'Life Unexpected' creator Liz Tigelaar on finale: 'By the end, they all get to where they are supposed to be'
Though the CW's “Life Unexpected” hasn’t officially been canceled, creator Liz Tigelaar isn't too optmisitc about the fate of the show given the network's decision not to order the remaining back nine episodes needed for a full season.
She's fashioned an ending to the sophomore series about two unlikely parents (Shiri Appleby as Cate and Kristoffer Polaha as Baze) whose lives get turned upside down when their teenage daughter (Britt Robertson as Lux) re-enters their lives.
The two-hour finale airs Tuesday and Tigelaar is confident it will leave fans of the show feeling content.
Tigelaar spoke to ShowTracker about the show, the idea of taking it to another network and tying up loose ends.
What do you make of the fact that the folks behind the show keep stressing it's the 'season finale' not 'series finale'?
Well, I think it’s a little more certain than whatever we’d like to think. I don’t think it bodes particularaly well for us but, yes, we’re always very hopeful and obviously would love to keep going if we could. That would be amazing. I don’t feel like that will happen ... but, you know, maybe. Stranger things have happened.
What do you think went wrong?
I think it’s a combination all around. I do think it was a show that needed some support. We were only on for 13 episodes in mid-season. We didn’t really have the numbers behind us to kind of come back on our own as a second season show. We definitely needed more support [from the network] than what we got. But that’s how it works on the CW. They promote their brand new shows. We were not exactly a special case or treated any different. I think that our ratings weren’t that much lower than other series but maybe still low enough to be the lowest … I don’t know. Overall, I think that our show was so inexpensive and our ratings weren’t that much lower than the other shows. I think it comes down to just 'want.' If they wanted the show, they would have kept it. If they didn’t, they won’t … so …