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ABC has released the new Bunheads poster and I’ve added it to the gallery! (credit THR)
ABC Family has released 2 new clips from the pilot!
Hello, Hubbell – Bunheads
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.
She’ll guest star as Fanny Flowers, owner of the Paradise Dance Academy in the sleepy coastal town Paradise, California. Fanny meets her match when her son Hubbell (guest star Alan Ruck) convinces an aimless ballerina-turned-Vegas showgirl named Michelle (series star Sutton Foster) to marry him and move to Paradise to start anew. At her mother-in-law’s dance studio, Michelle begins to mentor the aspiring ballerinas, or bunheads (pictured, left to right, Emma Dumont, Kaitlyn Jenkins, Bailey Buntain, and Julia Goldani Telles).
The series marks the first regular TV role for Foster, a two-time Tony winner most recently seen in the Broadway revival of Anything Goes. Bishop, who won a Tony for A Chorus Line in 1976, coincidentally joined Foster in that production for five months as Evangeline Harcourt last August. Another coincidence: Gilmore Girls is Foster’s all-time favorite TV show, and Sherman-Palladino, who draws inspiration from her own history as a bunhead, couldn’t be more of a fan of her leading lady. “People didn’t really know Lauren Graham, nobody knew who Melissa McCarthy was before Gilmore Girls,” Sherman-Palladino told EW last month. “I feel like that’s my big opportunity, when you find something so special and you get to be the one to completely exploit it through your own evil purposes.”
“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.”