Amy Sherman-Palladino, creator of the show, put Tony- and Emmy-winner Edward Herrmann on her wish list to play Richard Gilmore, the stiff father who's heartbroken about the distance between himself and his daughter. She figured they'd never get Herrmann, "but make the phone call. Let his agent laugh at us." Herrmann signed on. He told TV critics last summer that "witty and interesting writing" attracted him to the part. "It's a wonderful edginess . . . to see that the generation beyond 40 has something to teach."...Marc D. Allan
"Richard and Emily"
“Amy really has it pegged beautifully,” says Mr. Herrmann, who has won Emmys for his roles on The Practice, St. Elsewhere, Concealed Enemies and Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years and a Tony Award for Mrs. Warren's Profession. “The way these characters are developing, they're rich and beautiful and right on the money,” he says."Because they love each other so much and because they expect so much of each other, Lorelei has expectations of her father that are unrealistic. And she has to learn that he also has something to give her."
"There's no reason that a story about a family has to be 'Little House on the Prairie,'" said Herrmann, a respected stage and film actor who seems like the last person on earth to appear on a network aimed at teens and young adults. But Herrmann said he signed on for "Gilmore" -- his first series -- partly because he saw an opportunity to address important issues such as high-school pressure, dating and teenage sex in a clever way. "Children want to know about real things, and sex is a real thing," said Herrmann, a father himself. "It doesn't always have to be in your face and sadistic. Most people's lives don't run that way, and kids are hungry for some island of sanity."
From Entertainment Weekly March 22, 2002: "Gilmore", says veteran actor Herrmann, "provides a setting where there is a sense of continuity between the adults and the kids. This show doesn't isolate the kids together. Rory and her friends don't have to go on the road like Kerouac in order to experience real life. They can do it in a safe place where adults are around to help them understand things"
©Warner Brothers Cast of "The Gilmore Girls"
©Warner Brothers Die Familie