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

22 03 2010

Fun Fact

19 03 2010

Since the first teen drama debuted in 1990, there’s only been one period of time without an active teen drama.

Active refers to: is the show current? It can be on hiatus. It just can’t be canceled.

In 1990, Beverly Hills 90210 debuted.

In 1998, while it was still on the air, Dawson’s Creek premiered.

But when Dawson’s Creek ended in spring of 2003, BH90210 had ended three years prior and there wasn’t any other teen drama on television.


A few months later The O.C. started in the late summer and very shortly after that, One Tree Hill began.

The O.C. ended in 2007 but, as we very well know, One Tree Hill has been active all this time.

And if this turns out to be the last season of OTH, there’s Gossip Girl (started in 2007) and 90210 (2008).

Will there be another period when there’s no teen drama left on the air? I hope not but time will tell!

Random Thought

26 02 2010

As of this post, we still don’t know whether One Tree Hill will be renewed or canceled.

We do seem to know the schedule for the rest of the season:

4/26/10: Episode 7.19

5/3/10: Episode 7.20

5/10/10: Episode 7.21

5/17/10: Episode 7.22

Of course this schedule is subject to change but if it stays and 7.22 is the series finale, One Tree Hill would have the same end date as Beverly Hills 90210.

Things to consider:

  • Beverly Hills 90210 aired its series finale on May 17, 2000. The One Tree Hill series finale would air exactly 10 years later, on a milestone anniversary for BH90210.
  • Beverly Hills 90210 was the first teen drama to air, the first one to finish airing and remains the longest-running teen drama.
  • One Tree Hill was the fourth teen drama to air, would be the fourth one to finish airing and is the second-longest-running teen drama.
  • The common end date (arguably) gives more meaning to a video I posted last April, in which the maker declared BH90210 and OTH to be “the two greatest television shows in history.”

Interesting, no?

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!

Valentine’s Day Marathon Today!

14 02 2010

From 7am to 1pm, SoapNet is airing “romance and Valentine-themed episodes of Beverly Hills 90210 and One Tree Hill.”

The TV listings tell me they’re also airing a Valentine’s Day episode of The O.C. at 6am. Not sure why they’re not promoting it as part of the marathon.

Please note this is the normal Sunday schedule for each show–1 episode of The O.C., 4 episodes of BH90210 and then 2 of OTH–just with specific episodes chosen.

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

30 01 2010
  • has an article on some of the One Tree Hill stars participating in a fundraiser for the Officer Down Memorial Wall Project.
  • Mike Grubbs (Grubbs, One Tree Hill) was asked to give a Grammys prediction.
  • A baseball trivia question in my local newspaper related to Beverly Hills 90210: Which multi-time Most Valuable Player appeared on BH90210? The answer is Barry Bonds. I’ll definitely be adding that to my list of trivia questions!
  • Wesleyan’s school paper has an article comparing Gossip Girl the TV series versus its print counterpart.
  • Defamer has an interesting article on Twelve, which stars Chace Crawford (Nate, Gossip Girl). There’s also a few references to The O.C.
  • Hate linking to them but JustJared has a brief interview with Crawford.
  • The Los Angeles Times has an article on The Romantics, which stars Katie Holmes (Joey, Dawson’s Creek) and Adam Brody (Seth, The O.C.).

Fun Fact

22 01 2010

Many times the school year drives a lot of plot: back to school awkwardness, prom, college applications. But sometimes when you stop and think how old these character are supposed to be, it can not only be a reality check but also expose some consistency issues.

Did you know the original Beverly Hills 90210 showed junior year twice? When the series began in fall 1990, the characters (except for David) were starting their junior year of high school. The show ventured into hit status when they showed new episodes during the following summer and producers decided they needed to milk the high school years. So in fall 1991, it was junior year all over again. Season 3 was senior year and the college years followed with each subsequent season until they graduated from that, too.

Dawson’s Creek started with sophomore year but since the show debuted in January of 1998, we saw sophomore year last a year and a half on our calendar, in season 1 and season 2. Season 3 was junior year and in season 4 we saw them as seniors. Seasons 5 and 6 gave us the first two years of college.

The O.C. is also a bit confusing. When Sandy first meets Ryan in jail, he compliments Ryan on his SAT scores. This takes place during late summer. If Ryan’s already taken his SATs, he must’ve been at least a junior the previous school year. But let’s work backwards for a second: season 3 begins with senior year and takes place a few months after season 2, making 2 junior year. Season 2 takes place a few months after season 1, meaning 1 is actually sophomore year. Why had you already taken the SATs, Ryan?

One Tree Hill make things easy and hard by having seasons 1 and 2 be junior year and seasons 3 and 4 senior year. Whereas BH90210 didn’t have season 2’s junior year be a continuation of season 1’s, OTH did and managed to get four real-world years out of high school while having the characters be older than the freshman and sophomore age.

Gossip Girl began with junior year and followed a straight-forward timeline, giving us college year number 1 in the 3rd season.

It seems the new 90210 learned from the original’s mistake and kicked things off as sophomores. Although in season 2 we’ve seen Naomi preoccupied with getting into CU, she’s only a junior. If there’s a season 3, that should be senior year.

Whew! That was exhausting. Maybe one day there will be a teen drama that only takes place during summer!

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

11 12 2009

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

26 10 2009
  • has an article about tonight’s One Tree Hill.
  • The One Tree Hill Connection posted pictures of James Lafferty (Nathan, One Tree Hill) directing tonight’s episode.
  • Leighton Meester (Blair, Gossip Girl) spoke with MTV about an old Halloween costume.
  • Hilary Duff (Olivia, Gossip Girl) is on the Nov. cover of PEOPLE StyleWatch.
  • Michelle Trachtenberg (Georgina, Gossip Girl) talked to MTV about the upcoming threesome.
  • has a picture of Lady Gaga on the set of Gossip Girl.
  • There’s two Gossip Girl references–and one BH90210–in this article on Melrose Place.
  • 90210 once again had drastic–and the best–improvements in ratings when DVR numbers are factored in.
  • There’s a picture of Jessica Stroup (Silver, 90210) in the Nov. 2 issue of PEOPLE.
  • Also in that issue, AnnaLynne McCord (Naomi, 90210) said she avoids the gym by doing “anything outdoors-y.”
  • Mandy Musgrave has reportedly been cast on 90210.
  • “Tori” (Donna, Beverly Hills 90210) was the answer to the clue “Actress Spelling–The Help costar” of Megan Fox in PEOPLE’s crossword.  Interestingly enough, Tori is also connected by having worked with Brian Austin Green (David, Beverly Hills 90210) who is Fox’s on-again, off-again boyfriend.
  • James Van Der Beek (Dawson, Dawson’s Creek) will appear on The Forgotten.
  • has a cool video showing the style transformation Katie Holmes (Joey, Dawson’s Creek) has had over the years.
  • The same issue of PEOPLE as mentioned above has a picture of Holmes at the Annual Elle Women in Hollywood Tribute.
  • Also in that issue, Selena Gomez said she admires Rachel Bilson (Summer, The O.C.) for her fashion sense.
  • The people responsible for robbing Bilson and some other celebrities have reportedly been caught.  I know I wrote about the break-in when it first happened but I can’t find it.
  • The aforementioned crossword puzzle also had the clue “Actor Brody” to which the answer was “Adam” (Seth, The O.C.).

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