'Bunheads' creator Amy Sherman-Palladino on the diversity question: 'Keeping the pressure on is a good thing'

When "Bunheads" premiered on ABC Family last summer, an unexpected controversy emerged over the show's apparent lack of diversity in casting.At the 2013 TCA Winter Press Tour, creator Amy Sherman-Palladino addressed the issue after the panel presentation. "Our diversity mission is we care about diversity," Sherman-Palladino says. "We try to do the best that we can and make sure our world is representative."To that end the show paid attention to diversity in the casting of two new recurring characters for the second half of the first season -- "So You Think You Can Dance" winner Jeanine Mason plays a talented new ballerina who arrives in Paradise and Niko Pepaj landed the role of her hunky brother -- and continues to use a diverse range of real dance students as extras and featured dancers."The class that we use is Marat Daukayev School of Ballet in Los Angeles, and they're an incredible bunch of kids," Sherman-Palladino says....



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