Executive Producer Amy Sherman-Palladino of “Bunheads” speaks onstage during the ABC portion of the 2013 Winter TCA Tour at Langham Hotel on January 10, 2013 in Pasadena, California.

*Last summer, TV producer Shonda Rhimes (“Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice”) took to Twitter to call out the executive producer of ABC Family’s new hit series “Bunheads” for the cast’s lack of diversity.

The show is set in a small-town ballet studio and run by “Gilmore Girls” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino. The first of 8 new episodes aired Monday.

The Rhimes tweet: “[email protected]: really? You couldn’t cast even ONE young dancer of color so I could feel good about my kids watching this show? Not ONE?”

Executive Producer Amy Sherman-Palladino of “Bunheads” (3rd from L) speaks onstage as actors (L-R) Bailey Buntain, Kaitlyn Jenkins, Sutton Foster, Julia Goldani Telles and Emma Dumont look on during the ABC portion of the 2013 Winter TCA Tour at Langham Hotel on January 10, 2013 in Pasadena

After Thursday’s TCA panel on “Bunheads,” the always-outspoken Sherman-Palladino told Deadline.com there are no planned cast changes or additions to the list of major characters on the show to add diversity in response to Rhimes’ criticisms.

“No because everybody’s not white,” said Sherman-Palladino when asked about cast additions. She said that, for dance class members, the show borrows from the Marat Daukayev School at the Dance Arts Academy in Hollywood, which includes a diverse group of dancers. “When I went to class, it could have been white sheets, Aryan nation. Ballet was a white, white world. This class is not like that.”

Sherman-Palladino said that diversity is important to “Bunheads” and should be a goal of TV in general, but she said such criticism is frustrating to her since she has tried — and failed — to launch projects with minority leads. She cited wanting to do a series with black actress Regina King, “who is untapped comedy gold,” but not being able to sell it.
“Look, the weird thing about diversity is, you’ll get these [network] notes like, ‘this person is diverse,’ and I’m like: ‘Really, because they live next door to a Chinese restaurant? ‘ “ Sherman-Palladino said. “I know the networks are under a lot of pressure to do that, I think that’s a good thing. But being a writer who has gone in and tried to pitch shows for diverse actors and not being able to sell them, the pressure cannot just be on us to [cast] diverse actors, you have to develop those shows. Why is there no Cosby Show? “

Sherman-Palladino acknowledged that she is frustrated to be criticized after attempting to sell shows with minority leads but added with a shrug: “But what are you going to do, get into a pissing match on Twitter?”

(Rhimes later backtracked a little on her tweet, saying that she didn’t object to her kids watching shows with white actors and praising ‘Bunheads’ for showing girls of diverse body types).