After a limbo of several months in which it was neither renewed nor canceled- giving hope to its small but devoted group of fans- ABC Family has cancelled its comedy/drama series Bunheads after just one season.
The series, about a Las Vegas showgirl who impulsively moves to a California town and runs a ballet school, was created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, best known for Gilmore Girls. It starred Broadway mainstay Sutton Foster, in her first major TV role, as well as a talented cast of young actresses playing the dancers.
Bunheads had a rabid cult following that included a whole lot of prominent media members, including such unlikely names as Slate political reporter Dave Weigel. Kate Aurthur of Buzzfeed was perhaps the show’s most prominent booster in the media.
ABC issued a statement Monday night:
“Bunheads is a wonderful series that we are very proud to have aired. 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.”