bored when you're working on big movies and not doing anything. I really like this" shooting sked, Posey said.
The life of a sitcom actress also suits "Jezebel James" co-star Lauren Ambrose (pictured above on the right with Posey), also a newcomer to sitcoms. "Comedy scares me. I like to do things that scare me," Ambrose said.
Amy (pictured left), wearing a white top hat bedecked with butterflies and, got a big laugh from the room with her response after being asked why she went for a sisters relationship show after plumbing the depths of the mother-daughter dynamic on "Gilmore Girls" for six seasons.
"You mean chicks talking to each other?...You may not have noticed but I happen to be a woman," she said. "And I think there's not always the best parts out there for women. So if you can throw a couple of great parts out there for women, why not?" The relationship between the two sisters, Posey's Sarah and Ambrose's Coco, is intriguing because the women are truly strangers. "They're adults who are just now figuring out who they are," Sherman-Palladino said.
It was inevitable that a few "Gilmore Girls" questions would come up, given that Amy and her husband and producing partner Dan Palladino left the show after its second to last season (2005-06) under less than fantastic terms with the network (during last season's WB-to-CW transition) and studio, Warner Bros. TV. No, she did not watch the series finale episode in May. And no, Amy was not about to give up her last line for the series, which she had often said she had in her head from the time the show premiered in 2000.
Amy began singing the "Gilmore" theme as the questioner finished up his query.
"I got very drunk that night (of the finale) and sat in the corner. (Dan) read. It was very quiet and we went to bed," she said. She didn't watch, not out of spite or anger at her showrunner successor, David Rosenthal, but because "it wasn't going to be my ending. And I didn't want to do something crazy -- suicidal, homicidal, something with an '-idal' in it."
Yes, she's considered the idea of doing a final-final "Gilmore" telepic, to wrap things up her way, but no, there are no active talks with any of the principals. When pressed again about that fabled last line, Amy quipped, "You're adopted," and spun a scenario where Graham's Lorelai character laid it on her daughter in an oh-by-the-way manner. Dan was quick to chime in: "That's NOT it, let's be clear." To which Amy added with a mischievous grin: "I'm saving it, just in case."