Look, I love Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell as much as the next guy, and as a 20something editor living in New York City, I’m the closest thing to a target audience that the Apple TV+ series The Morning Show is going to get. But while there are many things I loved about the premiere of the series—which covers the fallout from a sexual harassment scandal behind the scenes of a national morning show—for some reason, my favorite moment happened between two secondary characters outside of Gilmore Girls the Musical, playing at the Lyceum theater.
Basically, after the firing of longtime host Mitch Kessler (Steve Carell), two Morning Show
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Daniel: I do everything right. Everything they’ve asked me to do in the last three years. They just don’t know what to do with me...and they’re making us see this popcorn shit? Fucking Gilmore Girls the Musical? Is the world so bereft of new ideas—
Alison (Janina Gavankar): Don’t act like you didn’t know what the twist was gonna be. I was in the same meeting too. You didn’t have a gun to your head.
Daniel: Why did I get a master’s in journalism? What’s the point of having a PhD in political science?
Alison: Is this what Gabe comes home to every night?
Daniel: Why would they hire me if they’re not going to give me a shot at the chair? Because god forbid, there’s a serious black anchor on The Morning Show! Not for the Norman Rockwell family in morning news. Tokenism at his finest.
Alison: [Looking at her phone] Jesus. The feed is just wall-to-wall Mitch.
Daniel: They’re just making me jump through hoops, watching the fucking Gilmore girls sing about how tough upper-middle-class life in Connecticut is? While a bunch of idiot white dudes eat expensive food on the network’s dime to discuss how to overlook me.
Daniel: [Pauses] And what the hell kind of name is Lorelai anyway?
Whoa there, Daniel! I’m just going to let you off the hook for that one since you’re clearly having a tough day. 😉 Meanwhile, The Morning Show’s executive producer/showrunner, Kerry Ehrin, assured TVLine that she’s actually a huge fan of the series. “It felt like something that actually could be a musical in these days of ‘let’s make it as a musical,’” she explained.
Obviously, Gilmore Girls the Musical is not playing at the Lyceum right now (hey, Broadway execs! I’d give you all my money), but could it be a reality in the future? Never say never.
After writing the music for Stars Hollow: The Musical in the “Summer” episode of the Netflix GG revival, composer Jeanine Tesori jokingly told Variety that she thinks a Gilmore Girls musical is “next.”
“That’s what I’m hoping. Fingers crossed,” she said. Honestly, they’ve never been more crossed in my whole life.