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Fall TV 2010: My Review of Season Two of CW’s Life Unexpected

With the new fall season starting, new TV is bring us the good, the bad, and the mediocre, but how do you sort out the good and the bad? Here is what to watch this fall, so you can see the best new friendships, new loves, new action, and new heart. Now, after last year’s sweet year one will Lux and her unstable family find happiness in year number two…

What the CW Says:

Returning for a second season, LIFE UNEXPECTED is a coming-of-age family drama that centers around 16-year-old Lux, who was given up for adoption at birth but never adopted. When she is put back into the custody of her estranged-since-high-school birth parents, radio show host Cate and bartender Baze, the three form an unlikely family, complicated by the fact that Cate is engaged to her co-host, Ryan. Cate and Baze struggle with becoming insta-parents and raising a daughter they are only now getting to know, while Ryan must deal with the fact that Cate’s feelings for Baze aren’t entirely in the past. Lux, meanwhile, tries to reconcile her past with her present, often torn between her old friends from foster care and her new family. As the unlikely trio begins to grow up together, Lux encourages Baze to reveal what she already knows – that he is in love with Cate, just like a part of Cate is in love with him. Baze tries to stop Cate’s wedding, but when he’s too late, Cate marries Ryan. Heading into next season, our unlikely threesome become a foursome as Ryan joins the family. The series stars Shiri Appleby as Cate Cassidy, Kristoffer Polaha as Nate “Baze” Bazile, Britt Robertson as Lux, Austin Basis as Math and Kerr Smith as Ryan Thomas. LIFE UNEXPECTED is produced by CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television in association with Mojo Films with executive producers Liz Tigelaar (“Brothers and Sisters,” “What About Brian”) and Gary Fleder (“October Road”).

When I settled in to watch the second season premiere of CW’s underrated family drama the other day, I had no idea what I was in store for. Like none, I had no clue we would be shocked with some many life-changing moments for each of our major characters. Events that will make this season very different in the way we see these characters.

This is not to say, Life Unexpected will lose its quirk and charm. Lux is still a mature young woman, going to school, and staying happy with Bug. Lux relationship with her parents, however, has seemed to grow. A routine has grown with Cate and Baze, with Ryan still trying to get him out of their lives after their major at the end of last season, which seemed to go through with a major hit. In the premiere, Cate and Ryan return to the radio show to find a new addition, Amy Price-Fisher (above) is joining to program as a conservative talking head which sparks some problems. Plus, Arielle Keebler (The Vampire Diaries) is a new recurring player as the new bartender at Baze’s bar but she may be up to more than bartending. This season of Life Unexpected is sure to push the boundaries way more than I thought they would and I hope they can keep it up while keeping what made this show so special, its seemingly unpretentious feel, a earthy in tone drama that never wanted to be more than it was meant to me, and the premiere shows they kept that, wonderful in so many ways.

Watch, Record, Skip: Watch in any way you can, although the series was a critics darling last year, it barely was renewed and lets try to keep this unexpected (pun intended) gem on the air for years to come. Life Unexpected is back tomorrow on The CW at 9/8c following the One Tree Hill season premiere.

First Look: My Review of The CW’s Life Unexpected

It is rare on TV to find a show that just appeals to everything that makes you happy. Something that creates laughs, tears, thinking moments, and smiles, especially on a network that is known for smug rich kids. Life Unexpected on The CW is game changing is so many ways….

Life Unexpected comes from Liz Tigelaar, a writer/producer from such shows as Brothers and Sisters and American Dreams. It revolves around Lux (Brittany Robertson, a 16-year-old kid who has been in foster care since her parents (Shiri Appleby and Kristoffer Polaha) gave her up after they hooked up on prom night. Lux is looking to be emancipated but must have signatures for both her biological parents and she sets out to find them both. Her dad, Baze (Polaha), is a live in the moment bachelor, who lives above the bar he owns, and her mom Cate, is a popluar radio DJ in Portland, OR (where the show is set). Cate is engaged to her partner on the air Ryan (Kerr Smith), but when Lux shows up she is more than surprised. The series will follow Lux, as after the judge orders her to back in to the custody of her parents, as she manages her new school, rules, and much, much more.

The acting is pitch perfect. The lead, Brittany Robertson, who you may have seen in Swingtown or Dan in Real Life, is funny, sweet, and most of all genuine in her portrayal of a foster kid, while the rest of the supporting cast provides depth and humor to a touchy but touching subject.  The writing however is what really shines, with Liz Tigelaar’s words, that make you feel, make you care, and make you engaged, and combined with the blue, homey feel that Vancouver (where the show films but is said to be Portland) gives the show.

The first three episodes build on each other, with the first being mostly set up for what the series will become, and then in the second hour showing how the parents and Ryan will adjust to now have to care for a teenager that never has really had any stability in her life. Then in the third hour (the last that I saw), the show introduces us to back story, we meet Baze’s parents, as well as Cate’s mom played by the ever so great Cynthia Stevenson and her crazy sister.

The show also gives us look in to Lux’s past with her friends from the street, her boyfriend, Bug, and their struggles to lose a friend and trying to get her back again as she moves to bigger and hopefully better things. Lux is a teenager like no other, as she points out in the Pilot she is more of an adult then her parents and it creates for more grown-up high school drama, that we rarely see on television.

If you are a viewer of The CW, you might not expect a show like Life Unexpected to be on your screen. There are no preppy rich kids, we are not in LA or NYC, no maids, all there is a family. A mixed up family of teenagers, parents acting like teenagers, friends, and the wacky people around them. It is absolutely the best new show you will see in 2010, and if this show is any indication that television can be so special, authentic and honest, we will be very, very happy.

Please tune in this Monday at 9/8c on The CW, you will not be disappointed.