Now that we finally know the premiere date of Netflix’s Gilmore Girls revival, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, fans have been counting down the days until November 25, when at long last we’ll be reunited with Lorelai and Rory and the rest of Stars Hollow. There’s a lot of time to kill between now and then (some of which we’ll spend scouring the show’s social media accounts for clues about the new episodes), but at least that gives us plenty of opportunities to binge-watch the original series.
Enter the folks at UP, the cable channel best known for treacly original movies, reruns of shows like 7th Heaven, and its questionable decision to bleep out all mentions of “hell” and “damn” from its programming. Despite those oddities, UP also regularly airs reruns and marathons of Gilmore, and during Thanksgiving week, fans will be especially grateful for the network’s latest promotion: a 153-hour marathon featuring the show’s entire seven-season run. The event will begin at 8 p.m. EST on Friday, November 18, and is slated to end at 3 a.m. EST on Friday, November 25 — just one minute before the 12:01 a.m. PST debut of A Year in the Life.
Sure, you could already watch all of Gilmore at your own pace on Netflix (and without UP’s pesky “parental advisory” warnings on episodes where sex is mentioned — yes, even sex between people married to each other). But the network is planning on making the marathon worthwhile for Gilmore diehards by offering a smattering of exclusive content, too. “We wanted to gift our audience with the ultimate catch-up event with added extras like trivia and contests,” said Amy Winter, EVP and general manager of UP, in a statement. “Our viewers are massive fans of Gilmore Girls, so we’re going all Gilmore all the time for an entire week.”
Sounds like a recipe for a delicious Thanksgiving break to us. Now if only we could figure out how to order some takeout from Al’s Pancake World.