Tuesdays (9:00-10:00 p.m.) on The CW
After spending all of her 15 years bouncing from one foster family to another in
Portland, Oregon, Lux (Britt Robertson, “Swingtown”) decided it was time to take
control of her life and become an emancipated minor. Her journey through the legal
maze of emancipation led Lux to her biological father, thirty-something Nate “Baze”
Bazile (Kristoffer Polaha, ”Mad Men”), who was astonished to learn that he had a
teenage daughter. Baze, who owns a bar, was still living like an aging frat boy with his
slacker roommates, one of whom is his childhood friend, Math (Austin Basis, “Life on
It was Lux’s turn to be astonished when Baze revealed that her mother is Cate
Cassidy (Shiri Appleby, “E.R.”), Baze’s high school nemesis with whom he had a one-
night stand. Cate is now a star on the local “Morning Madness” radio show, along with
her partner and fiancé, Ryan Thomas (Kerr Smith, “Eli Stone”). Lux had been listening
to Cate’s voice on the radio as long as she could remember, so she felt an instant
connection with the mom she’d never met.
Baze took Lux to meet Cate, who was guilt-ridden and saddened to learn that Lux
had grown up in foster care, but happy to finally meet her beautiful daughter. Although it
had been 15 years since Baze and Cate had seen each other, it didn’t take them long to
fall into the same contentious relationship they had in high school. However, when a
judge decided that Lux wasn’t ready for emancipation and unexpectedly granted
temporary joint custody to Baze and Cate, they agreed to try to get past the arguments
and awkwardness and made a belated attempt to give Lux the family she deserved.
Now, Cate and Baze are struggling with becoming instant parents and raising a
daughter they are just getting to know, while Ryan must deal with the fact that Cate’s
feelings for Baze aren’t entirely in the past. Lux, meanwhile, tries to reconcile her past
with her present, often torn between her old friends from foster care and her new family.
As the unlikely trio begins to grow up together, Lux encourages Baze to reveal what she
already knows – that he is in love with Cate, just like a part of Cate is in love with him.
Baze tries to stop Cate’s wedding, but when he’s too late, Cate marries Ryan, which
means our unlikely threesome become a foursome as Ryan joins the family. Together,
they face a whole new set of challenges.
Life Unexpected is produced by CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros.
Television in association with Mojo Films with executive producers Liz Tigelaar
(“Brothers and Sisters,” “What About Brian”) and Gary Fleder (“October Road”).
CREDITS FOR “LIFE UNEXPECTED” ON THE CW
Day and time: Tuesdays, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET
Network debut: January 18, 2010
Format: After 15 years bouncing from one foster family to
another, Lux has decided it’s time to become an
emancipated minor. Her journey through the legal
maze leads Lux to her biological parents, Nate
“Baze” Bazile and Cate Cassidy. When a judge
unexpectedly grants temporary joint custody to
Baze and Cate, they agree to make a belated attempt
to give Lux the family she deserves.
Cast: Shiri Appleby as Cate Cassidy
Kristoffer Polaha as Nate “Baze” Bazile
Britt Robertson as Lux
Austin Basis as Math
and Kerr Smith as Ryan Thomas
Executive Producers: Liz Tigelaar and Gary Fleder
Origination: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Produced by: CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros.
Television in association with Mojo Films
Media contact: Melissa Burton, (818) 977-0105
Cate Cassidy in “Life Unexpected”
Shiri Appleby stars as the beautiful and talented Cate Cassidy, a popular Portland,
Oregon radio personality who is reunited with the 15-year-old daughter (Britt Robertson)
she gave up for adoption back in high school, in The CW’s critically acclaimed drama
Appleby is best known for her portrayal of Liz, a teenager who falls in love with
an alien on the television series “Roswell.” Her additional television credits include “Six
Degrees” and the final season of “ER.”
Her film credits include “Charlie Wilson’s War,” directed by Mike Nichols,
“Swimfan,” and “Undertow,” among others.
Appleby splits her time between Los Angeles, California and New York City,
New York. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, during the filming of “Life
Nate “Baze” Bazile in “Life Unexpected”
Kristoffer Polaha stars as Nate “Baze” Bazile, a charming bachelor whose
carefree world is turned upside down when the 15-year-old daughter (Britt Robertson) he
never knew existed shows up on his doorstep, in The CW’s critically acclaimed drama
Born in Reno, Nevada, Polaha is the fourth of four boys belonging to Jerome and
Esther Polaha. While studying at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, he received rave
reviews in the New York Times for his role as John Brown in Eugene O’Neill’s “Bread
His television credits include a role as John F. Kennedy, Jr. in the TBS movie
“America’s Prince.” He has also starred on the series “North Shore” and “Miss Guided”
and guest starred on “Mad Men,” “Bones,” “House” and “CSI: Miami,” among others.
This season, Polaha reprised his role as Carlton Hanson on “Mad Men.”
He adores his beautiful wife, Julianne, and their two sons.
Lux in “Life Unexpected”
Britt Robertson stars as 15-year-old Lux, a wise-beyond-her-years foster kid who
decides to track down her birth parents in an effort to become an emancipated minor, but
finds a new beginning instead, in The CW’s critically acclaimed drama “Life
Robertson recently wrapped filming the Disney Channel movie “Avalon High”
which debuts in November. She will play a teenager who moves to a new high school
and discovers that her classmates are the reincarnations of King Arthur and his court.
The project is based on the book of the same name by Meg Cabot, author of “The
Princess Diaries” series.
Robertson’s feature film credits include “Dan in Real Life” and “Keeping Up with
the Steins.” Later this year, She will also be seen in “Mother and Child,” directed by
Rodrigo Garcia, starring Naomi Watts and Annette Bening. Her independent films
include “From Within” and “Driving Lessons.”
Her television credits include CBS Paramount’s drama “Swingtown,” as a series
regular, along with lead roles in the television movies “Jesse Stone: Night Passage” and
the critically acclaimed “The Tenth Circle.”
Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, Robertson splits her time between Greenville,
South Carolina and Los Angeles, California. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia,
during the filming of “Life Unexpected.”
Ryan Thomas in “Life Unexpected”
Kerr Smith stars as Ryan Thomas, a popular Portland, Oregon radio personality
who works alongside his fiancée Cate Cassidy (Shiri Appleby), a young woman who has
just discovered that the daughter she gave up for adoption in high school has been in the
foster care system for the last 15 years, in The CW’s critically acclaimed drama “Life
Most recently on the film front, Smith starred in the box office hit “My Bloody
Valentine 3-D.” Other film credits include starring roles in “Final Destination,” “The
Forsaken” and “Pressure.”
Best known to television audiences for his starring role as Jack McPhee on The
WB’s “Dawson’s Creek,” Smith more recently starred as Paul Rollins alongside Jonny
Lee Miller and Victor Garber on the series “Eli Stone.” His other television credits
include series lead roles on “Justice,” opposite Victor Garber, and “E-Ring,” opposite
Benjamin Bratt, as well as recurring roles on “CSI: NY” and “Charmed.” He also guest
starred on “The Closer” and “CSI: Miami,” among others.
A certified pilot, Smith enjoys playing golf and poker in his free time, as well as
Executive Producer of “Life Unexpected”
Liz Tigelaar is a one-hour drama writer and producer whose credits include
“Brothers & Sisters,” “What About Brian” and “American Dreams.” Previous pilots
include “Split Decision,” which was the last show to ever come out of Spelling
Television and a pilot for Berlanti Television called “Secret Things.”
Tigelaar started her career as an assistant on “Dawson’s Creek” and “Once
Again” and was mentored by established writers such as Winnie Holzman, Jessica
Bendinger, Greg Berlanti and Josh Reims. In addition to writing for television, Tigelaar
was an associate producer on “Stick It!” and has written many young adult books,
including a two-book series called “Pretty Tough.”
“Life Unexpected” is a project incredibly close to Tigelaar’s heart, and she’s
incredibly grateful to all who have supported the show – especially The CW, CBS
Television Studios and Mojo Films.
Executive Producer of “Life Unexpected”
From the tick-tock suspense of a courtroom drama to the breathlessness of a
psychological thriller, director Gary Fleder consistently keeps audiences on the edge of
their seats. Fleder has made his mark as a craftsman of thrillers, with expertise ranging
from crime and action dramas to science fiction and dark comedies.
Fleder most recently directed “The Express” for Universal Pictures, starring
Dennis Quaid, Rob Brown and Charles S. Dutton. “The Express” tells the story of Ernie
Davis, the first African-American winner of the Heisman trophy, whose life and NFL
career were cut short due to leukemia.
Fleder’s feature film career, however, began on the opposite side of the law, with
the blackly comedic “Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead,” produced by
Miramax in 1995. Starring Andy Garcia, the film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival
and garnered Fleder two awards from the Cognac Festival du Film Policier.
Since then, Fleder has honed his skills and kept audiences mesmerized with
thrillers such as “Kiss the Girls,” starring Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman; “Don’t Say
a Word,” which introduced Brittany Murphy to a wider audience and starred Michael
Douglas; “Impostor,” a sci-fi thriller based on a Philip K. Dick short story, starring Gary
Sinise, Madeleine Stowe and Vincent D’Onofrio; and “Runaway Jury,” starring John
Cusack and Academy Award-winners Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman.
Fleder also directed D’Onofrio in a Peabody Award-winning performance in “The
Subway,” a 1996 episode of “Homicide: Life on the Streets,” and collaborated with Tom
Hanks to direct an episode of the Emmy Award-winning mini-series “From the Earth to
His career as a television director began in 1993, with an award-winning episode
of “Tales from the Crypt.” Since then, he has directed pilots and key episodes of several
dramas, including “L.A. Doctors,” “Blind Justice,” “The Evidence” and most recently,
“October Road,” “Life on Mars” and “Happy Town.” Fleder served as an executive
producer for “October Road.”
Fleder is a graduate of USC School of Cinema and Television. He was born in