The CW’s already-critically-beloved drama Life Unexpected will premiere in the Gossip Girl slot Jan. 18 (then take the One Tree Hill spot while it goes on a break, making for all-original Mondays throughout the back half of the season). And I’m asking you right now: Please don’t use the GG/OTH downtime to organize your iPod playlists or, you know, go out. Program the DVR as soon as this show’s available on the little search-box thing. The Juno-meets-Gilmore Girls dramedy — about a preternaturally mature teen named Lux (Britt Robertson) who, to get emancipated from foster care, seeks out her emotionally stunted biological parents (Shiri Appleby and Kristoffer Polaha) — has that heartwarming/witty/real combination that used to be a WB staple, back in the heyday of Lorelai, Rory, Dawson’s Creek, and Everwood. It’s absolutely worth watching just because it’ll make you laugh and cry and marvel at how Kerr Smith (who plays Appleby’s fiance) looks exactly the same as he did back when he was Jack on Dawson. But it would also be great to show The CW — and every other network catering to young folks — that there’s a market for these kinds of shows in addition to glossier (Gossip Girl), trendier (Vampire Diaries), and retread-ier (Melrose Place) fare. I love those shows, too, but I hope there’s room for this one:

What do you think, PopWatchers? What must we do to get you to watch?