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it really is one of the best things on TV, people

I'm not kidding when I say that. Norman Mailer's going to guest on Gilmore Girls later this season. (Via the ever-fabulous Maud Newton, whose thoughts about the interior lives of characters in fiction from yesterday are worth seeking out.)

According to the Hollywood Reporter article, it started as a never-gonna-happen:

"It was one of those pie-in-the-sky kind of things," Sherman-Palladino, "Gilmore" creator/executive producer, says of her literary casting coup. "We broke this little story about a writer coming into the inn, and we just kept joking, 'We'll get Norman Mailer,' and then by the time we finished it, it was like, 'Well, now it has to be Norman Mailer.' "

Mailer's "people" initially turned down "Gilmore's" overture, telling them that he'd "never" do such a guest-shot, Sherman-Palladino says. But through a staffer's personal connection to Stephen Mailer, they got the script to the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Naked and the Dead" and "Armies of the Night," and he was soon on a plane headed for the "Gilmore" set on Warner Bros.' Burbank lot.

The Gilmore Girls is the most literate show on TV, and it's funny as hell despite that. Unhappy sigh at missing tonight's episode. If anyone local tapes it for me, I'll be their best friend.


  • At 11:51 AM , Blogger Bill S. said...

    As long as Mailer doesn't sleep with Paris, it should be really good. As you say, the show ususally is. (Maybe they can convince Gore Vidal to be on the show, and the two writers can have a rumble underneath the Study Tree!)

  • At 11:54 AM , Blogger Bill S. said...

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