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

8 07 2010
  • Despite its first-ever official Emmy campaign, The CW didn’t receive any nominations.
  • Nomads, The CW pilot featuring Michaela McManus (Lindsey, One Tree Hill), is officially dead, with just HMS known to still be in contention for mid-season.
  • The next category in The CW Sourcies is Favorite Recurring Character. Among the nominees: Rachel, Chase and Grubbs (One Tree Hill), Carter (Gossip Girl) and Ivy (90210).
  • Trevor Donovan (Teddy, 90210) tweeted that he is in the August issue of Cosmopolitan.
  • Multiple places are confirming that Brian Austin Green (David, Beverly Hills 90210) is “finalizing a deal” for Desperate Housewives.
  • James Van Der Beek will appear on MTV’s When I Was 17 this Saturday.
  • Jane Lynch (Mrs. Witter, Dawson’s Creek) and Julie Bowen (Aunt Gwen, Dawson’s Creek) were nominated for an Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy for the Primetime Emmys. Lynch was also nominated for Outstanding Guest Star In A Comedy.




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

1 06 2010
  • Despite some outlets looking favorably on the network, The TV Addict gave The CW a C- for the season.
  • The CW sent me screeners for Hellcats, featuring Matt Barr (Ian “Psycho Derek” Banks, One Tree Hill) and Robbie Jones (Quentin, One Tree Hill), as well as Nikita, featuring Melinda Clarke (Julie, The O.C.). After I watch them, I will post some thoughts, like I did for Life Unexpected.
  • Encore has an interview with Mike Grubbs (Grubbs, One Tree Hill). Have you read my interview with him?
  • Starpulse has an interview with Tyler Hilton (Chris, One Tree Hill).
  • TV Fanatic gave 90210 a C for the season, making quite a few great points about the show’s flaws and what it needs to work on.
  • You know all those questions we had after the 90210 season finale? On why promised or hinted to things never actually happened? E! Online has some answers and I, for one, am pissed off. (Of course, that’s nothing new for me in regards to this show but still…)
  • Jason Priestley (Brandon, Beverly Hills 9021o) will have a recurring role on ABC’s Scoundrels, which premieres June 20. Thanks to Jethro and Gina for alerting me to the news. Not sure what this means for Call Me Fitz, if anything.
  • The Stir has an interview with Jennie Garth (Kelly, Beverly Hills 90210).
  • Zap2it has an interesting article debating whether the Gossip Girl season 2 finale or season 3 finale was better.
  • McG (executive producer, The O.C.) will produce the film The DUFF, based on a novel of the same name.




Second Annual One Tree Hill Evaluation

24 05 2010

After the television season ended last year, I conducted three sets of polls to evaluate what readers thought of One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl and 90210.

The results of each then formed one more survey to see which teen drama really had the best season.

With last week’s conclusion to the 2009-2010 TV season, it’s time to do it again.

We’ll kick things off with a set of polls about One Tree Hill’s seventh season.

You have until Wednesday at 11:59pm eastern to vote. I’ll post the results and the next set of questions the next day.

**Please remember your answers should be based solely on the season that just ended, except for the last question, which is about the show overall.**

Note: The format is wonky for the open-ended questions.  Please put your answer in the “other” space.





Fun Fact

14 05 2010

All but two one teen dramas have main characters who are also musicians/singers.

On Beverly Hills 90210, we got our first real taste of David’s musical inclinations in season 3 when he started recording his own music and later performing at the Beverly Hills Beach Club. The storyline continued for a decent part of the season with David nearly having a record deal. At the end of season 4, David got a taste of the music life again when he toured with real-life musician Babyface. In season 8, David joined the band Jasper’s Law for a short time, which introduced us to “Keep It Together”–which I absolutely loved and still do. In an episode in the tenth season, Janet reunited with college friends and played the bass at the After Dark.

On Dawson’s Creek, Joey’s vocal talents were first revealed in season one when she performs a moving rendition of “Own My Own” for a beauty pageant. In the fifth season, Joey played with a band featuring Chad Michael Murray’s Charlie. After a few gigs, he asked her to come on tour but she declined. In the next season, Audrey fronts an all-female rock band but as her drinking spirals out of control, she has no choice but to give it up. Near the end of the series, we get one more performance from her: a beautiful, understated and haunting performance of Zakk Wylde’s “Way Beyond Empty.”

One Tree Hill has had the most musical characters by far, showcasing the talents of recurring character Jake and, more notably, Haley in the first season. Haley’s music career was a big storyline in season 2, where she performed–among other things–a duet, “When The Stars Go Blue,” with Chris Keller and later toured with him and real-life band The Wreckers. Haley gave up music for a while, though we saw her perform with another real-life band, Enation, in season 6. There’s a bigger focus on Haley’s music in the first half of season 7, where Haley has released an album and toured again, performing songs that were actually created by Bethany Joy Galeotti’s band Everly. Season 5 and season 7 introduced two more musically-inclined characters, Mia and Grubbs, but they weren’t main characters.

90210 also featured musical performances very early on with Annie and Adrianna being in the school production of Spring Awakening. Earlier this season, Adrianna serenaded Navid and has since started taking music quite seriously, writing and recording songs and performing with pop sensation, Javier, who is played by real-life musician Diego Boneta. Their duet, as far as I know, doesn’t have known title, but is called “One More Time” and I absolutely love it, and Jessica Lowndes most recently performed two of her own songs.

The O.C. and Gossip Girl have both featured real-life musical artists and the GG cast even has some who are building a music career, but neither show The O.C. hasn’t had actual main characters who were performers.

As noted below by Misty and Alyssa, there are two I left out: Beverly Hills 90210’s Ray and Gossip Girl’s Rufus.





Weekly Poll

12 05 2010

In the last Weekly Poll, most people–49 percent–think the Grubbs-Miranda storyline on One Tree Hill is a waste of time. Twenty-seven percent said it varies and 24 percent said it’s entertaining. Fifty-two percent didn’t know whether Gossip Girl’s Vanessa should have taken the internship and didn’t care while 39 percent thought it was a huge opportunity for her and 9 percent thought her relationship with Dan should be more important. No one said they didn’t know because they were torn. The 90210 poll had the closest results, where 45.5 percent didn’t agree with Dixon’s choice not to talk to Annie while 27.3 percent each agreed or didn’t know. (This adds up to 100.1 percent. I do not know why.)





News Roundup: One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl and 90210

11 05 2010
  • Last night’s One Tree Hill (2.1 million rounded up) and Gossip Girl (1.8 million rounded up) both rose a tiny bit in the ratings compared to last week, though Gossip Girl’s raise was teeny tiny.
  • Mark Schwahn (creator, One Tree Hill), Mike Grubbs (Grubbs, One Tree Hill) and some others, under the name Nashville Skyline, co-wrote the song Carry You Home, which will play in the season/series finale’s coda next Monday.
  • Lee Norris (Mouth, One Tree Hill) will be the guest on ArtistsOnDemandRadio next Monday after the season/series finale airs.
  • TVByTheNumbers.com’s two writers believe One Tree Hill has a 60 or 75 percent chance of renewal.
  • E! Online has a spoiler regarding William (Billy Baldwin, Gossip Girl), which you can file under “Thank you, Captain Obvious. This is Gossip Girl we’re talking about.”
  • The Dartmouth has an interesting article on the suckiness of Gossip Girl, particularly when compared to  The O.C.
  • PopEater has an interview with Leighton Meester (Blair, Gossip Girl) mostly about her singing career.
  • Movieline.com has a pretty good interview with Laura Harring (Elizabeth, Gossip Girl).
  • Jessica Lowndes (Adrianna, 90210) is now on Twitter. I’ve added her to the Twitter Directory.
  • WPIX has a spoilish video interview with Lowndes.
  • Korbi has a spoilish video interview with Trevor Donovan (Teddy, 90210).
  • The CW Source has a spoilish video interview with Diego Boneta (Javier, 90210).
  • Kellan Lutz (George, 90210) is reportedly in a salary dispute with Summit Entertainment regarding Breaking Dawn and his role could be recast.




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

6 05 2010
  • Be sure to check out The CW’s site for all the new video content this week.
  • ScreenStar has a spoilish interview with Tristan Wilds (Dixon, 90210).
  • The Sun has an interview with Sara Foster (Jen, 90210).
  • Tori Spelling (Donna, Beverly Hills 90210) and husband Dean McDermott will be renewing their vows.
  • Zap2it has an pretty good interview with Mike Grubbs (Grubbs, One Tree Hill), where he seems to imply two possible endings have been shot for the finale. Have you read my interview with him?
  • Us Weekly is reporting Hilarie Burton (Peyton, One Tree Hill) has had a baby with Jeffrey Dean Morgan. I first heard about this months ago but refrained from posting it as it was not reported by the mainstream media (until now).
  • Burton has a new blog post on the SoGoPro blog (unrelated to the above).
  • There’s a new Talking Gossip After Dark podcast, featuring my recap of this week’s episode.
  • A woman in Florida is urging her local public library system to not have Gossip Girl books be available to teens.
  • Joel Schumacher, the director of Twelve, which stars Chace Crawford (Nate, Gossip Girl), spoke about him and GG in an interview.
  • North By Northwestern, a publication at my alma mater, has a decent tribute to Dawson’s Creek.
  • The Frisky also has a DC tribute of sorts, and it features interesting (and, in my opinion, fairly valid) comparisons to Gossip Girl.







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