There’s a thin line between love and hate, and “Life Unexpected” proved that in its series finale on Tuesday. I love the show, but I hate how it ends, with a flash-forward to the Class of 2012 graduation ceremony (which means that Lux inexplicably graduates a year early, but I’ll set that aside for now) showing that Cate and Baze end up together, as do Ryan and Julia, and Lux and Jones. And Math and Alice, for some reason.
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“Gossip Girl” Season 4 (8 p.m. Central Mondays, The CW)
1. The actors who play Dan and Vanessa continue to look like they punch a clock, sleepwalk through their scenes, punch out and go home. What’s particularly strange about this is that I thought both Penn Badgley and Jessica Szohr were good actors when “Gossip Girl” started.
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Here’s what I’ll be watching for on my top 10 returning fall shows, listed in order of airdate. All times are Central.
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If you’re worried about the fate of “Life Unexpected,” the ending of the first season couldn’t have made you feel too good about its chances for renewal by The CW. Baze bursts into the church right after the minister’s classic “Any objections?” line that only happens in movies and TV shows. Cate stares at him for a moment … and then kisses her groom, Ryan.
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I don’t get as emotionally involved in the cancellation of shows as I used to (“Angel” in 2004 was the last one that really hurt). I just try to look at all shows as being one season long, and any more than that is a bonus.
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I’m not surprised that “Life Unexpected” (8 p.m. Central Mondays, The CW) is good — after all, the cast is incredible and exec producer Liz Tigelaar boasts an impressive resume with “What About Brian” and other credits — but I am surprised that I love it as much as I do only five episodes into its run. Already, it feels like a fully formed series with distinct locations in rainy Portland, Ore., and a wealth of characters and possibilities.
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