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LIFE UNEXPECTED is an Unexpected Treat for TV Fans (Watch First Ten Minutes)

January 18, 2010 by  

One of the best new shows of the Winter TV season is The CW’s Life Unexpected. This show is classic WB in the best possible way. At the core are strong characters who are finding their way through life through their relationships with others. With strong writing, fantastic acting, and good stories to be told, Life Unexpected fills a void I’ve felt since the days of Everwood, Felicity and Dawson’s Creek.

The show brings us into the world of Lux (Brittany Roberston, “Swingtown”), a girl who was given up for adoption at birth and has floated around from one miserable foster home to another her whole life. At 15 she’s ready to become an emancipated minor – a move that requires proof that she can survive on her own. Hoping to get the next stage of her life started, Lux sets out to track down the parents that gave her away so many years ago.

Lux’s journey brings her to the doorstep of Nathan “Baze” Bazile (Kristofer Polaha, “Mad Men”), a  former high school quarterback who now lives a life of leisure above the bar he owns (or rather his father owns). Not what one might deem Father of the Year material. Needless to say he is a bit taken back when the daughter he never knew arrives on his doorstep. But Lux is the one in for the real surprise when she discovers that her birth mother is Cate Cassidy, (Shiri Appelby, “Roswell”, “ER”) a morning radio host who Lux has listened to her whole life.

Cate and her co-host (on air and off) Ryan Thomas (Kerr Smith, “Dawson’s Creek”) are local celebrities whose personal and professional lives are in upheaval when Lux enters their lives.

When a judge refuses to emancipate Lux and awards temporary custody to Baze and Cate, the three plus Ryan, need to learn how to become a family. Not an easy task for any of them, but especially Lux who has never really had one before.

Life Unexpected shows us a world in which past mistakes don’t always come back to haunt you. Sometimes they come back to teach you things about yourself that you never knew. It’s the best new show of the winter season. A real win for The CW…and for fans of great storytelling.

The show premieres on The CW on Monday, January 18 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) and on March 8, Life Unexpected will move to the 8:00-9:00 p.m. timeslot.

If you listen to The TV Talk Podcast then you’ve heard great things about this show. Both Dan and I have seen the first three episodes and we are absolutely smitten. Now, courtesy of The CW, you can watch the first ten minutes of Life Unexpected right here, right now. Just enough to whet your appetite a bit.

Take a look and let me know what you think. Do you think Life Unexpected will be on your winter TV calendar next week? It will most definitely be on mine.


9 Responses to “LIFE UNEXPECTED is an Unexpected Treat for TV Fans (Watch First Ten Minutes)”

  1. Mohammad on January 12th, 2010 12:22 am

    the first ten minutes were great. i can’t wait!

  2. shump on January 12th, 2010 12:58 am

    I didn’t want to be too spoiled so i only watched a minute. I’m definitely adding it to my [embarrassingly] busy viewing schedule.

  3. Give Me My Remote on January 12th, 2010 6:07 am

    So glad you liked in Mohammad.

    Shump, as long as you’re watching, it’s all good that you didn’t watch.

  4. Elizabeth on January 12th, 2010 8:47 am

    Okay, you did it, you convinced me to watch three hours of Chuck over the last two days, and now you convinced me to watch this. Looks really good though, can’t wait.

  5. strunkette on January 12th, 2010 9:59 am

    I watched the first 10 minutes 3 times yesterday 🙂 Mainly because the facebook page didn’t allow me to pause it and I was at work. I’m really excited for this show! My question is does it premiere next week? My Dish Schedule says it is episode 2 but we haven’t seen one…

  6. Cashmere on January 15th, 2010 5:10 pm

    I’ve listened to your reviews and as I know you are pretty objective and were very enthusiastic with Life, I can’t wait to see this.!

  7. Sarah (seeleybaby) on January 18th, 2010 10:52 am

    I am very excited about this show, but honestly don’t know much about it. But I like the idea of it, and Kath, I trust you when you say it’s great! Like good old fashioned WB good! 🙂

    On a quick note, I clicked on the link from today (monday’s) TV spotlight, and i got an error message. I was able to click on the link at the side of the page, the recent posts section, and maybe it was just when I clicked it once, but i thought I’d let you know.

  8. Sarah (seeleybaby) on January 18th, 2010 10:30 pm

    i LOVED it!

    Thanks, Kath, for bringing it to our attention. I loved it. LOVED it.

  9. Elena on January 18th, 2010 11:28 pm

    thanks for the tip! watched it and loved it!