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

30 06 2010
  • The CW has announced premiere dates for the fall season: 90210 and Gossip Girl will start Monday, September 13. One Tree Hill will start Tuesday, September 14. The rest: America’s Next Top Model and Hellcats, featuring Matt Barr (Ian “Psycho Derek” Banks, One Tree Hill) and Robbie Jones (Quentin, One Tree Hill), on Wednesday, September 8;  Nikita, featuring Melinda Clarke (Julie, The O.C.), and The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, September 9; Life Unexpected, featuring Kerr Smith (Jack, Dawson’s Creek) and Shiri Appleby (Rene, Beverly Hills 90210) after OTH; Smallville and Supernatural on Friday, September 24.
  • Gossip Girl’s Dan and Vanessa are nominated for Oddest Couple in Kristin’s Tater Top Awards.
  • Craig Sheffer (Keith, One Tree Hill) has put his home up for sale. Only really posting this because we so rarely hear about him!
  • Rachel Bilson (Summer, The O.C.) has endorsed some Coach pocketbooks and part of the profits from them will benefit The Art of Elysium.
  • Freaks and Geeks, a short-lived show starring Busy Philipps (Audrey, Dawson’s Creek) and Seth Rogen (Bob, Dawson’s Creek), will re-air on IFC beginning Friday.




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

8 12 2009
  • Last night’s One Tree Hill (2.6 million viewers rounded up) and Gossip Girl (2.2 million viewers) saw OTH rise back up and GG stay the same in the ratings compared to last week.
  • MTV has another interview with Jana Kramer (Alex, One Tree Hill).
  • The One Tree Hill Connection has a new podcast featuring Austin Nichols (Julian, One Tree Hill). Have you read my interview with Nichols?
  • Examiner.com has an article on purchasing the clothes seen on One Tree Hill.
  • Craig Sheffer (Keith, One Tree Hill) will star in the Hallmark movie Murder Among Friends.
  • Hilarie Burton (Peyton, One Tree Hill) has a new blog post on SoGoPro.
  • MTV has an interview with Leighton Meester (Blair, Gossip Girl) about her music.
  • TVGuide.com has a video segment about a birthday party for Jessica Lowndes (Adrianna, 90210).
  • The CW Source has a video interview with Matt Lanter (Liam, 90210).
  • Laura Leighton (Sophie, Beverly Hills 90210) has been cast in a pilot for ABC Family.
  • Zap2it has a fun video interview with Joshua Jackson (Pacey, Dawson’s Creek).




Exclusive: Access Hollywood’s Maria Menounos Talks One Tree Hill

1 11 2009

With a hand in both the entertainment industry and the non-profit sector (through her charity Take Action Hollywood), Maria Menounos is arguably one of the busiest and most successful guest-stars ever to be on a teen drama.  Both before and after her recurring role on One Tree Hill as Jules, Menounos has been one of television’s most recognizable personalities.

TeenDramaWhore: One Tree Hill was your first recurring role on a television series. What made you want to stray from hosting?

Maria Menounos: I’m the type of person who enjoys wearing a lot of different hats – acting is another hat I enjoy wearing. At Emerson College, I studied both broadcast journalism and film.

TDW: What aspects of hosting prepared you for acting?

Menounos: There are so many aspects. The technical aspects of production – going through hair and make up, having call times, dealing with crew, etc. Also, in my case, it helped me learn more about directing but, more importantly, how to be comfortable on camera.

TDW: What attracted you to the role of Jules?

Menounos: I was really excited to work with the show creator, Mark  Schwahn, who said he had an amazing role for me. I knew any role he would create would be a great one.

TDW: Were you familiar with the show before you joined?

Menounos: I had seen a few episodes but definitely enjoyed what I had seen.

TDW: Most people, plagued by the stereotypes of our society, would have a hard time believing someone like Keith (Craig Sheffer) could get a girl like Jules. That ended up being a significant part of the story. Did you agree with that premise?

Menounos: I most certainly agreed! Keith was sensitive and sweet and handsome in a rugged, real man sort of way. On a side note, Craig was also an amazing actor who had been directed by Robert Redford and co-starred with Brad Pitt amongst other greats. He was generous to work with and lent me acting tips that I implement to this day.

TDW: Did you know right from the beginning that Dan (Paul Johansson) was behind Jules and Keith’s relationship–or were you surprised, just like the viewers were?

Menounos: I knew.

TDW: We never found out where Jules went when she stood Keith up at the altar (Episode 2.16, Somehwere A Clock is Ticking). What do you think happened to her?

Menounos: She ran away, feeling bad for Keith as well as ashamed of herself and what she had done.

TDW: Was it your decision not to continue on the show, or was it dictated by the story?

Menounos: It was dictated by the story.

TDW: Did you keep up with the show after you left? Specifically, were you/are you aware of what happened to Keith?

Menounos: I’m so busy with my other shows that I wasn’t able to watch as much as I would like. However, I did find out about Keith.

TDW: Are you still in touch with any of the cast?

Menounos: I am but it’s the same as with most of my friends. It’s definitely hard to remain in touch with the schedule I keep. The news never takes a rest.

TDW: Are you ever recognized for your role on OTH, as opposed to for being a famous TV host?

Menounos: I continuously get recognized from my work on OTH. Fans are always approaching me!

TDW: After One Tree Hill, you did some voice-over work and more one-episode guest roles. Do you have any interest in returning to acting in a larger capacity?

Menounos: I just wrapped on a starring role opposite Christopher Lloyd and a few other names and talents in a comedy feature, “Serial Buddies” – the first serial killer buddy comedy of all time – lol. I really have to pick and choose roles carefully because I only have so much time each year to act. “Serial Buddies” was one of those super original scripts, kind of a “Napoleon Dynamite”/”Superbad” feel that I didn‘t want to miss out on.

TDW: You are one of an increasing number of celebrities interacting with fans on Twitter. What is one thing you like about it, and one thing you don’t?

Menounos: I like being able to communicate directly to fans, hear their opinions and receive their support.  It’s fun and allows people to get to know “me” better.

TDW: Lastly, for those not familiar, tell me about your charity, Take Action Hollywood.

Menounos: We are an all-volunteer group that essentially utilizes the power of Hollywood to affect for positive social change. We take on a wide range of subjects and causes. I’m proud of what we have achieved for a small group that puts most, if not all, of its donations towards our programs and not administrative costs.

Come back next week for another exclusive interview!

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Exclusive: Colin Fickes on Playing Jimmy Edwards, One Tree Hill’s School Shooter

30 08 2009

Colin Fickes made teen drama history when he starred on One Tree Hill as Jimmy Edwards, a high school outcast turned school shooter.  The storyline remains one of the most-loved by critics and fans alike, giving Colin one of his career highlights.

Colin was kind enough to provide an inside look at the making of “With Tired Eyes, Tired Minds, Tired Souls, We Slept,” the 16th episode of One Tree Hill’s third season.

TeenDramaWhore: Years before you started on One Tree Hill, you appeared on two episodes of Dawson’s Creek (Episode 2.3, Alternative Lifestyles and Episode 2.9, The Election).  How did that come about?

Colin Fickes: First off, thank you for taking the time to interview me!  I grew up in Raleigh, NC doing community theater and I’d audition for projects that came through NC.  I had a wonderful agent in Raleigh who would submit young actors in the area for various TV and film projects. They were seeing people in LA and NC for the role of Kenny Reiling, and I was lucky enough to get to audition and subsequently land the part.

TDW: On One Tree Hill, you were introduced in the first few episodes and then were off-canvas until season three in 2006.  What was your reaction when you found out a) they were bringing you back and b) what the storyline was?

Fickes: I was completely shocked when I found out that Mark Schwahn wanted to reintroduce the character of Jimmy Edwards.  I remember getting called into his office on the Warner Brothers lot, having no clue what the meeting would entail.  He pitched me his brilliant idea, and I immediately said yes.  I knew that it would be a tough few weeks of preparation and filming, but I was up for the challenge.  I enjoy playing interesting character roles, and where he wanted to go with Jimmy Edwards was exactly where I wanted to be.

TDW: Was it difficult filming such an emotional storyline and/or difficult to keep it all a secret?

Fickes: It was definitely a challenge to go to those dark places and stay true to the character.  There are places inside of yourself you have to explore, and they aren’t necessarily pretty places.   The fact that there are people who feel the way Jimmy must of felt made me strive to be as authentic and honest as possible.  My hope was that if people could see themselves mirrored in the character, they would also see the hope and optimism in there too. That they could see they weren’t alone and that it would, or could, all be okay. The fact that I had pretty much locked myself away for those weeks leading up to filming, I really didn’t have time to worry about keeping the story line a secret.  The twist didn’t really have anything to do with my character and his circumstances, so I didn’t really focus on that part.

TDW: Allison Scagliotti (Abby) told me that you guys didn’t know the ending until it was nearly time to shoot it.  How did you react when you found out your character’s fate?

Fickes: I knew my characters fate from the get go.  What we didn’t know was that Dan [Paul Johansson] would show up and shoot Keith [Craig Sheffer].  I think I was too busy learning lines and finding character to worry too much about the twist.  It was pretty shocking though, yeah?

TDW: How does it feel to know your character was the key to so many critical storylines that followed and still occur?

Fickes: To know that Jimmy Edwards life wasn’t in vain and that he affected so many people, hopefully for the better, is a good thing.  I think it’s indicative of real life.  People can come into our lives and shape our courses, even if it is only for a brief amount of time

TDW: What kind of response did you get when the episode aired?

Fickes: The response has been incredibly heartfelt.  When people take the time to write letters, or stop me on the street to tell me how that episode affected them, it truly moves me.  It makes it seem all worth it.  I think that’s why we make art.  To connect and feel.

TDW: Are you still recognized for the role?

Fickes: I am.

TDW: Do you keep in touch with any of the cast?

Fickes: I don’t really.  Not as much as I’d like to anyway.  Had dinner with Hilarie [Burton, Peyton] and some mutual friends a year or so ago, and talk to Lee [Norris, Mouth] every now and then, but that’s about it.

TDW: What projects are you currently working on?

Fickes: At the moment I’m developing a screenplay and a short film with a friend of mine.  Had an independent film called “The New Twenty” come out on DVD and VOD not too long ago.  Trying to keep the dream alive.

For more on One Tree Hill’s school shooting storyline,

check out my interviews with Lee Norris and Allison Scagliotti.

Come back next Sunday for another exclusive interview!





Villains, Part 4

29 06 2009

ONE TREE HILL

1. Dan Scott (played by Paul Johansson)

Dan’s pre-show history already gave us a reason to dislike him: he abandoned baby mama Karen (Moira Kelly) and had nothing to with their son Lucas (Chad Michael Murray).  Couple that with various schemes, back-stabbing and plain old maliciousness, Dan has very few friends in One Tree Hill.  And then there’s the biggest sin of all: murdering his own brother, Keith (Craig Sheffer).  Despite many near-death experiences (burned in a fire, hit by a car, a faulty heart, etc.), Dan has managed to survive all six seasons of the show.  His future remains unclear, though.

2. Psycho Derek (played by Matt Barr)

Quite possibly the creepiest and scariest character on the show, he first appeared claiming to be the long-lost brother of Peyton (Hilarie Burton).  Turns out, he was actually a psycho (hence the nickname) who’s warped ways of trying to woo Peyton included attacked her.  After a fight with Lucas and the real Derek (Ernest Waddell), he disappeared…only to return on prom night and attack Peyton again, along with Brooke (Sophia Bush).  This time he ended up in jail.

3. Victoria Davis (played by Daphne Zuniga)

Though she’s the mother of Brooke, we didn’t actually meet Victoria until season 5.  The most cold-hearted mother on any of the teen dramas, Victoria repeatedly insults Brooke and tries to take advantage of her and her company. They reconciled at the end of season 6 but I can’t imagine it lasting.

4. Nanny Carrie (played by Torrey DeVitto)

Hired as a nanny (again, hence the nickname) for Jamie (Jackson Brundage), the first signs of Carrie’s evilness came when she started hitting on married Nathan (James Lafferty).  After being fired, Carrie kidnapped Jamie, who was rescued by Dan, of all people.  A vengeful Carrie resurfaced the following season, this time kidnapping Dan and nearly killing him.  Haley (Bethany Joy Galeotti) and Deb (Barbara Alyn Woods) inadvertently rescued him, and Carrie is presumed to be dead from a gunshot wound.

Check back tomorrow to read about the villainesses of Gossip Girl.








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