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Sutton Foster Talks Younger and Bunheads at ATX Television Festival

Actress Sutton Foster chats about her new role in "Younger" and the possibility of returning to the stage.  Read More...

Bunheads Creator, Stars Spill Secrets from the Short-Lived ABC Family Series

Its been twoyears and four-ish months sincethe ladies of ABC Familys Bunheads danced their way off of our screens (thoughneverout of our hearts). So, what are the former residents of Paradise up to now? That was one of the many questions fieldedbythe showscreator Amy Sherman-Palladino, who was joined by three of its stars Sutton Foster, []

Weekend Binge Guide: January 2015

Have the weekend free? Going out is overrated! Binge-watch one of these shows instead:   If you want to laugh:   Brooklyn Nine-Nine See all reviews for Brooklyn Nine-Nine In catching up with this show the other day, I announced to the world that I thought Brooklyn Nine-Nine  was the legitimate heir to the glory that was  NewsRadio . I'm sorry if you're unfamiliar with  NewsRadio , but basically, it was the best workplace comedy of the '90s (#90skid) and it was filled with wonderful, uniquely hilarious characters.  Brooklyn Nine-Nine  is the same — except with guns!       If you want to cry:   Bunheads See all reviews for Bunheads This quiet tragicomedy lasted only one terrific season, but that's no reason you shouldn't watch it. From the mind behind  Gilmore Girls  (and with some of the same cast),  Bunheads  follows Michelle (Broadway vet Sutton Foster) from Las Vegas to the sleepy California town of Paradise, where she ends up co-directing a dance studio with her mother-in-law after SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER. It sounds insufferable, I know, but it's really just a delightful trifle that has the ability to break your heart once an episode.     If you want to scream:   Fringe See all reviews for  Fringe Take it from an expert: Do not watch  Fringe  while eating. Giant worms erupt from (living) bodies, people disintegrate/explode, and well, it's just gross a lot of the time! But it was also one of the more fully-realized sci-fi serials of the last decade. It's a marriage of monsters, technology, transhumanism, and parallel worlds — and what  doesn't  sound fun about that? Oh, right, the giant worms and exploding bodies. But that's what you're looking for, right?      If you want to think:   Louie See all reviews for  Louie If you think  Louie  is a comedy, you're... half right. It has comedic elements, sure, and it's based on Louis C.K.'s standup, but it's really more of an exploration of humanity, and one that gets exceedingly dark at times. It plays with form, eschewing the hypercontintinuity of most millennial series, and each episode feels more like a miniature film thesis than a standard sitcom. It attacks existentialism, suicide, aging, and insecurity, and it sets the standard for quality in a way that most "serious" shows would kill for.     Leah E. Friedman  is the editor of You can follow her musings on  Twitter .

SideReel's Inaugural Summer Binge-Watching List

Summer reading! This yearly ritual designed to make sure your brain doesn't liquify in the July heat hasn't changed much over the last half-century. Sure, the lists may have been updated (if you're lucky), yet the process remains the same. Why not start a revolution?! TV is basically the greatest invention in the history of mankind (I'm not even being hyperbolic), and the staff here at SideReel is firmly of the opinion that it's time to start treating it as the literary medium that it is. We've put together suggestions for replacements to popular entries on summer reading lists. Binge away!   Book: Catcher in the Rye Watch Instead: Bunheads Why: Catcher is about how a self-indulgent boarding school runaway doesn't want to be a "phony." As a self-indulgent boarding school graduate, I can tell you that we're not really that interesting. Teen problems, while seemingly all-encompassing, are actually usually pretty boring—and so is this book. Bunheads , on the other hand, is about serious teen (and adult!) problems, but it's also a goddamn delight to watch, with its snappy, pop culture-y dialogue, dance sequences, and legitimately great performances. Plus, there are only 18 episodes, so you'll breeze through it (and then you'll be sad that there isn't more).   Book: The Hunger Games Watch Instead: The 100 Why: Why skip The Hunger Games , you ask? "I mean, it's a for real cultural phenomenon and the movies are great, and they star my girlfriend, Jennifer Lawrence!" — You. I'll let you in on a secret! You should skip reading this best-selling trilogy because we, as a species, have evolved past reading. According to this CW show, in the near-future, instead of pitting teens against each other in a sad, weird, battle to the death, we'll simply jettison 100 of the most attractive ones from our overcrowded and material-lacking space station and see if they survive on the surface of the planet we abandoned after destroying it! I mean, what?! That's some way crazier stuff right there.   Book: The Fault in Our Stars Watch Instead: 16 and Pregnant Why: There's teen tragedy and there's teen tragedy, and while 16 and Pregnant may not have makeout sessions at the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam, it WILL leave you with an uncomfortable ulcer on your soul. Real problems on this show include: poverty, homelessness, parental abandonment, and not being able to attend prom. In search of a happy ending? Read the book about teens facing their mortality. Want to feel like society is dying? Watch 16 and Pregnant .   Book: A Song of Ice and Fire Watch Instead: Game of Thrones Why: Honestly? You're never going to finish these books. It is literally impossible.         Book: Gone Girl Watch Instead: True Detective Why: Shifting crime narratives and unreliable narrators are great, and the first season of True Detective can stand up there with any of the best such novels. It's got innovative cinematography, beyond fantastic performances from Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, and much like Gone Girl it wants to destroy your faith in humanity! The book may indicate what evil lurks in the hearts of men (and women!), but this show will… uh… show it to you—and you'll like it.   Book: The Kite Runner Watch Instead: Broadchurch Why: Fathers and sons, familial disintegration, guilt, obligation, soul-crushing violence: Broadchurch has it all (with the notable exception of kites). OK, it doesn't take place against the tumultuous backdrop of Afghani politics (it takes place in Britain), but it's all pretty horrifying nonetheless. As a bonus, it stars the internet's favorite Doctor, David Tennant, as a sad, guilt-ridden detective in search of redemption, so… yay(!)(?)   Book: The Help Watch Instead: Mad Men Why: The entire history of America before the 1960s was pretty awful for everyone who wasn't white, male, and Christian. And then, as my mom likes to point out, the Baby Boomers (aka The Most Boastful Generation) changed the world! Both The Help and Mad Men focus on those changes, and if you're really into the idea of revenge via pies made of poop, The Help is for you! If you prefer a more subtle examination of society, Mad Men is the easy choice.   Book: Life of Pi Watch Instead: Adventure Time Why: Magical realism has a long and proud literary tradition, but this mostly comes down to issues of geography. Life of Pi is a tale of morality that takes place almost entirely in the middle of the ocean. While, I mean, sure, who doesn't love being left alone on a raft with nothing but a tiger and her thoughts, some of us might prefer a frozen, post-apocalyptic wasteland that can be wandered in the company of a smart-mouthed, size-shifting dog. Questions of ethics and morality just go down better when vast landscapes (and cartoons) are involved.   Book: Pride and Prejudice Watch Instead: Trophy Wife Why: I'm pretty sure that one of Jane Austen's most famous quotes is "Every single person in the world is a mortifying mess, especially when trying to impress a romantic partner's family and/or when simply existing." I wouldn't Google that or anything, but just take my word for it (I have a lit degree—two actually). Pride and Prejudice is aces as books go, don't get me wrong, but the gone-too-soon Trophy Wife is what Austen wouldhave come up with today. Malin Akerman as a third wife and step-mom who just wants people to think she's cool? A universal story if there ever was one.   Book: The Great Gatsby Watch Instead: House of Cards Why: Beautiful, powerful people doing bad things? Complete corruption? Trials of love and devotion? Moral decay? Cool kid parties? The greatest of Great American Novels might have all of these things, but here's something it doesn't have: bonafide national treasure KEVIN SPACEY WITH A SOUTHERN DRAWL. End. Of. Discussion.     Book: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore Watch Instead: Penny Dreadful Why: Mr. Penumbra is a book that totally wants to have a cool, vaguely creepy mystery at its core. It utterly fails! Go back to the era of epic gothic weirdness with the terrifically sexy Penny Dreadful . It's got demon sex, vampires, Frankenstein, and it takes place in foggy Victorian London instead of foggy present-day San Francisco. And when was the last time we got to watch a character waste away from tuberculosis? Tuberculosis > no tuberculosis when it comes to creepy mysteries.   Leah E. Friedman  is the editor of Some of her best friends are English teachers. You can follow her musings on  Twitter .

Video: Bunheads' Bailey Buntain Makes Her Baby Daddy Debut

Bunheads '   Bailey Buntain  is a little more than Ben bargained for on  Baby Daddy . On Wednesday's episode (8:30/7:30c, ABC Family), the former ballerina guest-stars as Bailey, a fast-talking spitfire whom Bonnie ( Melissa Peterman ) sets up with her son Ben ( Jean-Luc Bilodeau ). When Ben suddenly realizes Bailey is pretty much the mini-version of his mom, he tries to break up with her — but to no avail.   Read More...

Bunheads' Nathan Parsons Joins True Blood Season 7 as Luke Grimes' Replacement for James

Luke Grimes is out, and Nathan Parsons is in! The former Bunheads actor joins the cast of True Blood's seventh and final season as the replacement for Grimes' character James. Goodbye Luke Grimes, Hello Nathan Parsons! True Blood has recast vampire James. TV Line reports that Bunheads actor, Nathan Parsons will take over the series-regular role for the 7th and final season of the HBO drama. Grimes, who played the soulful vampire in season six, reportedly asked to be released from his contract due to the creative direction of his character. Grimes is also busy filming the Fifty Shades if Grey film adaptation, in which he will play Christian Grey's brother Elliot. So what's planned for James in season 7? Looks like a love triangle! And probably some more brooding. Let us know your thoughts on the recast in the comments below and stick with us at Celebified for more TV scoop!

'Bunheads' Sutton Foster to Star in TV Land's Darren Star Pilot (Exclusive)

Bunheads star Sutton Foster has found her next small-screen gig. The actress has been tapped to star in TV Land's Darren Star pilot Younger , The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Based on the novel of the same name by Pamela Redmond Satran , Younger tells the story of a suddenly single New Jersey housewife and mother in her early 40s who, unable to restart her career, decides to lie about her age and successfully passes herself off as a 20-something. Armed with a makeover and new résumé, she wins a position at the city's hottest publishing company.  Read More...

Exclusive: Bunheads Star Looks for Love on Baby Daddy

  Bunheads  star  Bailey Buntain  is heading to ABC Family's  Baby Daddy , has learned exclusively. Buntain will play Bailey, a fast-talking, vivacious spitfire who is dating Ben ( Jean-Luc Bilodeau ). The only problem? Ben soon realizes that Bailey is essentially the younger version of his mother Bonnie ( Melissa Peterman ).   Read More...

'Bunheads' video: 'A Farewell to Bunheads' dance

"Bunheads" may be over, but the kids are still dancing. A video put together by the series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino gives us a dance compilation called "A Farewell to Bunheads."The video was filmed on Aug. 17, long after ABC Family canceled the single-season show. In it, the young dancers who made up Miss Fanny's studio wander into a fairly empty room and then proceed to perform. Those who watched the dance numbers obsessively should catch more than one reference to several "Bunheads" pieces. Sasha's "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" dance, for example, gets the repeat treatment.Most of the young dancers and actors from the series are here. Bailey Buntain (Ginny), Julia Goldani Telles (Sasha), Kaitlyn Jenkins (Boo, who unfortunately couldn't perform because of an injury) and Jeanine Mason (Cozette) are joined by those seen mostly in the background of the show itself: Matisse Love, Ra'Jahnae "Rae Rae" Patterson, Colleen Craig, Maine Kawashima, Eli Gruska, Adam Bernstein, Edgar...

Bunheads Canceled! ABC Family Decides Against Renewing the Dance Drama for Season 2

Bye bye Bunheads! ABC Family has decided to officially cancel the ballerina-centric drama after just one season. The network issued a statement that read "Bunheads is a wonderful series that we are very proud to have aired. We took extra time to try and find ways to bring the series back for another season, but in the end it simply wasn't possible." The news comes just one week after fellow ABC Family series The Lying Game was also given the axe -- will you miss Bunheads and the Paradise Dance Academy crew? Sound off in the comments and stick with us at Celebified for more of the latest TV scoop.