Amy Sherman-Palladino, the creator of Gilmore Girls, has a new series on ABC Family (a U.S. cable TV network) called “Bunheads.” If you were a GG fan (or even if you weren’t), the show is worth sampling.
The show stars Broadway actress Sutton Foster as a Las Vegas show dancer and Kelly Bishop (who played Emily Gilmore, Lorelai’s mother). While Sutton Foster is not a terribly convincing showgirl, it doesn’t matter since she moves to a small California coastal town where everybody knows everybody’s business (remarkably like Stars Hollow) and has to live with Kelly Bishop’s character, the owner of a children’s ballet dance studio. Foster’s character is reminiscent of the sharp-witted fatalism of Lorelai Gilmore, while the long rambling monologues have shifted over to Bishop’s character.
The title “Bunheads” refers to the student ballerinas in the dance studio, but while the students have been given storylines, they appear to be secondary (at least so far). So you don’t have to worry about this being a story about cutsie girls learning ballet.
While the parallels to Gilmore Girls are quite obvious, I don’t mean to make this sound like it is a continuation or clone of Gilmore Girls. It has a life of its own that has really drawn me in after three episodes.
I’ve deliberately tried to avoid spoilers in this description.
So, has anyone else watched? Comments?