On paper, it seemed destined for failure: a show about teenage ballet dancers and a down-on-her-luck Vegas showgirl stuck in a small town with a quirky mother-in-law. But like her last show, "Gilmore Girls" — about a single mother and her daughter living in a small town filled with quirky characters — creator Amy Sherman-Palladino made "Bunheads" something special.
ABC Family kept the show on the bubble for a long time, but finally its mediocre ratings and large budget dragged it into the canceled bin. As a last hurrah, Sherman-Palladino reunited with most of the cast (Sutton Foster and Kelly Bishop couldn't make it) for a swan song, which you can watch above.
Show choreographer Marguerite Derricks put together a reprise featuring Sasha, Boo, Ginny, Melanie, and Cozette (Julia Goldani Telles, Kaitlyn Jenkins, Bailey Buntain, Emma Dumont, and Jeanine Mason — though Jenkins was injured and couldn't dance), which includes a callback to Sasha's "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" dance that exemplified what made the show both mind-blowing and confounding to audiences that couldn't shift gears fast enough.
Will "Bunheads" be revived someday? Perhaps plucked from the gutter like TBS did with "Cougar Town"? Or will it rise, phoenix-like, on Kickstarter like "Veronica Mars"? Probably not. But fans of the show are just the sort to hold out that kind of hope.
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