Melissa McCarthy confirmed for Gilmore Girls revival

Lauren Graham as Lorelei Gilmore and Melissa McCarthy as Sookie.
Lauren Graham as Lorelei Gilmore and Melissa McCarthy as Sookie. 

Gilmore Girls fans have celebrated the news that beloved best friend character Sookie, played by Melissa McCarthy, will star in an upcoming Netflix revival of the show.

It comes after months of concern that McCarthy would not be included, fuelled by creator Amy Sherman Palladino's comment that McCarthy's "fucking busy" schedule made it difficult to include the comic character.

Norman Mailer as himself is told off by Sookie for not ordering.
Norman Mailer as himself is told off by Sookie for not ordering. Photo: Danny Feld

Even as publicity for her new film The Boss ramps up, McCarthy shifted focus to make the announcement on The Ellen Show.

"There is something that I have been asked about so many times and it hasn't worked out. They're making four new movies of the Gilmore Girls shows and we could not get those schedules to work," she said.

"Literally about an hour and a half ago we figured out that I'm going to go back and do it and I'm so excited. I'm very happy to go back to Stars Hollow."

For many fans, McCarthy's absence was the final piece in the puzzle required for the revival to go ahead. 

The star of Spy and Bridesmaids upset many when she responded to Sherman-Palladino's "fucking busy" comments by tweeting "Sadly no one asked me or Sookie to come back to Stars Hollow. Wish them all the best!!".

As well as seven years as Sookie St James on the comedy-drama Gilmore Girls, she starred in the CBS sitcom Molly and Mike (for which she won an Emmy), was a regular on Saturday Night Live, and has been a character actor in film and television for more than 20 years.

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In doing so, she has easily become the most recognisable actor to come out of the cast of Gilmore Girls.

McCarthy, was in Melbourne last week to promote The Boss, in which she plays a disgraced entrepeneur. 

She told Fairfax Media in a recent interview that Hollywood is only now finally catching up to the reality that women are not bland in real life.

Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore and Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore.
Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore and Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore. Photo: CBS Photo Archive

"When I read a movie and it's like, three interesting guys and the blandest woman that could either be there or not be there, I always want to sit down with that writer and say, 'What cave did you grow up in that you couldn't come up with one interesting attribute?," she said.

"When you're writing fictitious characters, you steal from people – you're a writer, you look at a person and think, 'That's goin' in'. If you're a writer, and you can't just pull from one fascinating woman in your whole life? Really?"