January 12, 2009 / 6:59 AM / 11 years ago

Meet the CW's very young parents

Actress Shiri Appleby poses in Los Angeles, California December 10, 2007. REUTERS/ Fred Prouser

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Shiri Appleby, who has mostly played ingenues or vixens, is taking on her first mother role for the CW’s hourlong pilot “Light Years.”

The comedy-drama centers on a 16-year-old foster kid (Brittany Robertson) who tracks down her slacker biological father (Kristoffer Polaha), and her mother (Appleby), who haven’t spoken since high school when their one-night stand resulted in pregnancy.

Appleby, who turned 30 last month, is just over 11 years older than Robertson. Polaha is 31.

Like its predecessor network the WB, the CW tends to go unrealistically young in the motherly department. Lauren Graham was barely 33 when she was cast as the mom of a teenage daughter in “Gilmore Girls,” 14-1/2-years older than screen daughter Alexis Bledel.

Appleby previously co-starred on the WB’s “Roswell.” Polaha recently co-starred on the short-lived CW drama “Valentine.”

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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