ABC Family's Chasing Life: Will You Follow April's Journey of Hope?

Chasing Life

April Carver (Unnatural History‘s Italia Ricci) has a lot on her plate right now. She just landed her first reporting assignment, she’s making progress with a new guy at work and any extra free time is devoted to making sure her family doesn’t completely fall to pieces. Oh, and one more thing: April has cancer.

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That’s how we’re introduced to April in the first episode of ABC Family’s Chasing Life, which premiered Tuesday. After passing out at a blood drive, she spends an entire day dodging her doctor — who also happens to be her estranged uncle — until he finally confronts her outside her house. Her reaction is an understandable mix of fear and denial; she attempts to throw herself into her work, despite the severity of her diagnosis, until she eventually breaks down in tears during a moment alone.

And aside from her uncle, that’s exactly how April is facing her fight: alone. She can’t bring herself to tell her mother (Hart of Dixie‘s Mary Page Keller), who “can’t remember being this happy” after returning from her first online date. And she certainly isn’t ready to tell her sister Brenna (Without a Trace‘s Haley Ramm), who’s already headed down a pretty dark path, herself.

She isn’t even able to tell her best friend Beth (I Hate My Teenage Daughter‘s Aisha Dee), whose idea of a “crisis” is far less severe than anything April is about to experience.

Chasing LifeThen there’s April’s love life, which is every bit as complicated as you’d expect it to be, given ABC Family’s history. She finally lands a date with her crush, an entertainment reporter named Dominic (Dance Academy‘s Richard Brancatisano), even managing to seal the budding romance with a kiss. But when Dominic overhears April speaking with her uncle, he gets the wrong impression and blows her off. Fortunately, she’s able to explain the situation before he gets too turned off. Phew!

(Side note: Do Ricci and Brancatisano have incredible chemistry, or what? You know it’s a match made in TV heaven when the audience is squee-ing over a first kiss in the pilot — unless, of course, that was just me.)

Anyway, just when April thinks she’s done being blindsided, she pays a visit to her father’s grave, where she meets another young woman who might just be — wait for it — her half sister! With everything going on in her life, do we really think April is ready to handle another potential Brenna?

I guess we’ll find out…

Will you continue Chasing Life alongside April? Rate the new drama below, then drop a comment with your full review.

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44 Comments
  1. Aleana says:

    I enjoy it hope it last

  2. CourtTV says:

    Thought it was great. And loved the soundtrack.

  3. Crystal @MamaMinx says:

    I didn’t even have plans to watch this but after seeing several previews, decided to give it a shot. I have to say that it was better than expected. There’s maybe a little too much drama, one bad thing happening after another but for a pilot, I have to say it was pretty good. You’re right, April and Dominic have pretty great chemistry . I’m definitely ready to see more.

  4. Esaul says:

    I saw the first fifteen minutes or so. Had to walk the dog so I missed a chunk. Luckily I recorded it. However, the premise alone has me bailing on the show already.

    • James says:

      Keep hope alive. The pilot actually took time to set up the show’s plot. Just watch the episode in its entirety before deciding to bail out right away.

      • Esaul says:

        I definitely do plan on watching it (mostly because my girlfriend really wants to see it. It’s only fair I watch a show she wants to see too!).

  5. johnhelvete says:

    Italia Ricci is terrific as April and I thought the pilot was really good. I laughed out loud three times, which doesn’t happen in some comedy shows even.

  6. omar says:

    The original series/version is from Mexico. The name was Terminales.

  7. Eric7740 says:

    Hooked!

  8. Et al. says:

    I don’t even bother with ABC family shows until they get a second season renewal.

  9. DDB says:

    It’s Cappie from Greek!!

  10. Reblogged this on THB Files and commented:
    Totally ejnoyed the show and the whole music. Great show to watch in summer.

  11. Amy says:

    I’ll be much more interested once Scott Michael Foster makes an appearance. But, I loved the music and thought the pilot was pretty strong overall.

  12. Tiffany says:

    I like the show

  13. Jonathan says:

    I love ABC Family, but the central character is vapid and self-absorbed. Watching cancer “humanize” her sounds like my idea of hell. I’m only going to continue watching if I can root for the leukemia.

    • johnhelvete says:

      Stunned by your vapid and self-absorbed comment. April put her family above herself several times in the pilot, so don’t see self-absorbed at all. I would describe her as intelligent, driven, caring and feisty.

      • Jonathan says:

        She lost me in the teaser. After months/years (?) of not speaking to her uncle because he chose not to attend her father’s funeral, she tries to use him to advance her career? “Driven” is definitely a good word for that. But there’s plenty of other words that come to mind, as well…

        • Jess says:

          Didn’t they say he was driving when her father was killed? That could be a reason not to speak to her uncle…although I’d like to hear his side of the story!

          • johnhelvete says:

            Jess is correct. As far as April knows, the uncle drove the car when the dad died. Not sure if he was drunk or speeding, but it appears that April, her mom, her sister and her grandma blame the uncle for the father’s death. I wouldn’t be surprised that there is more to it that and it would be interesting to hear his side of the story. However, not speaking to the uncle for two plus years seems reasonable to me in the situation.

        • johnhelvete says:

          Jess is correct. As far as April knows, the uncle drove the car when the dad died. Not sure if he was drunk or speeding, but it appears that April, her mom, her sister and her grandma blame the uncle for the father’s death. I wouldn’t be surprised that there is more to it that and it would be interesting to hear his side of the story. However, not
          speaking to the uncle for two plus years seems reasonable to me in the situation. The other poster mentions being lost in the teaser, guess that means that they did not watch the entire show, and the information about the uncle comes a little bit past the half hour mark.

  14. Derek says:

    Its gonna be cancelled so dont get attached

    • James says:

      It has 19 more episodes down in the pipeline. Hopefully, 1B gets itself paired with a more compatible show in either The Fosters or Switched at Birth. :D

  15. Ian says:

    It had the typical pilot awkwardness, but it was watchable enough I guess. It might lack that ‘it’ thing though that Switched At Birth and The Fosters has. If it doesn’t get a bit more interesting and addictive somehow, I don’t see it lasting.
    And is April just in shock? When her nose started bleeding, I needed her to freak out, but it just went back to her blah family drama. And the secret sister reveal at the end – *falls asleep*

  16. Kelly says:

    show was amazing! Lots of twists! Can’t wait to see more!

  17. Coal says:

    I liked it, I’ll be back for more. That’s it.

  18. N tTVf says:

    I just had to stop in here to ask if it is just me, or has anyone else noticed a resemblance between Italia Ricci and Rose Byrne?

    Do a quick Google search on Italia Ricci pics and Rose Byrne pics, and let us know what you think. Both actresses very attractive, and (at least to me), the resemblance is quite striking.

    I did watch this show (primarily to see Ricci),and liked the episode, but throughout the entire episode I couldn’t get it out of my head – how much Ricci looks like Byrne.

    • My2cents says:

      I actually had her confused with Shiri Appleby and actually had to look up Life Unexpected to see that it was not the same person (I loved that show). Anyways, I thought the show was great and can’t wait to see next weeks episode!!

      • Brandy says:

        I was thinking she resembles Shiri too

      • N tTVf says:

        Yep, agreed – she does look like Shiri Appleby. High praise indeed. SA is one of my favorites ever since Roswell. She (SA) recently did an arc on “Girls’ (gave AW a run for her money!), and has a pilot in the works over at Lifetime (w/Constance Zimmer) called ‘Un-Real’. Looking forward to seeing that series.

      • Amanda says:

        Me too! It’s unbelievable how much they look alike!! Love Shiri from first Roswell, then Life Unexpected… Two shows that were cancelled way before needed!

    • i thought to be the only one to see the resemblance!

  19. Amanda says:

    I really liked it until the end with the possible sister. I feel like that has been over done, I hope that part of the story turns out better than I am expecting. Will give it another episode or two before I decide completely.

  20. Brandy says:

    I wasn’t planning on watching cause the premise sounds really depressing but I did and I enjoyed it mostly.I usually give most abcfamily shows a shot(at least the pilot.).

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  22. Lisa says:

    I decided to stop watching the new shows ABC Family puts out – I get into them and then they get cancelled. I can’t even remember all of them anymore. So I am not investing my time into a show that may or may not be around after a season or 2. If it lasts a while – I may wait til it does eventually get cancelled and watch it thru Netflix if I feel like it. But from the couple minutes I did watch here and there it hasn’t caught me to be an OMG I gotta watch this kind of show….so after PLL the tv gets turned off ……….and I won’t be dvr’ing this because my Tuesday get pretty full up and I may need the time spot for some other show. If I could trust ABC to keep shows I like after a season or 2 – I might have considered it – but really ….after so many shows I have no trust ……

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  25. Etta says:

    I started watching chasing life from the first show. I am totally hooked and enjoy every aspect about the show.. Cancer is in almost every family some way shape or form so seeing how well this show is created, I am looking forward to watching many more seasons to come..

  26. Anna says:

    I have enjoyed every episode and I will be very disappointed if the show is not picked up for another season.

  27. Kristy Reynolds says:

    Look forward to watching Chasing Life every Tuesday. I hope it’s renewed. Fingers crossed.

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