There was something unfortunate that happened with “Bunheads” during its summer season on ABC Family; while we understand some of the controversy floating around regarding the lack of diversity on the ballet-themed series, it also took attention away from the fact that this was one of the best new scripted family shows of the year. Executive producer Amy Sherman-Palladino managed to craft another series that had elements of what made “Gilmore Girls” great, but also enough of something different to make us feel as though this was something separate from her past work.
Now, TVLine is reporting that a pair of African-American siblings named Maggie and Jack are being cast for roles in the upcoming spring version of the show. Although it is unclear if they will be a part of the same company as our leads, the show is looking for actors with ballet experience.
While there were a number of critics about the lack of diversity on this show all around the internet, it really did not become an issue until “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes took to Twitter and explained that she did not want her daughter watching the show without some sort of representation of herself and her background on the show. Rhimes’ shows are known for being extremely diverse not only when it comes to race, but also sexuality and with gender roles. But is it the interpretation of the viewer as to what is better that matters most? That seems to be the most important thing in this industry, and we hope that “Bunheads” fans come to love these characters without the history that predates their casting.
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