In an interview with AS Berman for his behind-the-scenes book, The Gilmore Girls Companion, Edward Herrmann shared his thoughts on the show, his character, and these lengthy scripts. Herrmann said what made the show’s dialogue so difficult was not just the amount of dialogue, but how precise it had to be without leaving room for error or even ad libbing. “Amy insisted on crossing the ts and dotting the i, often to good effect but sometimes to not so good effect, it got you focused. It really got you focused and not sloppy, which was good.” He added, “It was tough because the scripts were so long … So yeah, there was a lot of fast talking, even for old pros like Kelly [Bishop] and myself, it was hard.”
Looking back, however, Herrmann understood why Sherman-Palladino’s screenplays required such focus and specificity. “The lack of flexibility at that level was hard to take at times, but I can understand it with hindsight. When you have a project like this where you have control, you want TOTAL control. Because there are so many people who want to take it away from you,” he said.
Sadly, Herrmann passed away in 2014 and the Netflix revival Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life went on without him. The fiction mirrored reality in this case, as Richard Gilmore was also written as deceased in the reboot.