No More Dancing in Paradise: ABC Family Cancels Bunheads

After months and months of stringing us along, the music has suddenly stopped. Bunheads has been canceled, according TV Line. ABC Family finally made its decision official today, ending the series after one season. We all knew this was coming, right? Well, we should have, but many fans were still holding out hope that the series from Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino would make a miraculous return.

ABC Family said the delay in making a decision was a result of the network's efforts to make a second season work. But in the end, they apparently couldn't do it. "Bunheads is a wonderful series that we are very proud to have aired,” the network said in a statement. “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.”

Bunheads starred Broadway vet Sutton Foster as a Vegas showgirl turned ballet teacher to four little squirts (and some less important classmates). The dramedy was critically acclaimed but didn't boogie with viewers, checking in as one of the ABC Family's lower-rated dramas. But its greatest achievement was introducing the world to the wonderfully named actress Bailey Buntain, who played Ginny. Last week, ABC Family also canceled bubble show The Lying Game.

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You keep crap like Melissa and Joey and you cancel this. What is wrong with you?
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such a shame
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And yet they keep the crap that is Pretty Little Liars for seasons after it stopped being good... ABC Family has gone DOWN HILL in recent years. Ugh.
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cant they change their mind
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seriously! its so sad.
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Gee just like they canceled Higher Ground.. SUCH A GREAT SHOW!!! With a lot of break through actors and actresses such as Hayden Christensen... WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU GUYS!! SERIOUSLY!!
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BOOOOOOOOOO!!!! :( ABCFamily you SUCK!
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So sad!!!
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This is devastating news!
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This is a tragedy, as much for the loss of clever, lightning-fast banter (it's all up to you now, Sorkin) as for the mystery that was Melanie, which will now perforce remain unsolved. Seriously, what was her deal? How did one so young get so very weary of her picture-perfect life? I half expected some kind of Melanie-is-a-serial-killer development to come out of Season 2, going some way towards accounting for her cold, dead eyes -- hey, maybe she could show up on TWISTED and it turns out SHE killed Danny's aunt...

In the meantime: miss you already, Godot!
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Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?
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Noooooo! My sister an me loved it! Of course it got canceled....
I really hope all the people who worked on this show land on their feet.
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Noo, I LOVED that show! :'(
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Man, this seriously just made me sad. I LOVED this show. Even my husband enjoyed it! I'm just increasingly disappointed in the trends that tv has taken. Ugh. Is FX the only network getting things right?
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I'm really dissapointed.
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Bastards.
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Sad
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BOO-URNS.
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No :'(
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I was hoping for Bunhead's survival..this is sad
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ABCfamily and ABC ... Same shit logic.
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BUT THIS WAS SUCH A FUNNY, ENTERTAINING SHOW! NO! SCREW YOU
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Why am I surprised? Because I am not.
R.I.f'ingP.
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooooooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooO!!!!!
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Totally understandable cancellation, started off really well but became tedious quickly.
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Time to hit Twitter & FB to force them to bring it back!! Its worked Designing Women, Jericho, & Drop Dead Diva to name a few. I have watched Gilmore Gilmore from start to finish at least 20x's. Bunheads helped to fill the void of GG. I need Michelle, Fanny, Milly, & every other Stars Hollow visitor. I was so looking forward to seeing how Miss Patty, Babette, Taylor, & Jackson would show up. LET'S FIGHT FOR THE SHOW!!
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Nooooooooooooooo! (Still making the same sound from the moment I read the headline, although it's becoming pathetic now). Yes, you could see it coming, but I *was* hoping for that miraculous turn. I really liked this show.
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Maybe Happy Endings will save it. Wait, what?
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This is no surprise....it makes me sad...and the most unfortunate thing is I don't think there is a network that could pick it up or something perhaps CW if at all possible
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Would be nice but don't really see that happening. Unless it turns out that Cozette & Frankie are really vampires.
Course, Amy Sherman-Palladino's already laid out the groundwork for that one. What d'ya say CW?
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yep, no surprise. But it still sucks ;)
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Why??????????????????? it was a great show.
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And that's exactly why I never read news.
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This is not happy news. Not even a little bit.
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NO!!! And here I was thinking today would be a great day with birth of a the royal baby. Way to spoil things ABC Family. Once again they've made a stupid decision. Bunheads was remarkable and season 1 totally set up season 2 with some great plot lines- at least enough to finish the series! ABC Family couldn't find a way to make season two work, but they managed to make 5 dribbled-filled seasons of Secret Life and come up with the concept of Spell-Mageddden? (seriously, what's the point? no one gets to spell, so no one is learning...) At least Bunheads was enlightening, with it's wit and cultural references so seamlessly woven into the script, and overall far superior than most of ABC Family's programming (and this is coming from someone who loves watching PLL and Twisted) There needs to be more shows like Bunheads! I will watch anything Amy S-P creates!
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It Was good. But clearly Too good for ABC Family.
I mean, did anyone seriously think that a show like Bunheads would get ratings from a network showing the Secret Life?
It was a terrible match in the 1st place. Noone who tunes in for ABC's usual nonsense was gonna watch it & people who'd actually like it wouldn't come across it unless they actually follow Amy S-P's work. Maybe now, they can take it around and find a network that's a better fit.
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! I so wanted this show to come back! It was sooo good! ABC Family is known for canceling amazing shows so I am not that surprised.
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NOOOOOO! I admit I don't really watch the show, but my best friend's aunt (practically an older sister) is the actress who plays Ginny, so I really, REALLY wanted this to get renewed....:(
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NOOOO! This is so sad.
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After I hunted down ABC Family just to watch this show I'm so ticked it is now cancelled. Glad I tivoed it for future appreciation. Of course they had to cancel a show with great dialogue, girls who actually do something well and with great actors. Just wish we could have had a happier conclusion. In hindsight, it was an appropriate conclusion.
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I don't watch the show, but I respect the fans' disappointment. But I have to say the picture of the sad-faced dancers is ironically (and funny in its own way) appropriate.
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I wasted my time .. 18 episodes for... WHAT ???????

Why was it cancelled without conclusion ??????????? WHY ???????

F*ck ABC !!!

F*CK THEM ALL !!!!!!

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Well....this is upsetting news.
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ugh. idiotic ABC Family, now you've only got one decent show (Melissa & Joey).
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Uh...not so fast there...
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the only other show on ABC Family that I can tolerate is Baby Daddy. Ravenwood sounds like it could have potential but I'm not sold yet.
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The story of my sad Tv watching life repeats once again. I will miss this show because it reminded of how much i missed gilmore girls and also cause I grew attached to the lovely/funny/awkward characters *sigh*
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Noooooo! That was such a good show. :( They should have given it more of a chance than that. Disappointing. I don't need to watch anything on that channel now I guess.
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Whyyyy???!!!!! I was starting to think they would renew it after they announced that The Lying Game was cancelled.

Hate you ABC Family!!!
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NOOOOOOOOOOO
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A show this innovative and sweet and unique as this one doesn't belong on TV. NCIS FOR EVERYONE TILL THEIR EYES BLEED!!!
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Yay NCIS!
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abc sucks.
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Not to offend anyone but I stopped watching the show after the pilot. I didn't like the main actress that played the Vegas show girl. I also didn't like that they killed her husband off in the pilot and had her stick around. The other character didn't have enough of a draw for me to bother watching.
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I wasn't crazy about her at first but she really grew on me. She was no Lauren Graham, but I liked her much more as it went along.
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At least they didn't have a chance to mess it up! I'M SO BITTER!
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This is right up there with the tragic loss of Human Target. Our hearts are broken yet again by the evil forces of Mr. Neilson and public apathy. Oh, well, at least we have the episodes we have of both great one-season-wonderfuls. TV can be a fickle bitch at times. I think we'll watch The Movie Truck tonight as a fitting tribute and the follow it with Human Target's Imbroglio... Die powers that be...JUST DIE DAMN YOU!!
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HUMAN TARGET had two seasons. Just sayin'.
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25 precious episodes...
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I guess this means I'm done with ABC Family. Bunheads is just about the best new show I've seen in ages. I'd love it if another network picked it up.
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Ain't it, tho...
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