by Miguel Angel Fox
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||8 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||43 minutes|
|Distributor||Disney–ABC Domestic Television|
|Original channel||ABC Family|
|Original run||June 10, 2014– present|
Chasing Life is an American television drama series that premiered June 10, 2014, on ABC Family. The series is adapted from the Televisa Spanish-language Mexican television series Terminales. Initially ordered for 13 episodes, on November 27, 2013, an additional seven episodes were added to the series order, bringing the season to 20 episodes.
Chasing Life follows 24 year-old April, a smart and quick-witted aspiring journalist, who is trying to work her way up the ladder at a Boston newspaper by trying to impress her hard-nosed editor. When not pursuing the latest scoop, April tries to balance her ambitious career with her family – her widowed mom Sara, rebellious little sister Brenna and her grandmother. Just as things start to look up at work, home and on the romance front with co-worker Dominic, April gets the devastating news from an estranged uncle that she has cancer.
Cast and characters
- Italia Ricci as April Carver, a junior reporter at (the fictional) The Boston Post newspaper whose life takes a turn when she is diagnosed with leukemia.
- Mary Page Keller as Sara Carver, April and Brenna's mother. A therapist whose training has not helped her better relate to people outside the office.
- Richard Brancatisano as Dominic Russo, an arts reporter at The Boston Post and April's love interest.
- Haley Ramm as Brenna Carver, April's rebellious teenage sister, who went into a bad place after her fathers death. In addition to struggling with the changes in April's life, she also deals with the attraction she feels toward two people, fellow tattoo parlor employee Kieran and classmate Greer.
- Aisha Dee as Beth Kingston, April's best friend, who is the first person April tells about her cancer and April's most steadfast supporter.
- Abhi Sinha as Danny Gupta, April's socially awkward co-worker
- Steven Weber as Dr. George Carver, April and Brenna's paternal uncle
- Rebecca Schull as Emma, Sara's mother and April and Brenna's grandmother
- Scott Michael Foster as Leo Hendrie, the son of a famous politician, who also has cancer
- Augusto Aguilera as Kieran, Brenna's older boyfriend who is also her boss at an art gallery/tattoo parlor
- Vondie Curtis-Hall as Lawrence, April's boss at The Boston Post
- Dylan Gelula as Ford, Brenna's friend
- Gracie Dzienny as Greer, a popular girl from Brenna's school, who is a lesbian and has feelings for Brenna
- Shi Ne Nielson as Raquel Avila, April's supervisor turned rival
- Jessica Meraz as Natalie Ortiz, a woman close to April's age, and claims that April's father is also her father
- Todd Waring as Bruce Hendrie, Leo's father and Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate
- Rob Kerkovich as Graham, Dominic's roommate
- Andy Mientus as Jackson, a fellow cancer patient from April and Leo's cancer support group
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|1||"Pilot"||Steve Miner||Teleplay by: Susanna Fogel & Joni Lefkowitz||June 10, 2014||1.34|
|April Carver is a young up-and-coming newspaper reporter, whose life turns upside down after discovering that she has cancer. Along with building her journalism career, she falls for Dominic, a handsome co-worker, dealing with her rebellious younger sister Brenna, and her widowed mother getting back on the dating scene.|
|2||"Help Wanted"||Steve Miner||Susanna Fogel & Joni Lefkowitz||June 17, 2014||1.11|
|Despite having cancer, April refuses to let it affect her career and family. April later tells Beth about it, with Beth becoming overly worried about her health. April discovers that her dad may have fathered another daughter, who is close to her age. April is given a supervisor named Raquel (Shi Ne Nielson) to report a story on gubernatorial candidate Bruce Hendrie (Todd Waring), she later ends up running into his son Leo (Scott Michael Foster). Sara wants Brenna to get a job, to be more responsible, after catching her in a lie.|
|3||"Blood Cancer Sex Carrots"||Joanna Kerns||Patrick Sean Smith||June 24, 2014||1.11|
|April does a blog piece on Gerald (Sam Anderson), a juice maker who claims that his carrot juice can reduce cancer symptoms. April starts to question whether she should be sexually active with Dominic. Brenna invites Kieran to dinner with the family. Sara learns that the new guy she is dating is also the ex-husband of a new patient.|
|4||"I'll Sleep When I'm Dead"||Steve Miner||Josh Senter||July 1, 2014||1.12|
|April discovers that Leo also has cancer, and makes a deal with him to get a good story. April's cancer continues to intensify with her oversleeping. Brenna must do a class project with Greer (Gracie Dzienny), a popular girl at her school, who is a lesbian and realizes they have a lot in common. Sara begins taking tango classes.|
|5||"The Family That Lies Together"||Andy Wolk||Linda Burstyn||July 8, 2014||1.21|
|April with Dominic's help begins to investigate her father Thomas' (Tom Irwin) past. Sara confronts April about her secretive behavior. Now knowing that April has cancer, Brenna's mind is plagued with concern for April, and Beth gives Brenna advice about her love triangle between Kieran and Greer.|
|6||"Clear Minds, Full Lives, Can't Eat"||Steve Miner||Ann Cherkis||July 15, 2014||1.19|
|April's cancer symptoms causes to lose her appetite. Leo encourages April to live her life more carefree. Now knowing about April's cancer, Sara becomes overprotective of April. Greer invites Brenna to a save the whales party. Brenna starts to feel conflicted about her relationship with Kiernan, due to her close friendship with Greer. Just as Greer was going to tell her something important, Kieran shows up to Greer's party after Ford sends a text to him from Brenna's phone, causing Greer to become jealous.|
|7||"Unplanned Parenthood"||Melanie Mayron||Benjamin C. Jones||July 22, 2014||1.13|
|April sees a fertility doctor before decides to start chemotherapy. Dominic is offered a traveling music journalist job that may cause him to be away from April for four months. Brenna starts give in to her romantic feelings for Greer. Sara starts to feel isolated, when her overprotectiveness becomes too much for April.|
|8||"Death Becomes Her"||Steve Miner||Jeanne Leitenberg||July 29, 2014|
|April and Leo help Jackson (Andy Mientus), a fellow cancer patient from their support group, live on what could be his last days of life. On a class field trip to Miami, Brenna along with Greer try to get to know Natalie. Sara spends the day with a group of other parents of cancer patients, and gets to know George a lot more.|
|9||"What to Expect When You're Expecting Chemo"||August 5, 2014|
|10||"Finding Chemo"||August 12, 2014|
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