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'Once Upon a Time' Adds 'Buffy' & 'Life Unexpected' Veterans, 'Smallville' Star Erica Durance Lands Pilot and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 1st 2011 11:00AM
Once Upon a TimeThat squeal you heard? That was a combination of yelps of joy from 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' and 'Life Unexpected' fans.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, 'Buffy' scribe Jane Espenson -- who is also known for her work on a variety of different projects including 'Battlestar Galactica' and 'Torchwood: Miracle Day' --- and 'Life Unexpected' creator Liz Tigelaar are joining the staff of ABC's 'Once Upon a Time.'

Espenson came on board as a co-executive producer and Tigelaar will be a consulting producer. 'Lost' writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz wrote the pilot and will also executive produce the series.

'Once Upon a Time' stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White and Jennifer Morrison as a woman with a mysterious past tied to fairy tales. The show, like 'Lost,' switches between two worlds, the fairy tale and the "real world."

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Toni Braxton Gets Reality Series, TruTV Renews 'Hardcore Pawn' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 4th 2011 3:30PM
Toni BraxtonToni Braxton is getting a dose of reality -- reality TV. Beginning in April, the Grammy winner will star in her own reality show on WE.

According to TV Guide, Braxton will star alongside her sisters Traci, Towanda, Trina and Tamar on 'Braxton Family Values.'

In October, Braxton filed for bankruptcy for a second time. According to the Huffington Post, the 'Unbreak my Heart' singer is between $10 million and $50 million in debt.

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DIY Network has greenlit 'Hollywood Hi-Tech,' a new series about celebrity homes. The show will feature celebrities such as Josh Duhamel and Fergie, and will show off their home electronics and high-end custom installations. [Reuters]

'30 Rock,' 'Glee,' 'Mad Men,' and 'Breaking Bad' are among this year's nominees for awards from the Producers Guild of America. Reality projects 'Top Chef,' 'Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List' and 'The Colbert Report' are also among the nominees. [Deadline Hollywood]

'Life Unexpected' creator Liz Tigelaar has signed a deal with ABC Studios. As part of the deal, Tigelaar will create new projects for ABC or join existing shows. The two-year deal starts in June. [Deadline Hollywood]

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'Life Unexpected' Creator Liz Tigelaar on 'One Tree Hill' Crossover, New Characters and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 14th 2010 1:00PM
'Life Unexpected'It's pretty easy to look like the good guy when you take back your fiance after she rejects your marriage proposal, changes her mind, reveals that she secretly gave up a baby for adoption at 16, then sleeps with her baby daddy during the single day you spend apart before officially getting engaged.

There's gotta be a dark side in there somewhere, right? Liz Tigelaar, creator of The CW's 'Life Unexpected,' knows that although "he really is a great guy," there's probably something wrong with Portland radio host Ryan (Kerr Smith) for marrying his co-host Cate (Shiri Appleby), who's a big bundle of nonstop drama. "To be with somebody like Cate, he has to be, on some level, f***ed up," she told TV Squad last week when talking about the show's second season.

'Life Unexpected' will begin to explore what, exactly, makes Ryan f***ed up with the arrival of a new character. Read on for more about who the mystery lady is, the scoop on Lux's flirtation with a new teacher in school ("Once you feel something for somebody it's hard to turn those feelings off"), and more deets on the 'One Tree Hill' crossover ("The CW said we had to do a crossover").

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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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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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CW wrap-up: Vampire Diaries, Melrose Place, Life Unexpected - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 4th 2009 8:28PM
Life UnexpectedThe CW's TCA panels today were full of beautiful people. It seemed like all the shows were about young pretty things in scandalous situations. Even the highly-anticipated Vampire Diaries didn't look much different, except some of the over-sexed high schoolers were vampires. But one show shined through the pretty clutter in the CW's new slate. Too bad we won't see it until early 2010.

That show is Life Unexpected, which CW programming head Dawn Ostroff described as "Juno meets Gilmore Girls." After seeing the pilot, I can agree with that description. It's sweet, warm, even a little bit hokey. In fact, it feels like a show that would have been on the old WB network. What the heck is it doing on the CW?

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