News Roundup: 90210, One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl and Dawson’s Creek

2 11 2009
  • The CW sent out another press release saying that 90210, once again, had drastic improvements in ratings when DVR numbers are factored in.  One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl got bumps, too.
  • All three shows are included in TVGuide.com’s November Sweeps Roundup, but it’s mostly just taken directly from the press release the network had sent out a week or so go.
  • E! Online has a short but spoilish interview with Tristan Wilds (Dixon, 90210).
  • Kellan Lutz (George, 90210) co-hosted a joint Halloween-New Moon event in Las Vegas this weekend.
  • The CW Source posted podcasts for last week’s One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl.
  • Right after Gossip Girl finished airing tonight, The CW sent out a press release touting the clip of the “Somebody to Love” by Leighton Meester (Blair) that was included in tonight’s ep.  The full song will be featured next week and the full video will premiere on The CW’s Web site right after the episode ends.  Furthermore, “Leighton will also be the featured artist on the “Gossip Girl’’ music page of CWTV.com (CWTV.com/ggmusic).  Gossip Girl-centric social networking sites will also be plugged into the buzz surrounding “Somebody To Love,” featuring Tweets, Facebook updates, MySpace alerts and more, as well as serving up multiple online links to the steamy video.”
  • Apparently Meester performed with Weezer this weekend.
  • Ed Westwick (Chuck, Gossip Girl) hosted the launch party for Todd DiCiurcio’s new exhibit.  Also in attendance were Jessica Szhor (Vanessa, Gossip Girl) and Hilary Duff (Olivia, Gossip Girl).
  • Blake Lively (Serena, Gossip Girl) is on the cover of the November issue of Nylon.  You can also read an excerpt of the story.
  • MTV has an interview with Michelle Trachtenberg (Georgina, Gossip Girl) on her GG role.
  • Meredith Monroe (Andie, Dawson’s Creek) has been added to the Paley Center panel taking place this Wednesday night.




Exclusive: Matt Barr on Going From Psycho Derek to Keith Van Der Woodsen

25 10 2009

Appearing on just one teen drama? Psht. Two? Forget that. If you’re Matt Barr, you have a trifecta going and will settle for nothing less.

Barr is perhaps best-known for playing Ian “Psycho Derek” Banks on One Tree Hill, but has two other teen drama roles under his belt: a young Keith van der Woodsen in Gossip Girl’s 80s flashback episode and Wes, a college student on The O.C.

What could make it even better?  This: Barr couldn’t have been nicer–or funnier–in our interview.  See for yourself below.

TeenDramaWhore: When you were cast on One Tree Hill, were you aware of all the twists in store for your character? Specifically, did you know you weren’t really Peyton’s brother and did you know you were going to go down the ‘stalker’ route?

Matt Barr: I really did go into it pretty blind.  The only information the producers shared with me in the beginning was that Derek had a dark side.  What that meant, I really had no idea.   Little did I know I was going to have time of my life!  I had no clue it would escalate the way it did, and to the degree it did.  I remember, towards the end of that wild character arc, I told creator Mark Schwahn, “Man, you’re really not afraid to go for it!”   Loved every minute of it.

TDW: How did you channel all the craziness you had to display?

Barr: Ha Ha.  Good question.  You know, truth is we all have this instinctual dark side to us.  I’m not saying it’s evil; it’s just this raw survival technique that, when placed in extreme circumstances, or faced with desperate measures, we are all capable of some pretty crazy things.   Ha ha. I remember when I was like 6 years old, it was my birthday, and as my mom brought my birthday cake to the table, my little brother jumped up and blew out all my candles.   I was so mad; I screamed and said something like, “I’m going to kill you, Luke!” Needless to say, I didn’t kill my brother that day.  He’s now 22, and bigger and stronger than me.  But you could say as I tapped into that angry craziness of Derek, it all started with my little bro.  I guess you just have to reach down inside yourself and pull it out.   Thanks, bro.

TDW: What goes in to coordinating fight scenes like the ones you had on the show? You had ones with Chad Michael Murray (Lucas), Hilarie Burton (Peyton) and Sophia Bush (Brooke). Is it different to do them with female costars versus the males?

Barr: So much coordination!  But I have a blast with that suff.  Although I did feel the pressure at times. I remember the stunt crew and the producers saying, “Please don’t injure or kill the stars of our show!” So we practiced plenty.  Funny story, though: at one point in a fight sequence, Sophia jumps on my back hitting me and I’m supposed to slam her into the wall [ed. note: Episode 4.16,  You Call It Madness, But I Call It Love].  Well, during filming, I’m trying to be extra fragile with Soph; I’m really acting here.  But Sophia was really selling it, because she was just beating the living crap out of me.  She’s so physical and athletic. So finally on one take, I got really into it, and slammed Sophia into that wall.  We fell down, and as I was checking to see it if I had accidentally killed Sophia, the director runs over and says, “Looked great guys.  So real!  Yeah, do it like that. OK, let’s go again.”    Sophia and I laughed.  We were pretty bruised by the end of the day.

TDW: Everyone always talks about the “tattoo” of Peyton you had on your back. How long did it take to apply?

Barr: You ready for this……like 2 mins.  It’s basically like the ones you get out of a pack of bubblegum.  Just stick it on, wet it, and peel it off. Well, a really big one of those.  Does that ruin the magic?

TDW: Are you recognized often as “Psycho Derek”?

Barr: All the time.  It blows my mind.  One Tree Hill fans are most loyal, hardcore fans on the planet.  They’re great.

TDW: I don’t know if this is too ‘out there’ but has the “Psycho Derek” rep affected your–let’s say–romantic life at all?

Barr: Ha ha.  Now that’s a question!  Lets just say the the whole “is that tattoo real” debate has come in handy a few times.

TDW: Are you still in touch with the cast?

Barr: I am.  Love those guys and gals.  They really made me feel like part of the family during my time on the show.  Lee Norris [Mouth] really took me under his wing.  Showed me the One Tree Hill ropes.  He’s probably the most genuine guy you’ll ever meet.   In fact, I owe him a call. (Note to self: call Lee back.)

TDW: You’ve actually guest-starred on 3 teen dramas: The O.C. (Episode 3.22, The College Try), One Tree Hill (seven episodes in season 4) and Gossip Girl (Episode 2.24, Valley Girls).  Any interest in joining one of them, or a similar show, for the long-term?

Barr: Well we actually shot the GG episode as a spin-off pilot.  Had the network picked up the series, it had the potential to be long-term. But yeah, if the right opportunity presents itself, I’ll jump at it.

TDW: Everyone expected your GG episode to lead to the spin-off.  Alas, that’s not happening.  Do you know what they had in store for your character and the show, had it been picked up?

Barr: Van Der Woodsen was going to be introduced as a relatively trivial character, but there was more substance to him than we perceived.  I was looking forward to going back to the 80′s.    My experience in the 80′s pretty much consisted of Ninja Turtle underwear, and threatening to kill my younger brother.

TDW: Any chance we’ll see more of you via flashbacks? Or any chance Ian will come back to Tree Hill to taunt Brooke?

Barr: Hey, this is Hollywood.  There’s always the possibility!  There’s worse things in life than taunting Sophia Bush!

TDW: You also starred in the serial killer mystery show, Harper’s Island, which was one of the “it” shows this past spring/summer. What was it like working on a show where you have absolutely no idea what’s going to happen in future episodes?

Barr: It was such a unique experience.  We, the actors, as we read the scripts from week to week, really experienced the show “in the moment.” Just like the audience does. Made it exciting and scary.  We had no clue who was going to live or die week to week.  I think it served us as actors, because just like our characters, we were living moment to moment, fighting for survival.

TDW: You also recently starred in Pedro, the made-for-TV film about a former Real World cast member who died of AIDS.  Was that just another acting project for you or did it have a special meaning/impact?

Barr: It was both.  I play this character named Puck.  One of the most colorful characters you’ll ever meet.  An actor’s dream.  I really wanted this part.  But also, Pedro Zamora’s story is important.   Even as the antagonist, I wanted to help tell the story of this real-life hero.

TDW: What projects are you working on now?

Barr: I’m heading to San Francisco in a couple days to work on this new show Trauma, for NBC.  [Ed. note: The episode will now air Nov. 2]  But I’ve also been producing a movie called Twelve Mighty Orphans, based on the book by Jim Dent.  I optioned the film rights a year ago.  A true story, it’s a Depression-era story set in an orphanage in Texas and this visionary coach/math teacher genius comes there and creates this football program, and inspires a sense of pride and excellence.   Similar to Seabiscuit, and Jim Braddock, this team of underdog orphans goes on to dominate high school football during the 1930s, and in the process, inspires an entire nation that was looking for heroes.   It’s the greatest human interest story I’ve ever read.  It’s going to make a fantastic movie.

TDW: Lastly, are you on Twitter or any other social networking site, such as Facebook or MySpace?

Barr: I’m not.  I’m a face-to-face kind of guy.

Come back next Sunday for another exclusive interview.

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Win a Signed Album From Jack Savoretti!

21 09 2009

I am giving away two albums signed by Jack Savoretti, whose song “Wonder” will be featured in the coda of tonight’s One Tree Hill.

Savoretti, who hails from London, digitally released his latest album “Harder Than Easy” in the U.S. last week.

Read on for my interview with Savoretti and for instructions on how to win one of the autographed CDs.

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TeenDramaWhore: When did you first know you wanted to be a musician?

Jack Savoretti: The first time I ever heard songs like “Sound Of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel , and “Forever Young” by Bob Dylan I realized the power of music behind words, and how words can be brought to people in song rather than just on paper… Music allows you to put your own meaning on words you use everyday, and that’s when I started using music, and therefore became a musician.

TDW: Who are your music influences?

Savoretti: My influences are pretty endless, as I find new ones everyday, but the first had to be the likes of Paul Simon, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, The Band , Bradley Nowell (Sublime), Bob Dylan, and Italian singer songwriters in the likes of Fabrizio De Andre.

TDW: How would you describe your sound?

Savoretti: I wanted this album to have all the sounds that have influenced me from the old American music that has been such a part of a culture that I love, to the sound of the Mediterranean with which I grew up with.

TDW: Do you think the music scenes in the U.S. and Britain are different?

Savoretti:
I think the music scene in the UK and the US has always been different and always will be. To be fair, the music scene in every country is somewhat unique. People make music, and people are going through different things in different countries, and the music always reflects that. That’s the beauty of music.

TDW: Will you be touring in the U.S. at all?

Savoretti: It’s definitely in the cards. I think every musician’s dream is to tour the USA.

TDW: How did you get involved with One Tree Hill?

Savoretti: The folks from One Tree Hill have always been extremely generous to new artists like myself . There seems to be a great relationship between the show and music. It seems to play a role in the show as important as the characters, and is often used to define a character. I have been very fortunate to have been involved with the show.

TDW: Why do you think the song “Wonder” was chosen?

Savoretti: I can’t really say why. The writers of the show have been kind enough to think it fits.

TDW: Have you seen the episode yet?

Savoretti: I can’t say I have , as I am in London, and we are always a couple months behind you guys.

TDW: Will you be doing anything to celebrate its airing?

Savoretti: I have a feeling I’ll be smiling a lot more than usual …

You can find out more about Jack Savoretti on his official MySpace page or follow him on Twitter.

Comment below with your favorite One Tree Hill music moment–not a performance, but one specific scene with a specific song playing in the background. Tell me why you love that scene and why the song works perfectly.  The two best submissions will each get a CD autographed by Savoretti. You have until Wednesday at 11:59pm central time to comment!

Be sure to come back at 7pm central for my live-blog of tonight’s episode and on Sunday for another exclusive interview.

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News Roundup: One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl, The O.C. and 90210

7 09 2009
  • Rewatch the One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl season finales tonight.  The new seasons premiere next week.
  • Shantel Van Santen (Quinn, One Tree Hill) is featured in the September issue of Nylon.
  • The new OTH Connection podcast has an interview with Robert Buckley (Clayton, One Tree Hill).
  • Some overseas fans are trying to organize a One Tree Hill convention in the UK.
  • Leighton Meester (Blair, Gossip Girl) is up for Best Lead Actress in a Drama in the EWwys.
  • Taylor Momsen (Jenny, Gossip Girl) now has an official MySpace page.  And this is her official site.
  • Stephanie Savage (executive producer, Gossip Girl; The O.C.) and Rebecca Rand Kirshner Sinclair (executive producer, 90210) get shoutouts in this article.
  • Starpulse and HitFix have spoilish interviews with Michael Steger (Navid, 90210).
  • The Chicago Tribune has a spoilish interview with Matt Lanter (Liam, 90210).
  • TVGuide.com has a spoilish interview with Trevor Donovan (Teddy, 90210).
  • PEOPLE.com has a 90210-themed “Love Connection” game.




News Roundup: Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill and 90210

11 08 2009
  • Just found a great site for Gossip Girl podcasts.  They’re also doing a Gossip Girl  Biggest Fan contest.
  • MTV News has another article with Chace Crawford (Nate, Gossip Girl), seemingly from the same Teen Choice interview.
  • Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill and 90210 are all nominated for Best Kiss in The CW Sourcies.
  • Eclipse Magazine has an interview with One Tree Hill creator, Mark Schwahn.
  • The Wrap explains the origins of the Brooke (Sophia Bush, One Tree Hill)-Julian (Austin Nichols, One Tree Hill) making out on the beach promo.
  • Everly, the band that Bethany Joy Galeotti (Haley, One Tree Hill) plays in, has started a Twitter account.
  • Kate Voegele (Mia, One Tree Hill) did a video segment for MySpace Fashion.
  • SoapNet appears to have updated their One Tree Hill 101 photo gallery.
  • SoapNet will be airing a mini-marathon of One Tree Hill episodes this weekend.  I’ll post a reminder Sunday morning.
  • Dan (Paul Johansson, One Tree Hill) and Lucas (Chad Michael Murray, One Tree Hill) are featured in a SoapNet photo gallery on father-son relationships.  Dylan (Luke Perry, Beverly Hills 90210) and Jack (Josh Taylor, Beverly Hills 90210) are also included.
  • There’s a new 90210 promo for the upcoming season.
  • Zachary Ray Sherman will appear on 90210 this season as Jasper.  The article elaborates on the spoilish story I posted last month.  As a commenter pointed out, there was already a Jasper on Beverly Hills 90210.
  • If you live in or near New York City, you can meet AnnaLynne McCord (Naomi, 90210) on Thursday.




Trivia Night Results!

5 08 2009

Thanks to everyone who participated in trivia night!

The theme was The O.C. and at our peak we had 12 players.

THE WINNERS ARE…

First Place: *First-ever Perfect Score* @totallyrosalie, 34/34

Second Place: *Three-way Tie* @naleymisafan, 28/34 (YouTube, YouTube2); @LuciCalegari, 28/34; @jeska777, 28/34

Third Place: @LissaLou30, 26/34 (MySpace)

Thanks again to everyone who played. I am grateful for every one of you!

Our next trivia night will be Tuesday (8/11/09) at 7pm with One Tree Hill as the theme.

Hope you’ll join us!





Trivia Night Results!

29 07 2009

Thanks to everyone who participated in trivia night!

The theme was Dawson’s Creek and at our peak we had 10 players.

THE WINNERS ARE…

First Place: @ElwoodJBlues, with 24.5 out of 30 possible points (Blog)

Second Place: @KrystalDawn6293, 24/30 (MySpace)

Third Place: @naleymisafan, 17/30 (YouTube)

Thanks again to everyone who played. I am grateful for every one of you!

Our next trivia night will be Tuesday (8/4/09) at 7pm CENTRAL TIME with The O.C. as the theme.

Hope you’ll join us!








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