TV: ABC Family cancels ‘Bunheads’

By Meryl Gottlieb|| @buzzlightmeryl


Looks like Sutton Foster can return to Broadway sooner than later after her first starring role in a TV series has come to an end.

Foster starred in the ABC Family show about Vegas showgirl Michelle Simms (Foster) who becomes a dance teacher in small town Paradise, CA at her mother-in-law’s, Fanny Flowers (Kelly Bishop), ballet studio.

The show aired on June 11, 2012 and had its final episode of its first — and last — season on February 25.

Co-created by Gilmore Girls’ Amy Sherman-Palladino, Bunheads was quite similar to Gilmore Girls in the fact that it had female central characters and its dialogue was every so biting and quick. A banter that was always hilarious and on point. Any scene between Foster and Bishop was always a treat. Seriously, where will I find smart, funny banter between two leading ladies better than what Sherman-Palladino gave us?

While the show was much richer and simply more watchable than other somehow popular ABC Family originals, Bunheads struggled to pull in viewers. ABC Family typically pulls the plug much quicker on low-rated shows, but it waited to make a decision as TV Line reported the network tried to find more cost-effective ways to produce the show. Unfortunately, they couldn’t make it work.

Bunheads is a wonderful series that we are very proud to have aired,” an ABC Family rep said in a statement. “The series had amazing storytelling, the most talented cast and a passionate and loyal fan base. Recognizing all of this, we took extra time to try and find ways to bring the series back for another season, but in the end it simply wasn’t possible.  We wish the cast and crew the best in their future endeavors.”


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