|Occupation||Television producer, writer, author|
She has worked on the series Brothers & Sisters, American Dreams, Once and Again, Once Upon a Time, and Revenge, and is well known for creating and executive producing the The CW series Life Unexpected.
Tigelaar was born in the United States. She was adopted as a child, something that influenced her work on Life Unexpected. She grew up in Dallas, Texas, and Guilford, Connecticut, and graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in scriptwriting and politics.
2000–06: Early writing
Tigelaar, in 2000, was an assistant on the series Dawson's Creek and co-wrote her first episode with Holly Henderson, the third season episode, "Show Me Love". Tigelaar also co-wrote with Holly Henderson two novels in the Dawson's Creek Suspense Trilogy, a series of novels based on the characters from the television series.
From 2001-02, Tigelaar was an assistant to executive producer on the series Once and Again. Tigelaar became a writer for the series, American Dreams in 2002 and wrote two books based on the series in 2004. Tigelaar also wrote three episodes of the animated television series Totally Spies! from 2001-02.
2006–08: Continued writing, Stick It and PrettyTOUGH novels
Tigelaar was an associate producer on the 2006 comedy-drama film, Stick It, about gymnasts.
Tigelaar released her first novel as a solo writer in 2007 titled, PrettyTOUGH, a novel about two very different sisters, Krista and Charlie Brown, who have to face their differences and learn to work together when they are recruited for their high school soccer team. Tigelaar released a follow-up to the first novel titled, Playing with the Boys: A PrettyTOUGH Novel in 2008.
2009–11: Life Unexpected
In January 2009, it was announced that Tigelaar was developing a new drama series under the title, Light Years for The CW. According to Tigelaar, the title "tested way too sci-fi" and it was changed to LUX (the name of the shows lead character) in April. On May 22, 2009, The CW announced they had picked up the new series from Tigelaar, with shows name changed again and this time under the name Parental Discretion Advised. In June 2009, the network reverted to the name Life UneXpected, again highlighting the name of the main character in capital letters. Initial advertising for the series in fall 2009 listed it without the capitalized "X", which became the final version.
The series tells the story of teenager Lux, who had been through the foster care system for almost her whole life and decides on her 16th birthday, to become an emancipated minor, but before that occurs, she has to get signatures from her unknown birth parents. When a judge decides that Lux isn't ready for emancipation, Lux is unexpectedly granted temporary joint custody to her birth parents, Baze and Cate.
Life Unexpected premiered on The CW on January 18, 2010. The first season's 13-episode run ended on April 12, 2010. The series was picked up for a second season, which premiered on September 14, 2010. The CW declined to order more episodes for the show's second season, leaving the season's episode count at 13. On December 6, 2010, Tigelaar made the series cancellation official via Facebook. The series aired its last episode on January 18, 2011.
Tigelaar has received much praise for her work on Life Unexpected. A review in the Los Angeles Times called Tigelaar's writing smart and insightful. Similarly, Randee Dawn, from The Hollywood Reporter stated that Tigelaar "has a delicate, spot-on feel for dialogue." The Futon Critic's Brian Ford Sullivan singled out Tigelaar, as well as director Gary Fleder, in Life Unexpected for adeptly exploring Lux's perceived lack of love in her life.
2011–present: ABC Studios deal and The Joneses
In June 2011, Tigelaar began a development deal with ABC Studios and stated that she already had some things in mind. It was announced on August 19, 2011, that Tigelaar was reteaming with former Life Unexpected executive producers Gary Fleder and Mary Beth Basile on The Joneses, a drama series in development for ABC. It is based on the 2009 film of the same name that originally starred Demi Moore and David Duchovny.
Once Upon a Time
In May 2011, Tigelaar joined the crew of the ABC fantasy series Once Upon a Time, as a writer and co-executive producer. She has since departed the show to pursue greater involvement on Revenge. Episodes she contributed to included:
In Fall 2011, Tigelaar signed on to the ABC drama series Revenge as a writer and consulting producer. After the completion of the first season, Tigelaar left the show. Episodes she contributed to included:
- "Commitment" 01.13 (co-written with co-executive producer Mark B. Perry)
- "Justice" 01.18 (co-written with executive story editor Sallie Patrick)
- Tucker, Ken (August 4, 2009). "'Life Unexpected': Remember this TV show's name, and watch for it". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 20, 2010.
- "Adopted girl’s fantasy life becomes series". January 12, 2010. Retrieved December 21, 2011.
- "Interview with Liz Tigelaar". Austin Film Festival. Retrieved 2014-07-13.
- "Lighthouse Legend (Dawson's Creek Suspense Trilogy)". Retrieved December 21, 2011.
- "Bayou Blues (Dawson's Creek Special 2)". Retrieved December 21, 2011.
- "Star Maps (American Dreams Series)". Retrieved December 21, 2011.
- "End of Summer (American Dreams)". Retrieved December 21, 2011.
- "Pretty Tough Books". Retrieved December 21, 2011.
- Andreeva, Nellie (January 12, 2009). "Meet the CW's young parents". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on January 23, 2010. Retrieved January 23, 2010.
- "Today’s TV Addict Top 5: Things you didn’t know about LIFE UNEXPECTED". The TV Addict. January 25, 2010. Retrieved January 26, 2010.
- "The CW prefers them young, hot and serious". May 22, 2009. Retrieved December 21, 2011.
- Hibberd, James (May 18, 2010). "CW picks up 'Nikita,' 'Hellcats,' 'Life,' 'OTH'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 18, 2010.
- "Top Model, Hellcats to Kick off CW's New Season". TVGuide.com.
- "There Will Be No Back Order for Life Unexpected - Ratings". TVbytheNumbers. 2010-11-02. Retrieved 2012-07-12.
- CW. "Will Life Unexpected Be Cancelled Or Renewed? - Ratings". TVbytheNumbers. Retrieved 2012-07-12.
- "Life Unexpected Canceled What About Parenthood". E! Online. 2010-11-03. Retrieved 2012-07-12.
- Gelman, Vlada (January 18, 2010). "'Life Unexpected': Kristoffer Polaha previews the CW's new drama". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on January 26, 2010. Retrieved January 26, 2010.
- Horton, Kelly Jo (October 23, 2009). "Scene in Portland: CW Series Life UneXpected Shooting in Portland". The Portlander. Archived from the original on January 26, 2010. Retrieved January 26, 2010.
- Dawn, Randee (January 13, 2010). "Life Unexpected – TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Nielsen Business Media. Archived from the original on January 20, 2010. Retrieved January 20, 2010.
- Ford Sullivan, Brian (June 29, 2009). "The Futon's First Look: 'Life Unexpected'". The Futon Critic.
- "Vuguru - Pretty Tough". Vuguru. Retrieved December 21, 2011.
- "Life Unexpected Finale: Happily Ever After for All! Plus, Scoop on Liz Tigelaar's New ABC Deal". January 18, 2011. Retrieved December 21, 2011.
- "TVLine Items: House Vet to Good Wife, Big Bang Mom Returns, LUX Boss' New Show, and More". August 19, 2011. Retrieved December 21, 2011.
- "Bravo To Develop Liz Tigelaar’s Former ABC Pilot ‘The Joneses’". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2012-07-12.
- "TVLine Items: White Collar Nabs Dushku, Halle Berry Eyes TV Series, and More News to Know". June 1, 2011. Retrieved December 21, 2011.
- "'Once Upon a Time': Snow falls in love". Zap2it. November 6, 2011.
- "Once Upon a Time Review: A Snow White Worth Fighting For". TV Fanatic. November 6, 2011.
- Tigelaar, Liz (November 30, 2011). "Twitter / @liztigelaar: heading to the set of #revenge today. table read for #113. yay.". Twitter. Retrieved December 9, 2011.
- "Bravo Redeveloping ABC's 'Joneses' Remake From 'Life Unexpected' Creator". Hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 2012-07-13.