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

23 02 2010
  • Be sure to check out The CW’s site for all the new video content this week.
  • Last night’s One Tree Hill (2.2 million viewers) rose a bit in the ratings compared to last week. The CW sent out a press release touting the ratings increase–but remember, last week was a season- and (I think) series-low and 2.2 is about the season average so this isn’t much to brag about. The network also says this is the highest rating since Dec. 7, but three out of the last five episodes (not including this one) had a 2.2 (rounded) rating so I don’t get that part, and considering the Dec. 7 rating was 2.6, this, again, isn’t brag-worthy.
  • Mike Grubbs (Grubbs, One Tree Hill) has a funny vlog that sorta kinda features James Lafferty (Nathan, One Tree Hill).
  • The new One Tree Hill Connection podcast has an interview with Amanda Schull (Sara/Katie, One Tree Hill).
  • Korbi is asking which Tuesday show you miss the most and 90210 is one of the options.
  • Zuzanna Szadkowski (Dorota, Gossip Girl) spoke at Barnard, her alma mater, last weekend.
  • The Celebrity Cafe has an interview with James Van Der Beek (Dawson, Dawson’s Creek).
  • IFC.com has an interesting article on Michelle Williams (Jen, Dawson’s Creek) and her career.




Spoiler: Watch With Kristin

23 02 2010

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

Cassandra in Prescott, Ariz.: What’s going to be happening when 90210 finally returns?
Get ready for some major stalking from 90210‘s creepy drug dealer, Jasper. He’ll continue blackmailing Annie over the hit-and-run death of his uncle, but when she finally stands up to him, his lurkiness increases tenfold. And the will-they-won’t-they love story between Silver and Teddy quickly becomes a will, then a won’t-again, then back to a will…for now at least.

Michelle in Austin: Anything else on 90210?
Even though Liam and Naomi are back together, things will not be easy. In fact, they are downright uncomfortable—no conversation, awkward pauses. The only thing good between the two is the sex…and we’ll see lots of it.

Simone in Hemet, Calif.: Any scoop on Southland? I need a Ben McKenzie-Michael Cudlitz fix!
New episodes of Southland finally premiere next Tuesday, and the documentary-style drama is better than ever. In addition serving up the usual crime and grime of LAPD life, the new Southland eps are a treat for O.C. fans. Look for a second Ryan-Oliver reunion when Ben Sherman’s (Ben McKenzie) sister tries to set him up with a cute girl (Grey’s Anatomy‘s Nora Zehetner), and she arrives in the company of some bonehead 90210 types including Wade (Taylor Handley). And Amaury Nolasco (Prison Break) is fabulous as Regina King‘s temporary new partner. Start praying now that the ratings for Southland’s new season are awesome and that TNT sees fit to order another stack of episodes. This show is too good to lose.

Credit: E! Online

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Notes:

The Southland question mentioned Michael Cudlitz (Tony, Beverly Hills 90210) but, oddly, he wasn’t mentioned in the answer.

Also not sure what “bonehead 90210 types” is supposed to mean.

Handley also played Patrick on Dawson’s Creek.





Live-Blog: One Tree Hill 7.18

22 02 2010

Last Week’s Reaction Post

Keep refreshing this page throughout the show for plot developments, quotes and commentary.


EPISODE 7.18: The Last Day Of Our Acquaintance

  • Previously On: Lydia has cancer, Brooke finds Alex in Julian’s bed, Mouth asks Lauren out, Clay meets Katie Ryan, who looks like Sara
  • This is the last episode until April 19 24 26. Starting next week, Life Unexpected will air in this timeslot.
  • One Tree Hill over a blue background, not the usual black. Odd.
  • Alex is outside of Josh’s trailer.
  • Julian’s dad is pissed off because Josh won’t come out because he has a “wardrobe malfunction.”
  • Julian is an hour late to set and has just arrived.
  • Julian threatens to tell everyone who Josh slept with last week if he doesn’t come out.
  • He does and everyone is shocked by Josh being dressed in half a tank top and short shorts.
  • Julian calls to Brooke, saying this is not the outfit they discussed.
  • Q1: I guess I made a huge stupid unforgivable mistake….I guess I’m also a dirty no good liar.–Brooke
  • I guess she’s sabotaging things as revenge for what she thinks happened between Julian and Alex.
  • Lydia has left a message for Taylor.
  • Lydia is making Haley’s favorite birthday soup since they didn’t speak on her birthday. Apparently that’s the first time ever.
  • Haley tells Lydia she loves her.
  • Lydia says she’s been saying that constantly, as if she’ll keel over any second, but she understands and “I love you to..”
  • Katie Ryan is in talking to her roommate about meeting an agent with a “very naked ring finger.”
  • Q2: This might just be the first day of the rest of my life.–Katie
  • She predicts he’ll sign her or marry her.
  • Lauren and Mouth are walking in town.
  • He apologizes for asking her out.
  • He explains he was drunk and inspired by a speech Haley gave.
  • Lauren says she’s flattered but she’s concerned about Millicent, not Skills.
  • Q3: I would rather be your partner-in-crime than your rebound.–Lauren
  • He accepts.
  • Nathan is looking at Lydia’s funeral plans when Haley comes in.
  • She’s surprised by how in-depth it is.
  • He says he’ll read through it all. Aw.
  • Haley wonders how she’s going to do this.
  • Q4: The same way you always do. Graciously and courageously and with me by your side every step of the way.–Nathan
  • Clay takes a picture of Katie.
  • She says she hopes it’s the beginning of a beautiful relationship.
  • Haley goes into the kitchen and finds Lydia passed out on the floor.
  • She freaks out, calls for Nathan and dials 911.
  • Alex is talking about a good day versus a bad day has to do with getting enough sleep.
  • Brooke is dressing her and stabs her with a needle.
  • Alex realizes Brooke is upset about “the sex.” I’m sure she means sex with Alexander.
  • Katie says she’s training a lot but looks great and could appear on a Wheaties box.
  • Clay says he sees her talents but he can’t represent her.
  • She’s confused.
  • He says he thought he could but he can’t and he can’t explain why.
  • Q5: If you can’t sign me, the least you can do is take me out on a consolation date. I saw the way you were looking at me last night. You were practically imagining our babies.–Katie
  • Have to say Amanda Schull isn’t working for me as a brunette with dry-looking hair. Anyway.
  • She puts her hands on his and they’re interrupted by a phone call.
  • I assume it’s Quinn. He says he’ll leave right away.
  • Katie gives him her number but he says nothing will happen and calls her Sara.
  • She’s confused–who is Sara, she asks.
  • Brooke drops clothes in CoB, where Victoria is looking melancholy.
  • She makes clear she’s having a bad day.
  • Q6: It was fine until the ex love of my live and the current bane of my existence made it clear they did the wild thing last night.–Brooke
  • Victoria apologizes and admits she was stood up.
  • Brooke assumes it was Paul, though Victoria tries to say she never said it was Paul she was dating.
  • Q7: It’s clear the Julian apple didn’t fall far from the sleazy Paul tree.–Brooke
  • Haley and Quinn walk into Lydia’s hospital room.
  • She’s awake but looks tired. She’s still talkative and making jokes, though.
  • But she says the doctors spoke to her and she knows she doesn’t have much time.
  • She says it’s okay because she had wonderful visits for each of her kids.
  • Oh, really? I would like to know more about that.
  • Quinn says it’s not fair because the doctors said she had a few more months.
  • Lydia says she wanted to stick around until they made things right with Taylor.
  • I guess Taylor and the other siblings are okay?
  • Lydia reminds them that they and Taylor used to be inseparable.
  • Quinn makes a comment about Taylor not being human.
  • Q8: Two out of three ain’t bad.–Lydia
  • WHAT?! How about two out of four?! There’s another daughter, Vivian. Unless they are rewriting history, which has become the norm with this storyline. Hmmm.
  • Gossip Girl promo.
  • Quinn is at Taylor’s door. Looks like a nice house. Where does Taylor live?
  • Quinn says Lydia collapsed and “this is it” and she should say goodbye.
  • Taylor says no and Quinn says she doesn’t understand this.
  • Q9: I don’t know when or why you became such a colossal selfish bitch.–Quinn
  • But she still loves her and she knows mom loves her and wants to see her.
  • Taylor says she will continue to be a failure.
  • Quinn leaves but not before leaving a picture of them.
  • Taylor cries, saying she “doesn’t want this.”
  • Haley is by Lydia’s bedside.
  • Lydia says she was dreaming about Jimmy.
  • She reminisces about meeting him.
  • Q10: You’d be surprised what you don’t know about that man or both of us, actually.–Lydia
  • Haley wants to know.
  • Their song was Don’t Think Twice by Bob Dylan.
  • Haley points out it is a break-up song but Lydia says it was the first time they…yeah.
  • Lydia talks about their first kiss and winning his heart and how he loved her soup.
  • Haley says she doesn’t have the recipe and Lydia says she will write it down.
  • Haley gets into bed with Lydia as she explains it.
  • Jamie is stroking Chester.
  • Nathan comes in and tells him they need to talk.
  • He tells Jamie that Lydia got sicker while he was at Andre’s and she’s in the hospital and wants to see him.
  • Q11: “She’s going to die now, isn’t she?” “Man-to-man? Yeah, buddy, pretty soon.”–Jamie and Nathan
  • Jamie says he has Chester because of Lydia.
  • Nathan says he and Haley bought Chester.
  • Jamie points out Lydia taught him to wish upon a star and he wished for Chester. Aw.
  • Alex is talking on the phone about having sex.
  • Brooke overhears and is obviously dismayed.
  • Alex comments that the last girl “he” was with “nearly qualified for a senior citizen discount.”
  • Brooke asks Julian if he did final hair and makeup call yet. He says no.
  • Brooke then turns around and punches Alex in the face!
  • Oh boy. This is terrible. I am sure Alex is talking about Alexander and has no idea Brooke is getting bothered because she thinks it was Julian or even that Brooke is bothered at all.
  • But Brooke keeps assuming it’s Julian–perhaps rationally so–but she’s wrong so she’ll be the “bad guy” when all is said and done.
  • 90210 promo.
  • Julian is trying to get Alex is come-to.
  • Her eye is red.
  • She says she’s fine but keeps saying ouch.
  • Julian tells Brooke to “get off my set.”
  • She keeps trying to defend what she did but he yells again and again to get off his set.
  • Haley is making the soup.
  • Nathan says it smells good.
  • He tells her he told Jamie.
  • Q12: Of course he did. He’s so familiar with death.–Haley
  • Hmmm. Quentin died. Jimmy died. Grandpa Dan almost died. Okay, Haley.
  • But he’s how old now? Not THAT uncommon. Of course, still sucks regardless. I don’t think you get used to it at any age.
  • Q13: Yes, it’s bad! My mom is dying and I’m making soup! And I can’t stop it! Because nothing can stop it! There’s just so many moments that go with her when she dies. I don’t know the right questions to ask and I’m not ready. I’m just not ready for this.–Haley
  • Brooke walks into CoB with frozen vegetables on her hand. Makes me flashback to her and frozen vegetables on her eye. (Season 4)
  • Alexander is wondering what happened.
  • Brooke explains that she found Alex naked in Julian’s room with him in the shower.
  • Alexander explains that he was with a naked Alex last night.
  • Brooke realizes her mistake. That, yes, it was Julian’s room for whatever reason but it wasn’t Julian who was in here with Alex.
  • She walks off and Alexander wonders “how bad can it be?”
  • Julian’s dad says they are “screwed” because it will be weeks until the swelling goes down on Alex’s face.
  • Julian says everything will be fine but his dad isn’t having it.
  • Josh hits on Alex. And it is going on way too long. Next scene, please.
  • Katie googles “Clay Evans” and then adds Sara to the search. She finds a picture of them from their wedding.
  • She smirks.
  • Haley is dishing Lydia soup in her hospital room.
  • Haley is nervous about how it tastes.
  • Lydia says it’s perfect.
  • Haley says it’s not perfect because it’s a two-person recipe.
  • Q14: I realized it’s not the soup I love. It’s making it with my mom and she’s leaving me.–Haley
  • Q15: I may have some unconventional beliefs about the after life but I am not leaving you. Prepare to be haunted Haley James Scott.–Lydia
  • Jamie comes in cheerful and Lydia is happy to see him.
  • Jamie is in bed with her and has a book Haley reads to him when she’s sick. He begins to read it to her.
  • Nice that Haley isn’t crying in front of Jamie right now. That takes strength.
  • Brooke is laying on the floor in the store.
  • Victoria comes in.
  • Q16: I’m trying to find a place to hang myself.–Brooke
  • Victoria says not to be dramatic.
  • She joins Brooke on the floor. Aw. Cute. So un-Victoria.
  • Q17: I’m the donkey in a big stupid Shakespearean mix-up.–Brooke
  • Wow. So true! This is so Shakespearean tragi-comedy.
  • Brooke explains what happened with Alex/Alexander and how she screwed things up. I missed an awesome quote. Damn.
  • She does say Julian is the one boy that makes her world turn. Take that, Lucas Scott! (And Jamie Scott! Aw, sad.)
  • Victoria says she’s overlooking the best part: Julian didn’t sleep with Alex.
  • And she reminds Brooke that the ass turns into a human again when he makes up for his mistakes.
  • Clay and Quinn come into Lydia’s room. He has a Proxima (projecter).
  • He excuses himself.
  • Q18: You know I loved David. But I have the same feeling I did with Nathan. He’s one of the good ones.–Lydia.
  • Groan. So contrived. This is an example of them pushing Quinn and Clay on us and this is an example of when I can’t stand it.
  • Quinn says she really loves him but hasn’t told him yet.
  • Lydia tells her not to be afraid to do it.
  • She says Quinn has been the girl with the most passion.
  • Q19: Give your head permission to follow your heart.–Lydia
  • Quinn promises.
  • Taylor walks in.
  • Brooke goes to Alex’s hotel room.
  • Q20: Didn’t know your own strength, did you, Bam Bam?–Alex
  • Flintstones reference!
  • Alex asks Brooke why she punched her because she knows they aren’t close friends but she thought they were okay.
  • Brooke explains she came by last night and found her in Julian’s room and yada yada yada.
  • Q21: Whether you continue to push each other away or not, he knows what it’s like to really be in love. I never had a chance.–Alex
  • Brooke apologizes “for everything” and Alex does the same.
  • A new beginning for them? I kind of hope so. I would buy them as friends here on out. Like Brooke and Rachel did.
  • Brooke leaves. Alex cries.
  • Lydia tells Taylor she’s glad she came and it’s okay to be upset. She admits she’s upset, too.
  • Taylor apologizes for being such a disappointment.
  • Q22: “All my siblings are talented or smart or both. And I’m just Taylor. Nobody likes Taylor.” “I do.” “You have to say that. You’re my mother.”–Taylor and Lydia
  • Lydia says Taylor reminds her the most of herself.
  • Taylor doesn’t believe her.
  • Lydia explains she used to be Taylor-ish and because she knows how she turned out, she knows Taylor will be fine.
  • Q23: You can fight this all you want but you will end up happy.–Lydia
  • Lydia asks how long will it take for Taylor to love herself.
  • Wherever she goes from here, she says, “I will never ever let go of you.”
  • They are both crying. Taylor is hysterical.
  • It’s pretty sad that this is the scene that made me cry. Not any of the others. Not any of the ones with Haley.
  • And odd how much emphasis the show has put on this relationship.
  • Alexander goes into CoB and starts to apologize to Victoria. He is the one that stood her up!
  • He starts to say how they’re different and it won’t work. She kicks him out.
  • Lydia wakes up. Taylor is sleeping besides her.
  • Jamie says he has a surprise for her.
  • He flips a switch. The projector shows stars all in the room.
  • Quinn and Haley are there, too.
  • It’s kind of like the “planetarium room” Silver created for Jackie earlier this season on 90210.
  • Taylor wakes up. She apologizes for being a lousy sister. She says she doesn’t deserve it but wants another chance.
  • Q24: For now on, I’ll be better.–Taylor
  • They all join hands.
  • Okay, so their mother is on her deathbed. Where the hell are her other kids?
  • Lydia whispers thank you to Jamie.
  • Brooke walks on to the set, saying she know she’s banned but she wants to clear something up.
  • Julian said it better be good because he cost her $100,000. Brooke says it has cost her her dignity.
  • She explains what happened.
  • Q25: “So basically you still don’t trust me.” “No basically I got jealous because I’m in love with you and I always will be.”–Julian and Brooke
  • She explains her thinking: she was so afraid of Julian falling for Alex and then she thought that that indeed happen.
  • He kisses her.
  • Q26: You think too much, Brooke Davis.–Julian
  • They keep kissing. Aww. Not what I expected. At all. Not complaining. Just surprised.
  • Everyone is in Lydia’s room with her. They are looking at a slideshow of pictures.
  • Landslide is the song playing in the background. You’re killing me, Lindsey Wolfington!
  • Alex is in her room, texting someone.
  • She texted Alexander, asking where he is.
  • He’s sitting outside CoB.
  • Victoria comes out, surprised to see him.
  • Q27: I like you. I know I slept with Alex. But I like you. A lot.–Alexander
  • Victoria slaps him!
  • And then pulls him into a huge hardcore kiss! Woah!
  • Alex goes to Josh’s room. As soon as he opens the door, she kisses him.
  • Q28: Ssh. If you talk, I can’t pretend you’re somedoy else.–Alex
  • She takes off her shirt and gets on his bed.
  • Josh has a laptop with a webcam going!
  • Woah! Photoshopped pictures galore of Haley and the girls and Lydia.
  • One is presumably of Haley and them at college graduation.
  • Lydia comments how she did everything right. Haley or someone says else says she did.
  • Then she presumably dies. Or fell asleep/drifted from consciousness. But you know show she died.
  • And it fades to black.
  • And now Haley and a bunch of people are dressed in black by a lake or something.
  • Haley dumps ashes into water.
  • Everyone throws in roses.
  • Haley pulls Taylor close to her. Quinn is on the other side.
  • WHERE ARE THE OTHER SIBLINGS, GODDAMMIT?!
  • Ball dropped, OTH. Ball dropped!
  • There’s actually a bunch of people there but we have no idea who they are, other than the ones they did close-ups of.
  • Julian is holing Brooke.
  • Nathan is holding Jamie.
  • Haley is crying.
  • Now she’s at home, looking at her mom’s recipe.
  • Wow. This has gone way too fast. Way to rush through the rest of the storyline, folks! And conveniently avoid showing the rest of Haley’s siblings!
  • I wonder if it was planned that way or if they had to do rewrites/edits. Pure unnecessary speculation on my part.
  • She smells her mom’s apron and puts it on.
  • She opens the fridge and smiles.
  • Lauren comes into Mouth’s apartment.
  • She admits she wasn’t worried about being Mouth’s rebound. She was worried about him being hers.
  • She kisses him. It’s kind of hot.
  • Mouth pulls back, shocked.
  • And in walks Skills! He’s happy to see Lauren and asks if he missed her.
  • I guess they weren’t quite broken up.
  • Julian brings Brooke wine on her couch.
  • She puts it down and pulls him into a kiss.
  • They start to make out. And it’s very hot. And sweet.
  • Jamie comes into the kitchen and says it smells good.
  • Haley says she’s making soup and it requires a “handsome 7-year-old boy” to help.
  • He is happy to and Haley looks upwards. She then explains to him what to do.
  • Clay and Quinn are somewhere. His house? I dunno.
  • Q29: “What’s up?” “What’s up is that I love you. In case you didn’t know.” “I love you too. And that’s never going to change.”–Clay and Quinn
  • Never? Ever? Hm.
  • Katie is looking at a memorial page. Sara’s.
  • She says, presumably to her roommate, that she will get the agent.
  • She unwraps a towel and her hair is now blonde, just like Sara’s.
  • Fade to black.
  • Preview: There’s a sex tape with Alex and Josh going around. Julian’s dad says someone is blackmailing them. Alex accuses Josh of filming them having sex. Somebody bought a portrait Quinn did of Clay–Katie and she looks just like Sara. Clay drops his beer in shock. Skills punches Mouth, knocking down a sheet revealing Victoria and Alexander gettin’ busy. Brooke is shocked.
  • Woah! It says One Tree Hill returns April 26th with “the final four episodes.”
  • April 26th?!
  • Final four episodes?!

Those are my thoughts. What’s yours?





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

22 02 2010
  • EW.com gave Kellan Lutz (George, 90210) a B+ for his Calvin Klein underwear ad campaign.
  • Examiner.com spoke with the some of the One Tree Hill cast about their participation in the Wilmington police fundraiser this past weekend.
  • Korbi has a video interview with Kerr Smith (Jack, Dawson’s Creek). Warning: the beginning almost warrants  an X rating.
  • The Fresno Bee has an article on Oliver Hudson (Eddie, Dawson’s Creek) and Rules of Engagement, which also stars Bianca Kajlich (Natasha, Dawson’s Creek).




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

21 02 2010




Exclusive: One Tree Hill’s Cullen Moss on the Evolution of Junk, Making of Dear John and Blood Done Sign My Name

21 02 2010

Think One Tree Hill is the only place to catch Cullen Moss? Not true, my friends, not true. In the month of February alone, Moss had two movies come out in theaters, the based-on-a-novel Dear John and the based-on-a-true-story Blood Done Sign My Name.

But there’s no denying Moss is most familiar to us TDWs for his role as Junk Moretti, a character we first met way back in 2003 in the One Tree Hill pilot. In our exclusive interview, Moss talks about his longevity on the show, improvising in Dear John and the connection he has to Bethany Joy Galeotti’s The Notebook musical.

TeenDramaWhore: Do you remember what your audition for One Tree Hill was like?

Cullen Moss: Yes, I do. It was a surprise. It started with a call from my agent that the [casting agency] Fincannons wanted to see me. I just this past year found the piece a paper where I wrote the details down. I wrote “Jump McCready, 17-year-old baller.” This was when I was 27! My agent, she even told me, “Now, I asked them if they knew how old are you” and she asked if they were sure they wanted to see me and they did. I went in and I found out it was not Jump McCready. But for some reason, that name, Jump McCready, made me go in and do this character-y New York dialect. I guess they liked it. The line was about somebody stinkin’ and needed deodorant. It sounded like something from The Bowery Boys in a 1940s movie. Or somebody out of The Sandlot. It was weird. But when I went back for the call-back, I said, “You know, I can lose that accent. I don’t have to do that” because I realized that it was supposed to be set in North Carolina, and they were like “No, no, no. Are you from New York?” and I said I wasn’t. I forget who was there. [Creator] Mark Schwahn and…

TDW: [Executive producers] Mike Tollin? Brian Robbins?

Moss: Yeah, I think they were both there. I’m pretty sure Brian Robbins was. Anyway, they were like, “No. Keep it. We like it.” So I did. At the time, I was supposed to go over to Japan to visit my brother who was living there but my agent kept saying, “You’re still in the running. You’re still in the running.” It was this long process. So I had to postpone the trip to Japan and then the final audition was a shoot-out. They set up a basketball hoop outside the casting office. I was by no means 17 and by lesser means a baller. I would play little pick-up games with my friends but I was terrible. I had poor form. I would describe my court-style as frantic. I practiced the night before the shoot-out and I tried to pass to one of my friends and my back went out! I was just feeling decrepit and old and useless. But the morning of, I stretched it out and kind of played through the pain. It was down between me and a black guy for the role. He had played high school basketball and stuff but, for some reason, he wasn’t hitting his shots. I was talking trash, needlessly because I was horrible, but all my garbage I was shooting was going in! I remember Mark Schwahn saying, “Your form is horrible! How are you making these shots?” but I couldn’t miss that day. Then I got the part.

TDW: Did you ever expect all these years later that your character would still be around?

Moss: No, I didn’t. Vaughn Wilson, who is such an awesome and cool dude, plays Fergie. Usually when we would shoot, it was like smoke and fire. One of us wasn’t working unless the other was. They would call us in together, Junk and Fergie, Junk and Fergie. I was working at the studios, actually, during the second or third seasons, in the lighting and grip department. I was in the shop, inventorying equipment and fixing equipment. I would deliver stuff to the set of One Tree Hill and try to get the scoop–was I in the next script? I remember somebody at the beginning of the third season saying, “Oh, yeah. You’re coming up soon” and then they looked at the script later and were like, “No, I think it was just Fergie in the script.” It happened another time, too, where he was working and I wasn’t so I thought maybe they were just done with me and I wanted to find out. So I e-mailed Mark Schwahn and said, “Hey, if you’re done with me, I understand. I don’t want to be on edge here. Just let me know if that’s it. If that’s it, that’s fine and thank you for keeping me around as long as you did.” He answered back–and he’s such a sweet dude–he said “You know, honestly, we really don’t know. We don’t have a point of view for your character. We don’t know where we’re going to go so I don’t have an answer for you but that might be it for you. Oh, and you’re not looking so high school.” And I understood that.

So I wrote him back and pitched an angle. I don’t know if it had anything to with his ultimate decision but I pitched it that maybe Junk was this older loser guy. They had never shot me at the high school. I said maybe he’s the older loser guy who hangs out with the kids on the River Court. He never really grew out of his high school years. He doesn’t have anyone his own age so he’s clinging to this group and maybe he’s the guy who buys the beer. I didn’t know. But I pitched it to him and he brought me back in and I thought it was in that capacity, as the older loser guy who found his niche with these guys. I thought it was that until they had me going to prom [Episode 4.15, Prom Night At Hater High] and graduation [Episode 4.20, The Birth And Death Of The Day]. I was like, “Okay. So I actually graduated. I actually went to prom.” They actually had Fergie and I go together. We didn’t have dates. So we walked in together.

Mark Schwahn, he’s a loyal guy. Our characters certainly have not been so integral that they couldn’t have just been dropped at this point. There wouldn’t have been some huge outcry from the general public that watches One Tree Hill, I don’t think, if Junk and Fergie disappeared. But they did keep us around. I was surprised when I found out that there were people who actually knew who Junk was, that people did watch the show that intently. “They’re the old crew. They’re the River Court kids.” I think Schwahn saw that, too, and felt the need to bring back those roots, every now and then, to the River Court and to where the pilot began, the story began. Throughout whatever changes have gone on, he’s brought us back to represent those roots and certainly occasionally for comic relief. It is kind of a surprise that seven years later I’m still playing Junk and that, in the small capacity I’m in, people know who Junk and Fergie are and appreciate us. It makes me feel like maybe if I was gone, I would be missed. I don’t know.

TDW: I think it’s remarkable because the show has had tons and tons of supporting characters over the years and you two have outlasted nearly all of them.

Moss: Yeah. I think part of it might be due to the fact that we’re local actors. They don’t have to fly us in. So part of it may be a budgetary issue. But Mark’s been loyal and kept us in mind when there’s gatherings and weddings and stuff. He’s like, “Even if you don’t have lines in the episodes, you guys need to be there. You’re part of the crew.” He hasn’t forgotten the roots of the show and that’s cool. While we’ve never come in and had very specific storylines or characters arcs, he’s felt us somewhat integral and necessary, I guess.

TDW: Your most recent episode was the John Hughes tribute [Episode 7.15, Don’t You Forget About Me]. Were you a fan of Weird Science and Home Alone before then?

Moss: I was with Weird Science. I hadn’t watched Home Alone in its entirety until this last year. I showed it to my six-year-old son and we got to enjoy that together. But I was a big fan of Weird Science.

TDW: What was it like filming those scenes with Jackson [Brundage, Jamie]?

Moss: It was a lot of fun. He’s always fun to work with. He was such a cool addition to the show when he came in. It’s cool whenever the cameras stop rolling and we get to horse around with him. Actually in the paintball scene [in 7.15], there was a point in the shooting where they used stunt guys. Vaughn and I took the first few hits with special effects guys firing the paintball guns because they were not entirely trusting of Jackson’s aim, not to hit us in the face or the cracks of our padding. But once they got the stunt guys in our places, they let him have a turn with the gun and he did not miss. He was nailing them repeatedly. He was a good shot.

TDW: On some level, that doesn’t surprise me. He’s proven he’s good at like every single thing the show has handed him.

Moss: He is. He’s such a little fella. I’m sure his percentage on the basketball court is better than mine. He puts up these wild shots and they go in. He’s good. He’s a sporty little fella. He’s just a lot of fun. I’ve been doing this show longer than my son’s been around. He was born [in season 1] so it’s an interesting timeline, just to think I’ve been doing this show as long as its taken to this little human being to become who he is. The point of that being is that I’ve got a six-year-old kid and he’s a little younger than Jackson, but I love kids and interacting with them. So Jackson is also a joy to be around.

TDW: Have you heard anything about the chances of there being an eighth season?

Moss: Probably as much as you have. I’ve got two theories. One, we will get an eighth season and my second theory is that we won’t.

TDW: Very scientific.

Moss: That’s as far as it goes. I really have no idea. I know the show was doing well with ratings towards the beginning of this season. I don’t know quite where it is right now. I don’t know who wants it, who wants to continue. I don’t know who doesn’t. So I don’t know what will factor into it but I’d love for there to be another season, of course for myself and for the Wilmington crew, too. From the PAs to the DPs, the grips, the electrics–that’s kind of the only gig in town right now outside of independents. I’m hoping all the talented guys on the crew can stay employed another season. And hopefully by the time the show has seen its last episode, there will be enough other work in town due to the film incentives that were recently passed so they can stay employed and stay in their own town.

TDW: I have to congratulate you on the success of Dear John. You guys took down Avatar in your first week!

Moss: We did. Our special unit dudes tackled those blue aliens. That was a shock. It was pretty cool to be a part of that.

TDW: For that audition, did you go in for a specific one of John’s army pals or a generic one? Because I thought they all had unique personalities but I wasn’t sure if that was determined by the script or if you brought that to the role.

Moss: Well, it was a little bit of both. To answer the first question, I originally auditioned for one of Savannah’s friends. And then they brought me in for Rooster, who was who I got cast as. As far as what I brought to it, that was something again with the name. When I hear names, I put voices to them and with Rooster I decided maybe he was a Southern guy and brought that to the audition. I got called back and the director Lasse Hallstrom was there and I said, “Now I don’t know if you want him to be Southern” but he liked what I had done. He asked where I was from and I said North Carolina and he said, “Oh, but you don’t have an accent?” and I said, “I do but I don’t have the accent I auditioned with.” I made him a little more Southern.

Hallstrom did let us bring a lot to it. Very little of what you heard my character saying was scripted. I’m trying to think of any of it was. There was “requesting to extend my stay as well, sir”–that was scripted. But he would let us improvise a lot. There’s that scene where John drops his letters in the mud before he burns them off. Hallstrom decided at the last minute, “Let’s pop this shot off” and he asked if I would walk by and say something. I asked, “Anything in particular?” and he said, “No, maybe you can just say something smart-ass to him, make a little joke about it. Or ask him what’s wrong. It’s up to you.”  So we went over a few variations of it and did it. And the scene in the humvee just before John gets in a firefight, there was this whole little written monologue about being a little upset about being a soldier sent overseas and there not being any combat where we were. We tried that and he said, “No, it sounds too soldier-y, too military. Can you just tell a story?” And I said, “What kind of story?” “I don’t know. Any kind of story. Something personal.” So I told part of a story from a buddy of mine, a fishing story about a catfish eating a squirrel and the squirrel getting away and swimming to the shore. So I did that in one take and I was just ad-libbing in the surroundings for other stuff. So we all did get to bring a lot of our stuff to it. Hallstrom would just try to breathe life into it by saying, “Forget the script. Here’s the situation. Act as you would naturally.”

TDW: You also have a new movie out now, Blood Done Sign My Name. What can you tell me about that?

Moss: That was a great experience because it was the only time I’ve played an actual real-life person. It’s a true story. It’s based on the memoirs of Tim Tyson. He observed the racial tensions in Oxford, North Carolina in the 1970s, where riots and protests came about when three local white men–a business owner and his two sons–weren’t convicted of brutally beating and shooting to death a young black Vietnam veteran who had just gotten back. I was cast as one of those sons, Larry Teel. It’s an important story. As a North Carolinian and as well as an American, you don’t hear all these stories. You hear about the civil rights movement and it’s kind of confined to this time in the ‘60s but you find out shit was not fixed in the ‘70s and it’s still not. That should be common knowledge but you don’t hear these little stories. It’s not a part of North Carolina history. They teach North Carolina history in their schools and you don’t hear about this. It was cool to be a part of a true story. There were people on set that were there during the riots, during that time, and saw the tension after these three men went on trial and got off scot-free when there were witnesses. It was really interesting. It was a great experience.

TDW: You also worked with fellow One Tree Hill stars on it.

Moss: Yeah, I worked with Lee Norris [Mouth] and Michael May [Chuck]. It was cool to have Lee there. It was comforting.

TDW: Speaking of One Tree Hill stars, you also narrated The True-Love Tale of Boyfriend and Girlfriend, which starred Hilarie Burton [Peyton] and Austin Nichols [Julian].

Moss: Yes, I did. That was really cool. [Writer-director] Nick [Gray] and Hilarie asked me to come in and do that. I think they both had seen me do really broad kind of character-y voices from different things that I have done so they wanted me to come in and provide them with this crusty narrator guy. It was a lot of fun to kind of disappear into that voice.

TDW: If I didn’t know that you were the narrator, I never would’ve guessed.

Moss: Well, thank you. We toyed around with a couple of voices but that was pretty much the first idea and they liked it. It was like a Southern-fried William S. Burroughs.

TDW: I think I read that your girlfriend was on One Tree Hill recently.

Moss: Yes! She’s awesome. Madison Weidberg. She is an incredible actress and quite a talented actor. We actually met doing a play in Wilmington. We met [in 2008] during Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical–real high-brow stuff. But it was a blast. Anyway, she was involved with The Notebook musical, the workshop that Bethany Joy [Galeotti, Haley] did. She played a couple of characters in that and she did a great job. She and Bethany Joy got along really well and so when the opportunity came for back-up singers for the episode where Haley has her big concert [Episode 7.13, Weeks Go By Like Days], she called upon some of the girls that had been in The Notebook.

TDW: That’s very cool. What’s next for you?

Moss: Since Dear John, I got to do a part in The Conspirator, which is a Robert Redford-directed film about the trial of Mary Surratt after the assassination of Lincoln. I play a senior officer in the war department and I get to have a nice scene with Kevin Kline–and under the director of Robert Redford, so that was amazing! To be there and looking at Robert Redford’s face telling me what to do–that was a real thrill. Then I went down not long ago and had a day on The Hungry Rabbit Jumps, which is a Nicholas Cage thriller. It’ll be out in a year or so. And I just got cast in Army Wives; that’s a Lifetime show that shoots in Charleston. There’s a possibility that that’ll be a recurring role.

TDW: That’s exciting.

Moss: Yeah, I just shot that this past week. I guess that’s the next thing that will be seen. Vaughn and I worked on another One Tree episode about Skills [Antwon Tanner] coming back and some drama there with Mouth.

TDW: Is Antwon in that episode?

Moss: Oh, yeah. He is.

TDW: That’s great. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for that and everything else you have going on.

Moss: I’ve got a couple pilots out there that are kind of little independent ventures that I’m hoping will come to fruition. I shot a pilot called Hardwell with some good friends. It’s a comedy we shot and pitched to FX. Nothing’s happened with it yet but we’re crossing our fingers but not holding our breath. And there’s a golf pilot I shot with some guys in town here about a golf pro. Wilmington is really cool. There’s so many creative, talented people in this town that just drum up [projects] when there’s not any big things in town. The independent film scene in town is thriving and alive and will hopefully get realized and make some dough. When there’s nothing big happening, you can usually find something to do, something to act in, some way to work whether it’s for free and the thrill of the project or what.

TDW: I wish you the best of luck of everything.

Moss: Well, thank you so much. Thanks a lot, Shari.

Come back next Sunday for another exclusive interview!

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Six Degrees of Teen Dramas

20 02 2010

New to Six Degrees of Teen Dramas? Here’s how to play!

Last Week: Benicio Del Toro

This Week:

Mo’Nique

Go at it!





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

19 02 2010
  • I have confirmed that Antwon Tanner (Skills, One Tree Hill) will appear in at least one episode of OTH later this season, despite being sentenced last month to three months in prison. As I reported then, Tanner hadn’t been fired from the show and he has until the end of April to begin serving his sentence, so this news makes perfect sense. I will have a spoiler on Tanner’s appearance on Sunday.
  • Change of plans again: Robert Buckley (Clay, One Tree Hill) will indeed be at the Wilmington police fundraiser tomorrow.
  • Michael Grubbs (Grubbs, One Tree Hill) chose Tobias’ poem as the winner of our contest.
  • TVGuide.com and ScreenStar.com have interviews with Bryan Greenberg (Jake, One Tree Hill) about his new movie The Good Guy.
  • Variety has an article on Glee, which mentions One Tree Hill, Beverly Hills 90210 and Gossip Girl.
  • Monday is the start of the showbizzle Hollywood Challenge, where college improv teams and sketch comedy groups can compete fo the chance to work with Charles Rosin (executive producer, Beverly Hills 90210), among other prizes.
  • Caroline McWilliams (LuAnn Pruit, Beverly Hills 90210) died last week. She was 64.
  • MTV.com has an article on the AnnaLynne McCord (Naomi, 90210) Shape cover story.
  • Tristan Wilds (Dixon, 90210) and Matt Lanter (Liam, 90210) are participating in GameStop’s Bad Company 2 Celebrity Tournament.
  • Lanter spoke with E! Online about working with Leighton Meester (Blair, Gossip Girl) on The Roommate and gave some 90210 spoilers.
  • Brian Austin Green (David, Beverly Hills 90210), Meester and Ed Westwick (Chuck, Gossip Girl) are included in a PopEater list of Actors Who (Sort of) Secretly Rock.
  • Hilary Duff (Olivia, Gossip Girl) is engaged to hockey player Mike Comrie.
  • Aaron Tveit (Tripp, Gossip Girl) will appear on an episode of Ugly Betty in March.
  • PEOPLE.com has Gossip Girl spoilers.
  • PopMatters has an interesting article they say is about Chuck vs. Gossip Girl but there’s a whole lotta O.C. in there.
  • Olivia Wilde (Alex, The O.C.) will be among the presenters at the Film Independent Spirit Awards next month.
  • This is an interesting article on the connection the band Mumford & Sogs has to Orange County and The O.C.
  • The Boston Herald has an article on James Van Der Beek (Dawson, Dawson’s Creek) and his new movie Formosa Betrayed.




Fun Fact

19 02 2010

Five of the six teen dramas began with main characters who were siblings or would become siblings.

On Beverly Hills 90210 we have twins Brenda and Brandon, while on 90210 there’s Annie and her adopted brother Dixon. The original also had Kelly and David as step-siblings while the new show made Annie and Dixon share a half-sibling with Naomi.

On The O.C., Seth found a brother in Ryan when the Cohens became his guardian.

One Tree Hill has half-brothers Lucas and Nathan.

And Gossip Girl has Dan and Jenny as well as Serena and Eric, along with quite a few pairs of step-siblings, some involving Chuck (with Serena and Eric) and Blair (with non-main character Aaron). And, of course, Dan and Jenny became step-siblings with Serena and Eric.

The lone exception is Dawson’s Creek. No original main characters as siblings in Capeside.

But DC is one of four teen dramas that introduced a baby sibling when the first child, the main character, was in high school or older.

On BH90210, Kelly was between her junior and senior years of high school while David was between his sophomore and junior years when they got a baby half-sister, Erin, now known on 90210 as Silver.

Dawson was a senior in high school when his parents had Lily.

Seth and Ryan were out of high school when the Cohens had Sophie.

Lucas was graduating high school when his mom had a baby girl, also named Lily.

Remains to be seen whether Gossip Girl and 90210 will continue the trend!





News Roundup: One Tree Hill, 90210, The O.C. and Dawson’s Creek

18 02 2010
  • Korbi is asking readers if One Tree Hill should return for an 8th season.
  • Hollywood Life (::cringe::) has an article in support of an 8th season (which really stems from an unfair poll they ran last week).
  • The TV Addict also has piece supporting One Tree Hill (and Life Unexpected).
  • Us Weekly (::shudder::) has a short interview with Shantel VanSanten (Quinn, One Tree Hill).
  • AnnaLynne McCord (Naomi, 90210) is on the cover of Shape Magazine, which Crushable.com thinks was photo-shopped.
  • John Schneider (Liam’s step-dad, 90210) will star in a pilot for Spike called Back Nine.
  • Shannen Doherty (Brenda, Beverly Hills 90210) spoke to PEOPLE.com about her fashion style and her admiration of Lady Gaga.
  • ShelterPop has an article on the Beverly Hills 90210 beach apartment being for sale. In addition to saying that it is indeed separate apartments (the listing I posted earlier this month said it was one house), there’s a picture of the inside–and it looks nothing like what we saw on the show. The intro also describes it as “Donna and David’s beachfront pad”–an odd choice considering David lived there for just one season while Donna and Kelly lived there, albeit off-and-on, for six.
  • The Wall Street Journal has an interview with Benjamin McKenzie (Ryan, The O.C.) about Southland.
  • Shutter Island, starring Michelle Williams (Jen, Dawson’s Creek) will be released in theaters tomorrow.







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