April 12, 2016


Original 'Gilmore Girls' Producer Files Lawsuit over Netflix Revival

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Original Gilmore Girls executive producer Gavin Polone has filed a lawsuit against Warner Bros. Television, claiming his contract with the show says he should be getting paid for the four Netflix revival episodes.

In a report by Entertainment Weekly, we've learned that Polone, who developed the original show in 1999 with creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, is seeking $195,000 in damages, as his contract says he should be getting paid $32,000 for every episode made after 2003 and a percentage of funds earned by the show. However, Warner Bros. TV is declining to pay him, classifying the new 90-minute episodes as “derivative works based on the television series Gilmore Girls,” per the suit.

This isn't the first time Polone has sued the show for breach of contract. In 2008, he filed a suit that said Warner Bros. “have colluded to defraud the originator of hit Gilmore Girls television series with a scheme that rivals the greed and bravado of any story line defendants could script,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Gilmore Girls ran from 2000 to 2007. The original cast is coming back for the new Netflix "movies," with Melissa McCarthy being the latest to announce she's returning. This preview of the show gives away some of the plot points, if you're super curious.