Spoiler: Ask Ausiello

1 04 2010

RELEVANT QUESTIONS–DON’T READ IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW!!!

Question: It’s time for some 90210 scoop. Make it something good. —Sarah
Ausiello:
Jen returns with big news that may or may not involve a valuable (and iconic) piece of real estate.

Question: Some scoop please on the upcoming Gossip Girl indecent proposal storyline. You called it first, now please give us more. Pretty please! —Jordan
Ausiello:
The promo for next week’s episode gives away pretty much everything… except the big twist.

Question: Okay, I’ll bite: What happens immediately after the scene with Chuck at the top of the Empire State Building in the Gossip Girl finale? —Larissa
Ausiello:
Something really bad and potentially irreparable.

Question: I have to have some One Tree Hill scoop — preferably on the season finale and the show’s renewal status. —Nick
Ausiello:
I have a very strong hunch The CW will give the show a 13-episode pickup, although we’ll probably have to wait until May for an official announcement. Don’t know too much about the finale, except that it ends with an outta-nowhere cliffhanger.

Question: Is Life Unexpected coming back for a second season? I fall deeper in love with it each week. —Jill
Ausiello:
If the ratings hold steady, I think we’re looking at a 13-episode thingamajig here as well. On the scoop front, Baze finally confesses his feelings for Cate in next Monday’s road trip-themed episode. Unfortunately, the person he comes clean to is Lux.

Credit: EW.com

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Just remember the so-called “indecent proposal” storyline was done on Beverly Hills 90210 in season 6, with Valerie, David and Ginger. I also mentioned this in February when Ausiello first hinted this storyline was coming up.

This is the clearest sign we’ve gotten yet about One Tree Hill–but don’t pop the champagne bottles yet (or bash in your TV, whatever your opinion).

Life Unexpected stars Kerr Smith (Jack, Dawson’s Creek).





Favorite Valentine’s Day Episodes

10 02 2010

Like I did with the Favorite Holiday Episodes series, during the next few days I will highlight some of my favorite Valentine’s Day storylines from each of the teen dramas show-by-show. Warning: it’ll be a bumpy ride!

TODAY: Beverly Hills 90210

1. Episode 2.22, Baby Makes Five

Despite airing an episode in season 1 on Valentine’s Day itself and an episode earlier in season 2 with the name My Desperate Valentine, this is the first actual V-Day focused episode. I like this ep for both its subtle seriousness and its significance. Brenda is eagerly awaiting Valentine’s Day with Dylan (technically their second together, but as I said, we didn’t get a storyline for it in season 1) and turns out Dylan has something a bit unconventional planned: getting blood drawn. As he explains, they’re actually donating their blood in recognition of the person who donated blood for him when he was seriously injured years ago on the 14th. Today the importance of donating blood is brought up time and again by the media but here and then the message was just as important but they don’t hit you over the head with it. Meanwhile, Kelly’s mom Jackie is stressed when she finds out she’s pregnant when she and Mel have only been dating for a few months. Kelly confides in Donna who in turn tells David and soon enough Mel finds out. Mel realizes he loves Jackie and wants not only have the baby but also marry her. And thus, all these years later, we have Silver on 90210.

2. Episode 5.20, You Gotta Have Heart

This episode aired a week before Valentine’s Day but revolved around a telethon at the After Dark for children with heart issues. While most of the Kelly-in-a-cult storyline is just bad, the impact it has on her relationship with Brandon comes to a head in this ep. And when Kelly is MIA for the telethon, Brandon is forced to make out with Donna for one of the segments, which is the only time we get to see these two go at it and, boy, do they go at it! Speaking of going at it, while Donna is somewhat innocently making out with Brandon, boyfriend Ray is being seduced by Valerie.

3. Episode 6.22, Bleeding Hearts

And while most of the Kelly-on-drugs storyline is just bad as well, the impact it has on her friendship with Brandon comes to a head in this ep. His Valentine’s Day plans with Susan are ruined when a drugged-out Kelly calls him for help. With his assistance she gets into a rehab program but when she confesses she’s still in love with him, Brandon doesn’t return the sentiment. David writes Valerie the most moving poem for Valentine’s Day–seriously, I get chills when I hear or read it–but under pressure from Ginger and her blackmail scheme, Valerie encourages him to sleep with Ginger. David is incredibly shocked and hurt that Val would ask him to do such a thing and breaks up with her. (I, unfortunately, couldn’t find YouTube clips of either the poem scene or the break-up scene.) This episode aired on Valentine’s Day in 1996.

4. Episode 7.19, My Funny Valentine

I like this episode for the storylines it sets up and for one that reaches its climax. The latter refers to one of the few heartfelt scenes Kelly and Valerie ever shared, as Val pleads with Kel to break up with her high school sweetheart. Cliff returns to town and finds Donna is now with David, leading to a short but sweet love triangle that continues into the next episode and results in one of my favorite D-D kisses. The ep ends with Brandon and Tracy’s V-Day happiness cut short when she finds an engagement ring and assumes it’s for her–except it’s the ring Brandon had for Kelly a few years back and couldn’t bring himself to return after she rejected him. This leads into a moving Brandon-Kelly storyline, one of my favorites, in the next episode and beyond. Oh, and Luther Vandross performs, which is perfect V-Day music.

5. Episode 8. 20, Cupid’s Arrow

So now it’s a year later and Brandon and Kelly have gotten back together…and broken up again. This episodes sees them reconciling once again and, well, I’m a sucker for it! Donna and David are no longer together but they end up spending most of V-Day with each other, pissing off their significant others, Noah and Valerie. Unbeknown to either of them, Noah’s brother roofies Val’s drink and she & drunk Noah end up sleeping together, setting up a storyline for the subsequent episodes. The ep also features a cameo from Ian Ziering’s then-wife. Unfortunately, again, I can’t find a clip worth using as the critical, climatic parts (with B/K and Donna/Noah/Val/David) are at the end of the episode and YouTube has all but that.

Some of these episodes will be shown Sunday, during SoapNet’s Valentine’s Day Marathon.

Tomorrow we move on to Dawson’s Creek.





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

11 12 2009




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

1 10 2009
  • The Associated Press has a video interview with AnnaLynne McCord (Naomi, 90210).
  • There is a legitimate account for 90210’s Silver on Twitter.  This has nothing to do with Jessica Stroup, though.  As my Twitter Directory indicates, Jessica herself is NOT on Twitter.
  • The Huffington Post has an interview with Elisa Donovan (Ginger, Beverly Hills 90210.  Have you read our interview?
  • PEOPLE.com has a poll asking if Taylor Momsen (Jenny, Gossip Girl) should be the lead in the film adaptation of Lauren Conrad’s book LA Candy.
  • Dawson’s Creek is included in a trivia quiz on show’s with nautical names.




Exclusive: Elisa Donovan on Going From Beverly Hills 90210 to The Lake With Jason Priestley By Her Side

20 09 2009

Tiffani Amber Thiessen’s Valerie wasn’t the only bitch to come to Beverly Hills 90210.  There was also, of course, the one and only Ginger LaMonica, Valerie’s best friend from Buffalo, who would come in and out of town, leaving a trail of damage in her wake.

Elisa Donovan, who played Ginger and is also known for starring as Amber in Clueless, now appears on TheWB.com webseries The Lake, which is directed by 90210’s Jason Priestley.

TeenDramaWhore: First, I have to ask, where on Long Island did you grow up? I’m from Garden City.

Elisa Donovan: I grew up in Northport.

TDW: Going back to your Beverly Hills 90210 days, do you remember what attracted you to the role of the conniving (and crazily-named) Ginger LaMonica?

Donovan: Everything about Ginger attracted me to her as a character! She was a lying, conniving, gold-digging, pot-smoking, thieving floosie— who wouldn’t want to play that??

TDW: Ginger’s schemes are infamous. Have you ever had someone like her or Valerie in your life?

Donovan: I can’t say that I’ve had someone quite as devious as Ginger in my life, but I’ve certainly had people as flawed as Valerie. I think she was just a girl who wanted to better herself and was insecure and afraid of her past. Believe me, there are plenty of people like that in Hollywood…! Tiffani herself, on the other hand, is an absolute doll.

TDW: This one from episode 6.20, Flying, was particularly preposterous–What would be your reaction if someone demanded $50,000 from you or the right to sleep with your boyfriend?

Donovan: I’d be totally flattered, and then tell them to hit the road! Of course if they looked like Tiffani, my boyfriend might consider it! 😉

TDW: Where do you think Ginger is today? My guess is she’s heading straight to Cougarville…

Donovan: Cougartown, without a doubt.

TDW: On the show, you had a one-episode fling (6.01: Home Is Where The Tart Is) with Jason Priestley’s character Brandon, and shared several other scenes with him. What was your reaction when you found out you’d be working with him again on The Lake?

Donovan: Jason is honestly one of my favorite people in  this business. He’s a great actor, a great director, and just a lovely person. I had such fun working with him back then on 90210. He was so gracious and kind, especially when we had to be in bed together the first day of shooting! I was so uncomfortable and he just completely put me at ease. We laughed a lot and I ended up doing a bunch of episodes that year. I can’t remember if we were involved again romantically after the first episode….Ginger’s love life was rather busy! I actually read about The Lake and heard that Jason was directing it. So I told my reps I wanted to go in for it. I wanted to work with Jason again and knew he’d do a great job with the material.

TDW: You previously knew him as an actor. What’s he like as a director?

Donovan: He’s very generous and insightful and supportive as a director. You can trust him, and as an actor that’s the first thing I want from a director. We really put ourselves in their hands, and you hope that they can guide you, rein you in, give you ideas, encourage you.. make you feel safe to be vulnerable, etc… Jason has all of those abilities. Especially with the new kids that were in the cast. Most of them didn’t have too much on camera experience, and he really guided them and got terrific performances out of everybody. And did it all within very tight parameters. We didn’t have a lot of time to shoot the show, and the budget was limited–yet the set was always calm, fun and lighthearted. He really made it that way. We all had a ball. And the show reflects that—it looks great.

TDW: How is working on a webseries different from a typical television series?

Donovan: The big differences are time and budget. You generally have a lot more to do in a shorter period time. And there are technical differences that are major—as in how certain materials and colors appear on screen…the streaming issue.. I don’t really understand that end of it, but there is a lot that has to be monitored in that vein. And content—there is a lot more freedom on the internet and you can take more risks I suppose. Also, because of the length of the episodes, the entire structure of the script is different. You have to have a story arc in a couple of pages. A lot more has to happen in a shorter period of time as well.

TDW: What’s been your favorite experience with it so far?

Donovan: Honestly, the people. This has been one of the best groups of people from top to bottom on this show. From the execs, to the writers, down to every crew member. There was a certain camaraderie that was established almost instantly, because we all knew we were doing this for the love of the project. Everyone’s work ethic was high, and we maintained the professionalism, while still having an absolute ball. There was no room for egos or any nonsense…and a real bonding has happened as a result of everybody being so committed for all of the right reasons. Because of that, and having been on location together part of the time in Big Bear!

TDW: What other projects do you have lined up?

Donovan: I just finished shooting a movie with Andrea Roth, Nicholas Brendon, Bruce Davison and Alley Mills called “Holiday House.” I have a TV movie called “The Dog Who Saved Christmas” premiering on ABC Family in November, in which I star with Gary Valentine, Dean Cain, and Mindy Sterling. I also have a comedy webseries called “In Gayle We Trust” for NBC, which [debuted] September 15th. The series is created by Brent Forrester (producer/writer from “The Office”), and I play Gayle, an insurance agent that gets overly involved with her clients. It’s really funny. And Brent is a genius writer, and a great guy! I’m also writing a book right now, based on a one woman show I did last year at The Geffen Playhouse.

TDW: Any chance we’ll get a Clueless reunion of some sort?

Donovan: Ha! I don’t know… I hear rumblings of a sequel, but don’t know if that’s really true. It would be great fun to revisit those characters as adults. I think it could be pretty hilarious. I do know that “Clueless the Musical” is supposed to open on Broadway this fall. THAT I will have to see!

TDW: Lastly, do you have a Twitter account you’d like to share with fans? May I promote your official site?

Donovan: I just this very moment, as I write this, have opened a Twitter account! So I’m new to Twitter…but my user name is “RedDonovan.” I do have an official website: www.elisadonovan.net.

Complete TDW Interview Index





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

8 08 2009
  • TVGuideMagazine.com has a short interview with Tiffani Amber Thiessen on reuniting with her Saved by the Bell co-stars.
  • Tori Spelling says she’d support her hubby Dean McDermott if he was on Dancing with the Stars.  Coincidentally, both Jennie Garth (Kelly, Beverly Hills 90210) and Ian Ziering (Steve, Beverly Hills 90210) have already competed on the show.
  • The trailer for The Lake, directed by Jason Priestley (Brandon, Beverly Hills 90210) and starring Elisa Donovan (Ginger, Beverly Hills 90210), is on YouTube.  The first webisode premieres Monday on TheWB.com.  I’d be lying if I said it didn’t remind me of Dawson’s Creek…
  • The L.A. Times has a short  but interesting article on a recently controversy about possibly changing the zip code of Beverly Hills,  Calif., 90210.  The AP has a story on it as well.
  • You can still vote for our teen drama stars in the Teen Choice Awards.
  • The Daily Mail has an article about Tyra Bank’s upcoming appearance on Gossip Girl.  Banks also tweeted about being on the set.
  • The CW Source posted another One Tree Hill podcast.
  • There’s a new vlog with Hilarie Burton (Peyton, One Tree Hill) on SoGoPro.
  • Examiner.com has an article criticizing the make-up used on The O.C.
  • Ian Somerhalder, star of the upcoming show The Vampire Diaries, says Dawson’s Creek creator Kevin Williamson “reinvented television for teens” with DC.







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