'18 to Life' premieres tonight: More Stacey Farber, please

stacey-farberImage Credit: George Pimentel/WireImage.comIt’s getting to that point in the summer where good, new television is hard to come by, which causes us to settle for reruns of Law & Order: SVU just to see how quickly we can guess the crime and criminal (ready, go: rape, creepy co-worker, time!). Sure there’s the great outdoors, but with bugs and humidity, eh, it’s overrated. Fear not, lost and lonely viewers, the CW is attempting to reel your wandering eyes in with the new sitcom 18 to Life, starring Michael Seater (Life with Derek) and Stacey Farber (Degrassi: The Next Generation).

The quirky, half-hour comedy (which premiered in Canada in January) follows 18-year-old neighbors Tom (Seater) and Jessie (Farber) who’ve fallen in love and get engaged on a dare (sort of like Farber’s Degrassi friends Emma and Spinner). Their impulsive decision leaves their very different sets of parents — Tom’s are pearl-wearing, rule-book following sticklers, while Jessie’s harbor Iraqi refugeesĀ  — at odds with one another over the fates of their children. Where will they live? What will they do? Who cares! 18 is the new 24 and he loves her enough to buy her tampons.

As for Degrassi similarities?

Surprisingly there aren’t that many. 18 to Life takes itself a lot less seriously and has more of a Malcom in the Middle feel than that of our favorite Canadian import (but Jessie’s friend does look like a brainy Manny Santos). 18 to Life premieres tonight at 9 p.m. EST. Check out the trailer below:

I’ve always been a fan of Ellie Nash (Farber), Degrassi’s sarcastic, aspiring journalist (go, nerds), even through her self-mutilation, goth period, and far too many years spent pining for Craig Manning. With many of her Degrassi castmates crossing the border and making it big in the U.S., I’ve been waiting for the day when Farber gets the break she deserves. She’s great in high school settings, but perhaps it’s time she graduate to something with more of an edge? You know, get a few indies under her belt, play the romantic interest to Jesse Eisenberg, revisit Ellie’s dark days in a supporting role to an ensemble drama, etc. Then again, big ratings on a major American network could make all of that possible…

Will you be tuning in, PopWatchers? Does 18 to Life have what it takes to fight off the summer doldrums? Are you happy to see Stacey Farber back on TV?

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  • Natalie

    This is actually the first I’m hearing about the show, and I watch wayyy too much TV. I’ll probably check it out, but if I haven’t heard of it before, I don’t imagine casual watchers will have, either. It’s sad to start off with such a disadvantage!

  • mizkiss

    I moved to Canada over the spring and have loved this show. Stacy Farber’s a gem and a half, and it’s awesome that she has the opportunity to show herself to a broader audience. So, it’s not the biggest show, but I’m really hoping it gets noticed one way or another <3

  • jason.

    I love that, finally, some of our shows are making headway down there for a change. Enjoy it!

  • Katie

    I watched this show when it aired here and Canada. I love Michael and Stacy from Life with Derek and Degrassi respectfully. 18 to Life was the only show I remember to watch every week, simply because I couldn’t get enough. I highly recommend this show.

  • Laura

    This is perfect becuase I have been feeling nostalgia for the old degrassi days, even if Ellie wasn’t one of my absolute favorites, Stacey Farber. I’m really interested to see her in a new kind of show.

  • Kelly

    I love Life With Derek, totally checking Derek’s US debut out.

  • Serge

    I live in Canada, and I’ve watched 18 to Life since it premiered in January. I wasn’t expecting much about this show, but i was pleasantly suprised and I got hooked quickly. It’s one of my favorite shows this year. And don’t judge the show just by the first episode, it gets even better in future episodes.

  • DW

    I love the coverage EW continually gives to all things Degrassi. However, the negative review this show received in the latest issue made me think I should skip it.

  • Sal

    I got the pilot for free on iTunes a few months ago. Wasn’t planning to watch it, but was glad I did!

  • sia

    I saw the whole first season and really enjoyed it! So glad it’s going to be in the states. Stacy and Michael are great together and the show is hella funny :)

  • cam

    so sick of canada and their beibers and mid summer import shows and their insistance that we “enjoy it.”

    • tom

      And after we dutifully picked up 17 seasons of ‘According to Jim’? Not nice, Cam.

  • Buzz

    One of the very very few English ( speaking) mainstream primetime ( barely , right?) TV shows shot in Montreal ever to make it on the air in the US OR Canada ..in eons it seems!!

  • Allie

    this looks good! loved michael seater on life with derek and stacey farber and this looks like a good family show to watch(not for young kids but for teens). hey maybe stacey will become the next ellen page!

  • Mouse209

    I was surprised to stumble on the pilot–and liked it. Good cornucopia of characters. Sometimes slipping out of gear and drag a bit. But had enough hook and humor to keep my attention. And no surprise it’s a Canadian import! The US should be adopting more. I’ll keep my eye on this!

  • gabs

    Eh. Ill give it a shot. Ellie was one of my favorites.

    I hope it is very good so that I can forgive Canada for Justin Bieber. Drakes not enough Canada.

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