Sunday, September 26, 2004
Mailer's 'Gilmore Girls' guest shot is a family affair
Gilmore Girls, long considered a smart TV show, will add some literary cachet with one of this fall's guest stars: Norman Mailer.
Though it gave Mailer, who plays himself, the chance to work with his son, actor Stephen Mailer, he was reluctant to take his first TV series role. "I felt better when I saw a couple of runs of the show," he says. "It had taste. It was witty and well put together. It had a certain élan that I liked."
In the episode, likely to be broadcast in a month or so, Stephen Mailer plays a reporter interviewing the acclaimed writer at the inn run by Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Sookie (Melissa McCarthy).
"To my amazement, I had a fine time," says the author. He improvised dialogue — much to the delight of executive producer Amy Sherman-Palladino. "It was completely intimidating," she says. "But it was one of those moments where you say, 'This is why you do this.'"
Mailer noted a coincidence between the show and one of his books. The Executioner's Song focuses on condemned killer Gary Gilmore: "The Gilmore Girls obviously are not related to Gary Gilmore." -- USA Today
Also: Set pics from episode 5.2 courtesy guest star Abigail Mavity. posted by Linus | 9:37 AM