Chasing LIfe on ABCFamily isnít strictly about
cancer, but its major plot arc and themes stem
from the main characterís leukemia. While this
sounds like a major downer, the show has humor
and heart and doesnít make you feel like you are
watching a show that is intent on breaking your
Italia Ricci plays April Carver, a 24 year old
aspiring journalist who lives with her mother,
grandmother, and little sister. April learns she
has cancer from her estranged Uncle George
(Steven Weber) and struggles to tell the people
in her life about her diagnosis. SInce her
fatherís death, her family trouble moving on and
April holds Uncle George responsible for his
death and is angry about his subsequent absence
from their lives.
Even though this show has a macabre premise, and
at times will tug at your heart strings, it is
filled with some really funny moments. Aprilís
best friend, Beth (Aisha Dee) provides some
funny moments as the carefree bestfriend that is
the first to know the news about Aprilís cancer.
Their dynamic provides levity to a show that
could drag us down a pretty dark road.
There is also a dreamy love interest in the mix,
coworker. Dominic played by Richard Brancatisano.
He gives a little light heartedness to it,as
well. April stumbles through awkward moments
with him, and makes missteps trying to further
her career. We also get a little intrigue in the
form of a mystery sister, that will probably
take the whole season to sort out.
ABCFamily is excellent at infusing frothy fare
with more heavy themes, and has found a good
balance with shows like The Fosters and Switched
at Birth. If you like those, or the recently
cancelled Bunheads, then this will appeal to you
as well. Chasing Life is cute enough that I can
excuse the cancer gimmick, and has the potential
to have enough depth to move beyond the single
premise. I would like to think that I wouldíve
watched this show even if April didnít have
How much distance do you think this show can get
out of Aprilís sickness? How long until we are
sick of it.
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