Anyone who knows me knows I’m a huge fan of Gilmore Girls. Say what you will, no show on television compares to the writing, wit, and charm of “Gillies”. The creator, Amy Sherman Palladino (who has a background in dance, who knew?), recently came close with her ABC Family series Bunheads.
Despite the stupid title and cheesy promotional material, the show was great. It brought the same quick wit, self-reflexive charm, fast-paced dialogue, and pop culture references of Gilmore Girls, but focused on the subculture of dance.
Familiar faces migrated from Stars Hollow to Paradise, as Emily, Mitchum Huntzberger, Paris, Zach, and even Kirk made cameos. New stars were found in uber-talented Broadway darling Sutton Foster, and dancers-turned-actresses Julia Goldani-Telles, Kaitlyn Jenkins, Bailey Buntain, and Emma Dumont. The girls took a few episodes to develop their acting chops, but were impressive for being new to the screen.
One of the best scenes (skip to 0:30 for the money):
Great for dancers who have lived it, the series featured enough layered relationships and storylines to keep people from any background interested.
For those who are too slow to keep up with the dialogue (omg they referenced Burning Man, it’s like it was made for me!) there was always eye candy. One in the form of a character named Godot. Yes, Godot (pronounced gah-dough for those who haven’t read the play and don’t know what I’m talking about). Sherman-Palladino brought you Jared Padaleki, Chad Michael Murray, and Adam Brody (who had their careers launch after being on Gilmore Girls) and she keeps bringing the goods.
The series even brought So You Think You Can Dance winner Jeanine Mason back to TV for some gorgeous dance numbers.
My favourite (from 2:22 – unfortunately the clean version is blocked in Canada. Thanks ABC/Disney.):
The show had humor and heart and proved once again that Amy Sherman-Palladino not only has the writing chops to carry a series, but has killer instinct for timing and casting.
Whether or not ABC Family fixes their mistake and re-ups the series, the actors have a bright future ahead of them.
If one woman deserves a TV show, it’s Sherman-Palladino.
(If one series deserves a movie, it’s Gilmore Girls!)