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"Bunheads" Renewed For Another Season Amidst Accusations Of Racist Casting: Will The Second Season Of The ABC Family Show Feature Any Diversity?

By Cherisse Raghoo | March 14, 2013 11:32 AM EDT

"Bunheads," an American comedy that airs Monday nights on ABC Family, has been renewed for a second season according to Deadline.com, despite accusations of racist casting. 

Shonda Rhimes, the mega-producer behind "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal" famously accused the show of racist casting last summer on Twitter. 

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Hours after the show's June 11 premiere, Rhimes tweeted:

"Hey @abcfbunheads: really? You couldn't cast even ONE young dancer of color so I could feel good about my kid watching this show? NOT ONE?"

"Bunheads" executive producer Amy Sherman-Palladino, responded to charges of racist casting in a panel discussion on January 10. 

"I know the networks are under a lot of pressure to do [diversity], I think that's a good thing," Sherman-Palladino said.  "But being a writer who has gone in and tried to pitch shows for diverse actors and not being able to sell them, the pressure cannot just be on us to [cast] diverse actors, you have to develop those shows. Why is there no 'Cosby Show?'"

The show, which portrays a Las Vegas showgirl-turned-dance school teacher, lost 40 percent of its audience over the course of the first season, according to the New York Times.

Yet, the publication adds, the show "has the great merit of being unlike anything else on television at the moment. 'Bunheads' gets at what performance really means in its characters' lives rather than using it as a kind of artificial sweetener to stimulate the fantasies of the audience."

PerezHilton.com is delighted about the return of "Bunheads."

"Strap on your tutus because Bunheads ain't going nowhere!!!" the celebrity blogger wrote.

The series stars Sutton Foster, Kaitlyn Jenkins, Julia Goldani Telles, Bailey Buntain and Emma Dumont with guest star Kelly Bishop.

 

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