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'Bunheads' Series Premiere: Michelle Receives The Shock Of Her Life

Mon, June 11, 2012 10:00pm EDT by Andy Swift 29 Comments

What did you think of ABC Family’s newest series? Read our recap & give us your review!

Here’s a question for all you single ladies: Have you ever been so desperate that you’d actually consider dating a stalker? That’s the situation Las Vegas showgirl Michelle (Sutton Foster) found herself in on the June 11 series premiere of Bunheads, except she didn’t just date her stalker, Hubbell (Alan Ruck) — she married him!

Once the alcohol wore off, Michelle realized she may have made a mistake by packing up her feathers and moving to Alan’s sleepy coastal town — especially when she discovered he still lives with his high-strung mother Fanny (Kelly Bishop). And just as creator Amy Sherman-Palladino promised, the two women immediately butted heads, even in front of the whole town at Michelle and Alan’s wedding party.

Michelle also didn’t see eye-to-eye with Hubbell’s wackjob ex-girlfriend Truly (Friday Night Lights‘ Stacey Oristano), though the relationship between those two women is more awkward than anything else.

It wasn’t until Michelle found herself — a little tipsy, I might add — in Fanny’s dance studio that she really began to find her true calling in town. She quickly developed a friendly rapport with Fanny’s ballet students, putting them through an impromptu “audition” to give them a taste of what life as a dancer is really like. And in true TV fashion, Fanny happened to witness the whole thing.

Emily and Fanny eventually bonded over a dance — and a drink — but their momentary truce was quickly interrupted with some shocking news from Truly: Hubbell was in a car accident, and it’s unclear whether or not he made it out alive!

In case you didn’t see my original review of Bunheads, allow me to reiterate just how much I loved this pilot. The chemistry between Sutton and Kelly is electric, the scene with Sutton and the girls was totally engaging, and I’m dying — pun intended — to find out what happened to Hubbell.

What did you think of the series premiere? Has Bunheads secured a spot on your DVR, or are you choosing to pass? Drop me a comment with your review!

— Andy Swift