- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Melissa McCarthy answered the call for Netflix’s “Gilmore Girls” sequel and made magic again with star Lauren Graham, the show’s creator said.

McCarthy’s career has soared with movies including “Bridesmaids” and “Ghostbusters” since she played Sookie in the 2000-07 series, complicating efforts to fit taping into her busy schedule, said Amy Sherman-Palladino. But it was inevitable, she added.

“She’s the same,” she said. McCarthy and Graham “have a weird Lucy-and-Ethel thing that you kind of have to just see it to understand it,” Sherman-Palladino said, and played off each other within minutes of reuniting.

Graham said the entire cast, including Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson and Kelly Bishop, easily connected again.

“Everything was like, ‘Oh, here’s the chemistry we had from the very first day we met,’ and it was just a joy to revisit,” she said.

The new series, “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life,” includes four 90-minute chapters that will debut globally on Nov. 25.

Sherman-Palladino, who shared writing and directing duties with husband Dan Palladino, said she would have preferred the episodes to be released gradually. She suggested those inclined to spoil the ending for others get “some therapy” beforehand.

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