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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Wisconsin CW holding viewing party for new show

Here's the lowdown: The CW has a new show called "Life Unexpected," which, as you can tell from the preview above, kinda looks lame. But, disclaimer, I am a bitter, senile old man who only watches "60 Minutes," and even then I turn it off before that smart-alec punk Andy Rooney comes on. So these CW teen dramas with their slacker dads and their implied premarital sex and their insistence that radio DJs can actually be cool, good-looking people is probably just not my taste.

But, if it looks like something you'd enjoy, you should know that Wisconsin's CW is throwing a little party to celebrate the show's debut, because that's something TV stations do sometimes, but mostly never. There will be prizes, though! And free posters! And maybe the stars of the show will be there, and they'll bring pizza!*

Here's what Jeff Bartel, the CW's promotions manager, has to say in the station's news release: "Life UneXpected is a great show -- it's got heart, humor, and great writing & acting. I'm so excited to offer you this chance to experience it for yourself, especially in a fantastic venue like the Club at Tom, Dick & Harry's!"

And this is how he describes the show: "After spending her life bouncing from one foster family to another, 15-year-old Lux has decided to become an emancipated minor. Her journey through the legal maze leads Lux to her biological father, 30-something Nate "Baze" Bazile, who lives like an aging frat-boy and is astonished to learn he has a daughter. Lux is equally astonished to learn that her mother is Cate Cassidy, a star on local radio, along with her boyfriend, Ryan Thomas. When a judge grants temporary custody of Lux to Baze and Cate, they agree to make a belated attempt to give Lux the family she deserves."

Me again. Seriously, who names a kid Lux?

The party is Tuesday at 7 p.m., at Tom, Dick and Harry's in Ashwaubenon. Admission is free. Or you can join me at the retirement home where I live because I'm old, and we can watch "60 Minutes." Up to you.

* The stars of the show will not be there, and therefore will not bring pizza. Prizes and posters, though, most definitely.

-- Adam Reinhard,

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