5 Reasons ABC Family Should Renew 'Bunheads'
The fate of 'Bunheads' hangs in the balance as the show's set is torn down. (Adam Taylor/AP Photo/ABC Family)
With the sudden and sad news that ABC Family tore down the "Bunheads" set over the weekend, we're dealing with a lot of grief at the prospect of losing this great dance-themed dramedy.[Related: Bunheads' Stacey Oristano on a Truly Funny Role and Her Dream Friday Night Lights Spin-Off]
"Bunheads'" ratings haven't been great — it averaged 1.25 million viewers for the first season after premiering at 1.64 million. Despite not being renewed yet, the show still has a cult following that is trying incredibly hard to keep it alive with everything from calls to action to save-the-show campaigns. As "Bunheads" superfans ourselves, we are holding on to hope that there will be a new season come fall. Here's why:
1. The Perfect Cast
How often does a show come along that has not one, but two triple threats in lead roles? On "Bunheads," main characters Michelle Simms and Fanny Flowers are played by the inimitable Sutton Foster and Kelly Bishop. Between them there are three Tony Awards: Sutton won for playing Millie Dillmount in "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and reviving Reno Sweeney in "Anthing Goes," and Kelly won for her role as Sheila in "A Chorus Line."
And then there are, of course, the four fantastic ballet virtuosos who play Boo, Sasha, Ginny, and Melanie. Kaitlyn Jenkins, Julia Goldani Telles, Bailey Buntain, and Emma Dumont are all classically trained dancers. And let's not forget to mention their impeccable acting talent and ability to deliver snarky one-liners.
2. Amy Sherman-Palladino
'Bunheads' Executive Producer Amy Sherman-Palladino & actress Sutton Foster (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Speaking of all the amazing people who have come together on "Bunheads," showrunner Amy Sherman-Palladino is the lifeblood of the series and one of the wittiest, most unique writers in television.