ABC Family Picks Up Dance Drama Bunheads From Gilmore Girls Creator

Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino is hoofing it back to the small screen: ABC Family has picked up the writer-producer’s drama pilot, Bunheads, to series, our sister site Deadline reports.

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Bunheads stars Tony Award winner Sutton Foster as a Las Vegas showgirl who impulsively gets married and moves to the sleepy coastal town her hubby calls home. She finds work at a dance school — hence the show’s title — run by her mother-in-law.

Although Lorelai and Rory never demonstrated any special dancing abilities, it’s a subject with which Sherman-Palladino has a lot of familiarity. “I spent 20 years of my life with my hair in a bun,” she said when the project first got a pilot order last September. “I was supposed to be a dancer. My mother was a dancer. Her greatest heartbreak was when I got on Roseanne [as a writer]. So, while writing this will never equal playing ‘Rumpelteazer’ in a bus and truck tour of Cats, it does let me to tip my hat to a really special time in my life.”

Bunheads joins the comedy Baby Daddy and the reality series Beverly Hills Nannies, which got series orders last week, on the cabler’s slate of upcoming new programming.