The lights have dimmed, the last song has been sung, and the curtain has come down on the ABC Family dance-drama, 'Bunheads.' To those who were watching, the cancellation wouldn't come as a huge shock; audiences have known for some time that this delightful show was on the chopping block. Finally, we have confirmation.
On 'Bunheads,' Sutton Foster played Michelle Simms, a Las Vegas showgirl who marries long-time admirer Hubbell Flowers, after a really bad day at work and yet another failed audition. Thrilled at the prospect of a house by the ocean, the dream is cut short when she realizes that he does not live alone. His dance teacher mother, Fanny, and her dance studio are part of the package as well. Just as she starts to come to grips with that news and forge ahead with Fanny, the unexpected happens: Hubbell dies in a car accident, leaving Michelle stranded in a town full of people who reject change. Michelle is the epitome of change, something she imparts to the students in Fanny’s dance studio.
The routines, which we saw a little bit of in every episode, were brilliant and the teenagers were believable. This is in direct contrast with various other dramas of teen life where the teenybopper mentality is over simplified. One can only speculate this is exactly why it went by the way side, because it chose to challenge the ideals and make the characters realistic.
It was fun while it lasted; are you sad to see 'Bunheads' go the way of the dodo?