‘Life Unexpected’ bows out with unexpected, unappealing epilogue

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 ended, with a flash-forward to the Class of 2012 graduation ceremony (which means that Lux inexplicably graduated a year early, but I'll set that aside for now) showing that Cate and Baze ended up together, as did Ryan and Julia, and Lux and Jones. And Math and Alice, for some reason.

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First episode (of new season) impressions: ‘Gossip Girl,’ ‘Life Unexpected,’ ‘Parenthood’

"Gossip Girl" (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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State of Television Address: Returning shows

With last week's "Glee" season capper, we've come to the end of the TV year (more or less), and I'm ready for my State of Television Address. Usually it's a three-parter, but I'll skip the section on canceled shows, because I took individual looks at the four big ones last month.

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Baze-or-Ryan: Shades of Jordan-or-Brian?

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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Have I mentioned that I love ‘Life Unexpected?’

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.

But if "Life Unexpected" (7 p.m. Central Mondays on The CW) were to be canceled after one season (actually, half a season, since it started in January), it would hurt.

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My new favorite show is an ‘Unexpected’ pleasure

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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Midseason TV preview: My favorite actresses return, but will their shows be any good?

Three of my favorite actresses return to TV this midseason, and that's probably a good thing, but I'm a little ambivalent. In TV, I often start to think of a performer as being their character, so I'm resistant when they take on a new (lesser) role. To me, David Boreanaz is Angel, not Seeley Booth. Nathan Fillion is Captain Mal, not Castle.

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