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by Alison Willmore
July 22, 2013 6:48 PM
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ABC Family Cancels 'Bunheads'

"Bunheads," the wonderfully weird dramedy about ballerinas, spontaneous Vegas marriages and quirky California small town life from "Gilmore Girls" creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, has, sadly, been canceled. ABC Family announced the news this afternoon, releasing the following statement:

'Bunheads' is a wonderful series that we are very proud to have aired. 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

The series featured Broadway star Sutton Foster as Michelle Simms, a former professional Broadway dancer turned aging showgirl who impulsively marries an admirer (Alan Ruck) one drunken night, only to find herself widowed shortly after and in possession of the house and dance studio still run by his mother Fanny (Kelly Bishop).

It was an odd but very likable show that took a while to figure out how to balance Michelle's delayed coming of age with the stories of the quartet of ballet students (Kaitlyn Jenkins, Julia Goldani Telles, Bailey Buntain and Emma Dumont) she ends up mentoring -- possibly why the show wasn't a big ratings success with ABC Family's young primary audience. But the single season certainly earned its following among fully grown critics, with a truly memorable main character struggling to redefine her identity as her days of being a carefree drifter come to an end.

The now final episode of the 18 in the "Bunheads" run aired back in February -- ABC Family left the show's fate undecided for an unusual amount of time while it waited to see how other new series would fare. At least it ended on a bittersweet but hopeful note, with Michelle going to an audition for the first time in ages, and reminding herself both of the brutal process that is showbiz and of her own talent.

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  • Cece | July 26, 2013 11:45 PMReply

    I’m sick over the cancellation of the whip smart, endearing and cleverly hilarious Bunheads. I am one of the fans that will forever boycott watching any of the other abcfamily programming. Are they serious with reality dreck like vineyard and (kill me now) Spellmageddon? Ralf. I loved the writing, the cast and the fantastic dance sequences on Bunheads so much…hoping and praying for a second season pickup from Hulu or Netflix or hallmark or lifetime. Help? Syfy? Please someone, make the smart decision!

  • lilkunta | July 23, 2013 3:24 PMReply

    good. i didnt like the show. all milk. show diversity.
    abcf SUCKS. They cancelled THE LYING GAME which I am pissed about.

  • Mia | July 23, 2013 12:52 PMReply

    the first ep was great.. I was looking forward to watching it but it just wasn't any good past that first ep

  • Doot | July 23, 2013 5:27 AMReply

    It was to be expected but that's a terrible news indeed... one of the best new show last season.
    Really high quality stuff... but obviously in a world where lena dunham is the queen there is no place for any other voices out there.

  • Steven Flores | July 22, 2013 7:25 PMReply

    BOO!!!!!!!!! Fuck You ABC Family! Fuck your stupid-ass shows like "Baby Daddy" and "Melissa & Joey" and whatever new crap you have.