It seems almost unnecessary and definitely bittersweet to release the part two of my handy little compilation of Life Unexpected coverage now, after the show has effectively come to an end. But in case you missed something-- or just want to relive how much the cast loved their experience-- here they are*.
This is certainly bittersweet for me because it is-- was-- really the only show that I covered as in-depth, and I met a lot of great new people and colleagues because of it. Quite frankly, the best part of my job is sharing why I believe in a show so much with those who are like-minded, and those who are not. Because if someone doesn't think a show is for them but then reads an interview I've conducted that makes them warm to an actor, they may be more inclined to check it out. And I'm all about that kind of "tell a friend to tell a friend" promotion. And learning those who worked on it actually believe in it just as much, if not more, was the frosting on the much needed cupcake.
The show wasn't perfect. Then again, what show is? Sometimes characters infuriated me; sometimes they broke my heart as much as they did each others'. Sometimes the network seemed to have too heavy a hand in the penning and pacing, and that infuriated me more. But all in all, my commentary (and even occasional criticism) meant I was deeply invested in the world.
No world is perfect, but I had to trust that those characters would come around-- and that other characters would help them see the error of their ways. The show started out being about a foster care kid and the biological parents who left her behind, but as it went on it proved to be so much more. It wasn't just about that kid learning to be a kid and to be able to trust the adults in her life for a change, nor was it just about the adults being forced to actually grow the hell up and take responsibility for themselves, let alone someone else: on a much broader level the show was about struggling relationships and the flawed people within them just trying to not make the same mistake twice. And every time they failed at that, they became a little more human and a little more of the underdog.
And you know how My Life, Made Possible by Pop Culture loves a good underdog story!
The stars, both those on-screen and behind-the-scenes, shined really brightly here. Wherever they choose to go next, My Life, Made Possible by Pop Culture will follow! And I want a front-and-center seat!
*Articles are in descending chronological order.
- "Will Emma and Baze get caught in the mud on Life Unexpected?" (Yes, I managed to work in a Camp Nowhere quote...Emma Caulfield previews the camping episode and chats about her namesake, heartbreaker role.)
- "Emma Caulfield sings the praises of Life Unexpected co-star Kristoffer Polaha and the fans" (Part two of my chat with Emma Caulfield, unfortunately after the bad news of no back nine.)
- "Be sure to catch the return of Jamie on Life Unexpected!" (An exclusive chat with Reggie Austin about the dichotomy of his Life Unexpected and Desperate Housewives roles).
- "Life Unexpected's Britt Robertson says Lux and Eric are good for each other for now" (Britt Robertson chats about the evolution of her character's romantic relationships.)
- "Krista Allen shakes things up even more for Emma and Baze on Life Unexpected" (Part two of my exclusive chat with Krista Allen about returning to acting as a guest star on this little show with a lot of heart.)
- "Give thanks that Life Unexpected is spilling so many secrets this holiday on The CW" (My really-vague-to-avoid-spoilers advance review of "Thanks Ungiven")
- "CBS has its 'eye' on Kristoffer Polaha and so do we!" (A mini-profile on Baze himself, Kristoffer Polaha, after the news that he has signed a holding deal with CBS)
- "Ksenia Solo looks back on her new Life Unexpected family" (An interview with the stand-out Ksenia Solo)
- "Life Unexpected reveals the truly heartbreaking truth about Lux' past" (A non-spoilery advance review of episode 211 "Stand Taken")
- "I'm Crying About Fake People!" (A write-up of IBG Inc's Conversation Series event with Liz Tigelaar, Kristoffer Polaha, Shiri Appleby, and special guest Austin Basis)
- "Austin Basis teaches us on The CW but wants to scare the sh*t out of us in new horror film, Re-Cut" (A review and profile on Austin Basis and his new independent horror film)
Life Unexpected airs its final two episodes, back-to-back, on January 18th on The CW. My Life, Made Possible by Pop Culture will be doing a live viewing, live Tweeting party. Details to follow!
What show should I cover as in-depth next? Leave your suggestions in the comments!