Random Question

31 08 2010

Sunday night I had one eye on the TV for the Primetime Emmys and one eye on TweetDeck, where I saw a number of tweets asking why Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill weren’t being recognized at the awards show.

Historically, the teen drama genre has gone unrecognized at the Emmys, except for in 1995 when Milton Berle was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his appearance as Saul on Beverly Hills 90210.

The closest the genre has come to similar-sized recognition was Beverly Hills 90210’s and Jason Priestley’s multiple Golden Globe nominations in the early and mid-90s.

There’s a lot of theories out there as to why the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences – the organization responsible for the Emmys – continually chooses not to recognize the genre, but I’d like to hear your thoughts.

Why do you think the teen dramas have received just one Emmy nomination over the last 20 years?





Happy Birthday Jason Priestley!

28 08 2010

Priestley (Brandon, Beverly Hills 90210) turns 41 today.

His new series, Call Me Fitz, premieres September 19 in Canada.

If you haven’t already, check out the (NSFW) trailer.





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

16 08 2010
  • Ausiello has a “first look” at the Gossip Girl season 4 trailer. Tons of spoilers involved, so watch at your own risk.
  • Sam Page has been cast on Gossip Girl in a recurring role. Again, spoilers involved, so read at your own risk.
  • Kelly Rutherford (Lily, Gossip Girl) is featured in the new ad campaign for Monica Rich Kosann jewelry.
  • Kristen Bell (Gossip Girl, Gossip Girl) will star in Dance Of The Mirlitons.
  • Planet Green has an interview with Sophia Bush (Brooke, One Tree Hill) and Austin Nichols (Julian, One Tree Hill) about the crisis in the Gulf.
  • Nichols tweeted today that he’s going to shoot the movie LOL this week.
  • Emmanuelle Vaugier (Nicki, One Tree Hill) is now on Twitter. I’ve added her to the Twitter Directory.
  • Adrian Grenier and his band The Honey Brothers will appear on 90210. Once again, spoilers involved, so read at your own risk.
  • Trevor Donovan (Teddy, 90210) tweeted some interesting thoughts about 90210’s upcoming gay storyline. He also spoke to JustJared about it, though there is spoilish info here so read both at your own risk.
  • Zap2it is reporting that Ryan O’Neal (Spence, 90210) won’t be back. So I guess that’s one element of the above that we won’t actually see.
  • JustJared claims Jessica Stroup (Silver, 90210) and Dustin Milligan (Ethan, 90210) have split. I have not seen this confirmed anywhere yet.
  • Jason Priestley (Brandon, Beverly Hills 90210) is SoapNet’s Weekly Crush.
  • Luke Perry (Dylan, Beverly Hills 90210) appears in the first episode of NBC.com’s new webseries, FCU: Fact Checkers Unit. It was pretty funny, though they wasted the very obvious opportunity for a Dylan joke.
  • BlackBook has an interesting interview with Autumn Reeser (Taylor, The O.C.).
  • New York magazine has a great interview with Katie Holmes (Joey, Dawson’s Creek). She’s on the cover of the new issue.




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

6 08 2010
  • Twelve, starring Chace Crawford (Nate, Gossip Girl), opened today in limited release.
  • Thanks to Alyssa for giving me the heads-up that Hot Topic is selling a Beverly Hills 90210 t-shirt. I want, I want, I want!
  • Jason Priestley’s (Brandon, Beverly Hills 90210) first appearance on Scoundrels is this Sunday. The show’s star, Leven Rambin, had interesting things to say about him in an interview.
  • Jennie Garth (Kelly, Beverly Hills 90210) was on the Today show this morning.
  • Wonderwall has an interview with Garth about her work with the American Association of Orthodontists and their StyleNSmile campaign. I believe this is what Garth also discussed on the Today show.
  • Sophia Bush (Brooke, One Tree Hill) tweeted that James Lafferty (Nathan, One Tree Hill) is bartending a charity night in Wilmington this Saturday.
  • Doug Liman (executive producer, The O.C.) is doing a documentary pilot for A&E called The Unexplained.
  • The Extra Man, featuring Katie Holmes (Joey, Dawson’s Creek), opened today in limited release.




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

30 07 2010
  • Warner Brothers on DVD released a bunch of clips that will be on the Gossip Girl Season 3 DVD and One Tree Hill Season 7 DVD next month.
  • Austin Nichols (Julian, One Tree Hill) tweeted that Beautiful Boy, which features him, will screen at the Toronto Film Festival.
  • There is a second part to the Kelly Tenney (co-producer, One Tree Hill) video interview with Carol Cutshall (costume designer, One Tree Hill).
  • Star News has an interview with Craig Sheffer (Keith, One Tree Hill). He doesn’t seem too fond of his character, which is sad considering how beloved Keith is by fans.
  • AfterElton is reporting they believe they know which male character is coming out this season 90210. I do not know if their information is accurate; it could be.
  • Call Me Fitz, starring Jason Priestley (Brandon, Beverly Hills 90210), will premiere September 19 in Canada.
  • TNT has renewed Leverage, which stars Christian Kane (Nick, Dawson’s Creek), and Rizzoli & Isles, which stars Sasha Alexander (Gretchen, Dawson’s Creek) and features Jordan Bridges (Oliver, Dawson’s Creek).




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.




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

25 07 2010
  • Michael Steger (Navid, 90210) will appear on Covert Affairs, which also features Peter Gallagher (Sandy, The O.C.) and Emmanuelle Vaugier (Nicki, One Tree Hill) and is executive produced by Doug Liman (executive producer, The O.C.), Tuesday night.
  • Kelly and Donna’s beach apartment from Beverly Hills 90210 is still for sale.
  • Tiffani Amber Thiessen (Valerie, Beverly Hills 90210) was on Lopez Tonight last week, either Thursday or Friday.
  • Call Me Fitz, starring Jason Priestley (Brandon, Beverly Hills 90210), will air in Latin America. Still no plans, to my knowledge, for it to air in the U.S.
  • Facebook deleted Bethany Joy Galeotti’s (Haley, One Tree Hill) page, thinking it was one of the fakes.
  • Apparently there was something called Pacey-Con 2010 at Comic-Con with Joshua Jackson (Pacey, Dawson’s Creek). Rumor has it a video will be on FunnyorDie.com sooner or later.
  • Busy Philipps (Audrey, Dawson’s Creek) is on the cover of the summer issue of Mom magazine.




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

12 07 2010
  • There’s revised cover art for the One Tree Hill Season 7 DVD and a look at the back over is now available, too.
  • SoapNet has a new quiz entitled, Which Beverly Hills 90210 Girl Are You? I got Andrea and was told, “Brainy and awkward, you might be overlooked by guys — but don’t worry! You’re too great to be passed by for long, and when you find love, it’ll be the real deal. Mostly.”
  • Jason Priestley (Brandon, Beverly Hills 90210) won the Best Actor Award for Call Me Fitz at the Roma Fiction Fest 2010 Awards.
  • In an interview about Covert Affairs, executive producer Doug Liman (executive producer, The O.C.) talks a bit about working with Peter Gallagher (Sandy, The O.C.) on The O.C.
  • Covert Affairs, which features Gallagher, premieres tomorrow night on USA along with the season premiere of White Collar, which features Tiffani Amber Thiessen (Valerie, Beverly Hills 90210) and will feature Hilarie Burton (Peyton, One Tree Hill).




Fun Fact

11 06 2010

(Note: “Fun Fact” probably isn’t the best title for this post but I wanted to keep it within my ongoing “teen drama facts” series, where all the posts are titled “Fun Fact.”)

Last month’s 90210 season finale, in which the episode ends with Naomi seemingly about to be raped by Mr. Cannon, got me thinking about the use and portrayal of sexual assault in the teen dramas.

Below is a listing of all the occurrences, to the best of my recollection, with the only full-fledged main character rape thus far occurring during Beverly Hills 90210’s ninth season.

Beverly Hills 90210

-In Episode 1.09, The Gentle Art of Listening, Brenda works on a “teen line,” where an anonymous girl calls in and reveals she is, essentially, being date raped by two classmates. Brenda starts piecing clues together and figures out the girl is Bonnie, a fellow student at West Beverly, and the attacks are taking place after school events. She informs the police of what’s happening and they save the girl and arrest the guys.

-In Episode 1.13, Slumber Party, Kelly reveals her first sexual encounter happened with Ross Webber, where he led her into a forest and had sex with her on the ground. As she recounts the story during a girls-only slumber party, she cries as she says, “He kept saying, ‘Come on, Kel. I know you want it. I know you want it, Kelly.’ And I did… but not on the ground. He didn’t even bring a blanket. But it was over pretty quick and after that he took me home…and never talked to me again.”

-In Episode 2.13, Halloween, the gang is at a Halloween party where Kelly goes upstairs with an older guy she meets. When she doesn’t want to hook up with him, he calls her a tease and begins to force himself on her but they are interrupted by Brenda and Donna. When Kelly cries and explains what happens, Brenda calls out for Dylan and, with Steve’s help, they drag the guy out.

-In Episode 3.11, A Presumption Of Innocence, Scott’s sister Sue accuses English teacher Gil Meyers of sexual harassment and some of the gang takes sides. Meyers reveals there was an incident at the previous school he worked at, but insists he didn’t do anything then or now. Sue eventually confesses that she actually came on to him and reveals it’s actually her uncle who has been molesting her. Gil resigns anyway.

-In Episode 4.11, Take Back The Night, a one-time hook-up, Laura, accuses Steve of date rape. He is shocked by the accusation as, according to his memory, they were both into it. Kelly tries to help Laura until she learns Steve is the guy in question. Kelly doubts Laura’s story and shortly before she’s set to “go public” at a Take Back The Night rally at CU, Kelly volunteers to speak up instead. Kelly takes the mic at the event and recounts her season 2 experience and notes that Steve was the one who saved her. Afterward, Laura admits the sex was consensual but that she said otherwise because she felt used after he wasn’t interested in seeing her again.

-In Episode 5.23, Love Hurts, much of the CU student body is concerned about a sexual predator after a co-ed is raped in the previous episode. With some help, Brandon discovers the suspect is targeting Clare. Turns out, he was targeting Clare but after meeting Donna, he set his sights on her instead. When Donna returns to her apartment one night, she notices the lights are out and is suddenly grabbed from behind by the rapist, Garrett. He bounds her hands and later proceeds to force himself on her in her bedroom but they are interrupted when they hear David enter the apartment. With Garrett threatening her, she calls out that she doesn’t feel well and insists to David that he leave. But when she calls him “Dave,” he senses something is wrong and storms into her room. Together they overpower Garrett and knock him out.

-In Episode 8.20, Cupid’s Arrow, after each having fights with their significant others, Valerie and Noah end up sleeping together. The next morning, Valerie wakes up with little recollection of the night before and feels very ill. A doctor determines she was drugged with Rohypnol, commonly known as the “date rape drug” or being “roofied,” and Valerie concludes that Noah raped her. In the subsequent episodes, when the District Attorney declines to press charges, she files a civil suit. After a heated trial, the jury rules in Valerie’s favor and awards her a large sum of money. Donna, however, soon discovers that it was Noah’s brother Josh (played by Michael Trucco, aka One Tree Hill’s Uncle Cooper) who actually drugged Valerie’s drink and, due to being distracted by a phone call, was unable to stop Valerie from leaving with Noah instead of him.

-In Episode 9.25, Dog’s Best Friend, Kelly is called by Dylan, who is fearful he will relapse if someone doesn’t come talk to him. They pick a meeting spot and Kelly parks nearby. As she walks the dark, abandoned street alone, she hears footsteps behind her. As she speeds up, so does the other person. Said person eventually grabs her and throws her into an alley where he hits her, threatens her with a knife, rips off her clothing and rapes her. Coincidentally, the actor who plays the rapist had two other roles on the show, including an appearance in the season 2 episode mentioned above where Kelly is almost raped.

Dawson’s Creek

-In Episode 3.06, Secrets and Lies, Andie is dating Rob, an older guy whom Joey worked with until his (mostly non-physical) sexual harassment becomes too much for her to take. One night, a tearful Andie calls Joey (skip to 3:05), asking for help. Joey and Pacey find her, wanting to know what happened. Andie reveals she and Rob were hooking up and he started to take things too far. Pacey, Andie’s ex, angrily confronts Rob, who denies anything happened at all. Joey urges Andie to go to the police but she’s reluctant. Pacey comforts her and they reflect on their relationship. They share a kiss, which Pacey later calls a mistake. Joey speaks with Rob, who is still denying he did anything to Andie, and Andie gets upset with Joey for not believing her. Later, Andie essentially admits she made the story up, without explicitly saying it, noting she will do anything to get Pacey back.

-In Episode 6.04, Instant Karma!, Audrey is upset about her relationship with Pacey and heads to a party with Jen and Jack to blow off some steam. She drowns her sorrows in alcohol and ends up being led upstairs by a guy (skip to 4:55). Jen tries to follow but a different guy won’t let her pass. C.J. pushes past and they head upstairs. They find Audrey in one of the bedrooms and Jen leads her out as C.J. pushes the guy away.

The O.C.

-In Episode 2.21, The Return Of The Nana, while Ryan is out of town, Marissa takes it upon herself to entertain his brother, Trey. While drunk and high, Trey comes on to Marissa at the beach. When she resists, a struggle ensues. She eventually breaks free and runs off.

One Tree Hill

-In Episode 1.08, The Search For Something More, when Brooke and Peyton head to a college party, Peyton retreats into a dorm room with one of the co-eds. They bond over music and he offers her a drink…one that he roofied. She is nearly passed out when he starts to put the moves on her but Brooke senses something is up and is able to rescue her. She calls Lucas, who arrives and confronts the guy about drugging Peyton before bringing her home with Brooke and taking care of her.

Gossip Girl

-In Episode 1.01, Pilot, at the Kiss On The Lips party, Chuck leads Jenny up to the roof and starts to kiss her (skip to 5.50). She’s not into it and slyly texts Dan as Chuck pours them champagne. Cut to Chuck forcibly making out with her as Dan and Serena find them. Chuck abruptly stops as Jenny runs into Dan’s arms. Dan punches Chuck, Serena pushes him and they lead Jenny away. This event is one reason why some people are bothered by Chuck and Jenny’s consensual sex in last month’s season finale.

-In Episode 2.16, You’ve Got Yale, a vengeful and greedy Jack confronts Lily (skip to 1:24), who has teamed up with Chuck to retain control of Bass Industries. Chuck enters as Jack is forcing himself on her and he gets Jack off of her. Lily is shaken, Chuck is pissed and Jack is further exposed as the villain he really is.

90210

-In Episode 2.22, Confessions, Naomi’s car won’t start, so she heads into West Beverly for help. She finds Mr. Cannon, whom earlier in the season, she accused of sexually harassing her after he accused her of offering to sleep with him in order to earn her spot back on the Blaze staff. They talk for a bit about different things, including Naomi’s false accusation. He later takes her hand and kisses her. She pushes him away, but he says he knows she wanted him to do it and she doesn’t need to feel guilty. He tells her to stop teasing and that she has a harassment fantasy and is trying to provoke him. She is appalled and pushes him away, leading him to slap her and grab her. She threatens that she will tell and he asks who she would tell because she is “the girl who cried wolf.” Coincidentally, that was the name of one of the episodes in Beverly Hills 90210’s eighth season, during the aforementioned rape storyline with Valerie and Noah.

Thoughts?





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

7 06 2010
  • The Wrap has an interesting article on the success of The CW’s digital ad sales to support online viewing.
  • 90210 came in second in Kristin’s worst season finale poll.
  • Bebe will be making a clothing line inspired by 90210.
  • The trailer for Gun, featuring AnnaLynne McCord (Naomi, 90210) is out. Warning: it is NSFW.
  • Jason Priestley (Brandon, Beverly Hills 90210) is auctioning a lunch with him in support of the Waterkeeper Alliance, which is helping to combat the oil spill in the Gulf.
  • Jennie Garth (Kelly, Beverly Hills 90210) was on The View on Friday.
  • Vanessa Marcil (Gina, Beverly Hills 90210) will be returning to General Hospital on August 11.
  • Pretty Little Liars, featuring Laura Leighton (Sophie, Beverly Hills 90210), Bianca Lawson (Nikki, Dawson’s Creek) and Lucy Hale (Hadley, The O.C.), premieres tomorrow on ABCFamily. It is executive produced by Bob Levy (executive producer, Gossip Girl) and Leslie Morgenstein (executive producer, Gossip Girl).
  • One Tree Hill is among the shows The CW is submitting for Emmy consideration, in addition to Gossip Girl.







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