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

18 05 2010
  • In case you missed it earlier, The CW renewed One Tree Hill and Life Unexpected. They also picked up Nikita and Hellcats, and canceled Melrose Place.
  • Broadcasting & Cable has a short but interesting piece looking at the state of The CW network.
  • According to Star News, 13 episodes of One Tree Hill have been ordered. Haven’t seen that confirmed anywhere else.
  • Last night’s One Tree Hill (2 million viewers) dropped slightly and Gossip Girl (2 million viewers rounded up) rose a bit in the ratings compared to last week.
  • I have mixed thoughts on The TV Addict’s “open letter” to Mark Schwahn (creator, One Tree Hill). Most of it is irrelevant now, since OTH was renewed.
  • Korbi has an article speculating on whether Clay (Robert Buckley, One Tree Hill) and Quinn (Shantel Van Santen, One Tree Hill) survive the finale’s shooting…which to my knowledge, they do. And it’s not a true spoiler. I mean, I’m pretty positive the actors have contracts for season 8…
  • Now that season 8 is a go, Christy-Anne will be hosting another fan reunion, this time in the summer.
  • Buckley shared some of his favorite scenes in an interview with MTV.
  • TVGuide.com has a look at some of “One Tree Hill’s Craziest Moments.”
  • Miami Medical, featuring Elisabeth Harnois (Shelly, One Tree Hill) was canceled.
  • E! Online has an interesting interview with Josh Schwartz (executive producer, Gossip Girl) and Stephanie Savage (executive producer, Gossip Girl) about last night’s finale.
  • Just read an interesting article on the effect of Bing’s product placement on Gossip Girl.
  • Gossip Cop busted a rumor about Blake Lively (Serena, Gossip Girl) bumping Kristen Stewart from the June cover of Vogue.
  • The Los Angeles Times has an awesome interview with Shenae Grimes (Annie, 90210), and they link to my Zachary Ray Sherman (Jasper) interview! Warning, though: both interviews have spoilers if you haven’t watched tonight’s ep yet.
  • The CW Source has a very short video interview with Michael Steger (Navid, 90210). I didn’t watch it but it’s likely spoilish if you haven’t seen tonight’s ep.
  • Gossip Cop has an article on the reconciliation between Tori Spelling (Donna, Beverly Hills 90210) and mom Candy Spelling.
  • Emma Caulfield (Susan, Beverly Hills 90210) is getting divorced.
  • Olivia Wilde (Alex, The O.C.) will be missing an unspecified number of House episodes next season so she can film Cowboys and Aliens.
  • The Good Guys, starring Colin Hanks (Grady, The O.C.), premieres on FOX tomorrow night.
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6 responses

19 05 2010
Shannon

I’m happy for all the OTH fans who have worked so hard to get another season, but the show isn’t good any longer. Hopefully they don’t won’t prolong the show and give it a full season with all the filler that was season 7. I will continue to watch, because I want to see it end. If you compare the ratings to last years seasons finale (2.67) they have lost over 600,000 viewers. Just end it the right way.

19 05 2010
Cherie

I found the Bing product placement on GG embarrassing for sure, but I think the all-time cheesy product placement low was 90210’s Dr. Pepper pimping. I mean, I know that this is definitely the direction advertising is moving in and there’s probably not much that we can do about it at this point, but that scene where Annie and Dixon are on that road trip to find his mom and the camera gratuitously pans to a totally unrealistic ice-filled cooler bursting with cans of DP? Gag me. (And I say this as someone who definitely enjoys the occasional Dr. Pepper…).

On an unrelated note, I’m excited that Life Unexpected was renewed (I know it’s not a teen drama, but you did mention it…). I was really impressed by it–I didn’t expect much from it at first, but I’m glad I gave it a chance. And I’m glad the CW did too!

19 05 2010
teendramawhore

Shannon, like you, I am happy for the fans that campaigned for another season, but I have no problem admitting I believe the show isn’t good any longer. And it really pains me to say that. Since I didn’t want a season 8, I am also hoping it’s not a full-season order with more filler. And, like you, I will continue to watch, though. Unfortunately, I’m not sure there’s a right way to end it now. For me, the right way was what we saw in 6.24. As far as the ratings drop goes, not a huge surprise, given that the numbers have been declining since season 2.

Cherie, pretty much completely agree with you. The Dr. Pepper placement was incredibly gratuitous last season and I’m so glad they ix-nayed it this year. And I am definitely excited about LUX. I see potential there and believe it deserved another bigger/longer shot.

19 05 2010
alexandra

Yay for LUX 🙂 that show was really sweet (i didnt even expect to like it) and i think it has a lot of potential. Miami Medical? No wonder it was canceled. I absolutely CANNOT stop LOLing about Melrose Place. Even with ALL of the CONSTANT promos airing on EVERY channel on television, it couldnt make it. I think it may be because people were ultimately just comparing it to the original.

19 05 2010
Kate

I agree with all of you, I’m very glad to see Life Unexpected was renewed, and Alexandra, I have to agree with you about Melrose Place 2.0. I think that the network thought that since 90210 did well, then Melrose Place would, but as a viewer of the old Melrose Place, I found it awful. The only silver lining was Katie Cassidy.

Anyway, about the actual teen dramas, the only cliff hanger I’m really excited to see next season is Naomi. I wasn’t exactly happy with how they’ve had her character since her and Liam got back together, and I’m happy that she gets a darker storyline.

I agree with TDW on the One Tree Hill issue. Honestly, they will never get a proper ending, because they didn’t end it back in the sixth season. I like to think that a show should end while it’s still on top, because that’s when your most successful, not when you wring the show dry of storylines (if that makes sense). As much as I hate to say it, I’m very disappointed in the show, and I really don’t blame Hilarie or Chad for leaving.

19 05 2010
teendramawhore

I didn’t watch Melrose new or old so I can’t really comment on that.

Kate, I agree with you on OTH–up until the Chad and Hilarie part. It still hasn’t been confirmed what really went down and I’m not sure it ever will be. There’s conflicting theories out there and I’m not sure we really know what’s “right” or “true.”

And, Kate, you reminded me of something I wanted to bring up about the Naomi cliffhanger. I’m really surprised AnnaLynne agreed to it/this storyline, considering all her work to stop sex trafficking and supposed dislike for the way the media handles sexual assault and even the use of the word “victim.” Of course, I’m saying this not knowing how or where the story is going to go. Maybe she’ll actually end up using it a teaching opportunity with The Blind Project ala Silver/Jessica Stroup and Warriors in Pink.

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