News Roundup: Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill and 90210

31 07 2009
  • posted a behind-the-scenes video featuring some of the Gossip Girl cast.
  • also has a story on the “Gossip Guys” getting new apartments.
  • Sebastian Stan (Carter, Gossip Girl) discussed working with his real-life girlfriend Leighton Meester (Blair, Gossip Girl).
  • Tyra Banks will guest-star on Gossip Girl this season but won’t be playing herself, according to AusielloKorbi and Kristin have a few details on Banks’ character.
  • Scenes from Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill and 90210 are nominated for Funniest Moment and Best Villain in the Sourcies.
  • Lindsay Wolfington, One Tree Hill’s music supervisor, tweeted 2 Twitpics from an on-set performance by Noisettes.
  • Per an e-mail I got from Joe Manganiello (Owen, One Tree Hill), if you live in LA you can see him in the play Drinking Games.
  • The One Tree Hill reunion trip will be canceled if there’s not enough interest so go check it out!
  • TV Squad has a spoilish article on 90210.
  • A few teen drama stars will be at various TCA anels this weekend and next week, so let know if you have any questions for them!

Fun Fact

31 07 2009

I’ve mentioned some fun facts in the past, and I think I’m going to make it a semi-regular feature like Random Thought and Random Question.

So here we go…

Did you know both Dawson’s Creek and One Tree Hill did homages to The Breakfast Club?



What other film allusions do you recall?

News Roundup: Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, Dawson’s Creek and The O.C.

30 07 2009
  • In an interview with MTV, Taylor Momsen (Jenny, Gossip Girl) says she got permission from producer Stephanie Savage before cutting her hair last season.
  • A very Happy Birthday to Lisa Goldstein (Millicent, One Tree Hill).  She turned 28 today.
  • An article on filming in North Carolina mentions both One Tree Hill and Dawson’s Creek.
  • Kevin Williamson, the creator of Dawson’s Creek, is on Twitter.
  • Greg Berlanti, one of Dawson’s Creek’s writer-producers, recalled in an interview the difficulty in scripting Jack’s (Kerr Smith) first kiss with a guy–which also happened to be the first for network primetime TV.
  • Zap2it says reports of “suicidal actions” by Mischa Barton (Marissa, The O.C.) are false.
  • Olivia Wilde (Alex, The O.C.) is included in a photo gallery called “TV Stars Go to the Movies.”

Exclusive: Dawson’s Creek Actor and NU Professor David Downs

30 07 2009

The back-story: I never had David Downs as a professor while I attended Northwestern University, but the one time we shared a room together, I instantly recognized him.  We were at the 2006 Stage and Screen Writers Panel, where successful alumni come back to give advice to undergrads. We were both there to see Greg Berlanti, a writer and executive producer for Dawson’s Creek.  As I chatted with both of them, it became clear where I knew Professor Downs from–Dawson’s Creek episodes! (Just for fun: here are two photos from that day.)

Downs starred in five episodes as Mr. Kasdan, a teacher at Capeside High.  He also appeared in five episodes of Everwood, another show by Berlanti, and one of Scrubs (Downs taught both Berlanti and Zach Braff).  I recently interviewed him about his role on Dawson’s Creek, as well as his knowledge about the television and acting industries in general.  I hope you’ll agree that he provides a unique perspective.

TeenDramaWhore: What classes do you teach at Northwestern? What are the biggest lessons about the entertainment industry you want students to take away from them?

David Downs: I’m retired. I taught the three-year acting course at NU.  Truly, the entertainment industry never entered into the classwork. I was teaching acting.  For theatre.  We worked on great drama from the Greeks to the present.

TDW: You’ve been the professor for well-known Hollywood players such as Greg Berlanti and Zach Braff. You even got a special thanks in Garden State.  Are you able to easily identify students with bright futures like theirs?

Downs: Believe it or not, I never spent any energy trying to discern who might make a celebrity path in the entertainment industry.  I was always focused on acting, on learning what great drama and great theatre had to teach students–whether or not those students pursued performance in their post-class lives.

TDW: Dawson’s Creek fans will recognize you from the show as Mr. Kasdan, a teacher at Capeside High.  How did that work, considering Northwestern is in Chicago and DC filmed in Wilmington?  Did you audition for the role, or did it stem from a connection you had?

Downs: In the summer of 2001, Greg Berlanti invited me to stay with him in LA to write a play.  One evening he looked up from a script he was working on and he said, “Wanna be in Dawson’s Creek?”  The studio saw the episode and decided to include me in other episodes that season.  During the year, I flew to Wilmington from Evanston (Illinois) for a few days each time I had an episode.  It was a great experience.

TDW: In your role, you had a few memorable scenes with Joshua Jackson (Pacey) and Katie Holmes (Joey).  Do you recall what they were like?  Did you forsee their careers exploding (especially of late) the way they have?

Downs: Katie was the first of the regulars whom I met.  I went into the make-up and hair trailer and there she was.  She was lovely and gracious and unassuming and welcoming.  Joshua was a great jokester and yet was always professional when the camera was rolling.  I also loved scenes with Michelle Williams [Jen].  These were hard-working young people thrown quickly into celebrity.  I think filming in Wilmington helped to keep them sane and grounded.

TDW: Are you still in touch with any of the cast?

Downs: No.  but a recent alum, Meghan Markle, was just cast as a new regular for the upcoming season of Fringe.  I gave her a photo taken of me and Joshua in 2001.  It would be fun to visit with him and her sometime.

TDW: Teen dramas have come a long way since the Dawson’s Creek era.  Are you familiar with the newer shows like Gossip Girl and the 90210 remake?  Do you see changes in the genre?

Downs: Aha.  I haven’t seen any of GG or 90210.

TDW: Will we catch you on-screen again any time soon?

Downs: Hah!  I always get email from friends who catch me on a rerun of Scrubs or Grey’s Anatomy.  I don’t audition but every once in a while I’ll get that call, Wanna be on my show? and I always say yes. So you never know.

YouTube Clips with David Downs: Self Reliance and  The Graduate.

Don’t forget–come back this Sunday for another exclusive interview!

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

29 07 2009

Spoiler: Mega Buzz

29 07 2009


Will Harry have an affair with Kelly on 90210? — H.G.
MICKEY: Not yet, according to my West Bev mole, but it’s definitely part of a long-term plan. In the meantime, look for both of the senior Wilsons and Kelly to have amped-up storylines in the fall — a bold stance for a CW show with an explicit mandate to attract younger viewers.

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.


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!

News Roundup: 90210, Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill and More

28 07 2009
  • I find it pretty disgusting that Perez Hilton is selling Team Tori and Team Candy tee shirts.  Guess it’s also disgusting that I’m giving it attention.
  • Taylor Momsen (Jenny, Gossip Girl) is on the cover of Teen Vogue.  They posted an interview excerpt online and also has a story on it.
  • The next part of the Gossip Girl bracket is available.
  • Gossip Girl’s Valley Girls (the 80s episode) and One Tree Hill’s We Three – My Echo, My Shadow and Me (the 1940s episode) are nominated for Best Special Episode in the Sourcies.
  • According to the above link, Victoria (Daphne Zuniga) won in the Hooray! The Bitch is Back category.
  • There’s a commercial for the One Tree Hill Season 6 DVD.
  • India de Beaufort has joined the cast of One Tree Hill as Miranda, who comes to down to take over Peyton’s record company for her.  Not happy about this!
  • Hilarie Burton (Peyton, One Tree Hill) posted another vlog on the SoGoPro site.
  • According to MTV News, Mischa Barton (Marissa, The O.C.) has been out of the hospital since “early last week.”
  • According to E!Online, Barton won’t be at the Television Critics Association panel for The Beautiful Life.  The other show mentioned in the article, Life Unexpected, stars Kerr Smith (Jack, Dawson’s Creek).
  • has an interview with a director who was inspired by the Marissa-Alex (Olivia Wilde) relationship on The O.C.
  • Peter Gallagher (Sandy, The O.C.) stars in Adam, which will be released in theaters this weekend.
  • The Guardian says The Vampire Diaries, which stars Paul Wesley (Donnie, The O.C.) is “a Frankenstein’s monster of teenage programming, featuring the hot teens of Beverley Hills 90210, the arched eyebrows of Gossip Girl, the soft heart of Dawson’s Creek, and some fangs.” I  thought that was cute.
  • An article on Jeff Wachtel, the head of programming for the USA Network, recounts his involvement with the origins of Dawson’s Creek.

Random Thought

28 07 2009

Look at the recent release dates for the Beverly Hills 90210 DVDs:

Season 4: April 29, 2008

Season 5: July 29, 2008

Season 6: November 25, 32008

Season 7: April 7, 2009

According to the past schedule, then, we’re due for another release but it’s way too late for the summer cycle.  They could be going right to fall, but they usually announce the set a few months before it officially goes on sale.  For instance, the season 7 DVD was announced in January–4 months before it was released.

By that calculation, we should be hearing about season 8 any day now, especially since we haven’t already.  And my anxiousness is getting the best of me.

I keep checking my number one source,, but they’ve been silent.  And if they don’t have anything, then there’s nothing.

Which makes me a) sad and b) nervous.  It took a long time for season 1 to come out–the pilot was released separately a whole 2 years before and a whopping 4 years after the series ended–particularly because of struggles with rights to the show and the music.  I can only fear that the same is what’s holding up the last 3 seasons and I can only hope that it won’t hold them up for good.

Another theory is that they’re planning a package release for the last 3 or working on a complete series collection, a la Dawson’s Creek.  But they’d make a lot more money first releasing them individually and then enticing fans to buy the series (I know I would).

Of course, they could just be taking their sweet time and maybe working on some awesome extras (especially since the last few sets didn’t have any).  They could also be waiting for the 19th or 20th anniversaries of the show’s premiere, coming up in October of this year and next.  It’s also a lot harder when you don’t have a new season to promote, an advantage shared by One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl.

So what’s going on?  I have no idea and it’s killing me!

Trivia Night TONIGHT!

28 07 2009

THE THEME: Dawson’s Creek

THE TIME AND PLACE: 7PM eastern tonight on Twitter

THE PROCESS:  I will tweet a question.  You @reply me (i.e. put @sizzlemaker first) with the answer within 2 minutes.  I’ll tweet the correct answer and give the next question.

THE SCORING: You get 2 points per a correction question.  Point values may increase for harder questions.  The top 3 finishers will have their Twitter accounts and Web sites plugged on this site.

Questions? Comments? Concerns?  @reply me before the game begins!

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