What they didn't really explain is that Baze knocked up Cate when they were both in high school, and Cate put the baby up for adoption.
"PARENTAL DISCRETION ADVISED" (New Series)
After spending all of her 15 years bouncing from one foster family to another in Portland, Oregon, Lux (Britt Robertson, "Swingtown") has decided it's time to take control of her life and become an emancipated minor. Her journey through the legal maze leads Lux to her biological father, 30-something Nate "Baze" Bazile (Kristoffer Polaha, "Mad Men"), who owns a bar, lives like an aging frat-boy with two slacker roommates, and is astonished to learn that he has a teenage daughter. Lux is equally astonished when Baze reveals that her mother is Cate Cassidy (Shiri Appleby, "E.R."), a star on the local "Morning Madness" radio show, along with her on-air partner and real-life boyfriend, Ryan Thomas (Kerr Smith, "Eli Stone"). Lux has been listening to Cate's voice on the radio as long as she can remember, so she feels an instant connection with the mom she's never met. Baze takes Lux to meet Cate, who is shocked and saddened to learn that Lux has grown up in foster care, but thrilled to finally meet her beautiful daughter. When a judge decides that Lux isn't ready for emancipation and unexpectedly grants temporary joint custody to Baze and Cate, they agree to try to get past the awkwardness and make a belated attempt to give Lux the family she deserves. PARENTAL DISCRETION ADVISED is produced by Mojo Films in association with CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television with executive producers Liz Tigelaar ("Brothers and Sisters," "What About Brian") and Gary Fleder ("October Road"). Gary Fleder directed the pilot.
Note: This is slated as a mid-season replacement, so it won't be on the schedule until winter, if ever.
- Shiri Appleby was a regular (and essentially, the female lead) on Roswell (her character name was Liz Parker), which aired for two seasons on The WB, before switching to UPN.
- Kerr Smith was a regular on The WB classic Dawson's Creek (he joined the show in its second season).
Kristoffer Polaha guested on the WB shows Angel and Birds of Prey (and he was in an episode ofRoswell, but when that show was on UPN)
- Parental Discretion Advised was the name of a Dawson's Creek episode.
- Liz Tigelaar was the writer for a Dawson's Creek episode.
And, I thought this was DOA (link to another post). Pessimistic thinking pays off?
Anyway, the best X meets Y phrase I can come up is "Gilmore Girls meets Juno, 15 years later." As long as the show has a relatively healthy and fun to watch mother-daughter relationship, then I think it has legs. I think the daughter will be a much more mature and stronger in character than Rory. The show is apparently much more middle-class than Gilmore Girls. The wealthy / upper society aspects of that show tended to turn me off, along with its wacky townies.
But, I don't want to see TPTB make Baze and Cate out to be a one-true-pairing. I don't have a problem with them turning a slacker into a responsible father. But, if they go "we should be a real family so let's get married" route, then that'll be a jump the shark moment for me. Because that's a bit too much of a fairy tale. Anyway, the kid is fifteen, and she'll be going off to college in a few years, so it's not like there's some practical or economical need to be married (as if she was a small kid or baby).
Though, if Baze and Cate shared a home where Lux lived (separate bedrooms for everyone), then that could be dramedy gold.