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Preview the CW's new drama 'Life Unexpected' right now

January 11, 2010 |  5:30 pm
LU100_1140.r The CW's "Life Unexpected" is one of the most promising series debuts this winter, but you don't have to wait until its premiere Jan. 18 to see why.

The CW is currently streaming the first 10 minutes of the show's premiere episode on Facebook. The preview will tell you everything you need to know about the series, including that Lux (Brittany Robertson, "Swingtown") is a 15-year-old foster kid who goes in search of her biological parents to get emancipated from the foster care system. The series also stars Kristoffer Polaha ("Mad Men") as her slacker dad, Baze, Shiri Appleby ("Roswell") as her radio talk jockey mom, Cate, and Kerr Smith ("Dawson's Creek") as Cate's co-host/fiance. The first 10 minutes give you a glimpse of Cate and Ryan, but you'll have to wait until the episode airs to see Lux come face to face with her mom.

The series, created by Liz Tigelaar, a vet of "Dawson's Creek" and "Brothers & Sisters," is drawing lots of comparisons from critics and bloggers to the type of shows that defined the WB, including "Dawson's," "Gilmore Girls," "Felicity" and "Everwood." My comparison money is on the last one with a side of "Gilmore," but let me know what you think after you watch the preview below. And make sure to come back to Show Tracker after the premiere at 9 p.m. Jan. 18 to read my recap of the episode.

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-- Vlada Gelman (Follow my TV musings on Twitter: @stayingin)

Photo: Baze (Kristoffer Polaha), Lux (Brittany Robertson) and Cate (Shiri Appleby) celebrate. Credit: Michael Courtney/The CW.