, a couple pages back:
There are a lot of elements to the dance world that aren't very ABC-Family-Friendly (just as a for instance, eating-disorders, body issues, intense appearance pressures) ...and I am a little leery of seeing those sugar-coated too much, or worse -- denied entirely. So the ballet and dance focus might not hold me for long, but we'll see.
If "Make It or Break It" is any indication, ABC Family should allow ASP to deal with the tough side of dance fairly well (should they choose to go down that road, which I agree they should for the sake of realism). For those who haven't watched it, MIOBI follows a group of elite gymnasts hoping to qualify for the US Olympic team. Last season, they dealt extensively with the eating disorder of one girl and the road back to health after a very serious gymnastics injury of another. It wasn't "Little Girls in Pretty Boxes," but they did handle it all in a fairly truthful and straightforward manner. In particular, the eating disorder was sensitively dealt with, complete with the girl hiding it well, being discovered, faking that she'd overcome the problem after finally being put in rehab and eventually having to face the problem head-on. Recovery took months, not the usual "very special episode" many series devote to a problem. If "Bunheads" doesn't deal with the difficult real-life problems of dancers, it won't be because ABC Family has a problem with it.
That being said, I can't help but admit that I'm a tad more interested in "Breaking Pointe," the CW reality show about Ballet West. I mean, I'm sure I'll like "Bunheads" for different reasons; I was a big GG fan. But "Breaking Pointe" is going to offer up one heck of a contrast, I'm sure.
Edited by ThatGrrl, May 7, 2012 @ 11:56 AM.