ABC Family has green-lit a new show from the creator of The Gilmore Girls for a full series. Amy Sherman-Palladino's Bunheads is set to begin production this spring with Tony-winning stage actor Sutton Foster in the lead role. The scripted drama follows a Las Vegas showgirl who marries a small town guy on a whim and moves to his rural home, where she begins teaching dance.
The green light is the latest in a string at ABC Family. Baby Daddy and reality series Beverly Hills Nannies (both set for springtime production starts, as well) were recently given the go-ahead at the network, as was a fifth season of The Secret Life of the American Teenager.
The network is touting both Sherman-Palladino's involvement and Foster's performance in the new series, both of which they predict will appeal to its base. Though the Anything Goes singer/actor/dancer has appeared in guest spots on HBO's Flight of the Conchords and NBC's Law & Order: SVU, Bunheads will be her largest television role to date.
"[Sherman-Palladino's] vision for Bunheads aligns beautifully with our brand," said ABC Family programming head Kate Juergens, adding that she was sure the net's audience of millennials would go for Foster "the same way Broadway has.”