TV Show: Bunheads
Like/Don't Like: Conditional like, if only because it is so familiar
(NOTE: There is a big spoiler in this so stop reading if you haven't watched the first episode and are planning to. Or keep reading and just live with knowing.)
I don't normally review TV shows, simply because I don't usually start watching new TV shows. I don't like being committed to a show, even with the magic of the DVR. And also, it's tough to judge a show on just a few episodes. But this was created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, who created Gilmore Girls, and if there was one show that I loved and truly miss and wish that they would do a reunion special just so I can see how happy Luke and Loralei are right now that would be it. So I recorded the first two episodes and watched them tonight and am happy to report that this is Gilmore Girls on the west coast.
Proof: it has several actors from GG. Like Emily. And Gypsy. And Mitchum Huntsburger as a hippie barkeep. The same gal who did the music in GG is doing the music here, with similar guitar strumming and la-la-ing. It has the same rat-a-tat-tat dialogue that I loved in GG, with lots of pop culture references and sarcastic zingers. And Sutton Foster is a good fit for that, even though I hope she'll ease out of her Broadway broadness and into the subtleties you can get away with in television. So over all, I liked it, because it was so nicely familiar.
But here's where I object (And here's where the spoiler begins. You've been warned.) I do not think that I can get beyond Alan Ruck being given to us for one episode and then so abruptly taken away. When I saw that it was him I squealed, because who doesn't love Cameron? And he's such a sweetheart in the first episode. And now he's gone. Boo. I fear I will always think what might have been.