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Sutton Foster, Hilary Duff to star in TV Land comedy from Darren Star

Sutton Foster and Hilary Duff will be joining forces this fall in a TV Land comedy from Sex and The City creator Darren Star. READ FULL STORY

ABC Family cancels 'Bunheads' after one season

Oh Bunheads, we’ll miss you so.

Monday, ABC Family announced that it would not bring back Amy Sherman-Palladino’s beloved hour-long show for a second season. A critical and cultish fan favorite, the whimsical show about a displaced Vegas showgirl and the quirky, idyllic ballet studio in Paradise, California that becomes her home never found a following significant enough to justify keeping it on the air.

Bunheads is a wonderful series that we are very proud to have aired,” said a ABC Family spokesperson. “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.”

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'Bunheads': Behind the scenes of 'Makin' Whoopee' -- EW EXCLUSIVE

In Amy Sherman-Palladino’s world, the men are furniture. Well, at least in the dance sequence featured in the season finale they are.

Season 1 of ABC Family’s delightful Bunheads came to a close Monday, and the word is still out on whether or not there will be a second season to follow. Throughout this season, the four bunheads have been coming into their own — growing up, growing apart, and becoming interested in boys — hence, a dance set to “Makin’ Whoopee” performed by Sherman-Palladino favorite Sam Phillips (the singer/songwriter responsible for much of the music in Gilmore Girls). Check it out below:
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'NCIS,' 'How I Met Your Mother,' 'Dallas,' 'White Collar': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Happy Holidays, gang!

As we head into the greatest time of the year, I wish you nothing but goodness. May your stockings be full (of TV on DVD), your families be well (/less crazy than the Graysons), and your holidays be more magical than Storybrooke.

Enjoy your scoop and see you after the holidays! And, if you get a chance, hit up spoilerroom@ew.com with all scoop inquiries.

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ABC's 'The Middle' casts 'Bunheads' star -- EXCLUSIVE

A Bunheads ballerina is headed to ABC’s The Middle!

Bailey Buntain, who plays dance student Ginny Thompson on the ABC Family series, will be guest-starring on an upcoming episode of The Middle as Jenna, an incoming freshman that Sue (Eden Sher) decides to mentor, but who will ultimately not need her help to become popular, EW has learned exclusively.

The Middle picks up its fourth season on Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. ET.

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'Bunheads' finale first look -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

After a season of practicing pirouettes, the Bunheads ballerinas are finally ready to take the stage for the all-important annual Nutcracker performance. Entertainment Weekly has exclusive photos from the Aug. 20 finale below. Judging from the stills, the dance seems to be going smoothly, but when we caught up with star Sutton Foster during her press tour earlier this month, she hinted that “something significant happens” before the curtain drops. “There is a bit of a cliffhanger at the end,” said Foster. Sounds ominous.

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'Bunheads': Amy Sherman-Palladino responds to Shonda Rhimes' criticism on lack of diversity

Bunheads creator Amy Sherman-Palladino has responded to a tweet from Grey’s Anatomy boss Shonda Rhimes that criticized the lack of diversity on the new ABC Family show.

“Look, I’m not going to get into a pissing match with Shonda Rhimes, because she has 15,000 shows on the air, and she’s doing just fine for herself,” the former Gilmore Girls creator told Media Mayhem in an interview posted on YouTube. “[But] I’ve always felt that women, in a general sense, have never supported other women the way they should…I think it’s a shame, but to me, it is what it is.”

Last week, Rhimes took to her Twitter account to comment on the show’s casting choices, saying, “Hey @abcfbunheads: really? You couldn’t cast even ONE young dancer of color so I could feel good about my kid watching this show? NOT ONE?”

Sherman-Palladino, who says she has never met Rhimes before, went on to say that with the increased demands on showrunners — particularly while getting a new program on the air — there’s no room for criticism among peers. “I wouldn’t do it. I wouldn’t go after another woman. I, frankly, wouldn’t go after another showrunner,” she said.

Palladino didn’t directly comment on the diversity issue, but indicated that any shortcomings were at least in part a result of lack of time and casting limitations. “It is so hard to get a show on the air, [because of] what you have to do and the layers of bulls–t and fighting and scraping — and particularly this show because our budget was very small and our demands were so high.”

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InsideTV Podcast: Larry Hagman's crazy eyebrows on 'Dallas.' Plus: 'True Blood' and 'Bunheads' premieres

Image Credit: Zade Rosenthal/TNT

There were twists and turns aplenty on the premiere of TNT’s Dallas reincarnation this week, but the most shocking thing of all may have been the feisty and fascinating eyebrows of one Larry Hagman. That’s right, J.R. is back and you can’t take your eyes off of him…mostly because you’re wondering if those eyebrows are going to reach out through the television screen and strangle you to death. On this week’s edition of the InsideTV Podcast, Ken Tucker, Jessica Shaw, and I head to Southfork Ranch to break down the new Dallas. How are the returning old-timers (J.R., Bobby, Sue Ellen)? Which newcomer steals the show? And is the new incarnation worthy of a DVR season pass? (The Dallas discussion begins at 11:00.)

We also take a look at two other premieres from this week: the season 5 kick-off of True Blood and Amy Sherman-Palladino’s return to television with Bunheads. On True Blood, are Eric and Bill more intriguing as friends or foes? How do we feel about Tara as a vampire? And why are we loving the new vamptastic Rev. Newlin?

As for Bunheads, is Sherman-Palladino’s new show a return to the glory of Gilmore Girls or the horror of The Return of Jezebel James? How does two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster do in her first leading TV role? And does Grey’s Anatomy exec producer Shonda Rhimes have a point when she tweets about the lack of diversity on the ABC Family dramedy? (The Bunheads talk starts at 17:07.) READ FULL STORY

Shonda Rhimes scolds 'Bunheads' for lack of diversity

In a case of art imitating life, Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes has thrown herself into a real-life soap opera. Rhimes, who is African-American, tweeted, “Hey @abcfbunheads: really? You couldn’t cast even ONE young dancer of color so I could feel good about my kid watching this show? NOT ONE?” READ FULL STORY

'Bunheads': First look at Kelly Bishop in Amy Sherman-Palladino's new Sutton Foster series -- EXCLUSIVE

Bunheads, the new show from Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, won’t debut on ABC Family until June 11, but we’ve got your first look at Gilmore alum Kelly Bishop in character now.  READ FULL STORY

Amy Sherman-Palladino talks 'Bunheads,' ABC Family announces summer premiere dates

At ABC Family’s upfront in New York today, the main topic of conversation was the reveal of “A” on tonight’s Pretty Little Liars’ season finale. Even Secret Life of the American Teenager creator Brenda Hampton asked PLL EP Marlene King for a clue during their showrunners panel, but King would only say that the show, which was Twitter’s No. 1 TV Hot Topic in 2011, may bring the site down this evening after it reveals a new mystery by the end of the hour.

Also buzzworthy: Bunheads, the new show from Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, debuting Monday, June 11. Two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster stars as trained dancer Michelle, who became a Vegas showgirl and is approaching the end of her career with a feeling of “Well, now what the f— do I do?” as Sherman-Palladino put it to the crowd. (“Sorry, kids, sorry. Are there children [here]? This is why I’m on ABC Family, because I care about the children,” she joked. “I think it’s better that they learn all those words from me rather than on the street or in a back alley with some dirty syringes…. I’m gonna teach them the right way to say ‘F—.’” ) READ FULL STORY

'Gilmore Girls' reunion: Kelly Bishop joins Amy Sherman-Palladino's new ABC Family show -- EXCLUSIVE

Kelly Bishop, who Gilmore Girls fans remember fondly as Lorelai’s mother Emily, has joined the cast of GG creator Amy Sherman-Palladino’s upcoming ABC Family drama Bunheads. Two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster stars as a trained ballerina-turned-Vegas showgirl who impulsively marries a man, moves to his sleepy coastal town, Paradise, Calif., and assumes an uneasy role at her mother-in-law’s dance studio, the Paradise Dance Academy. Bishop will recur as her mother-in-law, Fanny. (FANNY!)

Production on the series will start this spring, after Foster bids bon voyage to her role as Reno Sweeney in Broadway’s Anything Goes. (The date of her final performance has not been announced. Bishop, who won a Tony for A Chorus Line in 1976, coincidentally joined Foster in the production for five months as Evangeline Harcourt last August, and just left the show in January.) ABC Family usually debuts its originals in June, so look for Bunheads to bow this summer. While there will be the occasional dance number at the studio, the show won’t be Glee. It’ll showcase Foster’s acting. As Foster told EW yesterday, “It starts off centered around this woman who’s just trying to redefine herself and find out what her purpose in this world is and how she can matter. Hopefully she will find it in this town.”

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Sutton Foster talks new Amy Sherman-Palladino show ‘Bunheads’

Sutton Foster talks new Amy Sherman-Palladino show 'Bunheads'

Two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster will bid bon voyage to Broadway’s Anything Goes this spring (the date of her final performance has not been announced) to start shooting the new ABC Family series Bunheads,  exec produced by Gilmore Girls‘ Amy Sherman-Palladino. She’ll star as Michelle, a trained ballet dancer who ended up a Vegas showgirl. After impulsively getting married, she moves to her new husband’s sleepy coastal town — Paradise, Calif. — and begins working at her mother-in-law’s dance studio, the Paradise Dance Academy. “My favorite show of all-time is Gilmore Girls,” Sutton tells EW. “Amy contacted my agents and wanted to take a meeting, and I kind of freaked out. I went like fan girl on her. We met for lunch and talked, and I was so thrilled. Then about two weeks later, she called and offered me this role. I flew out to LA, and met with her and the network, and then we shot the pilot. So it kinda came out of nowhere, but I read the script, and it just seemed like such a perfect fit for me and for what I wanted to do next. The opportunity to get to work with her and to say her words — I couldn’t believe it. I still can’t believe it.” READ FULL STORY

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