Acclaimed new series to debut Monday, Jan. 18

The CW has found a home for its most highly regarded new series of the year.

“Life Unexpected,” which is already scoring strong notices from TV crix, is set to air on Mondays starting Jan. 18. The C-Dub hasn’t yet confirmed the scheduling, but the show is expected to air at 9 p.m.

That’s the slot currently held by “Gossip Girl,” which will go on hiatus for several weeks, before returning in the spring to finish up its 24-episode order, with 12 originals in a row. Once “Girl” is back, “Life Unexpected” will then shift down to 8 p.m., while “One Tree Hill” takes a break. The goal for the CW: A Monday night of all original episodes, from January until the end of the season.

“Life Unexpected” centers on a 15-year-old (Britt Robertson) who looks to get out of foster care by petitioning to be an emancipated minor. A judge instead puts her in the reluctant care of her biological parents (Shiri Appleby and Kristoffer Polaha), who had given her up for adoption as a baby.

CBS TV Studios and Warner Bros. TV produce; Liz Tigelaar, Janet Leahy and Gary Fleder are exec producers.

CW is expected to announce its full midseason plan shortly.

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