Gilmore Girls star Lauren Graham lands new TV role (and it's nothing like Lorelai)

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Where Lauren Graham leads, we will follow, and she's currently leading us to Tubi for her new show in 2025. Deadline announced on May 9 that the Gilmore Girls star and best-selling author will lead the streaming service's very first live-action original series titled The Z-Suite.

Graham stars in the workplace comedy series as Monica Frazier, former CEO and advertising agency mogul who must pick herself up by her bootstraps after being fired to work back up the corporate ladder of the company she played an integral part in building. Suddenly, the New York agency becomes overrun with Gen Z employees, testing the generational divide.

The Z-Suite also counts Graham as an executive producer, along with creator Katie O'Brien, who's worked on the series Teachers and The Santa Clauses. Speaking on her character in the upcoming role, Graham described Monica as "smart, strong, and appealingly a bit unhinged,” which is both somewhat similar but very different to the role she played in Gilmore Girls.

We all know that Lorelai Gilmore was smart, strong, and appealingly a bit unhinged, especially when she had excessive amounts of coffee. But this will be Graham's first major television role in a while that isn't centered around motherhood. After playing Lorelai, Graham then played Sarah Braverman for six seasons on NBC's family drama Parenthood. Most recently, she played mother and hockey coach Alex Morrow in Disney+'s The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers.

Instead, her new role in The Z-Suite is more in line with her vastly underrated work in NBC's short-lived musical-dramedy Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, in which she played the title character's intimidating but iconic boss Joan. More than anything, we can bet that Graham will continue to make us laugh since she brings her enviable wit and sense of humor to every role.

Gilmore Girls hasn't lost an ounce of its power on Netflix, as the beloved mother-daughter comedy-drama series ranked No. 7 in the top 10 acquired streaming shows of 2023. It's a wonder that given its enduring popularity even after Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, Netflix hasn't managed to partner with Graham on some sort of project, whether a holiday romantic comedy, a brand-new comedy series, or even an adaptation of her amazing novel Someday, Someday, Maybe.

Personally, I'm going to keep my fingers crossed that Graham could still return to Netflix with a movie or series in the future as she's one of my favorite actresses, writers, and overall people of all time. It's perfect that she's the one to help Tubi chart new territory with its debut live-action original series, and I hope that it's a groundbreaking success for the platform. Congratulations, Lauren!