If ABC Family's small-town ballet dramedy Bunheads concluded on its first season's finale, which aired in February, ultimately TV watchers would recover. Like Freaks and Geeks before it, Bunheads ended on a quiet note. There were no major cliffhangers to be resolved, just a tearful admission. But Bunheads's fate, which is still hanging in the balance at the network, has nevertheless become the impassioned cause of TV writers.
Just today, Todd VanDerWerff issued the latest plea to save Bunheads on the AV Club, writing "probably the best argument to make at this point is the qualitative one: This show is so good that ABC Family should renew it simply on those grounds." VanDerWerff is certainly not alone in his crusade. The New Yorker's Emily Nussbaum has been a champion of the show since its beginning. Immediately after the finale aired, Time's TV critic James Poniewozik wrote a story about the show's "importance." Kate Aurthur at BuzzFeed has been tracking its renewal status. Last week Denise Martin of Vulture explained why there's a chance it could still come back.
But it's not just writers and critics campaigning to save Bunheads. There are myriad Tumblr posts and Twitter petitions from all sorts of civilians, too. People have tried to read the signs — analyzing star Sutton Foster's concert schedule, fretting over the fact that the show no longer has its studio space, etc. — but the show's future remains agonizingly unclear. There have been some indications that we will finally learn the show's fate this month, so we can only wait, and hope.