It looks like we weren't the only ones who couldn't get enough of the AOL online series city.ballet. The Sarah Jessica Parker-produced docudrama following New York City Ballet dancers has been renewed for a second season.
In a way, we're not surprised. The show painted a compellingly intimate portrait of life as a professional ballet dancer—its struggles and triumphs, big and small. And New York City Ballet's artists are smart, charismatic, and fabulously talented, all of which make for great viewing.
NYCB's Sara Mearns in a still from city.ballet.
But a look at the larger picture reveals just how remarkable the renewal actually is. Of the 13 web series AOL commissioned last year as part of its first venture into original programming, only two—city.ballet. and #CandidlyNicole, starring Nicole Richie—were granted a second season. That means city.ballet. beat out shows starring the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Jonathan Adler, Hank Azaria and Roco DiSpirito. The power of ballet, ladies and gentlemen!
No word yet on when the second season will air—or if its episodes, like those of the first season, will all be released on the same day. We'll keep you posted. In the meantime, you can watch the complete first season right here.
Frederic Franklin in Valerie Bettis' A Streetcar Named Desire (1952). Photo courtesy DM Archives
In the June 1974 issue of Dance Magazine, our cover subject was the endlessly charming Frederic Franklin, then 60 years old. After declaring at the age of 4 that he was "going to be in the theater," the Liverpool-born dancer spent a lifetime doing exactly that.