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

27 07 2010
  • TVGuide.com has spoilers on the 90210 premiere. And let me just say: it’s been done before (on the original and another teen drama). And let me also say that with this and the spoilers from earlier today, I am significantly POed.
  • Luke Perry (Dylan, Beverly Hill 90210) will star in and executive produce Goodnight For Justice, a Hallmark Movie Channel film, which will be directed by Jason Priestley (Brandon, Beverly Hills 90210). Check out the press release while I try to resume breathing. Worth noting, though, that the plot is similar to one of Perry’s season 5 storylines.
  • MTV made a (funny to me, since they’ll likely never ever happen) list of projects Perry and Priestley should also team up on.
  • The Miami Herald has an interview with Tori Spelling (Donna, Beverly Hills 90210).
  • Nicole By OPI has launched a Gossip Girl-inspired line of nail polish.
  • Billy Baldwin (William, Gossip Girl) will reportedly have a recurring role on Parenthood, which also stars Peter Krause (Jay, Beverly Hills 90210).
  • Chad Michael Murray (Lucas, One Tree Hill) will star in The Ex-Mas Carol, an ABCFamily movie.
  • The Conspirator, which features Cullen Moss (Junk, One Tree Hill) as discussed in our interview, will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September.
  • Examiner.com has an interview with Ashley Rickards (Sam, One Tree Hill).
  • Here is the aforementioned Pacey-Con video for FunnyorDie.com with Joshua Jackson (Pacey, Dawson’s Creek). Before I pass out from all of today’s excitement with my favorite teen drama guys, I have to say that vid was the best thing I’ve seen in a long, long time.
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Life Unexpected

21 12 2009

Tonight I had the opportunity to watch the first three episodes of Life Unexpected, courtesy of the The CW, which sent me an advanced copy.

The show centers around 15-year-old Lux (which is why the show was formerly known as Life UneXpected), a young girl who is seeking emancipation after spending her life being bounced around foster homes. Since she was never adopted, she needs the signature of her birth parents and sets out to find them. She does (in seemingly record time, mind you) and both are understandably shocked.  All three are then thrown for a loop when the judge, instead of granting emancipation, makes Lux’s parents temporary co-guardians.

For months critics have been raving about the show, saying it is reminsicent of The WB, where substance and heart were favored over style and shock.

They were right.

Life Unexpected has the wit of Gilmore Girls and the emotional complexity of Everwood. Less than 20 minutes into the first episode, tears were already welling up in my eyes. I was moved several times, in fact, but also giggled and chuckled a ton, too. That’s not to say there aren’t any cliches or weak points but as we know from watching the teen dramas, those are to be expected. It’s not surprising executive producer/writer Liz Tigelaar started out working for Dawson’s Creek and it seems she learned well.

Shiri Appleby (Rene, Beverly Hills 90210) stars as Lux’s mother, who is in a romantic relationship with her radio show co-host, played by Kerr Smith (Jack, Dawson’s Creek). It was hard at first to see Appleby as a mom but perhaps that is the point: her character Cate is only 32 years old, making her a teenager when she got pregnant with Lux. Smith, who has thankfully dyed the grey out of his hair, is definitely in a supporting role, one whose future on the show I question despite the press materials. He’s included as if he’s here for the long-haul but it seems to me that Cate and her babydaddy Nate, played by Kristoffer Polaha, are destined for each other in the end. It’s also worth noting that this will be the third show on The CW right now with a main character called Nate.

Lux reminded me of One Tree Hill’s Sam (Ashley Rickards), the foster child Brooke (Sophia Bush) takes in in season 6. The two characters may not look alike but their personalities are strikingly similar. Cate has shades of Brooke as well and at times the plot felt very familiar. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth watching. The three episodes held my attention throughout and I’m eager to see what other angles of this story–which easily could’ve been depicted entirely in a 2-hour movie–are explored throughout the season.

I highly encourage you to tune in on January 18, when Life Unexpected premieres after the new episode of One Tree Hill. I’m honestly worried about the ratings the show will get both that night and in the weeks to come since, as I mentioned above, this show sooooo isn’t a CW show. While I personally think that’s a good thing, other viewers may not. Here’s hoping there’s enough people out there clamoring for the days and ways of the WB.

I have to note, though, that Life Unexpected won’t be covered extensively on this site since it is not a teen drama. I will continue to include it as I have thus far: when there’s something relevant to Smith or Appleby or some other teen drama connection. But, again, I really hope you’ll watch it.





News Roundup: One Tree Hill, 90210 and Gossip Girl

19 10 2009




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: 90210, One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl and More

23 09 2009
  • 90210 dropped last night from 2.4 million viewers to 2.2 million.
  • Shenae Grimes (Annie, 90210) and Jessica Stroup (Silver, 90210) will be on The Jay Leno Show tonight.
  • Celebrity deejay Samantha Ronson will guest-star on 90210, alongside Pharrell and N.E.R.D.
  • Beverly Hills 90210 gets a shout-out in this TVGuide.com photo gallery on memorable TV spin-offs.
  • Eastwick, starring Lindsay Price (Janet, Beverly Hills 90210) premieres tonight on ABC.
  • The CW Source has podcasts for the One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl premieres, and another old-school OTH one.
  • As expected, One Tree Hill has been picked up for a full season, according to their official Twitter account.
  • Kudos to OneTreeHillWeb.net for reminding me that today is One Tree Hill’s sixth anniversary!
  • My Jack Savoretti-One Tree Hill contest ends tonight.
  • Alloy has an interview with Ashley Rickards (Sam, One Tree Hill).
  • Hilarie Burton (Peyton, One  Tree Hill) is featured in the new SoGoPro podcast.
  • Talking Gossip has a new podcast for last night’s Gossip Girl.
  • PEOPLE.com tells you how to copy the hairstyle Blake Lively (Serena, Gossip Girl) had at the Emmys.
  • Taylor Momsen (Jenny, Gossip Girl) helped launch the Clinique-Teen Vogue Fresh Faces Tour.
  • Mercy, starring Michelle Trachtenberg (Georgina, Gossip Girl), premieres tonight on NBC.
  • Ask Ausiello doesn’t have any TD spoilers this week but it does have some stuff on Benjamin McKenzie (Ryan, The O.C.)
  • Melissa Rosenberg, a former executive producer for The O.C., said working on the show got her her current gig as writing for the Twilight movies.
  • MTV has an interview with Cam Gigandet (Volchok, The O.C.).
  • An article on Glee discusses the Dawson’s Creek episode where Jack (Kerr Smith) comes out to his father.
  • Cougar Town, co-starring Busy Philipps (Audrey, Dawson’s Creek), debuts tonight on ABC.




Teen Drama Twitter Accounts

18 08 2009

I’ve been inspired by Christy-Anne at OTH Twitter Bugs to do some of my own digging.

I have confirmed with the respective publicists that the follow accounts are fake:

@officialchace

@ChacexCrawford

@ChaceCrawford_

@edwestsidestory

@OfficialEd

@ed_westwick

@jessicaKszohr

@JessSzorh

@thejzho

@officialconnorp

@AnnaLMcCord

@jessiclowndes

@heyshenae

@shenaegrimes

@shenaeSgrimes

@hilarieburton

@hilarie_burton

@sophiabush

@sophiabushh

@sophiaOfTheBush

@sophiaannabush

@realsophiabush

@sophbush

@bjgofficial

@bjgaleotti

@BethanyJoyG

@laffertyjames

@jmartinlafferty

@chadmichmurray

@cockymurr

@chadmcmurray

@ChadMichaelMurr

@danneelharris_

@danneelharrisx

@harrisdanneel

@scotletti

@stephencolletti

@stephenagustc

@sukkstobu

@bevinprince

@markschwahn

@Ben_Mckz

@benOCmckenzie

@ItsRachelBilson

@ShannenDoh4real

In fact, any account you see for those stars is FAKE.  These people are not on Twitter.

Also fake: @torispelling, @jenniegarth97, @LeightBaby

Also  not on Twitter: Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed

But here is some good news: the following are real!

@tristanwilds (Tristan Wilds: Dixon, 90210)

@trevdon (Trevor Donovan, Teddy, 90210)

@TheAdamGregory (Adam Gregory, Ty, 90210)

@itsmeleighton (Leighton Meester: Blair, Gossip Girl)

@zuzannawanda (Zuzanna Szadkowski: Dorota, Gossip Girl)

@DorotaNYC (Zuzanna Szadkowski: Dorota, Gossip Girl)

@imkristenbell (Kristen Bell: Gossip Girl, Gossip Girl)

@RealOneTreeHill (One Tree Hill)

@katevoegele (Kate Voegele: Mia, One Tree Hill)

@antwon_tanner (Antwon Tanner: Skills, One Tree Hill)

@ashleyrickards (Ashley Rickards: Sam, One T ree Hill)

@kramergirl (Jana Kramer: Alexis, One Tree Hill)

@robbuckleyduh (Rob Buckley: Clayton, One Tree Hill)

@danneelharris (Danneel Harris: Rachel, One Tree Hill)

@joemanganiello (Joe Manganiello: Owen, One Tree Hill)

@bryangreenberg (Jake, One Tree Hill)

@miksecrew (Michael Copon: Felix, One Tree Hill)

@youromegagirl (Maria Menounos: Jules, One Tree Hill)

@tylerhilton (Tyler Hilton: Chris Keller, One Tree Hill)

@allisonscag (Allison Scagliotti: Abby, One Tree Hill)

@colinfickes (Colin Fickes: Jimmy Edwards, One Tree Hill)

@amberbrookeband (Amber Wallace: Glenda, One Tree Hill)

@lonewolflindsay (Lindsay Wolfington: music supervisor, One Tree Hill)

@SoGoPro (Southern Gothic Productions/Hilarie Burton: Peyton, One Tree Hill)

@vanderjames (James Van Der Beek: Dawson, Dawson’s Creek)

@busyphilipps25 (Busy Philipps: Audrey, Dawson’s Creek)

@RachaelLCook (Rachel Leigh Cook: Devon, Dawson’s Creek)

@kevwilliamson (Kevin Williamson: creator, Dawson’s Creek)

@jenniegarth (Jennie Garth: Kelly, Beverly Hills 90210)

@torianddean (Tori Spelling: Donna, Beverly Hills 90210)

@TAThiessen (Tiffani Amber Thiessen: Valerie, Beverly Hills 90210)

@RedDonovan (Elisa Donovan: Ginger, Beverly Hills 90210)

@cudlitz (Michael Cudlitz: Tony Miller, Beverly Hills 90210)

@therealmischa (Mischa Barton: Marissa, The O.C.)

@autumnreeser (Autumn Reeser: Taylor, The O.C.)

**Thanks to Christy-Anne for providing the One Tree Hill accounts**

Here’s some tips on spotting a fake account: First, see if it has the Twitter verified seal on it. All celebrities have been encouraged to register with the company in order to show their legitimacy. If they don’t have the seal, check with TruthTweet and Valebrity, two very reputable databases of celebrity accounts. Lastly, check with official sites for the network, show and the celebs themselves. If they are not confirmed in any of those places, odds are they fake. Additionally, if the account in question is following any of the fake ones above, odds are that it is fake, too.

Being a journalist, I have access to the publicists and managers that most don’t have.  I will continue to contact them as necessary to confirm or deny accounts but please do you part: do not follow fake accounts but spread the word that they are in fact fake!

You can follow me @sizzlemaker.





News Roundup: Gossip Girl, 90210 and One Tree Hill

17 08 2009
  • We’ll be playing trivia tomorrow night.  Details will be posted in the morning.
  • Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill and 90210 all have nominations in the Best Hair category for The CW Sourcies.
  • PEOPLE.com has a spoilish interview on the new season with Stephanie Savage (executive producer, Gossip Girl).
  • The New York Times accompanied Matthew Settle (Rufus, Gossip Girl) around New York City for a few hours.  Interesting read.
  • Hesitant to promote a non-official and non-scholarly book but here you go…Spotted: Your One and Only Unofficial Guide  to Gossip Girl.  It will be released in a few weeks.
  • Check out a faithful reader’s look back at Gossip Girl’s first season.
  • Momogic.com has a great interview with Jennie Garth (Kelly, Beverly Hills 90210).
  • On August 30, Laura Leighton (Sophie, Beverly Hills 90210) will co-host The CW Fall 2009 Preview Special.”
  • Teleivision Without Pity had their 21-year-old intern watch the pilots of  Beverly Hills 90210 and Dawson’s Creek for the first time.  Brilliant.
  • There is a new One Tree Hill podcast, with an opportunity to win the season 6 DVD.
  • Korbi posted a spoilish interview with Sophia Bush (Brooke, One Tree Hill), Shantel VanSanten (Quinn, One Tree Hill) and Mark Schwahn (creator, One Tree Hill).
  • Ashley Rickards (Sam, One Tree Hill) did an interview with Seventeen.com.  Last summer, when I was an intern there, I was the one doing these interviews!
  • Allison Scaglliotti (Abby, One Tree Hill) will appear on Smallville.







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