Life Unexpected is indeed a departure for the CW, and so far it has paid off - not just in critical approval but in the ratings as well. The charming new drama gave the netlet its best total audience in the coveted Monday 9pm time slot in over a year. At the same time, its 2.83 million debut has outperformed the original season of the other CW darling Gossip Girl by 6 percent. Gossip Girl is currently on hiatus until March. In fact, Life Unexpected even improved on its One Tree Hill lead-in in both total viewers and the all-important 18-49 demo by 30 and 9 percent respectively. Don't forget to catch: 'Life Unexpected' Premiere: Lux Saves the Day for the Brave CW Show A great majority of the reviews for the kick-off episode of Life Unexpected was generally positive, with commendations going to the show's writing, acting, and just vintage WB feel. Lux, especially, as a character and the awesome portrayal of Brittany Robertson are both afforded great prais Source Here
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Did you like the premiere of the CW's new midseason show, Life Unexpected? The second episode will be airing on January 25 and the CW has released a promo, two sneak peeks and an episode preview. Check them out below and then take a look at the promo photos we previously posted. CATE AND BAZE FIGHT FOR CUSTODY OF LUX. To Read More Click Here .
Good thing: while watching the premiere episode of Life Unexpected, I had to check the little network watermark at the bottom right just to make sure that it is indeed CW. The lack of club anthems accompanying characters when they walked had me suspicious: is this really CW? Those who've seen the opener that introduced us to Lux (Brittany Robinson) will probably agree that it is a brave venture and departure for the netlet, to say the least. After all, the primacy of Gossip Girl and its ilk as the in/cool/hot thing should raise doubts if something like Life Unexpected can attract and sustain an audience. Judging from the premiere, it can, and it should (the ratings are promising, 2.74 mil on opening night). It is, however, right what most critics are saying: Life Unexpected is not Gilmore Girls. While from it does emanate a sort of vintage WB feel, the chuckles it produced are limited and the writing not nearly as excellent as GG (no matter how greeting cards-y or prescriptive it got at times). The show's saving grace - Brittany Robertson as Lux. I always judge the interestingness of characters on one thing: do I want to sit down and have a little chat with this person, maybe get to know him or her a little better? If he or she is a little distraught and disturbed, do I want to give him a little hug? If he or she is a little evil, do I want to know if he or she's had a horrible childhood? Lux bites the cake. At 15 years old, she was bounced around in seven foster homes. She meets her birth parents finally but, sensing their discomfort at the idea that she exists, chooses to go back to her foster family, as horrible as it is. Too bad her bags are packed and she essentially told her foster mom to suck it (her words, not mine), so she is reduced to sleeping on the sidewalk outsider her daddy's bar/house. She figures her parents - Baze (Kristoffer Polaha) and Cate (Shiri Appleby) - aren't exactly well-adjusted adults, unfortunately, and when they bicker right after a judge grants both of them joint custody of her, she lays it on them thick: "Just let me go. You've done that already. It shouldn't be that hard." Oh, Lux. The spunky-kid-trying-to-cover-up-her-pain act has existed since time immemorial, but you bleed it. Lux is wittier and more sarcastic than some 30-year-old's I know, and it's not a faÃÂ§ade. You kind of believe in it because you know what she's been to. So when the two parents actually get their act together briefly and throw a birthday party for Lux, you don't see the cheesiness and the and-they-lived-happily-ever-after drivel it proffers. Instead, you just feel happy for Lux, and you hope it lasts. As for wrapping up its opener, Life Unexpected is too proud/confident that it decided it doesn't need a cliffhanger to keep viewers in, like most of its CW brethren are wont to do. It goes full circle and things get resolved, but still, you want to see if Lux will continue to be happy with her new home. Of course, she doesn't. And that's why we will tune in next week. Source Here
The much-awaited new CW family drama Life UneXpected debuted last night to 2.7 million viewers, building on its One Tree Hill lead-in (2.2 million viewers). By CW standards, this is quite respectable (though not Vampire Diaries-sized numbers...)! So, who tuned into the new series? What did you think? Will you be continuing to watch? Additional Monday ratings can be found here: Zap2it
LIFE UNEXPECTED FULL ARTICLE Life Unexpected has arrived and the CW could not be happier. With Gossip Girl and Vampire Diaries taking a break, and Melrose Place and 90210 not wowing in the ratings, it's time for Life Unexpected to do what The Beautiful Life couldn't: become a hit! LIFE UNEXPECTED FULL ARTICLE
Life Unexpected premieres on January 18. We had already posted photos for the pilot episode and now we have photos from the January 25 episode, along with a synopsis. CATE AND BAZE FIGHT FOR CUSTODY OF LUX Cate (Shiri Appleby) and Baze (Kristoffer Polaha) are paid a visit by a social worker whose job it is to evaluate both of them and determine if they are fit parents. To Read More Click Here .
The midseason mania continues tonight as you lucky 24 fans get two more hours of Jack, plus us CW nuts finally get back One Tree Hill plus the promising CW newbie, Life UneXpected , premieres! Check out all that's new tonight: 8/7c 24 on Fox (2 hours!) One Tree Hill on The CW Chuck on NBC How I Met Your Mother on CBS The Bachelor on ABC The Secret Life of The American Teenager on ABC Family 8:30/7:30c Accidentally on Purpose on CBS 9/8c Life UneXpected on The CW Heroes on NBC Two and a Half Men on CBS Make It or Break It on ABC Family 9:30/8:30c The Big Bang Theory on CBS 10/9c Castle on ABC CSI: Miami on CBS What will you be watching?
Shiri Appleby is well aware of all of the hype and positive reviews surrounding her new series, Life Unexpected. When we spoke about the show, she remarked, "It's crazy. The interesting thing was we were a show on the bubble. We didn't know we were getting picked up. We were definitely not a lock. So just to get picked up was enough, and we didn't know what the response was going to be." Appleby said that after she and her collaborators on the show read the reviews, "We were all kind of blown away. We knew we had something special and we knew we were having fun, but we didn't know that everyone would respond like that. it's really exciting and kind of nerve-wracking, because it's a lot of hype and you just want to be like, 'Let's just all simmer down a little bit,' because I don't want you to make it think it's like going to change anyone's lives, I just think it's a good hour of television." To Read More Click Here .
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. Source Here