News Roundup: Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill and 90210

31 07 2009
  • PEOPLE.com posted a behind-the-scenes video featuring some of the Gossip Girl cast.
  • PEOPLE.com 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 TVGuide.com know if you have any questions for them!
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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?

DAWSON’S CREEK, 1.7:  DETENTION

ONE TREE HILL, 5.9: FOR TONIGHT YOU’RE ONLY HERE TO KNOW

Click to watch more scenes from this episode!

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 TVGuide.com 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

RELEVANT QUESTIONS–DON’T READ IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW!!!

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.

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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