Chasing Life

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Chasing Life
Chasing Life.jpg
Promotional poster
Genre Drama
Created by Jean-Marie Poire
Based on Terminales
by Miguel Angel Fox
Developed by
  • Susanna Fogel
  • Joni Lefkowitz
Starring
Opening theme "Can't Stop Won't Stop" by Harper Blynn[1]
Composer(s) Stephen Endelman
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 34 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Susanna Fogel
  • Joni Lefkowitz
  • Patrick Sean Smith
  • Aaron Kaplan
  • Jean-Marie Poire
  • Michael A. Garcia
  • John Ziffren
Producer(s)
  • David Hartle
  • Salli Newman
Location(s) Boston Massacuettes France
Running time 43 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original network ABC Family
Original release June 10, 2014 (2014-06-10) – September 28, 2015 (2015-09-28)
External links
Official website

Chasing Life is an American television drama series that aired on ABC Family from June 10, 2014 to September 28, 2015.[2][3] The series is adapted from the Televisa Spanish-language Mexican television series Terminales.[4][5] 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.[6] On July 15, 2014, ABC Family ordered another episode to air as a Christmas special, bringing the episode order to 21.[7]

On November 6, 2014, the series was renewed for a second season.[8] Originally slated to premiere on August 17, 2015, the season two premiere was moved up to July 6.[9]

Chasing Life was canceled on October 2, 2015.[10]

Premise[edit]

Chasing Life follows 24-year-old April, who is a smart and quick-witted aspiring journalist trying to advance her career at a Boston newspaper by impressing 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 sweet grandmother. Just as things start to look up at work, home, and on the romance front with co-worker Dominic, April finds out from an estranged uncle that she has leukemia.

Cast and Characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

  • Italia Ricci as April Lauren 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. She works as a therapist but her 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. Breaks up with April after finding out she hadn't told him about cancer. Then, begins to date April’s sister, Natalie but he doesn't commit to it, because he's clearly still in love with April.
  • Haley Ramm as Brenna Carver, April's rebellious teenage sister, who went into a bad place after her father's 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. She is dating both Kieren and Greer but after they both made her choose, she chose Greer only to have Greer's parents disapprove of her and forbid them to see each other. In the Christmas special, Brenna came out as bisexual.
  • 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.

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Scott Michael Foster as Leo Hendrie, the son of a famous politician, who also has cancer. Also a love interest of April. Eventually asks April to marry him, and she says yes and they get married. Shortly after, he passes away in his sleep.
  • Rebecca Schull as Emma, Sara's mother and April and Brenna's grandmother.
  • Samantha Knauer as April and Brenna's cousin.
  • Jessica Meraz as Natalie Ortiz, April and Brenna's paternal half-sister. She is younger than April, but older than Brenna. Thomas had an affair resulting with Natalie's birth many years ago, which Sara and George knew about.
  • Abhi Sinha as Danny Gupta, April's former co-worker turned friend.
  • Steven Weber as Dr. George Carver, April and Brenna's paternal uncle, who has a romantic interest in Sara.
  • Gracie Dzienny as Greer Danville, a popular girl from Brenna's school, who is Brenna's ex-girlfriend. She briefly lived with Brenna after a fallout with her parents before moving with her dad.
  • Dylan Gelula as Ford, Brenna's best friend. They go through a rough patch when Brenna gets involved with Greer, but she is shown to be fiercely loyal.
  • Merrin Dungey as Dr. Susan Hamburg, April's doctor.
  • Shi Ne Nielson as Raquel Avila, April's supervisor turned rival
  • Rob Kerkovich as Graham, Dominic's roommate and Beth's ex-boyfriend, whom she broke up with due to commitment issues.
  • Augusto Aguilera as Kieran, Brenna's older ex-boyfriend who is also her boss at an art gallery/tattoo parlor.
  • Alycia Grant as Meg, April's friend from her cancer support group.
  • Todd Waring as Bruce Hendrie, Leo's father and Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate.
  • Andy Mientus as Jackson, a fellow cancer patient from April and Leo's cancer support group.
  • Aurora Perrineau as Margo, Brenna's film club advisor, whom she briefly got romantically involved with
  • Parker Mack as Finn Madill, a cancer patient who attends Brenna's new public school. Unbeknownst to the two of them, Brenna happens to also be Finn's bone marrow donor.
  • Vondie Curtis-Hall as Lawrence, April and Danny's boss at The Boston Post.
  • Tom Irwin as Thomas Carver, April, Brenna and Natalie's father and George's brother. Known to the world as a famous novelist, his personal life remains a mystery that his daughters are trying to sort through.
  • Stephen Schneider as Aaron Phillips, April and Danny's boss at The Boston Post, who replaced Lawrence.
  • Bob Gebert as Dr. Stibler, Leo's doctor.

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 21 June 10, 2014 (2014-06-10) March 23, 2015 (2015-03-23)
2 13 July 6, 2015 (2015-07-06) September 28, 2015 (2015-09-28)

Broadcast[edit]

Chasing Life premiered on June 10, 2014, running ten episodes out of an already ordered twenty. On July 15, 2014, an additional episode for the first season functioning as a Christmas special was ordered, and aired on December 9, 2014.[11] The season returned on January 19, 2015. On November 6, 2014, Chasing Life was renewed for a second season.[12] The second season premiere in July 2015 and concluded in September 2015.

In Canada, the series premiered on ABC Spark on June 10, 2014.[13]

In Australia, the series premiered on Fox8 on July 21, 2014,[14] and returned for the second half of season one on February 3, 2015.[15]

Reception[edit]

U.S. ratings[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Episode Air date Time slot (ET) Rating/Share
(18–49)
Viewers
(million)
1 1 "Pilot" June 10, 2014 (2014-06-10) Tuesdays
9:00 p.m.
0.5 1.34
2 2 "Help Wanted" June 17, 2014 (2014-06-17) 0.5 1.11
3 3 "Blood Cancer Sex Carrots" June 24, 2014 (2014-06-24) 0.5 1.11
4 4 "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" July 1, 2014 (2014-07-01) 0.5 1.12
5 5 "The Family That Lies Together" July 8, 2014 (2014-07-08) 0.5 1.21
6 6 "Clear Minds, Full Lives, Can't Eat" July 15, 2014 (2014-07-15) 0.5 1.19
7 7 "Unplanned Parenthood" July 22, 2014 (2014-07-22) 0.5 1.13
8 8 "Death Becomes Her" July 29, 2014 (2014-07-29) 0.4 1.08
9 9 "What to Expect When You're Expecting Chemo" August 5, 2014 (2014-08-05) 0.5 1.11
10 10 "Finding Chemo" August 12, 2014 (2014-08-12) 0.6 1.30
11 11 "Locks of Love" December 9, 2014 (2014-12-09) 0.5 1.22
12 12 "Next April" January 19, 2015 (2015-01-19) Mondays
9:00 p.m.
0.4 1.02
13 13 "Guess Who's Coming to Donate?" January 26, 2015 (2015-01-26) 0.3 0.78
14 14 "Cancer Friends with Benefits" February 2, 2015 (2015-02-02) 0.3 0.78
15 15 "April Just Wants to Have Fun" February 9, 2015 (2015-02-09) 0.4 0.91
16 16 "The Big Leagues" February 16, 2015 (2015-02-16) 0.3 0.81
17 17 "Model Behavior" February 23, 2015 (2015-02-23) 0.2 0.80
18 18 "Rest in Peace" March 2, 2015 (2015-03-02) 0.2 0.73
19 19 "Life, Actually" March 9, 2015 (2015-03-09) 0.2 0.64
20 20 "No News Is Bad News" March 16, 2015 (2015-03-16) 0.2 0.69
21 21 "One Day" March 23, 2015 (2015-03-23) 0.4 0.93
22 1 "A View from the Ledge" July 6, 2015 (2015-07-06) 0.3 0.72
23 2 "The Age of Consent" July 13, 2015 (2015-07-13) 0.3 0.79
24 3 "Life of Brenna" July 20, 2015 (2015-07-20) 0.3 0.72
25 4 "Truly Madly Deeply" July 27, 2015 (2015-07-27) 0.2 0.60
26 5 "The Domino Effect" August 3, 2015 (2015-08-03) 0.2 0.61
27 6 "The Last W" August 10, 2015 (2015-08-10) 0.3 0.75
28 7 "As Long As We Both Shall Live" August 17, 2015 (2015-08-17) 0.3 0.75
29 8 "The Ghost in You" August 24, 2015 (2015-08-24) 0.3 0.77
30 9 "Wild Thing" August 31, 2015 (2015-08-31) 0.3 0.64
31 10 "A Bottle of Secrets" September 7, 2015 (2015-09-07) 0.2 0.59
32 11 "First Person" September 14, 2015 (2015-09-14) 0.3 0.68
33 12 "Ready or Not" September 21, 2015 (2015-09-21) 0.2 0.54
34 13 "La Dolce Vita" September 28, 2015 (2015-09-28) 0.2 0.49

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2014 Teen Choice Award[16] Choice TV Breakout Show Chasing Life Nominated
Choice TV Breakout Star: Male Richard Brancatisano Nominated
Choice Summer TV Star: Female Italia Ricci Nominated
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV Show Chasing Life Nominated
Choice Summer TV Star: Female Italia Ricci Nominated

International broadcasting[edit]

Country / Region Channel Premiere Title Ref.
 United States ABC Family June 10, 2014 Chasing Life [2]
 Canada ABC Spark [17]
 Australia Fox8 July 21, 2014 [18]
Latin America (orthographic projection).svg Latin America Fox Life October 14, 2014 [19]
 Turkey Dizimax Drama October 22, 2014 [20]
 Germany Disney Channel January 13, 2015 [21]
 Poland Lifetime April 8, 2015 Pojedynek na życie [22]
 Bulgaria FoxLife August 14, 2015 Борба за живот
 Italy Premium Stories September 4, 2015 Chasing Life [23]
 India Colors Infinity September 10, 2015 Chasing Life [24]
 Mexico Canal 5* November 12, 2016 Apreciando la vida [25]

References[edit]

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  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 24, 2013). "ABC Family Pilot 'Terminales' Picked Up - Titled 'Chasing Life'". Deadline.com. Retrieved October 3, 2013. 
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 27, 2013). "ABC Family's 'Chasing Life' Gets Back Order Ahead Of Premiere". Deadline.com. Retrieved November 28, 2013. 
  7. ^ Bucksbaum, Sydney (July 15, 2014). "'Pretty Little Liars,' 'The Fosters,' 'Switched at Birth' and more ABC Family shows airing holiday themed episodes". Zap2it. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  8. ^ Lesley Goldberg. "ABC Family's 'Chasing Life' Renewed for Second Season". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  9. ^ Elizabeth Wagmeister. "'Chasing Life' Season 2 Premiere Date Moved to July 6 This Summer". Variety. 
  10. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (October 2, 2015). "ABC Family's 'Chasing Life' Canceled After Two Seasons". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 3, 2016. 
  11. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (July 15, 2014). "ABC Family Announces Special Holiday Episodes of 'Melissa & Joey', 'Baby Daddy', 'Pretty Little Liars' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 20, 2015. 
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 6, 2014). "'Chasing Life' Renewed For Second Season By ABC Family". Deadline. 
  13. ^ "ABC Spark Announces Summer 2014 Schedule Including Premiere Dates For New Series Chasing Life, Young & Hungry and Mystery Girls". Retrieved 2014-12-05. 
  14. ^ Knox, David (June 27, 2014). "Airdate: Chasing Life". TV Tonight. Retrieved April 13, 2016. 
  15. ^ DHiggins (February 5, 2015). "February: 150+ new and returning shows, movies and sport events". Foxtel. Retrieved April 13, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Second Wave of Nominations for 'Teen Choice 2014' Announced". July 17, 2014. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  17. ^ "ABC Spark Announces Summer 2014 Schedule Including Premiere Dates For New Series Chasing Life, Young & Hungry and Mystery Girls". Retrieved 2014-12-05. 
  18. ^ "Foxtel - Blog". Retrieved 2014-12-15. 
  19. ^ "Chasing Life". Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  20. ^ "Digiturk - Yeni bölümü için çarşamba günü iple çektiğin...". Facebook. 
  21. ^ "Chasing Life: Deutsche TV-Premiere im Januar bei Disney". Retrieved 2014-12-05. 
  22. ^ "„Pojedynek na życie" od 8.04 w Lifetime". Retrieved 2015-08-14. 
  23. ^ "Chasing Life, dal 4 settembre su Premium Stories". Retrieved 2015-08-14. 
  24. ^ "Colors Infinity to launch new shows & premieres in tune with US telecast". Retrieved 2015-08-14. 
  25. ^ "Horario de "Terminales" (USA) en México". 

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