The CW, for those who don't know is the amalgamation of the WB network (home of the iconic Dawson's Creek, Everwood, Roswell and Gilmore Girls...so much awesomeness) and UPN (home of Veronica Mars). It lost me once they merged...Veronica Mars got watered down, they chose Seventh Heaven over Everwood and they continued to employ Chad Michael Murray. I was done. I never really got the Gossip Girl thing. I will never read the books and only enjoy the show when Chuck's doing his thing. I liked Smallville but only for the Veronica Mars-esque (and perennially under utilised) Chloe aka Allison Mack.
But today I saw this extended trailer for a show starting in January... Life Unexpected and it grabbed me hard. I can feel in my bones that it's going to rock my viewing world. Why? It stars Shiri Appleby...who was great as Liz Parker in Roswell (1999-2002) and Kristoffa Polaha (who's name is unfamilar but I have seen his face for years). But more than that, it's a show that breathes. I can't really explain myself well, especially having only viewed the extended trailer but it has that lovely lightness but truth that Gilmore Girls had, nice comedy and who can resist Shiri's teary eyes...honestly?
But seriously, Lux appeals to me more in this 5 mins than Rory ever did in seasons worth. Gimore Girls hinged on Lorelai (and the amazing Lauren Graham) but this really feels like a strong ensemble piece about three people growing up together. Plus snark works for me on MANY levels.
Here's the set up:
After spending all of her 15 years bouncing from one foster family to another in Portland, Oregon, Lux (Brittany Robertson) has decided it's time to take control of her life and become an emancipated minor. Her journey through the legal maze leads Lux to her biological father, 30-something Nate "Baze" Bazile (Kristoffer Polaha), who owns a bar, lives like an aging frat-boy with two slacker roommates, and is astonished to learn that he has a teenage daughter. Lux is equally astonished when Baze reveals that her mother is Cate Cassidy (Shiri Appleby), a star on the local "Morning Madness" radio show.
I am willing to overlook some of the unrealistic qualities (ease in which she tracks down parents, radio jock mum, forced family scenario, blonde offspring) because I believe that these actors can bring it with the emotional grounding.
And here's the trailer:
Are you onboard?
If it doesn't work out I think my heart will break.