Bunheads creator Amy Sherman-Palladino fought back criticism from television genius Shonda Rhimes over the lack of racial diversity of the show's cast, saying Rhimes could have been more supportive of a fellow female TV show creator.
Bunheads, which airs on ABC Family, is described on the network's website as the tale of a Las Vegas showgirl, who impulsively marries a man, moves to his sleepy coastal town, and takes an uneasy role at her new mother-in-law's dance school. The show features a bevy of dancers and the five female leads are all white.
Look, I'm not going to get into a pissing match with Shonda Rhimes because she's got, like, 15,000 shows on the air. She's doing just fine for herself, Sherman-Palladino, the executive producer for the first six seasons of Gilmore Girls, said on Media Mayhem when host Allison Hope Weiner asked if it was fair for Rhimes to criticize a fellow female showrunner.
Video of Sherman-Palladino's comments can be viewed below.
I've always felt like women never supported ... women have never supported women to the level that they should and it's been my experience through my entire career that the biggest boosts I've gotten and the biggest accolades and help have always been from men.
I think it's a shame, but it is what it is, Amy Sherman-Palladino continued, noting that she's never met Rhimes before. Let's put it this way: I wouldn't do it. I wouldn't go after another woman. I frankly wouldn't go after another showrunner.
Shonda Rhimes, the creator of hit shows such as Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice took to Twitter to criticize the casting decisions of Bunheads.
Sherman-Palladino said casting decisions were limited by time constraints with respect to casting for the pilot episode Bunheads.
The Bunheads creator said the show is about interesting girls and empowerment and strong women and strong voices and it's hard to get that on the air.