The little-watched but critically beloved "Bunheads" has been canceled by ABC Family after its first season.
“Bunheads” wrapped up its 18-episode first season in February, but according to the Hollywood Reporter, ABC Family held off on a decision about “Bunheads” for several months to compare its ratings to several incoming shows. Unfortunately for series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, the “Bunheads” ratings didn’t stack up to newcomers like “Baby Daddy,” and ABC pulled the plug on the series.
"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," an ABC Family spokesperson told the Hollywood Reporter.
“Bunheads” premiered last summer, starring Broadway star Sutton Foster as a dancing instructor in the sleepy Southern California town of Paradise. While “Bunheads” always struggled in the ratings throughout its one-season run, it built up a dedicated following among critics. Foster earned a Gracie Allen Award and a Teen Choice Award nomination for her work on “Bunheads,” while the show itself was nominated for the Television Critics Awards for outstanding achievement in youth programming.
Sherman-Palladino, who also created the hit series “Gilmore Girls,” pitched “Bunheads” as a personal project loosely based around her time as a ballerina and dancer. Obviously, she was more than a little upset by the cancellation.
"Thank you to anyone who chose to play in our sandbox for a while. It was a labor of love from all involved and well, f*ck. All you can do is try right? And drink,” Sherman-Palladino told Vulture after the cancellation was announced.