Newswire: ABC orders new ballet dramedy, just taunting Bunheads fans now

It’s been a while since the folks overseeing ABC and its sister network, ABC Family, got to indulge one of their favorite past-times: twisting the knife for fans of Amy Sherman-Palladino’s long-lamented ballet dramedy Bunheads. But now, with the news that ABC has fought for and acquired the rights to a new show based on the seriocomic adventures behind the scene of a tutu-laden dance troupe, it seems like that hour has come around again.

After what Deadline reports as a fierce bidding war, ABC has picked up the rights to British reality series Big Ballet, with an eye toward transforming the program into a scripted tale. The original program, which aired last year on Channel 4, invited larger-than-average amateur dancers to mount a performance of Swan Lake, assisted by professional choreographers and ballerinas. ABC (and executive producers Liz Heldens and Sue Naegle) will presumably take that premise …

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