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Chasing Life- Help Wanted (1×02)

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Not much development on the April Carver tells people she has cancer front. But despite the slow moving storyline, this new ABC Family drama is laid-back, fun to watch and full of hope, so I’m hanging on.

There’s much more to April than her cancer and that’s one of the highlights of this show. When she puts off her sickness and tries to exceed at her job at The Boston Post, she’s really showing how she won’t give up. She’s driven and she’s working towards what she wants– cancer or no cancer. As she attempts to cue her boss in on her newly aquired sickness, he introduces her to the new senior political writer whose been assigned to work with April on the Bruce Henrie piece. At first Raquel seems really nice and helpful, but that soon changes when she tries to sabotage April and steals the Bruce interview for herself. Ugly journalism alert! Obviously, April won’t let down as this is her big break, but her shortness of breath and lightheadedness due to the cancer don’t allow her to beat Raquel to the punch. Coincidentally she encounters Leo, Bruce’s allegedly put together son, riding his motorcycle through the parking lot and hitting a car. As it turns out, there’s a much bigger story to the son than everyone thought. Unfortunately, the media is not allowed to write about Leo, so that story goes down the drain… or does it? I have a feeling that Leo will play a major role in April’s life, helping her out the cancer to her boss, while allowing her to exceed in her career.

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It’s difficult to watch April grapple with her sickness and the career she’s always wanted. She’s gotten this  incredible promotion, but with leukemia lurking in her system, it’s only a matter of time before she’ll have to be admitted to the hospital for treatment. While you can’t get fired for being sick, it’s definitely a set back. She might be able to keep her job, but she’ll be replaced. She’ll be back to square one and all her hard work will have been for nothing. At the same time, what’s more important, a job for the short-term or health in the long-run? April’s the type of person who doesn’t want to sacrifice her right now to help out her future self, but she has too. She has to eventually tell her boss the truth, as well as her family.

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Dropping that kind of bombshell on someone isn’t an easy feat. When she told Beth about her sickness, her bff took it even harder than she did. Although its really refreshing to see April not completely bummed by the cancer– she’s constantly cracking jokes and putting her efforts into planning her next date outift. Beth on the other hand immediately downloaded a cancer answers app to make sure April was doing everything to prevent the cancer from getting worse. Now imagine how her mother, grandmother and sister would take the news when they finally find out? In a way, I understand why April’s waiting to tell them. Things are finally going good at home and news like this would devastate her mother, especially since they lost their father not too long ago. But than again, is it really fair to keep something like cancer a secret? Probably not. A part of April is still in denial. She might be trying to stay optimistic in spite of a shitty situation, but she’s denying the sickness and not getting the proper help she needs. Hopefully by episode 3, April understands just how critical treatment is.

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Cancer aside, April also got to spend some quality time with her new hunkaroo, Dominic, who allowed her to just forget about her problems for a night. That is until she woke up in his clothes and in his bed the next morning not remembering a thing, scared that she might have said something about her cancer. She didn’t and all was okay, but what happens next? Dragging someone you just started dating down the cancer rode is no fun, but Dominic likes her so much that I don’t think he would dare leave her side. Will she tell him when she finally musters up the courage to tell her family? Doubt it. Her family will find out because of uncle George. I think Dominic will find out when she faints during a date or something. At that point, she’ll have no choice but to tell him the truth, despite his disinterest in a girl that has drama.

Then there’s the Brenna storyline which I could personally do without. Brenna is the most uninteresting character in this whole show, so it’s hard to care about anything she says or does. So she got wasted at a party and the guy she was trying to see wanted to hook her up with his friend. Big whoop. Puking on said friend after he takes off his pants was kind of funny though. Unfortunately, meeting the guy who found her phone and was suddenly really interested in her was boring. So was the whole fight between her and mom (who seems a bit clueless sometimes), her finding a job at said tattoo place and just everything about that story! Go away Brenna. I’d much rather watch grandma play scrabble.

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As for the soap opera storyline of Natalie Ortiz, all I can say is ‘huh’? The cemetery encounter was completely awkward and we’re actually suppose to believe that there’s this girl who shares the same father as April and no one knew? And if no one knew then he clearly wasn’t in Natalie’s life, which makes me wonder why this girl even cares to come to her fathers grave? Sounds mean, but if your father wasn’t around when you were growing up, would you even remember his birthday? Also, why was she running away from April? Did she just think April was acting odd or did she know something was up and that her existence was suppose to be kept a secret? It’s all really up in the air at this point, but it doesn’t seem like April is too concerned with her hypothetical sister. I’d say I understand as she’s just trying to deal with the cancer news, but she’s not even too concerned with that either. I like April, but sometimes the lack of emotion and interest is kind of concerning. These are big things happening, please address them. Journalism comes and goes, but health that’s kind of serious. So are half-sisters you never knew about!

Anyway, what are your thoughts? Are you enjoying the show so far? Sound off below or hit us up on Twitter/Facebook! And check out next weeks sneak peak clip right here. How do you think you’d tell your loved one you had cancer? Honestly, at least their making the best of the situation!


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Lizzy Buczak is the founder of CraveYouTV. What started off as a silly blog in her sophomore year at Columbia College Chicago turned her passion for watching TV into an opportunity! She has been in charge of CraveYou since 2011, writing reviews and news content for a wide variety of shows. Lizzy is a Music Business and Journalism major who has written for RADIO.COM, TV Fanatic, Time Out Chicago, Innerview, Pop’stache and Family Time.

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Chasing Life Canceled After 2 Seasons!

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April Carver just received the worst prognosis of all- Chasing Life has been cancelled by ABC Family after just two seasons.

I, like so many Chasers am seriously upset by this news. What is ABC Family thinking? Why cancel a show that was so unapologetically real and has given viewers an insight into the ups and downs of what it’s like for a young person living with cancer, but shows like Keeping Up With The Kardashians get renewed for 11 seasons? What kind of society do we live in?

I’ve read statements and comments that some just thought the show was too depressing but hey, that’s life. Not everything is about what kind of handbag you’re wearing. And most of the time, despite all the crap that was thrown at April, every episode left me with a positive feeling. No moment during the two seasons have been this upsetting- not even Leo’s untimely death. Chasing Life depicted cancer in a way no other drama has before. That has to count for something, right?

Anyways, the drama ended with only 486,000 viewers tuning it, which was a season low.

The showrunner, Patrick Sean Smith told THR  that there was still a lot to explore in season 3 like “April’s emotional state and her big decision to end treatment, there’s a lot to explore with Uncle George and the manuscript and the investigation that’s now in play, and then a lot to explore with Brenna and Finn now that Greer is moving back to town, and also what happens with Beth. I mean, everyone’s life is up in the air right now by the end of the second season.”

But, I guess we’re just supposed to be content knowing that April was content with dying in Italy because she lived more life than any other 25-year-old. Maybe she spent the rest of her days with Dominic? Maybe when she died, Beth had her baby and named it April. Who knows… we definitely won’t.

THR reports that the decision to cancel the show comes with ABC Family’s focus to rebrand and its focus on becoming “becomers.” They are adding a Nicki Minaj comedy and a new show, ShadowHunters.

There are a couple of petitions to “renew Chasing Life” circulating online already. Who knows if that will do anything, but we can hope.

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Chasing Life- La Dolce Vita (2×13)

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Just when you think things are looking up for April, she gets hit with bombshell after bombshell until she finally surrenders. But this can’t be April’s “final chapter” can it? A lot of loose plot lines were tied up at the end of the hour, but of course, those raised new question… and brought a tear or two to the corner of my eye. Damn allergies.

Beth’s Baby- Beth spent most of her time freaking out about the pregnancy. She’s about 6 weeks in now, so thankfully, we can do the math and figure out Josh is the father! That doesn’t put her mind at ease however because now she actually has to tell him. She finally corners him in the bathroom after watering the fikus with about 5 beers. He’s definitely surprised, but tells her he will be by her side no matter what she decides. Gosh, he’s such a standup guy right? Beth eventually goes to Italy with April and makes her decision there- she’s going to keep the baby. It’s a nice juxtaposition; her best friend is dying but she’s bringing a new life into this world. Possibly a beautiful baby girl named April?

Dominic & April- Well, apparently these two are endgame but just because two people want something, doesn’t mean the timing is right. April is still not over Leo and that’s ok. She has every right to mourn her late husband. But she also has every right to move on. I’ll admit, the kiss didn’t do it for me and maybe because I felt April was doing it all out of fear of missing out. However, I’m perfectly content with them as just friends who love each other right now. We need Dominic to help April with whatever comes next.

Uncle George- He kind of put himself in a predicament by telling the Carver women the truth about their dad. He thought he could trust them and most of them he could… but not Olivia and Natalie. They were shopping around Thomas’s book to get “justice.” And if George wouldn’t give them the rights, Olivia threatened to expose him to the cops. Finally, Natalie made the sound choice and put her sisters before this petty family drama. We thought it was all over, until the cops showed up to question him. Did Olivia betray her daughter and screw George over anyways?

April’s cancer- Sad news, her clinical trial didn’t work. The doc tried to keep her positive by saying there were still plenty of options, but the truth is, April is dying. It sucks and it’s depressing, especially when you read an interview that says the original telenovela that CL is based on “Terminales,” has April’s character killed… albeit by bus after beating the cancer. Hopefully, we go a different route, but you have to be realistic- cancer kills people. And it won’t spare April.

April goes to Italy to complete her one last “wish” of traveling the world. That’s when she realizes, by 25, she’s done everything on her bucket list. When she gets the call that the only option left for her is to get the transplant and hope her death isn’t painful, she realizes this is the last chapter in her memoir. I mean, you only write a memoir if you know how it’s going to end, right? Beth begs Ape not to give up but she replies, “It’s not giving up because I’ve already won. I could die happy here.” With that, she looks out into the sunset, while Beth and Dom look at each other concerned. Would they really let April just die without putting up one last fight?

Brenna & Finn… and now Greer- Finn gets super sick because cancer is a bitch and ends up in the hospital. That’s when he breaks up with Brenna and breaks her heart. He has to be focused on getting healthy and she’s kind of doing the opposite. “Maybe it isn’t meant to be,” he wonders, but alas, I think it is. And so does Brenna when she puts two and two together and finds out that she’s Finn’s donor! What are the odds? That kind of puts Greer’s return on the back burner, although Bren was really excited to see her ex, who surprise, is moving back to town! Can’t wait to see that traingle.

Chasing Life hasn’t been renewed for a 3rd season, but I’m seriously hoping this wasn’t actually April’s last chapter. I need to know what happens- the good or the bad. Does George get arrested? Do the Carver’s disown Natalie? Will April fight another day? Will she live out her end in Italy after publishing her memoir? How will Beth’s fashion line go? Will she embrace the pregnancy? Will April & Dominic get together again? Will Brenna and Greer? Will Finn be healthy? Will he find out Brenna is his donor. Listen to me ABC Family- renew this show right now!


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Chasing Life- Ready Or Not (2×12)

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Cancer, marriage, babies, high school hook ups- it’s all part of chasing life and it’s quite a beautiful thing. No matter what happens, you can expect this journey of ours never to be boring. I know April can vouch for that.

Since we met April, she’s gone through some drastic transformations. That presented itself this week when she met up with her friend Ellie, who I immediately knew was going to be trouble. Really? Skin cancer scare? Give me a break… I know people are desperate but to stoop THAT low and actually steal someones heart-wrenching diseases. Gross. Of course, instead of getting mad and even, April let nature take its course… well sort of.

April seems to have this stupid luck- when she realizes her book agent, who is really just starting out, hasn’t gotten her a secured deal with BookSmart, she takes matters into her own hands and fakes a seizure to get into a party to meet with the publisher. There she just so happens to run into Raquel, who just so happens to be buddy-buddy with the manager of the whole company. Cha-Ching! When April chats her up, turns out she’s really been invested in Ellie’s book and how she compared “cancer” to “herpes.”

Soon after, April’s chapter of the book leaks to The Post and she’s convinced that Raquel did it to sabotage her. But- she’s wrong! The positive comments on the chapter actually convinced the editor to publish April’s book! Rejoice everyone; April is now a published author! We did it!

And in other April news, she’s finally realizing that she still has feelings for Dominic. I can’t be mad about this though I hoped the writers weren’t going to throw her back into this relationship. Realistically, these two were together and broke up while they still had feelings. Those feelings were never resolved, she just fell deeply in love with Leo. But now that he’s gone, how long can April really mourn? How long can she be single? Be Leo’s widow? Maybe moving on is really the healthiest thing she can do. She isn’t forgetting, but she’s living. She’s chasing life.

Brenna finally succumbed to the cheesiness of milestone moments and asked Finn to go on a date to junior prom. Honestly, how adorable are these two together? After the dance, things get a little awkward when they end up in a room together. Kissing without a mask is dangerous because of Finn’s cancer, but he just wants to feel normal for a night. He wants to feel the high without the lows and who could blame him? So… he goes for it with Brenna. I believe the outcome will be dangerous, but watching them together was magical. Also, we’re getting closer to them finding out that Brenna is actually his donor! Both of them think cilantro tastes like soap. Absurd! Will that bring them closer together?

As for Beth, she’s been sick and emotional… and pregnant! I definitely didn’t see this storyline coming, but I am so excited. There have been little storylines aside from April’s cancer, but none as big as a pregnant best friend. They always say as one life begins, another ends. That’s really true in this case. Unfortunately, as fun as babies are, not knowing who the dad is becomes quite a problem. Especially cause it’s either her ex Grahm who she had a one night stand with or Josh, the dude she’s really falling in love with. I’m secretly hoping it’s Josh’s.

Everyone is chasing life in their own way, even Olivia Ortiz- Natalie’s mom and Thomas’s secret baby momma. Last week, she revealed that she had both parts of her ex’s spy novel and now the agent told April that she was shopping around his father’s book. Does Natalie know? I would think probably not, but her mother is spiteful and she’s definitely going after the money Thomas didn’t leave her, which is really unfortunate for the kids. And also- this is potentially scary for Uncle George, who revealed he pretty much assisted Thomas with his own death. You know, I really liked Natalie and this is pretty upsetting. But can you blame her? She’s the black sheep of the family, was never loved by her dad and her sister stole her BF…. not fun.

Next week is the fall finale. What do you think will be the most explosive part? Are you ready for a Dom and April relationship to heat back up? Will Finn get sick after hooking up with Brenna? Will Greer return?


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