This is it, folks. Amidst all the hype and excitement, Life UneXpected will kick off on The CW tonight, and it's for fans to decide whether they are reminded of WB-era shows like Everwood and Gilmore Girls, or this show is just pure cheesiness.
The first nine minutes of the Life Unexpected pilot was made available on Entertainment Weekly, and my verdict so far - yes! It's so Gilmore Girls! And because we know the premise of the show, we see its promise, and we can feel the conflicts it is slowly building up - although there is a serenity to it, a non-Gossip Girl vibe, that is soothing.
On its opener, witty, wise-cracking Lux (Brittany Robertson) is two days away from turning 16 and, after 15 years of bouncing from one creepy foster family to another, she decides it's time to become free and get emancipated. She needs the signature of her birth parents to do so (she explains all the legalese in the first nine minutes, don't worry).
As it turns out, her daddy is an overgrown frat boy who can't bear the sight of her - Baze (Kristoffer Polaha) - while his mom is a semi-famous morning radio talk show host whom she listens to everyday - Cate (Shiri Appleby). Things would be OK, but the judge unexpected grants temporary joint custody to Nate and Cate, so they agree to make a belated attempt to give Lux the family she deserves.
Right off the bat, the writing is cute on Life Unexpected ("I'm kind of comprised half your gene pool."), and the central character Lux - light in Latin - is relatable. After being tossed around the foster care system, it's obvious that she was hardened by it. And the audience have little choice but to root for her.
As for the parents, Baze is kind of portrayed as a jerk at first, but you know there'll be a turnaround. For her part, Cate was described by talk show co-host and boyfriend Ryan (Kerr Smith) as not having a maternal bone in her body. Like a lot of people, she also cringes on hearing the words The One.
Things are set up for an interesting/unexpected ride for Lux, who, really, is the one person we want to be happy on Life Unexpected. Watch her journey begin tonight 9pm on the CW.