'Life Unexpected': Waiting room just around the corner

life-unexpected.JPGThe CW's midseason show "Life Unexpected" has been patiently waiting to make it air.

When Kristoffer Polaha got the part of Nate "Baze" Basil, a former high school jock turned bar owner, he took off for three weeks to Vancouver, Canada to shoot the pilot. That was January 2009. Now "Life" is finally getting its turn when it premieres almost exactly a year later.

"We were the first pilot shot and the last pilot to get picked up and every step of the way has been great," Polaha tells Zap2it. The cast and crew are shooting the 10th episode right now and will break for the holidays on Dec. 24, resume shooting on Jan. 4 and be wrapped by Feb. 5, less than three weeks after the show hits the airwaves.

Once they're wrapped, the cast will be eagerly awaiting word about whether or not there will be a second season. The outlook so far is good. The network has shown it's confidence in the show sending out the first three episodes to critics and Polaha assures us it continues to get better. "Each script gets better than the last. I've been on some shows, without naming names, where the scripts started dropping off and that's not the case here."

"Life Unexpected" is a new drama about 16 year-old Lux (Britt Robertson), a girl who finds her birth parents Nate (Kristoffer Polaha) and Cate (Shiri Appleby) after bouncing around in foster care her entire life. It debuts on the CW Monday, Jan. 18 at 9 pm ET.

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