Ask anyone who was a devoted "Gilmore Girls" fan, and he/she will tell you that nothing was able to replace it on their TV watchlist after it went off the air in 2007. That was until "Bunheads" premiered last summer. Created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, who also breathed life into Lorelai and Rory, the ballerina-based dramedy has the same flair for witty repartee and pop-culture references.
Sutton Foster was a fan of the 'Gilmore Girls'While most "Gilmore Girl" aficionados are content to have the show airing on their small screens, one fan of the show actually gets to take place in the action. In a recent one-on-one interview, "Bunheads" star Sutton Foster talked about signing on to the series: "I was such a huge fan of 'Gilmore.' It's my number one favorite show of all time. I was obsessed with [Sherman-Palladino] and her writing, and primarily because of how witty, how smart, how fast."
And the fact that Foster is a two-time Tony Award-winning musical-comedy star helps her carry-off Sherman-Palladino's signature snappy dialogue. She acknowledged, "It definitely has a theatrical flair… To be able to get to say her dialogue. But I definitely think my stage experienced prepared me to handle it, because it is something that you have to have a sense of rhythm; it's its own character the dialogue. Having all of that musical comedy experience definitely prepared me for it."
Foster clicks with 'Bunheads' star Kelly BishopOne other perk of starring in "Bunheads" is the fact that Foster gets to act with "Gilmore Girls" alum Kelly Bishop. While the Stars Hollow matriarch had once sparred with Lorelai, she now tangos with Foster's Michelle each week.
The 37-year-old actress talked about sharing the small screen with the TV legend: "I was such a huge fan of hers, too. She's just an awesome lady. She's so awesome. I admire her and respect her and look up to her so much."
But she couldn't say exactly where their spark came from. "That special thing, chemistry, whatever it is. It can't be manufactured. And when you find someone that you work well with, whatever that is you want to bottle that up and use it forever. But I don't know how to explain it. We just really enjoy working with each other."
Foster and Bishop are a modern day Lucy and EthelShe compared their timing to some of entertainments classic comedy duos: "My scenes with her are easy because she's just an awesome partner. It's like Abbott and Costello or something. We're just like Lucy and Ethel. We have a great rapport on and off the set. It's just a mutual respect. I have no idea what the special ingredient is."
Watch "Bunheads'" winter premiere on Jan. 7 at 9 PM on ABC Family.
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