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Cate Rejects Baze on 'Life Unexpected' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 13th 2010 3:38AM
Life Unexpected, Cate rejects BazeWell, Baze, you goofball. You can't dash to the church just in time to tell the woman you love how you feel about her, and then expect her to fall into your arms. That's not how it happens in real life, and it's not how it happened on 'Life Unexpected' (Mon, 8PM ET on The CW).

Cate had already made her choice, and it wasn't you. Nope, you got there just in time to hear the minister say, "I now pronounce you husband and wife." Better luck next time, buddy.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Cate Meets Her Father on 'Life Unexpected' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 6th 2010 2:10AM
Cate Meets Her Father on 'Life Unexpected'The drama 'Life Unexpected' (Mon., 8PM ET on The CW) is all about children reconnecting with their parents. But sometimes, things don't always go the way that we would hope. In the latest episode, Cate (Shiri Appleby) takes a road trip in order to meet her dad for the first time. But as it turns out, her father (played by Peter Horton) isn't so excited to met his daughter.

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Cate Has a Startling Revelation on 'Life Unexpected' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 30th 2010 2:25AM
Life UnexpectedAhhh, yoga class. A nice retreat from all of life's cares and worries; a gentle place to decompress from everything. Until you figure out that the guy sitting in front of you is the mystery guy who's sleeping with your sister.

You were the plus one," says Cate to Baze on 'Life Unexpected' (Mon., 8PM ET on The CW). "This is all making sense now ... the sex, the therapy ... you are the guy that my sister is sleeping with?!" Guilty as charged.

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Lux Confronts Cate on 'Life Unexpected' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 23rd 2010 3:21AM
Life UnexpectedThings got even more complicated on 'Life Unexpected' (Mon., 8PM ET on The CW), when Lux confronted Cate about giving her up for adoption.

And her words cut deep: "Now doesn't count," said Lux. "I'm sorry, I don't forgive you, Cate. I don't know when I'll ever be able to forgive you."

Well, she'll have to get in line because Cate said she won't be able to forgive herself either. Let's hope someone forgives someone on this show eventually.

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Lux Gets a Sex Talk on 'Life Unexpected' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 16th 2010 2:03AM
Life Unexpected, Sex TalkIt's your worst nightmare. You're about to, having, or just had sex with your boyfriend, and your parents come over to give you the sex talk.

Poor Lux on 'Life Unexpected' (Mon., 8PM ET on The CW). Poor Lux's parents. Poor Lux's boyfriend, hiding behind the bed while the sex talk is taking place.

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'Life Unexpected's' Britt Robertson on Prom, Corey Haim and Her 20th Birthday

by Patricia Chui, posted Mar 15th 2010 12:15PM
Britt RobertsonThese days, it seems as if practically every teenage character on TV is wealthy, witty and dressed like a fashion plate -- basically, a mini-adult for whom parents and school are just an inconvenient distraction.

That's why Lux, the character Britt Robertson plays on the CW's 'Life Unexpected,' is such a breath of fresh air on the teen drama landscape. Having grown up in foster care, 16-year-old Lux tracks down her birth parents so that she can be legally emancipated, only to find herself stuck with them (and vice versa). Her birth mom, Cate Cassidy (Shiri Appleby), is a radio host who's romantically involved with co-host Ryan Thomas (Kerr Smith); her dad is bar owner Nate "Baze" Bazile (Kristoffer Polaha), a lifelong slacker who's forced to grow up right along with Lux.

As Lux, Robertson -- at 19 already a showbiz veteran, with credits that include 'Dan in Real Life' and 'Swingtown' -- gives a charming, unpretentious, totally relatable performance, which is one of the many reasons 'Life Unexpected' (which has been compared to family dramas like 'Gilmore Girls' and 'Everwood') is one of the best midseason shows of 2010. We spoke with Robertson from her home in L.A. about where both she and Lux are headed in the future.

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'Life Unexpected' - 'Crisis Unaverted' Recap

by Hemal Jhaveri, posted Mar 2nd 2010 11:20AM
Life Unexpected (S01E07) Perhaps this episode should have been called 'Comeuppance Received'? Tensions between Cate, Ryan and Baze boiled over and for once, Cate is the one who messed up royally. I've said before that it's been hard for me to connect with Cate and see past her grating Type-A exterior. But even I winced at the epic dumping she got from Eric. It was deserved, but brutal.

And Cate's early attempt to whitewash her whole affair looked even more petty in wake of the serious drama Lux was going through with Tasha. The kid had a tough time this episode, and sadly, only Baze was really there for her in the end.

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'Life Unexpected' - 'Truth Unrevealed' Recap

by Hemal Jhaveri, posted Feb 23rd 2010 11:31AM
Life Unexpected(S01E05) Nothing ruins a good episode like fifteen minutes of maudlin weeping. After a brisk 45 minutes of 'Three's Company'-style hijinks, wherein Baze invades Cate & Ryan's perfect life, the tension between Ryan/Cate/Baze comes to a grinding halt when everyone starts exploring their feelings.

Not to sound too cynical, but why should every episode end with a very touching moment, complete with soft singer/songwriter acoustic guitar music in the background?

There's nothing compelling, interesting or even vaguely original about that. And as a viewer, all these cues let you know one thing: there's some serious scenery chewing coming up.

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'Life Unexpected' - 'Turtle Undefeated'

by Hemal Jhaveri, posted Feb 16th 2010 2:32AM
Life Unexpected (S01E05) So, after last week's excess of "after school special" moments, we get a wonderfully funny, balanced and mature episode this time around. As Lux struggles to fit in with the kids at her new school, Cate struggles with her status as a stern mom, rather then the fun-loving radio host.

And Baze? Well, Baze struggles with his relationship with Lux, with his own father and how to drum up interest in a three-legged turtle. Despite its meandering nature, the episode was a nice rumination on the complicated relationship we all have with our parents that doesn't disappear with age.

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Review: 'Life Unexpected' - 'Bong Intercepted'

by Hemal Jhaveri, posted Feb 9th 2010 2:15AM
Life Unexpected (S01E04) I am so excited for the return of the infamous bong lamp, but wow, does it cause some major trouble. Last week, we saw Lux sell Baze's pride and joy to help cover his bar rent. Two weeks ago, the offending lamp was also one of the reasons Baze was denied full custody of Lux. This week, it's the reason she gets suspended from her fancy-pants public school. Stupid lamp, can't do anything right.

We're ratcheting up the drama here this week. Lux's illusions of family life crumble a bit more as she and Cate, in the grand traditions of mothers and daughters everywhere, clash something awful.

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Review: 'Life Unexpected' - 'Rent Uncollected'

by Hemal Jhaveri, posted Feb 2nd 2010 9:35AM
Life Unexpected(S01E03) Heartstrings were pulled again repeatedly on this episode of 'Life Unexpected,' were they not?

After minor meltdowns from Lux, Baze and Cate last week, the three of them seem to be moving into something of a routine now, having gotten past the sketchy friends and threatening to move out portion of their relationship. Last week, we dug a bit deeper into Lux's life, and this week, we meet Cate and Baze's respective families, who are loud, obnoxious, annoying and intrusive ... which seems pretty much par for the course as far as families go.

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Review: Life Unexpected - Pilot (series premiere)

by Hemal Jhaveri, posted Jan 19th 2010 3:03AM
Life Unexpected(S01E01) If you've been waiting for something to fill the family drama void left by the end of Gilmore Girls on the CW, Life Unexpected will do nicely. The mid-season drama is a well-paced, funny and, yes, freaking heartwarming story about high school ex's reunited with the daughter they gave up for adoption.

What makes Life Unexpected a treat is that it's so different from the regular CW fare. Unlike Gossip Girl and 90210, this show (hopefully) won't be billed as OMFG TV. No rich teens getting drunk and playing sexual games. This just has one spunky foster kid, Lux, with street smarts and a good head on her shoulders that won't make you want to weep for the future. That in and of itself is a good reason to keep watching.

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Shiri Appleby Finds 'Life Unexpected'

by Michael Maloney, posted Jan 18th 2010 11:00AM
Shiri Appleby on Life UnexpectedShiri Appleby is a veteran TV actress who's appeared on everything from the soap opera 'Santa Barbara' to 'Baywatch' to the cult hit 'Roswell.' But she may become most well-known for her new show on The CW, 'Life UneXpected,' which debuts on Mon., Jan. 18 at 9PM ET. Appleby plays Cate Cassidy, a radio talk show host, who is reunited with Lux, a teen girl whom she gave up for adoption.

Appleby recently chatted with AOL TV about her new show, how she got started in the business so early and her appearances on both the first and last episodes of 'ER.'

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CW's 'Life UneXpected' to Premiere January 18

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 10th 2009 5:45PM
The CW's mid-season drama, 'Life UneXpected,' will debut on Monday, Jan. 18 as a temporary replacement for 'Gossip Girl,' in an effort to combat the ratings slump 'GG' suffers during its cycle of post-sweeps repeats.

According to The Futon Critic, the freshman series will moonlight for 'Gossip Girl' for a number of episodes before moving to the 8 PM ET Monday slot, currently occupied by 'One Tree Hill,' to complete its run in the spring.

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Twilight Vs. Roswell: Are aliens more romantic than vampires? - VIDEO

by Mike Moody, posted Dec 2nd 2008 10:02AM
twilight vs roswell
Even before I caught Twilight on the big screen, I was comparing it to Roswell, the great teen sci-fi/romance series that aired on The WB (and later The CW UPN) from 1999-2002. The Twilight ads and trailers seemed to tell the same story Roswell told more than nine years ago: A sensitive girl is saved by a supernatural hunk who makes it his mission to protect her at all costs. The two fall in love, but the relationship is complicated by his other-worldly circumstances.

It's not exactly the most original story in the world. This sort of thing goes back to Bram Stoker's Dracula, (and probably further back than that). Still, after watching Twilight, I was a bit shocked by its similarities to Roswell, especially since Roswell wasn't half as popular as Twilight. I haven't read the Twilight or Roswell book series, so I can't tell you if the similarities persist in print (but my friend Stephanie can). I can only compare the big screen and TV versions.

From major plot points to character motivations, these two franchises have a lot in common, but one clearly stands above the other. Let's compare, and you'll see what I mean:

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