'Bunheads' Canceled by ABC Family After One Season

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July 22nd, 2013


ABC Family has finally officially confirmed that its low rated quirky dramedy Bunheads has been canceled after one season (which was split into two halves.)

Though the network waited until today to make the news official, both viewers and the show's producers have long suspected that the show was finished. The network did not order additional episodes after the first season concluded. ABC Family's new series The Fosters is significantly outperforming Bunheads performance last summer, which may sealed Bunheads' fate.

"Bunheads is a wonderful series that we are very proud to have aired. The series had amazing storytelling, the most talented cast and a passionate and loyal fan base. Recognizing all of this, we took extra time to try and find ways to bring the series back for another season, but in the end it simply wasn’t possible.  We wish the cast and crew the best in their future endeavors," stated an ABC Family spokesperson.

  • Cara

    Twisted winter season here we come. Though if it continues at that snail pace and the love triangle I won’t be sad to see it go.

  • Rachel

    I am shocked…said no one ever.

  • Tom

    @ Gus

    There’s at least one report that ABCF was trying to determine a way to produce Bunheads more “cost effectively”. So, there’s evidently something about the show that appealed to the suits, but they just didn’t want to pay top dollar to keep producing it. That might explain the comment in the press release to the effect that: “we took extra time to try and find ways to bring the series back for another season….” If ABCF was indeed planning to bring Bunheads back on the cheap, it’s probably just as well they didn’t succeed. That’s because the fans didn’t deserve to have Bunheads stripped down to something reminiscent of the current low rated shows on the CW.

  • Mike S

    Billiam, if your daughter happens to be gay, keeping her away from The Fosters won’t make her straight. If she’s straight, watching it won’t make her gay. That’s not how it works. You sound like a very irresponsible parent.

  • Kyle

    It was a great show and I wish it was coming back. The only surprise for me about this announcement is that it didn’t happen lasy week when ABC Family announced the cancellation of The Lying Game.

  • Alan

    Not a big surprise. Now they should announce back orders for Twisted and The Fosters. Twisted is not doing so well, but it’s doing way better than TLG ever did.

  • Jenny


    “Twisted is not doing so well, but it’s doing way better than TLG ever did.”

    Yeah, um… no.

  • Metal Mickey

    Not even remotely surprised, but it’s still a shame; Bunheads was a one-off that just never found its audience, but I’m happy to have had it in my viewing life for a while…

    That said, I remain convinced that Amy Sherman-Palladino didn’t expect much else from the start – the storytelling was so random at times, I couldn’t help feeling she didn’t want to invest in a real “arc” until she knew season 2 might happen…

  • Iggy

    Twisted is awful. Awful awful awful.

    The Foster is the best thing ABC Family has ever produced so I am grateful that it looks to be coming back.

    But Twisted?! AWFUL.

  • Sam

    It really was a deathmatch: The Fosters Vs. Bunheads
    Twisted Vs. The Lying Game

    I think we all saw this one coming. Bunheads started with a 0.4 demo and managed to slowly crawl up to 0.6. while The Fosters started with 0.7 and seems to have stabilized around 0.6. On top of that Bunheads had strangely enough zero buzz. A 0.6 was all it was ever going to get.

    I’m sure TLG wasn’t as cheap as Twisted due to the much larger cast. Also, renewing a low-rated TLG for a third season would pretty much also mean renewing it for a foruth to get it to syndication. Apparently they thought TLG didn’t have two more seasons in it.

    I’m not sure Twisted or The Fosters will make it in the long run as they are only doing slightly better than the other two but they simply were the safer beat.

  • jessica

    Well apparently use of the word lesbian sees one’s comment go to the trash bin. How awkward for a show about a lesbian couple and their biological, adopted, and foster children.

  • jessica

    Well clearly that wasn’t the naughty key word in my failed-to-post comment. Shame, because now i have no idea what was wrong with it.

  • serendipity’s last stand

    I was not a fan and saw this coming but I am sorry for bunheads fans it was a much better show than that twited crap but no one watched it so sorry guys. This is why no one should get attached to abc fam shows they are cancel happy.

  • Billiam

    @Mike S, Despite popular, my wife and I do not believe that a person is born gay. If my daughter decides later that she is gay, that’s her choice but I hope any decision on sexual orientation comes at a much later age than 11. I think our children should be allowed to keep their childhood as long as possible but the media seems to want to force our children into adulthood before they reach the age of 12. When I was 12, the kids at school kept calling me gay and I had no idea what it meant. Finally, one day, I said “You are right! I’m gay!!” not knowing what it meant. A classmate took me aside and explained it to me. /unfortunately, with sex being everywhere you look, my daughter knew what gay was at age 8.

    I’d also prefer to shield her from domestic violence, racial prejudice and other issues that seem to be on ABC Family.

    It’s bad enough that these things happen in real life. Do we really need to expose our children to it on TV?

    I used to watch TV to get away from real life. These days, you can’t escape. No wonder teenaged depression and suicide is at an all-time high.

    Children need to have their childhood…. and, it is up to us parents to let them have it.

  • TimsDale4ever

    Michael — I was thinking “boneheads”.

  • JustSaying

    @Billiam your views on parenting are outdated and not normal. Your theory on how people are not born gay and its a choice is as dated as it is absurd. If you wish to parent your kid differently then most then go right ahead but you can’t expect a television network to build their schedule around how you think. The majority of people do not think like you and don’t share your views.

  • sofaslug

    Shame! Thought this was the best family show since gilmore girls! need ASP back on TV!

  • Lisa

    @Billiam, I really hope you’re a troll.

    I liked Bunheads, but the numbers were bad. At least we got eighteen episodes instead of none!

  • Metangel

    Well maybe if ABCF had shoved Bunheads down the throats of the viewer like they have done for the Fosters and Twisted, this wouldn’t be an issue today. Everytime you turn on one of their shows or movies, there is that little annoyning “hey look, so and so is on at this time on this day”. Then during the commercial breaks it is the same thing. Yet there was hardely ever a promo or commercial for Bunheads. PLL TLG PLL, SLAT sure plently for them. If they really wanted to keep Bunheads, they would have pushed it. Same for JBD.

  • John A

    Yeah Bunheads wasnt promoted when it aired either. Why do people blame promotion of new shows so much?

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