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Exclusive First Look at the CW's 'Life Unexpected' and 'One Tree Hill' Crossover (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Oct 4th 2010 7:30PM
Bethany Joy Galeotti and Shiri ApplebyWhat do 'One Tree Hill' and 'Life Unexpected' have in common? Aside from a Tuesday timeslot on the CW and a knack for heartfelt drama, the two shows also have the honor of headlining the CW's first ever coast-to-coast crossover event on Tue., Oct. 12.

Since the dramas are all about dysfunctional family units and both feature semi-unreliable (but very attractive) guys called Nate, this crossover seems like a no-brainer to us, and maybe it'll pave the way for another bi-coastal exchange ('Gossip Girl' meets '90210', anyone?) if the fans approve.

Check out our exclusive promo for the special show -- which features some awesome musical guest stars -- after the jump.

No, music fans, your ears do not deceive you; the crossover will boast an impressive array of musical talent, including Grammy-winning artist Sarah McLachlan, Ben Lee, Rain Perry (the singer/songwriter of the 'LUX' theme song), and 'OTH' stars Kate Voegele and Bethany Joy Galeotti. All five will appear at a music festival sponsored by Ryan's (Kerr Smith) Portland radio station, which should give Cate (Shiri Appleby) and Haley (Galeotti) plenty of time to bond over their similar high-school experiences.

'LUX' creator and executive producer Liz Tigelaar was enthusiastic about how well the episode came together: "The crossover was something that The CW approached us with, and ['OTH' creator] Mark Schwahn and I collaborated to find a story that was seamless and organic to both shows," she explained. "This is one of our best episodes of 'Life Unexpected' yet. It combines many elements that made "One Tree Hill" successful. What's most fun is how much Haley (Galeotti) and Cate (Appleby) have in common and how helpful it is for Cate that Haley's showing up right at this particular moment."

But the crossover isn't simply reliant on the novelty of having characters from separate shows hanging out together; Tigelaar promises that a number of storylines will be paid off in the episode. "For 'Life Unexpected' fans, it's an episode where the stories have built to big revelations, new conflicts, and new romantic pairings and also where old wounds from the past get dealt with," she insisted. "For "One Tree Hill" fans, it's a great introduction to almost our entire cast while getting to have theirs interwoven -- not to mention, both Haley and Mia (Voegele) perform!"

The 'Life Unexpected'/'One Tree Hill' crossover event airs next Tue., Oct. 12 at 9PM ET on the CW, following an all new 'One Tree Hill' -- catch fresh episodes of both shows this Tuesday, Oct. 5, starting 8PM ET.

Are you excited for the crossover, 'LUX'/'OTH' fans? Which CW shows would you like to see collaborate next? (We vote 'Supernatural' and 'The Vampire Diaries!) Share your comments below.

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I dunno. wrong page here for me. I thought "Life Unexpected" started off with an interesting premise, but honestly, that ended fairly early in the game. The actress Kate gets on my nerves...from her scratchy, annoying voice to whiny, self-centered diatribes, her tightlined thin-lipped mouth that screams judgment, and I don't like her overall look either. She's SOOO emotionally teen-age arrested that I have to watch the show AROUND her. Argh. The script-writers need to make her more personality-attractive and less flat out annoying if they want me to keep watching.
The scripts could do with being a little less predictable, too.
Wait, I'm still watching it, but I'm not sure I'll keep liking it. Except for Britt (Lux) the acting isn't all that either. I do admit she is an outstanding actor, though. Bug too. (Showing up at the dance with a bouquet....awww......) And I like Jones and Tasha.
The jury is still out.
Just felt like airing my views.

October 10 2010 at 3:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Supernatural and TVD. Damon and Dean in the same scene would be so awesome. I wonder who would have the better one-liners. Lol

October 05 2010 at 10:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The CW forced LU to do it. Otherwise they wouldn't let the crap from that other show taint their story lines.

October 05 2010 at 9:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't get it. Isn't One Tree Hill set 4 years in the future?

October 05 2010 at 12:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So excited! :D I'm not a One Tree Hill fan but I think it's interesting to see these two shows intertwine! And it's pretty funny how Cate and Haley have all these things in common! Love the promo!

October 04 2010 at 11:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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