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

25 08 2009
  • Jennie Garth (Kelly, Beverly Hills 90210) is back on Twitter with a slightly different username.
  • According to Michael Cudlitz (Tony, Beverly Hills 90210), James Eckhouse (Jim, Beverly Hills 90210) will be on an upcoming episode of Southland.
  • At the premiere for Extract, a film in which Dustin Milligan (Ethan, 90210) appears, he discussed how he won’t be back on the show.  Jessica Stroup (Silver, 90210), his girlfriend, was also there.
  • AnnaLynne McCord (Naomi) is on the cover of the first issue of Beauty Entertainment Magazine.
  • has a spoilish interview with McCord and Matt Lanter (Liam, 90210).
  • Star News posted a “first look” photo gallery for One Tree Hill’s seventh season.
  • According to the Associated Press, it hasn’t been decided what will happen to Antwon Tanner (Skills, One Tree Hill) in regards to his role on OTH.  Tanner plead guilty last week to fraud charges.
  • Ausiello has interesting spoilers on a Chuck (Ed Westwick, Gossip Girl) storyline for this season.
  • MTV is developing a U.S. version of Skins to be the “absolute opposite of Gossip Girl.”
  • Michelle Trachtenberg (Georgina, Gossip Girl) will star in Young Americans alongside Chris Pratt (Che, The O.C.). Coincidentally, Young Americans used to be the name of a show on The WB, a spin-0ff of Dawson’s Creek which starred Rodney Scott (Will, Dawson’s Creek).
  • MTV has an interview with Adam Brody (Seth, The O.C.) on his role in Jennifer’s Body.



8 responses

25 08 2009

If all goes well with the U.S. version of “Skins” will you begin to cover news about the show? I mean, technically it would be considered a “teen drama”. … And for that matter I was wondering whether you have ever watched some other teen oriented shows. I am talking about shows like “Gilmore Girls”, “Everwood”, and “Friday Night Lights”. I consider them all teen dramas and most recently I watched “My So-Called Life”. That was a very well written show. Just so you know I’m not criticizing any of the shows you do cover (because I watch them ALL too, lol), just curious to know what you think.

26 08 2009

Alyssa–That’s a great question! What I cover on TDW is determined by my definition of teen dramas: a 60-minute primetime show airing on one of the “Big Five” that focuses first and foremost on teens in high school.

That said…

Gilmore Girls: I watched it and loved it but I categorize it as a family drama since, primarily, the Gilmore family and the mother-daughter relationship is the basis for the show.

Everwood: One of my favorite shows of all time, but I categorize it as a family drama as the Brown and Abbott families are the primary focus of the show .

Friday Night Lights: I don’t watch it but, again, I categorize it as a family drama since–to my understanding–the premise is based off Coach Taylor’s family and his life as football coach (the high school relationships are secondary). Furthermore, one season aired on DirectTV, which not only isn’t part of the Big Five but also isn’t accessible to all (or even most) audiences.

My So-Called Life: Not only did it not air on the Big Five, it barely lasted a season. It’s a cult favorite, but doesn’t warrant coverage here.

Skins: Most likely not as it won’t be airing on the Big Five and–if I had to guess–it will be on later than primetime hours (i.e. like 11pm) due to the content.

There are a lot of shows that *could* be categorized as teen dramas (Wikipedia has a huge list) but I have a very specific definition–one that is followed by the television industry itself. The shows I cover are considered, not only by me but also by industry standards, to be “the” teen dramas of television.

26 08 2009

I read the spoiler about Chuck on Gossip Girl, and I love the show but think Chuck’s storyline is a very bad idea. I’ve said before that GG characters sometimes act “out of character” because of the storyline. This is another example.

Chuck is a pig but he’s *our* pig. I have to admit that as despicable as Chuck is, there’s something strangely magnetic about him — or maybe it’s just Ed Westwick’s performance, I don’t know. He’s so hateful and then every once in a while he does something totally sweet or honorable. You know if you get involved with him, well, he’s not necessarily involved with you, at least not one second after he’s done with you.

But he is what he is. Now, they’re going to make him what he’s not, presumably during sweeps.

26 08 2009

Erin–I don’t necessarily disagree with your points but we need to remember a few things:

-It is likely just a scene or even an episode, not a storyline. The mainstream media is making a much bigger deal out of it than it probably is.

-I don’t think it will air in sweeps time, as it is the 6th episode of the season, I believe, which should air in October assuming there’s no repeats.

-Lastly, while this might be out of character for the Chuck we know from the show, the one in the book was bisexual.

I also don’t think this brief encounter takes away from or changes anything you said about him above.

26 08 2009

Your points reassured me a little bit. We’ll see what happens, I guess.

But as I was reading your reply, I suddenly got a mental image of Blair, you, and me all fighting over Chuck. It was pretty funny. And Chuck was just standing there smirking at all of us, ready to claim the victor. 🙂

26 08 2009

That is too funny!

30 08 2009

Sorry I almost forgot that I had left that comment. Thanks for explaining. 😉 … It seems like we watch the exact same shows minus Friday Night Lights. Which btw is amazing and DirecTv did air the newest 3rd season episodes but then last February NBC re-aired them. I guess it is less costly for the network. They are planning on doing that for another two seasons. It is mainly about the coach’s family, but no more than BH 90210 centered on the Walsh’s, The O.C. on the Cohen’s, or One Tree Hill on the Scott’s. If you ever get the chance I recommend it 🙂

31 08 2009

Oh, how I wish I had time to watch more shows!

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