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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.

Fall TV 2010: My Review of CW’s Gossip Girl

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, NYU is out, Columbia is in, but first Gossip Girl’s queen bees are going to Paris, will it be a magical trip….

What CW Says about Paris episodes:

The CW’s pop culture phenom GOSSIP GIRL is leaving the Upper East Side behind and jetting off to Paris to kick off season four in the City of Light. Series stars Blake Lively, Leighton Meester and Ed Westwick will be filming on location in Paris in early July for the first two episodes of the season. GOSSIP GIRL airs Monday nights (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) on The CW.

In the season four premiere, GOSSIP GIRL will find a radiant Serena van der Woodsen (Lively) and Blair Waldorf (Meester) enjoying their grand and romantic summer in Paris. However, Serena and Blair will be in for a few big OMG surprises when a friend from home mysteriously appears on the scene.

“Paris has always been the ultimate extension of our GOSSIP GIRL world — the home of high fashion, Michelin star restaurants, chic night clubs, and Blair’s favorite sweet (macaroons, of course!),” says executive producer Stephanie Savage. “We’re thrilled to be able to share with our fans that this fall GOSSIP GIRL is going to Paris. We hope that they’ll come along with Blair, Serena and Chuck for the first two episodes of season four.”

Tune In: I was an absent watcher during season three, gave up after the premiere when it became more about the outrageous then the rich, New York teen lifestyle. Now in season 4, the team wanted the change it up, and with the first two episodes, we head to Paris with Serena and Blair, so they can find some new inspiration. The episodes are certainly visually pleasing, with great shots of landmarks used in subtle ways. Paris is not the only setting however, we continue to have an eye in New York with new recurring star Katie Cassidy (Melrose Place) is an amazing young talent in a mysterious role with Nate. While I love Katie…

Tune Out: I am not really sure what her role is here and it kinda bugged me, the New York subplots were a little tedious for my taste with it pretty much being what Gossip Girl does best, tons of phone calls without much action.

Watch, Record, Skip: Although it’s not the teen drama it was in season one, these episodes are some of the better installments and I would certainly save them up on the DVR.

Fall TV 2010: My Review of CW’s Nikita

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, CW 2nd and last new show of the fall pulls to our screens tonight in the way of a familiar name, Nikita….

What the CW Says:

When she was a deeply troubled teenager, Nikita was rescued from death row by a secret U.S. agency known only as Division, who faked her execution and told her she was being given a second chance to start a new life and serve her country. What they didn’t tell her was that she was being trained as a spy and assassin. Ultimately, Nikita was betrayed and her dreams shattered by the only people she thought she could trust. Now, after three years in hiding, Nikita is seeking retribution and making it clear to her former bosses that she will stop at nothing to expose and destroy their covert operation. For the time being, however, Division continues to recruit and train other young people, erasing all evidence of their former lives and turning them into cold and efficient killers. One of these new recruits, Alex, is just beginning to understand what lies ahead for her and why the legendary Nikita made the desperate decision to run. The series stars Maggie Q as Nikita, Lyndsy Fonseca as Alex, Shane West as Michael, Aaron Stanford as Birkhoff, Ashton Holmes as Thom, Tiffany Hines as Jaden, with Melinda Clarke as Amanda and Xander Berkeley as Percy.

Tune In: I have never seen another Nikita series, so all I am basing this review on is the new CW pilot airing tonight at 9/8c staring Maggie Q.

Nikita works so, so well, and that is mostly all due the action packed nature of its star Maggie Q, who while kicking and punching delivers emotion and depth to her betrayed character. The pilot however features a very unexpected ending and is very much more than a Nikita-fronted series. The series also co-stars Lyndsy Fonseca (How I Met Your Mother) as Alex, a newbie to the program that is hiding a lot more than she lets on to her teachers played by Xander Berkley, Shane West, and the tough Melinda Clarke. Nikita is fun, but dark which goes perfectly with its lead in The Vampire Diaries.

Watch, Record, Skip? Watch, watch, watch. The Nikita pilot is a uniquely structured thrill ride that is not aimed for 40-something males rather a younger generation of action seekers and intrigue seekers a like. Nikita airs out of The Vampire Diaries tonight at 9/8c on the CW.

Fall TV 2010: My Review of CW’s Hellcats

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. First up, CW leads the network for premieres, starting with Hellcats….What the CW Says:

HELLCATS is a coming-of-age story about Marti Perkins, a young, pre-law student at LancerUniversity in Memphis, Tennessee. Marti is cool, hip and alt, but her world flips upside down, literally and figuratively, when she loses her scholarship, and realizes the only way she can stay in school is by reigniting her dormant teen gymnastic skills to win a place on Lancer’s legendary cheerleading team, The Hellcats. Against her every instinct, Marti goes for it and makes the squad, and is thrust into a world of camaraderie, backstabbing and the intersection of sports, backroom academia and big money. Marti’s new roommate, Savannah Monroe, a petite, peppy Texan, is among the diverse cast of athletes, undergrads, family and friends, all set on the sprawling campus of a powerhousecollege football program in the deep South. The series stars Aly Michalka as Marti Perkins, Ashley Tisdale as Savannah Monroe, Heather Hemmens as Alice Verdura, Robbie Jones as Lewis Flynn, Matt Barr as Dan Patch, with Sharon Leal as Vanessa Lodge and Gail O’Grady as Wanda Perkins.

Tune In: I think you can Hellcats, the first Glee-repeat for TV, after the FOX smash hit big last year and networks love to try to tap in to that frenzy. Hellcats does not rely of song but big cheer numbers to your favorite pop stars seem to headline the pilot, which airs tonight at 9/8c after Top Model.

Hellcats strength is in its fun of spotting familiar faces, like the leading lady Aly Michalka who you may know from one of Disney Channel’s best shows Phil of the Future, also in the cast is Battlestar Galactica‘s Aaron Douglas as seemingly the school villain. However, that is where the fun stops.

Tune Out: Tom Welling produced this CW drama, and I think he better stick to the sci-fi because Hellcats never connects and is a lackluster teen drama, that really fails in delivering the fun. The pilot is bleak and condescending both in its characters personalities and plot. The pilot never addresses why I should care for Marti, who seemingly has to become a cheerleader, but all of sudden becomes the leader. The connections just are not there.

Watch, Record, Skip?: The show certainly has its target audience and The CW was wise to air it out of the most competitive Top Model in a while but its nothing to DVR each week. Hellcats airs tonight at 9/8c on The CW.

New DVD’s for Fall: Families and Vamps

I know in the past week or two I have really made some progress getting stuff done and that has included doing some catch-ups for the fall season.

Tuesday, The Middle and The Vampire Diaries release their complete first seasons, and they both have one thing in common for me, they were both shows I had no interest going in to last year and by May, loved them.

The Middle is a more traditional family comedy than its hyped network companion Modern Family, but that tradition presents the love and quality you loved in the 1990s. Patricia Heaton and her whole family gel and move with problems beautifully and you would be very wise to add this DVD with features that focus on the lovely Sue and the troubled journey it took to get this to series.

The Vampire Diaries took a more tricky journal in my fall season last year. I watched the pilot the previous summer and despised every minute of it and even though I should I have listen to my better judgement gave it three more episodes to get better, than three more, then by December, I found myself remembering and liking what was happening. The series grew of a big cliché into something, compelling, fascinating, with strong personalities and good-looking ones at that. All 22 episodes are in the set along with lengthy features on many aspects of production, gag reels, webisodes, commentary, plus as a bonus an audiobook of one of the novels it is based by L.J Smith.

Another Tuesday, another reason to catch-up on fall TV!

Rockin’ Wednesday: Human Target, Scrubs, Psych, and High Society

Some great things to talk about:

Scrubs – 8/7c on ABC What will most certainly be the penultimate episode of this once fantastical funny series airs tonight part of the ABC comedy Wednesday. Last year’s “My Finale,” was one of the best series finales for a comedy I have ever seen and it is just a shame it did not end there but here’s to having Eliza Coupe back on my TV again soon! Also on ABC, is a very funny The Middle guest starring Alexa Vega’s Axel’s gal-pal in a very funny role, Judy Greer guests on the Middle, and Cougar Town gets ready for Sheryl Crow next week!

Human Target – 8/7c on FOX I have checked out the next two episode’s of the FOX action drama that has been garnering modest ratings before the powerhouse that is AI. I am happy to say the show returns in a solid outing that revolves around an old friend of Chance in a Central American country and lets just say things get very explosive in the best possible way. Next week however is stellar, with Agent Barnes (Emmanuelle Vaugier) returning to help Chance catch an old friend turner killer (Lennie James). Great hour you will have to check out.

Psych – 10/9c on USA Psych did a season finale right last year (evidence is here) and that streak continuous tonight in a killer episode entitled, “Mr. Yin Presents…” It is a follow-up to last year’s serial killer-after-Shawn episode which found his mom being controlled by Mr. Yang aka Ally Sheedy (She plays a great psychopath). She returns tonight as the crew goes after her accomplice who is once again tormenting Shawn and his friends. The episode is also one for you love lovers. Both Shawn and Juliet get some powerful moments in the episode which just left me loving this show like never before, and just craving new episodes which arrive this August. Must-see TV if anything is tonight!

High Society – 9:30/8:30c on The CW Check out my clip post from last week and now that I have seen the first two episodes I can say it is a fun guilty pleasure. I know that term has really been thrown around lately but this is one. It contains drugs, love, fights, happiness, and angry, what more could you want? Tinsley Mortimer, the socialite it surrounds, is charming, and her friends (Paul, most of all) are pretty dang crazy. You might want to check this one out!

Monday Reminder: Changes and Returns

How was everyone’s weekend? Is anybody attending what sounds like an awesome PaleyFest 2010? I for one am pretty busy this time a year and so is new television. Of course your usual monday affairs are new tonight including the best Chuck ever, new CBS comedies, and the return of Gossip Girl which lost my interest in the fall.

Life Unexpected is getting better and better each week and last week’s “Crisis Unaverted” showcased the fantatics acting between Kerr Smith and Shiri Appleby as well as the chemistry with Baze in teh mix. The show continues until its finale on April 19th but from now on it will do so at 8/7c, one hour earlier on the CW. Tonight’s “Bride Unbridled,” Lux is back living at Baze’s and mixing it up with Jones, the hot quarterback, after Bug has left. Below check out an intro to the episode by the awesome creator Liz Tigelaar!

Tonight also marks the return of two dramas, first on NBC, Trauma is back from the brink of cancellation, and was actually picked up for more episodes after being cancelled. It is most certainly because NBC needed filler but I took time to watch two new episodes airing on March 15th and 22nd. The show is not half-bad and does a great job with the actual “trauma” of it all but I still feeling the characters are not as engaging as I would like them to be and the relationships forced. Only time will tell if viewers will latch on with the return and I am still undecided if I will as well.

Castle on ABC is also back and far from cancellation. The ratings are growing and in two weeks will feature a two parter airing after Desperate Housewives on Sunday, and then on Monday, and will including DH‘s Dana Delany. Tonight, the throughly enjoyable prodederal, goes deep into underground sex world in the city at 10/9c. Intriguing huh?