Save 'Bunheads'! 5 Ways To Keep the ABC Family Show on the Air

I'm not going to sugarcoat things for you, fellow bunheads, this isn't looking good. In spite of raves from such reputable publications as Time, The New Yorker, Slate and New York Magazine, Bunheads continues its gradual descent into prematurely cancelled cult show status. Sets have been torn down, Sutton Foster has announced performances in NY over the next few months, and ABC Family has managed to produce a group of summer-premiere competitors that are just salacious and OMG-friendly enough to knock Bunheads out of the running permanently. But if there's one thing that Amy Sherman-Palladino has taught us, it's that it always takes the world a little while to catch up with fast-talking, disorientingly intelligent women. That means it's up to us to make sure that the best show since Gilmore Girls stays on the air. Here's the gameplan, guys:

'Bunheads' Is in TV Limbo Indefinitely

I'm not going to sugarcoat things for you, fellow bunheads, this isn't looking good. In spite of raves from such reputable publications as Time, The New Yorker, Slate and New York Magazine, Bunheads continues its gradual descent into prematurely cancelled cult show status. Sets have been torn down, Sutton Foster has announced performances in NY over the next few months, and ABC Family has managed to produce a group of summer-premiere competitors that are just salacious and OMG-friendly enough to knock Bunheads out of the running permanently. But if there's one thing that Amy Sherman-Palladino has taught us, it's that it always takes the world a little while to catch up with fast-talking, disorientingly intelligent women. That means it's up to us to make sure that the best show since Gilmore Girls stays on the air. Here's the gameplan, guys:

Drop ABC Family an Angry Line

Normally I'd say that contacting network executives is a colossal waste of time and dignity, but with people as confused as the execs at ABC Family are, I think an onslaught of angry calls from viewers might be exactly what they need. I'd advise avoiding phrases like, "YOU'RE RUINING MY LIFE" or physical threats of any sort, but hey, do what you gotta do.

Sometimes Retweets Really Do Mean Endorsements

The most obvious proof that ABC Family is completely disinterested in the quality of its programming is the abundance of respected, professional TV critics who are backing us up on this one and have gone totally ignored. Here's Vulture.com worrying as much as we are, , Here is the New Yorker's Emily Nussbaum's brilliant review of the show back in 2012, over at Time we have an article devoted to the 'importance' of Bunheads, and here is Slate's David Weigel aptly naming it the 'best show on televison'. Read 'em and tweet 'em.

Sign At Least One Petition, Because Why Not?

Say what you will about petitions being useless, and you'll probably be about 90 percent correct, but what does signing a petition really take? About 30 seconds out of your day, that's what. And probably some ballerina-themed spam, but is there any better type of spam, really?

Stop Watching 'Bunheads' Sad Competitors

As tough as it might be to miss your weekly dose of attractive teenagers plotting murders and participating in predictable love triangles, maybe skip new episodes of anything on ABC Family that has a title with the word "lie" or "twist" in it, or anything produced by J. Lo. The network is waiting on summer ratings to decide the official fate of Bunheads, so now is the time be a TV snob.

Drink Out of a 'Bunheads' Mug Around Your Office

The assortment of Bunheads

merchthat ABC Family produced is pretty disappointing but totally unsurprising. Note that the show Baby Daddy, whatever that is, has its own adorable baby onesies and matching aprons. Regardless of the quality, though, Bunheads mugs and tees are great opportunities to tell your friends and co-workers way more about the show than they ever cared to know. images: ABC Family