Well, it’s official. Bunheads has been canceled.
“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.” – ABC Family
Since it last aired in mid-February, the show about ballet students in a small Southern California town stood in the shadow of a hooded executioner with a particularly shiny axe.
Before the end came, however, there was apparently a lot of behind-the-scenes looks at budget cuts to find a way to keep the show around. This was most apparent in the back half of the first (now, sadly, only) season where at least one main character was be absent in each episode.
You would think such attempts to stay in the green would mean a dip in quality. However, Bunheads actually improved closer to its (now) series finale, which featured a nail-biting scene where main character/former dancer Michelle Simms (Sutton Foster) went in for an audition. I can’t do it justice through the written word, but the combination of time (seriously, the audition took up a good portion of the episode and went through each step a real life dancer would go through) and the fact that her students had followed her and were rooting for her, created an unreal amount of tension. With scenes like that, and many others, I’m sad to see the show go.
Here’s hoping that creator Amy Sherman Palladino (most famous for creating Gilmore Girls) and Sutton Foster will re-team soon on a new, even more fantastic show. Maybe a SoCal biker gang premise? Just spitballing here.
How do you feel about Bunhead‘s cancelation? Would anyone like to join me in my weeping corner? There’s room, just don’t step in the puddle I’ve created.