Oh, Life Unexpected, I'd be sad to see it go ... if all I'd ever watched was the pilot episode. The show has been on a fast moving downward spiral since then and is finally coming to a complete halt tonight in a two-hour (yes, two-hour) "event." To me, event usually conveys that this is something special. It isn't. It's just that the CW had two hours left of this show before it gets put out of its misery and they figured they'd waste a Tuesday night in the middle of January, before sweeps starts, airing it so that the two people watching it (including, sadly, me) will get some sort of resolution to these poorly written and unoriginal storylines.
This CW series is ending its first season, and I'm really relieved. Let's be clear, I absolutely, 100% fully adored the pilot. I thought it was very tightly written and full of creative new ideas, and I believed wholeheartedly that I had found my new Everwood. Just a few short weeks later, and I'm over it. Actually, I was pretty much done with the show after the second and third episodes failed to capture the heart that the premiere had, but I kept sticking with it, thinking it was going to get better.
I was completely prepared to hate this show with a seemingly cloying plot. Then I sat down and watched the advanced screener and was completely charmed. The gist is that a popular morning show DJ Cate (Shiri Appleby) and a cute bartender Nate "Baze" Bazile (Kristoffer Polaha) hooked up way back in high school. She had a baby and gave it up for adoption and then 15-years later that kid Lux (Britt Robertson) comes looking for them because she's desperate to get out of the foster care system and she wants them to sign emancipation papers.