It's still pretty much a tug of war between Life UneXpected and One Tree Hill for that precious CW renewal. And while OTH is beating Lux in terms of petition lists and fan base, the rookie series is proving that it can hold its own as far as ratings go. Life Unexpected climbed to its highest rating last week since episode 2, posting a dramatic 36 percent increase in its target 18-34 demo, an18 percent in the all-important 18-34 adult demo and a 7 percent increase in total viewers. Life Unexpected's 2.11 mil even beat out CBS and NBC in the 8pm hour among women 18 to 34. This doesn't mean that One Tree Hill is a ratings pariah - not remotely, since it stands on pretty solid ratings ground. Says TV By the Numbers, if One Tree Hill is going to be canceled, it's going to be on contractual, rather than ratings, issues. Its current season's ratings, however, at 2.39 mil on the average is still a far cry from its blockbuster sophomore season at 4.3 mil. To Read More Click Here .
It appears serious on tonight's episode of Life Unexpected. The promo goes as far as calling it "the darkest hour" in the series' 10-episode run. Hmm. Sure, we don't approve of some of Lux's (Britt Robertson) bonehead decisions, but when she says something like "I know I seem like I'm OK but I'm more messed up inside than you realize," you kind of take a step back and understand where Lux is coming from. On "Family Therapized" Lux's social worker reemerges once again to meet with Cate (Shiri Appleby) and Baze (Kristoffer Polaha) after Bug and Lux are picked up by the police. Also, Cate tries to find a returning Bug a job at the radio station. Source & Preview
First of all, no such word as "therapized." On this episode of Life Unexpected, all things come to a head as Lux (Britt Robertson), Cate (Shiri Appleby) and Baze (Kristoffer Polaha) meet with Lux's social worker. This happens when Bug and Lux are picked up by the police. Both parents have alternately tried to give Lux the family that she didn't have, although their level of success had been temporary at best. On the last episode, for instance, Baze mistakenly accused Lux's date Jones of trying to get into her pants without knowing that - guess what - Lux is not exactly a virgin by liberal definition. Elsewhere on "Family Therapized" the three try to put on a happy face for the social worker, just to make sure that Lux will not return to the harsh foster care system, but the promo says otherwise, and we know that they'll be denied. Source & Preview
LUX Delivers Dramatic Improvement Over Last Week in Key Demos GOSSIP GIRL Builds Week-to-Week with Women March 16, 2010 (Burbank, CA ) -- The CW 's critically acclaimed freshman drama Life UneXpected popped in the ratings last night, scoring the show's best performance since its second episode (on 1/25/10) in women 18-34 (1.9/6), adults 18-34 (1.3/4), women 18-49 (1.4/4) and total viewers (2.1mil), according to Live Plus Same Day Nielsen ratings for Monday, March 15, 2010. LIFE UNEXPECTED posted dramatic improvement over last week's original episode, growing 36% in women 18-34, 27% in women 18-49, 18% in adults 18-34, 11% in adults 18-49 (1.0/3) and 7% in total viewers. GOSSIP GIRL was up from its return to The CW schedule last week in women 18-34 (+5%, 2.1/6) and women 18-49 (+15%, 1.5/4). GOSSIP GIRL was on par with last week in adults 18-34 (1.4/4), adults 18-49 (1.0/3) and total viewers (1.7mil). GOSSIP GIRL built on its LIFE UNEXPECTED lead-in in the younger demos, including 11% in women 18-34 and 8% in adults 18-34. Competitively, LIFE UNEXPECTED beat CBS and NBC in the 8:00-9:00pm hour among women 18-34, while GOSSIP GIRL beat NBC and Fox in the 9:00-10:00pm hour among women 18-34.
NBC's Chuck posted its all-time lowest rating Monday night. With the start of Daylight Savings Time, many 8 p.m. shows tend to dip. Overall broadcast usage dropped 9% during the 8 p.m. hour. "Chuck" (5.8 million viewers, 1.9 preliminary adults 18-49 rating) took a rough knock, down 17%. Tweets co-creator Josh Schwartz: "'Chuck' fans, it's time to get organized." ABC didn't get too much traction exposing its own reality hit on "20/20" during this low octane night in the ratings. The two-hour special "20/20: Inside the Bachelor: The Stories Behind the Rose" (8 million, 2.3) revealed some tidbits about the long-running series (average number of contestants each bachelor has sex with: three), though performed somewhat modestly. Fox came out on top with House (11.2 million, 4.0) and 24 (9 million, 2.7), both down a tad from last week. CBS was second with Rules of Engagement (7.8 million, 2.7) standing on its own while the rest of CBS' lineup aired repeats. Still, those "Two and a Half Men" and "Big Bang Theory" encores generated a 3.8 rating each and won 9 p.m. Despite airing all originals, NBC placed fourth. Trauma (5.2 million, 1.5) was up a tenth. "Law & Order" (6.9 million, 1.8) tied a "Castle" repeat to place second at 10 p.m. On The CW, Life UneXpected (2.1 million, 1.0) climbed despite the onset of DST. "Unexpected" unexpectedly posted its best rating among women 18-34 (1.8) since its second episode, climbing 29% from last week's debut 8 p.m. airing. Gossip Girl (1.7 million, 1.0) was on par in the adult demo though climbed slightly among young women. Source
You didn't think it's just Cate (Shiri Appleby) who'll do horribly in this whole parenting thing, did you? To balance things off on Life Unexpected, there's got to be an episode where Baze (Kristoffer Polaha) will screw up royally, and that's just what happened on "Formal Reformed." We also found out where Cate's kind of unlikable personality stems from (think horrible high school experience), though that doesn't excuse the annoying voice. On tonight's episode, Cate and Ryan (Kerr Smith) are still doing the show, making snide remarks and pretending that they're together. It's creepy how well Ryan can switch from sweet banter to icy I-hate-you-b-tch in zero seconds. Ryan is pretty much absent on this episode, since it's all about the past. The doesn't-Abercrombie-have-a-girlfriend situation was finally cleared, while Jones was helping Lux (Britt Robertson) out with her bike. He also casually asked her to the Winter Formal, and Lux's first reaction: "I'd rather eat paste." When she realized he wasn't kidding, she actually said yes. To Read More Click Here .
Tonight we'll be missing most of the CBS comedies, but there are all new episodes of Gossip Girl , Chuck , House , and plenty more! Check out all that's on tonight: 8/7c Chuck on NBC House on Fox 20/20 : Inside The Bachelor on ABC Life UneXpected on The CW The Secret Life of The American Teenager on ABC Family 8:30/7:30c Rules of Engagement on CBS 9/8c Trauma on NBC 24 on Fox Gossip Girl on The CW 9:30/8:30c Ben 10: Alien Force on Cartoon Network 10/9c Law & Order on NBC Damages on FX Greek on ABC Family Secret Diary of a Call Girl on Showtime 11/10c The Daily Show on Comedy Central 11:30/10:30c The Colbert Report on Comedy Central What will you be watching?
After wrapping the first season of "Life Unexpected," the show's titular hero, Britt Robertson, should be able to just hang out with her friends, family, and little dog at home. Instead, she is still fielding questions about just who Lux and Cate will "pick" romantically and what we can expect from the upcoming episodes! To Read More Click Here .
Bug is back, everyone. Tonight on Life Unexpected, it's the Winter Formal on Lux's (Britt Robertson) school, and Cate (Shiri Appleby) and Baze (Kristoffer Polaha) know only too well what this means: Lux is out to have sex (partly because that's where the two conceived Lux in the first place). As luck would have it, Jones asks Lux to the event, and Bug is back. Baze also discovers a condom in his daughter's room, prompting him to play the paranoid father and go to the dance to interfere with any sex that might occur. Cate will also find herself in the dance, and according to Life Unexpected creator Liz Tigelaar, somehow, the two will end up making the dance about them, which they are quite wont to do. Crazy Abby - Cate's sister - is also back, to give Lux the sex talk, something which she obviously doesn't need. Abby is also the source of our Awkward Quote of the Week: "There are many other ways to get the same feeling without actually having sex. Um, flexible showerheads, vibrating back massagers, the spin cycle of the washing machine." Catch Life Unexpected tonight 8pm on the CW. Source & Preview
The CW 's Life UneXpected has become one of my favorite midseason shows, and I know a lot of you Reelers are loving it too! I got the chance to interview Austin Basis who plays Baze's (Kristoffer Polaha) childhood friend and roommate on the show, Math, and got the scoop on how he got the part on the show, if we'll be seeing Math make any moves on his now single high school crush, Cate, and what he's heard about possible Season 2 renewal. Kendra: How did you become involved with Life Unexpected? Austin: Well, it's like any pilot season, it starts in November, December and goes through March or April even. I got the audition the Monday before I was going to leave for the holidays on a Thursday which led to a callback. So I met the producers on Monday, went to a callback to meet the director and got put on tape, then the director couldn't make it so I basically auditioned for them again, and then Wednesday I tested for the studio and then Thursday or Friday I wasn't sure, so I had to switch my ticket because I wasn't sure when the network test was going to be. So from that day until January 7th I didn't know if I got the part. January 7th was the deadline for them to tell me. When you test for a show, a pilot, you basically sign the contract before you audition so they know if they give the part to you, that you basically are contracted to them. SoI had to wait through the holidays, through New Year's, and come back to LA and say, "So, do I have the part?" And then they said "Yes, and you need to be ready to leave for Vancouver on Friday!" And it was a Wednesday. And so that was it! It was a whirlwind. Kendra: Have you been doing all the filming in Vancouver? Austin: Yep, we did the pilot in Vancouver and obviously it takes place in Portland, Oregon, but the decision was made to do it there. So yeah, we shot the pilot and all 13 episodes in Vancouver. It's a great city. Kendra: What have you enjoyed most about working on the show? Austin: I enjoy acting in good shows with good scripts. And, you know, the first thing I get as an actor is the script and then you meet with the director after you've read the script. Liz Tigelaar, the executive producer and creator of the show, is just an amazingly talented, awesome person to work for to the point where her ego, or lack there of, allows constructive criticism from every possible part of the show. So when she put out a script, and we read the script, we were given a 48 hour window to give feedback. Just to give your feedback to the person who wrote the episode or the executive producer is an awesome opportunity to be a collaborator in creating your own part. So even though my character is secondary to the core three of Cate, Baze, and Lux, she didn't reduce my input when I read the script. She welcomed everyone's feedback, even guest stars, to help her create these characters and the story. And just the people that I work with and the chemistry, you don't always find that and it's all basically because of Liz. But the casting directors, Jess and Robin, created this dynamic that just magically had this chemistry on and off screen. And, you know, you have a lot of chemistry on-screen with people but when you're living in another city with people you don't know that well, it's not always guaranteed just because you have on-screen chemistry and you're both talented actors that it's going to work well, and it just did. I just hope to continue working with these people. Kendra: I've been wondering if Math is going to get a new love interest or it's just going to continue to be entertaining that he has this crush on Cate? Austin: (Laughs) Well, yeah, he still thinks his love interest is Cate. As soon as she gets single, which she is now, so we'll see what happens with that. But, yeah, I think just storywise, obviously the dynamic between Cate, Lux, Baze, and of course Ryan, is just primary because it revolved around the initiator or the show which is Lux coming back into the lives of her birth parents. So those stories need to be told first, and totally understood, and that is definitely a consideration of the writers and producers, but in a 13 episode first season, I don't know if there was necessarily room for that [secondary storyline]. Although they contemplated that for Jamie, played by Reggie Austin, and there were possibilities for both of us to have scenes and "love interests," but the problem is that in the first season, you're not really going to see a scene between Jamie and Math by themselves, or Jamie and Math with other people without Cate, Baze or Lux. You don't even see a scene with Ryan and someone else. I think they're sticking to the core in the first season. Hopefully if it's a longer second season or if we even get the second season, it expands the storylines and the potential of the show when you open it up to have some B and C storylines going on that don't connect directly to this family of Cate, Baze and Lux. Kendra: Will we be seeing Math do anything crazy to get Cate's attention now that she's single? Austin: Well, I don't know if Math is necessarily, well, he's not intentionally crazy. Sometimes he gets a little fanatical when he deals with turtles or he plays some sort of game being that he played football with Baze in high school. But I feel like he might take a shot, and kind of ask Cate out, but not really. You know, everyone's been on one of those dates where you thought you asked a person out and you thought it was clear that it was a date, but you didn't make it clear enough because you didn't say, "Hey, you want to go on a date?" You know, you shy away from those words. So, I think that's going to be Math's experience with Cate. So he will take the shot, he just will do it passive aggressively, as he does with most things, and I do in my life. I know how to play it. Kendra: On that note, do you feel like you're pretty similar to Math, maybe in some ways and not in others? Austin: Yeah, I'm definitely similar. And it's like I was saying earlier with Liz, since this is my first experience on a series where I'm playing the same character on a continuation of episodes - usually I play guest stars, I've been in movies where you have a set script, you know where the story begins and ends so you can prepare based on that and where the character goes from A to B in that set script. Like with a guest star you're playing a character that comes on and is a witness, a doctor, a patient, you know the arc of the character. So what I did was not get in Liz's way, but I created a backstory for Math that tried to bring my life, Austin's, together with Math so that I understood the character, not necessarily experienced everything that person experienced, but using my imagination to create this backstory and also use it based on my experiences to inform Math's experiences. So Math is definitely a little more emotional than me, so I have to make choices that lead to that. He's a little nerdier than me, not that much, but just a little, and so I had to make choices that allowed me to be a little more as that nerd. Like my normal physical athleticism and my grace under fire (laughs) is kind of stifled and more vulnerable. And for some of the most volatile, especially with Baze, I could be adjusted and molded by me and Liz and all the writers to create a different person than me. But I think it's good to have a little in common so you know where to start with the character, or you have some experiences that are like who the character is and you can kind of forget your other experiences like when I was really cool and asked girls out and all that stuff and remember all the times I was too nervous and I got really shy and was the geek in front of them. Kendra: You mentioned briefly Season 2, so what have you heard about possible renewal so far? Austin: I just read what you guys write on the internet basically. So, if you want to write that there should be a Season 2! Kendra: There are definitely some fan petitions and other work online from fans trying to help keep it on the air. Austin: Yeah, you know, I love petitions, but there have to be so many people, that it's hard to get anything done by that, but it just shows that we have a lot of supporters and the fans are around everyday - like the Facebook fanpage everyday goes up by about 1,000. Before we even started it was about 10,000, now it's 34,000 and it's good to know that people are supporting it and saying good things and the numbers are not obviously what we would like, we would like numbers that would've gotten us picked up with the rest of the shows that got picked up already for the fall, so we're obviously still on the bubble and we're just hoping that our fans understand that and are doing what they can do get people to watch and turn people on to the show because I don't think there's a doubt that it's a good show and that it's good for the network, it's just the bottom line is a numerical rating for ad people to use to say, "alright, I want to put my commercials, and sell my products while people are watching the show" so hopefully the fact is that it goes in our favor and it will push the tide for a second season and I can talk to you next year. Don't miss all new episodes of Life UneXpected on The CW Mondays at 8/7c!