This is a new Amy Sherman-Palladino series that premiered on ABC Family yesterday. Being a huge fan of Palladino and her work as director/producer/writer on GG (i.e. Gilmore Girls) I decided to watch the pilot as soon as I heard about the project being in the works.
Having said that, I’m not sure this one is going to last. I have already read quite a handful of reviews saying it’s too much like GG, but will never be as good as the first show was and so far, I got to say I agree.
Bunheads is about Michelle (Sutton Foster), dance extraordinaire and current showgirl in Las Vegas who marries a man she barely knows, Hubbel, (her own personal stalker – Alan Ruck) and moves to his hometown to live with him.
His hometown, called Paradise, is this tiny costal town where everyone knows everyone. Sound familiar?
I was surprised to see not one, but two former stars of GG in the cast. First off we have Hubbel’s mother, Fanny Flowers, who teaches ballet, played by none other than the lovely Kelly Bishop(Emily Gilmore in GG). I have to admit she’s a fantastic choice for the part, a great actress and a former ballet dancer. Then we have Rose Abdoo, Gypsy from Gilmore Girls.
Palladino sure likes her actors familiar. Check out The Return of Jezebel James, another ASP production and you’ll see yet another face from the GG cast. Anyway, back to Bunheads.
Overall, it has a good cast, the characters all likable, but not one-dimensional, and the pilot ends with a bang, a twist in the plot.
The dialogue is again similar to that of GG. Witty, snappy, quick comebacks, but genuinely funny and engaging.
It’s interesting to see where the relationship between Michelle and Fanny will lead and how. Also, I’m very curious about the dynamic between the people of this small town – this was one of the greatest parts of GG, the townspeople relationships at those oh so very awesome town meetings.
Maybe I’m premature in comparing this show to Palladino’s other one, but we’ll see how it progresses.