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I really, truly, sincerely wanted to love this show. I mean, with Amy Sherman-Palladino and Kelly Bishop what could possibly go wrong? (And before anyone jumps me, I had no idea who Sutton Foster was before this show despite my love for theater and musicals.) The premise is alright (though a bit unbelievable that Hubble was not a serial killer or something else) and the Paradise bunhead girls are charming, earnest and possibly the most interesting things about this show so far. It was only 20 minutes in when I figured out what was off - Ms. Sutton Foster. I'm sure she's amazing on stage, but acting for TV is a completely different beast. I find that she over emphasizes, both delivery and actions, as if she's trying to reach all those poor college students in the nosebleed section of the theater. I mean what good is amazing dialogue and witty zingers if it sounds contrived or forced? Finally, I think one of the key successes in Gilmore Girls is that Lorelei always had a partner-in-crime to balance her out, Rory, Sookie and Luke. That's another important ingredient missing here, balance. I am not as excited about the second episode tonight, but I have hope that the cliffhanger at the end of episode one is the catalyst the show needs to anchor the forced wackiness (read: Stars Hollow 2.0) onto something real.

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I really, truly, sincerely wanted to love this show. I mean, with Amy Sherman-Palladino and Kelly Bishop what could possibly go wrong? (And before anyone jumps me, I had no idea who Sutton Foster was before this show despite my love for theater and musicals.) The premise is alright (though a bit unbelievable that Hubble was not a serial killer or something else) and the Paradise bunhead girls are charming, earnest and possibly the most interesting things about this show so far. It was only 20 minutes in when I figured out what was off - Ms. Sutton Foster. I'm sure she's amazing on stage, but acting for TV is a completely different beast. I find that she over emphasizes, both delivery and actions, as if she's trying to reach all those poor college students in the nosebleed section of the theater. I mean what good is amazing dialogue and witty zingers if it sounds contrived or forced?

Finally, I think one of the key successes in Gilmore Girls is that Lorelei always had a partner-in-crime to balance her out, Rory, Sookie and Luke. That's another important ingredient missing here, balance. I am not as excited about the second episode tonight, but I have hope that the cliffhanger at the end of episode one is the catalyst the show needs to anchor the forced wackiness (read: Stars Hollow 2.0) onto something real.

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Just finished the pilot of Bunheads (thank you, Hulu) and seriously frustrated so far...dancing on a wooden floor is not safe. Aside from that, the ballet isn't the annoying part (as a dancer myself, it's important to me that dance shows be accurate)--it's how similar Michelle is to Lorelai, except she's like her less beautiful sister, and Amy Palladino didn't change her writing at all so Michelle sounds exactly like Lorelai even though she isn't. And the mother in law is Kelly Bishop (Emily), and of course she sounds the same as well--and there you have the return of the awkward mother-daughter relationship. Even Hubble sounds like Chris, both in his voice and his speech patterns (again, writing didn't change...), and then there's the music that goes with the show--it sounds like the next track on the cd that the Gilmore Girls theme came from (because both soundtracks really were written by the same person). Grrr. I absolutely loved Gilmore Girls...but you can't duplicate it so don't try! I had really hoped Bunheads would be a fun show but that it would stand out from GG and make a name for itself by its own merit. I will try to give it another shot with the next episode, but this doesn't look promising.

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I never viewed one minute of GG- it was for a younger crowd. BUT this show has Sutton Foster and I would (and have) watch her in anything. And it turns out this show is great ! The writing is funny and literate and Kelly Bishop (always great on stage) is very good. And Ms Foster is fantastic ,as usual. If she has to leave the stage for awhile, at least she's in something that appears to be very good. I hope this show is a hit - but don't keep Sutton off the stage too long.

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I watched this with my 13-year old last night and loved it! She is a dancer so that was the obvious draw for us, but the entire storyline was refreshing and new for us since we did not watch GG. I'm hoping it comes to stand on its own and continues to entertain like in the pilot episode. Can't wait to see more :)

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Although I loved the first episode of this show, the fact that it is so reminiscent of Gilmore Girls may not be such a good thing. From the very beginning, you could tell this was of similar stock: the main character, the cooky town and people, even the matriarch mother - although Bishop is crazy here, she still a somewhat controlling personality just like in GG. And although I loved it, I don't want another one! Let's hope this is sufficiently different.

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Fear not, Ceceliz, as I am not the reviewer, but merely reviewed the pilot. A pilot which I, admittedly, had no intention of watching. It was that admission that brought on the GG comparisons because the thought of watching anything even remotely resembling a "bunhead" was not something that interested me.

Amy Sherman-Palladino, however, has a style and a design to her writing that draws you in, no matter your interests. If that meant that I made comparisons to Gilmore Girls for the pilot review and perhaps engaged viewers for later showings, I will not apologize.

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I thought the pilot of Bunheads was so good. I actually watched it a couple of weeks ago on line at ABC Family, then watched it with my daughter, and last night again with my husband (who surprisingly said he'd watch it again. Each time I came away with something new. Loved that some of GG characters were there. Drea, the harp player as the hooker, and Gypsy the auto mechanic, Truly's friend/coworker. Also loved the terrible cut off shorts Michelle wore, just like the ones Loreli wore to Rory's first day at Chilton. Oh, I so missed ASP's unique writing style. I am so happy this show got picked up. The advertisements do NOT do it justice.

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While I loved Gilmore Girls, I hope that every review for Bunheads going forward does not contain belabored comparisons to Gilmore Girls. Different show, folks, time to move on.

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As a GG fan much was expected of Amy and she delivered. Sutton Foster was impressive and beautiful and those legs wow. I never much liked Kelly Bishop's GG mom as a character, the cold moms aint my cup of tea but am looking forward to a character of hers that I can connect more to. Seeing these young girls reminds me of when my daughter was their age. Seeing all that vulnerability and energy and sweetness in Boo brought back some pleasant memories. I must say I had my doubts about this new marriage and it makes some sense to me that they are probably knocking off the lead guy right off the bat. He makes more sense as a plot device to land Michelle in a place she can give her life direction, maybe find meaning in something and still be funny adorable and dance like crazy.




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