Big Little Lies and Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life both probably, definitely getting second seasons

We live in a time when networks would rather resurrect the cold, dead corpse of a known property than come up with anything new, and the latest rumours that neither Big Little Lies and Gilmore Girls are done is just more proof of that reality.

Then again, both have their fans, and Big Little Lies especially could prove the doubters wrong with a wonderful – though unplanned – sophomore run. Which is good, because we’re getting one.

Sources for TVLine have revealed a planned Spring 2018 production date for the HBO series (Sky Atlantic in the UK), most likely spurred on by the show’s huge success at the Emmys this year.

Similarly, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life was a hit for Netflix in terms of publicity alone, and our collective realisation post-Handmaid’s Tale that Alexis Bledel has real acting chops may have pushed this one along a bit.

Creator Amy Sherman-Pallidino told Radio Times: “We carved out a little niche for ourselves with Amazon saying that if we ever want to do it, if the girls and us get together and we have a concept that works, then we have the freedom to do it. So it would just have to be the right circumstances, and that we’re all sort of in the same drunken mood together to go repaint Stars Hollow again. Because we had to repaint Stars Hollow, and we’ll have to repaint it again. But it’s definitely possible.”