- Unsurprsingly, Foster is pretty fantastic with the Sherman-Palladinoese (a related dialect to Sorkinese--similar speed, but more pop culture references), dances quite well, and looks fantastic (to borrow from Todd Van Der Werff's Glee reviews, the opening sequence, in which Foster is in a Vegas showgirl costume, is worthy of a "straight guys, watchin' Bunheads" recurring segment). As a result, the show gets a little messy during the brief periods when she's off-screen. There's a group of four teenage dancers who she's clearly going to become a mentor to (they are the other four billed regulars, I believe), and the stuff with them, while brief, is weaker. It may improve as the various dancer characters become better formed, but right now, they're kind of boring.
- Man, this is a lot like Gilmore Girls (this is a good thing)--strummy strummy la la transition music, wacky characters in a small town (plainly, a dress shop owner introduced in the pilot will be back), and Foster's Michelle is close kin to Lorelai Gilmore. Kelly Bishop basically gets to play Emily Gilmore again, though the dynamic between Fanny and Michelle is somewhat different from that between Emily and Lorelai.
- Alan Ruck shows up as the vaguely creepy (yet ultimately good-hearted) guy who has a crush on Foster's showgirl character and marries her (this is all dispensed with in the first act of the pilot), and I had questions about how the show would work given that he's a guest star. The show unambiguously (and somewhat surprisingly) answers that question in the last scene, which will, I expect, provoke some divided reactions.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
DANCE MOMS 2: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO: We've previously noted that forthcoming ABC Family show Bunheads seems to be designed for the ALOTT5MA demographic (Sutton Foster! Dancing! Amy Sherman-Palladino! Imperious and disapproving Kelly Bishop!), and there are streams of the pilot available, which I watched yesterday. A few thoughts:
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