Let’s Compare Scenes

27 09 2009

1. Dawson’s Creek: Episode 3.20, The Longest Day

Joey and Pacey decide to end their developing relationship after sneaking around best friend Dawson’s back.

2. One Tree Hill: Episode 1.15, Suddenly Everything Has Changed

Peyton and Lucas decide to end their developing relationship after sneaking around best friend Brooke’s back.

Click to watch! (Skip to 34.40)

Exclusive: Austin Nichols Wants Brulian To Get Married!

27 09 2009

In just one season, Austin Nichols’ Julian had quite the evolution on One Tree Hill.  When he first showed up, fans worried he’d play homewrecker to Leyton’s finally-back-on relationship.  Instead we ended up with perhaps the most dedicated boyfriend Sophia Bush’s Brooke has ever seen and a new leading man for the show’s seventh season.

TeenDramaWhore: What was your reaction when you found out you were being promoted to a series regular?

Austin Nichols: Fear. To be perfectly honest, I didn’t want to do it. The thing about a television series is that you have to have faith that the material is going to be good. Because all you know is episode 1. You have no idea what episode 2-22 will contain. But after many conversations with my captain Mark Schwahn, I felt better about signing up.

TDW: Why do you think the audience has taken such a liking to Brooke and Julian?

Nichols: Because when we look at each other, volcanoes erupt, the earth quakes, and glitter falls from the sky.

TDW: I know I was particularly touched by Julian’s closeness with Sam (Ashley Rickards). Do you want to see him and Brooke have a family?

Nichols: Children!!!  Absolutely. I want a litter. A whole team of little Brookes and Julians. Twins. Black ones. White ones. Brown and yellow too.  Remember the show, JUST THE TEN OF US?  We are going to remake that show with Brooke and Julian and their 8 kids.

TDW: Is there any storyline you’d like to see Julian face?

Nichols: I would like to tackle marriage. The aforementioned children.  And I want to see Julian make a movie. I think it would be outstanding to make a short film and release it on the internet. A film by Julian Baker.  Or by Austin Nichols.

TDW: With the return of Julian’s dad [Episode 7.02, What Are You Willing To Lose], will we learn more about Julian’s past?

Nichols: Well, absolutely.  The most brilliant thing they could do when writing the third INDIANA JONES: The Last Crusade, was introduce Indy’s father. That glimpse into Indy’s past and to see how his behavior changes around his dad is revelatory. A guy who could have any woman, any artifact, and defeat any foe, becomes a little boy in the presence of Sean Connery.  Families with checkered pasts tend to spend the present repairing that damage.

TDW: What’s one thing that’s easy about working on a show like OTH and one thing that’s difficult?

Nichols: Easy: no traffic here. Hard: living without In-N-Out Burger.

TDW: You’re signed on to star in Pedestrian, which is being made by Hilarie Burton’s company, Southern Gothic Productions. What’s it like working with her in a non-OTH capacity?

Nichols: PEDESTRIAN is a great script. And Lincoln Booth is one of those characters that doesn’t come around all that often. Working with Hilarie is a piece of cake. She is sharp and quick and a great leader.

TDW: Tell me more about your character, Lincoln Booth. What attracted you to the role?

Nichols: I can’t really say anything about my character except that something deep inside me started to rumble when I read him. This is either a really good sign or a disaster. We shall see!!!!  🙂

TDW: You have a creative writing degree and were an avid water-skier growing up. Are these two things still a part of your life?

Nichols: I am constantly writing. Some ideas soar. And others crash. Right now, it’s a story of a young woman who finds herself pregnant with no money and no one to depend on. She moves out to the desert to start over. I occasionally jump on some skis and do a few flips. Don’t want to forget how.  But my mom [Kay Nichols] just won her 15th national title, after beating cancer a few years back.

TDW: You also have a big interest in film.  What’s one mainstream movie and one lesser-known movie you’ve seen recently?

Nichols: 500 Days of Summer is very creative. Right up my alley. Also, in the video store scene, they placed one of my DVDs right in the middle of the two actors. I was delighted. Haha!!  Humpday was very interesting. Anvil! The Story Of Anvil is a brilliant rock doc.   I enjoyed many parts of Inglourius Basterds. Christopher Waltz should have statues built in tribute to his performance.

TDW: Have you thought about getting an official Twitter account?

Nichols: Twitter?  What’s twitter?    Sounds like a term for a titty twister. 🙂

Be sure to come back next Sunday for another exclusive interview, this time in honor of Beverly Hills 90210’s 19th anniversary.

Complete TDW Interview Index

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

26 09 2009
  • I will be unable to live-blog One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl this Monday, since it is a holiday for me.  I will do a reaction post instead, like I did last season.
  • Tinsley Mortimer, the New York socialite who appeared as herself in a season 2 episode of Gossip Girl, will have her own reality show on The CW.
  • TV Guide Magazine has a very short but very spoilish interview with AnnaLynne McCord (Naomi, 90210).
  • Jennie Garth (Kelly, Beverly Hills 90210) tweeted a little bit of a spoiler (although I’ve already posted this info).
  • The Flaming Lips reference their appearance on Beverly Hills 90210 in this article.
  • The Beautiful Life, starring Mischa Barton (Marissa, The O.C.) has been cancelled–the first canellation of the new fall season.
  • MTV has an interview with Cam Gigandet (Volchok, The O.C.).

Jack Savoretti Contest Winners!

26 09 2009

A big thank you everyone who entered the Jack Savoretti-One Tree Hill music contest.

My favorite thing about the contest was the memories of One Tree Hill it brought back.  Each submission referenced a wonderful OTH scene and gave me chills as I watched them again. As you can imagine, choosing the winners was quite difficult.  I am proud to say I was able to put aside my personal opinions (otherwise Leyton scenes would’ve taken the whole thing!) and choose based on what was truly the best scenes artistically, aurally visually with the best explanation.

I have two winners, who will reach receive an autographed CD, and two honorable mentions.

WINNER #1: Dora

My favourite is season 6 episode 6 where Milly makes a list of things for Brooke to do, and the music is Dreamers by Jack Savoretti. At that moment with that perfectly chosen music everythings seems possible even going to outer space. And right now im at a moment in my life where i cant reach my dreams and they are the only happiness in my life now. So i kinda escape in my dreams all the time, but that scene and that music gives me streghts to struggle and keep fighting and reach my goles and make my dreams come true in my life somehow.

I had NO IDEA that a Jack Savoretti song had been used on One Tree Hill previously.  (Note to self: do more research next time!)  How could I not pick this one? But Jack Savoretti-connection aside, this submission stood out for other reasons.  It was the only one that was more focused on a friendship than a relationship.  OTH has had some great friendship bonding scenes, and this is one of them.  It really established how much Millie cares for Brooke and how deep both of their hearts are.  This was also one of the few entries that really related the song and scene back to their own personal life.  I like that Dora went into what the song means to her.  That shows the impact One Tree Hill and its music can really have on a person.

WINNER #2: Shailee

My favourite music moment was season 2, episode 19. There is a powerful scene where Nathan is in a race car, driving fast to try make the speed take the pain away. its dramatic because he is in such a low place now that Haley is gone and he has just realised that he has to make the decision about whether it was ‘true love’ or not, and if he needs to let Haley go from his life.

As he begins to travel around the circuit by himself, the song “Like a Man Possessed” by The Get Up Kids starts playing. Its has a slow begining, with a light electric guitar riff. As the characters see that he is unresponsive, determined to stay and speed dangerously, ingnoring saftey and their calls to stop, the music become more urgent and powerful, complimented by flashes of sweet moments that Nathan and Haley experieced together before she left.

The music is pounding at this point and every time I watch that scene my heart aches for him and beats so fast in anticipation of coming to the climax of the song. Then, as if the music was created exactly for that moment, we are pulled through the chorus to see Nathan smash into the wall and the song slow. In an erie calm moment of the music the audience sees the outcome of the crash with the music in background, now only listening to the emotive strain of the lead singer.

Despite working with a powerful scene to begin with, it is a challenge to find a song that can match the gravity of the situation, and that is why this song was so perfect for the moment and reminds me of that scene even when I listen to it know, years later.

This was an interesting choice because it came from season 2, which many fans argue is the worst, and since the song itself and the scene visually focuses on just Nathan when the point being made is really about his relationship with Naley, as Shailee points out.  I’m a sucker for any scene with flashbacks, and this one did a great job flashing back to several classic Naley moments to show just why exactly Nathan is “a man possessed.”  Shailee also did a great job explaining how the sound of the song amplified the intensity of the action, which isn’t always the goal in a scene but obviously worked wonders here.


This was a no-brainer for me because this song is now my ringtone!

In season 4 after Lucas has his heart attack Peyton is struggling in every sense of the word. She feels hopeless and helpless and doesn’t know if Lucas is going to be okay, which is especially devastating because she and Lucas FINALLY get together moments before his heart attack. So what does Peyton turn to? MUSIC. She shows up at the record store, and Max (Mark Schwahn) recommends that she listen to La Rocca’s Non-Believer. The chorus of the song says “do you take the non-believers? Cuz I’m a non-believer…” The song captures exactly how Peyton is feeling because she wants to believe that heaven exists, but she’s unsure. The scene in which she plays this song for Lucas and puts the headphones in his ears as he lays in the hospital bed, is without a doubt the best music meets scene moment on One Tree Hill to date.

I liked Kaitlin’s choice for a number of reasons.  First, it was from a memorable episode for both Naley and Leyton fans.  Second, it was one of the few OTH episodes that featured show creator Mark Schwahn, who was and is largely responsible for the great music we hear on the show and the way it’s integrated with the scenes.  Lastly, the scene itself–Peyton, teary-eyed, at the hospital, playing the song for Lucas–is filled with such overwhelming emotion in an already emotionally-charged episode that it just sends you over the edge.  That is One Tree Hill music at its best.


I have given this a lot of thought since I first heard of the contest taking place. After much contemplation, I can’t pick just one. It’s tied between two for me. (Sorry!) The first is the coda in 3.22, which was the season 3 finale. The song was, “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” by Led Zeppelin. I think it spoke volumes how a serialized show on a non-cable and non-major network was able to obtain rights to have the song incorporated into the show. It world well with the feelings portrayed at the time and the action that was taking place as the lyrics swirled through our ears with the music. The thing about Led Zeppelin is, each of their songs have different melodies. None of them are the same. To me, that is paralleled with One Tree Hill in the sense that nothing is ever the same or what we expect it to be.

The other music moment that I think was perhaps the most emotional and affected me most was the coda for episode 3.16, “With Tired Eyes, Tired Minds, Tired Souls, We Slept.” The song was “God Bless the Child” sung by Michelle Featherstone. All I can really say is WOW! It was such an important episode, powerful, thought-provoking, emotional, and most of all displayed how socially aware the show and producers are with the world around their audience. School violence is very much a big part of life nowadays, even children are bringing guns to elementary school. I think that Lindsay knew what she was doing by just putting that one song in the episode. We didn’t want the importance or message to be taken away or more subdued by the music. The words in the song strike me straight to the heart…… the one lyrics in particular, “God bless the child who is broken and bruised.” Close-up shots were taken of every character and it made me see the correlation between the lyrics, the character and the audience. We all have our struggles, our trials, our tribulations and we are one in the same. It was an episode that broke so many and I admit, I wept for hours afterwards. But in life and from experience, there have been few times where a show or a movie has made such a personal impact and a social one. And I pride in the fact knowing One Tree Hill is that show.

Oh, Angela! If only she picked just one of these!  Both are fantabulous entries and individually could have taken the whole competition, hands down, with the latter coming from quite possibly the most memorable One Tree Hill episode of all time.  She nailed the effect that both the song/scene and the episode had, and she clearly understands the use of music in a television show like OTH.  And the comparison she makes between Led Zeppelin melodies and the show is pure genius.  BUT: I had to stick to the contest rules, which said ONE song/scene only.  It wouldn’t be fair to everyone else for this entry to win because it has two–two amazing choices, but two nonetheless.

I easily could’ve justified putting any one of the others on the list (especially Sarah’s “Heartbeats” entry and Nora’s “Dare You To Move” submission) but at some point I just had to buckle down and declare some of them as the best of the best.  For future contests, perhaps I’ll open it up to everyone to choose the winners via a poll.

Thanks again to everyone who participated!

Happy Birthday Lee Norris!

25 09 2009

Norris (Mouth, One Tree Hill) turns 28 today!


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

25 09 2009
  • Check out this video segment of Shenae Grimes (Annie, 90210) and Jessica Stroup (Silver, 90210) on The Jay Leno Show Wednesday night.
  • Silver’s sex tape in season one of 90210 made a TVGuide.com list of Unsexiest Sex Scene.
  • Sarah Solovay blogged about being selected for the 90210 soundtrack.
  • TVFanatic has an interview with Robert Buckley (Clay, One Tree Hill).
  • India de Beaufort (Miranda, One Tree Hill) recorded a message for fans.
  • The New York Post has an article on Gossip Girl’s fictional depiction of NYU versus the reality.
  • Kelly Rutherford (Lily, Gossip Girl) has filed a restraining order against her estranged husband.
  • Edwin McCain credits Dawson’s Creek for part of his success.

Fun Fact

24 09 2009

Did you know many characters on our teen dramas have the same names?

Keep reading for tons of examples:

David: a main character on Beverly Hills 90210, and Jack’s boyfriend on Dawson’s Creek

Scott: a main character on Beverly Hills 90210 and a last name on One Tree Hill

Matt: a main character on Beverly Hills 90210, Joey’s mural-wrecker on Dawson’s Creek and Sandy’s partner on The O.C.

Zach: Carly’s son on Beverly Hills 90210 and Summer’s boyfriend on The O.C.

Nikki/Nicki: Brandon’s girlfriend on Beverly Hills 90210, Dawson’s classmate on Dawson’s Creek and Jake’s babymama on One Tree Hill

Samantha/Sam: Steve’s mom on Beverly Hills 90210 and Brooke’s “foster kid” on One Tree Hill

Abby: Valerie’s mom on Beverly Hills 90210, Jen’s friend on Dawson’s Creek and the witness to Keith’s murder on One Tree Hill

Emma: Brandon’s cheatee on Beverly Hills 90210 and Pacey & Jack’s roommate on Dawson’s Creek

Henry: Brandon’s boss on Beverly Hills 90210 and Jen’s boyfriend on Dawson’s Creek

Tracy: Brandon’s girlfriend on  Beverly Hills 90210 and Naomi’s mom on 90210

Cliff: Donna’s suitor on Beverly Hills 90210 and Dawson’s classmate on Dawson’s Creek

Sophie: David’s girlfriend on Beverly Hills 90210 and Sandy’s mom on The O.C.

Lauren: Matt’s wife on Beverly Hills 90210 and Jamie’s teacher on One Tree Hill

Allison/Alison: Kelly’s fellow fire victim on Beverly Hills 90210 and Dan/Jenny’s mom on Gossip Girl

Elle: the transvestite on Beverly Hills 90210 and Chuck’s mystery woman on Gossip Girl

Jen: a main character on Dawson’s Creek and Naomi’s sister on 90210

Jack: a main character on Dawson’s Creek, Dylan’s dad on Beverly Hills 90210 and Chuck’s uncle on Gossip Girl

Oliver: Dawson’s film partner on Dawson’s Creek and Marissa’s friend/suitor on The O.C.

Alex: Pacey’s boss on Dawson’s Creek and Seth/Marissa’s girlfriend on The O.C.

Eddie: Joey’s boyfriend on Dawson’s Creek and Theresa’s boyfriend on The O.C.

Ty: Jen’s boyfriend on Dawson’s Creek and Adrianna’s babydaddy on 90210

Ryan: a main character on The O.C. and 90210, and Steve’s brother on Beverly Hills 90210

Taylor: a main character on The O.C. and Haley’s sister on One Tree Hill

Jimmy: a main character on The O.C. and Mouth/Lucas’ friend on One Tree Hill

Anna: Seth’s girlfriend on The O.C. and Lucas’ girlfriend on One Tree Hill

Carter: Kirsten’s business partner on The O.C. and everyone’s frenemy on Gossip Girl

Lindsay/Lindsey: Ryan’s girlfriend on The O.C. and Lucas’ girlfriend on The O.C.

Theresa: Ryan’s girlfriend on The O.C. and the gang’s classmate/friend on One Tree Hill

Lucas/Luke: a main chacter on One Tree Hill and Marissa’s boyfriend on The O.C.

Nathan/Nate: a main character on One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl

Haley/Hailey: a main character on One Tree Hill and Kirsten’s sister on The O.C.

Dan: a main character on One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl, and Andrea’s boyfriend on Beverly  Hills 90210

Keith: a main character on One Tree Hill and Steve’s fraternity brother on Beverly Hills 90210

Karen: a main character on One Tree Hill and Pacey’s co-worker on Dawson’s Creek

Deb/Debbie: a main character on One Tree Hill and 90210

Rachel: a main character on One Tree Hill, Sandy’s colleague on The O.C. and Serena/Blair’s teacher on Gossip Girl

Cooper: Nathan’s uncle on One Tree Hill and a last name on The O.C.

Chuck: a main character on Gossip Girl and Jamie’s classmate on One Tree Hill

Jenny: a main character on Gossip Girl and Jake’s daughter on One Tree Hill

Lily: a main character on Gossip Girl, Dawson’s sister on Dawson’s Creek and Lucas’ sister on One Tree Hill

Ethan: a main character on 90210 and Jack’s boyfriend on Dawson’s Creek

Dixon: a main character on 90210 and Lucas’ director on One Tree Hill

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