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

21 07 2010
  • Gossip Girl won Guiltiest Pleasure and Chuck sleeping with Jenny on Gossip Girl won Moment That Made You Want to Throw Out Your TV in Kristin’s Tater Top Awards. The teen dramas lost in all the other categories they were nominated in.
  • The Pretty Reckless, featuring Taylor Momsen (Jenny, Gossip Girl), has a new video for their song Miss Nothing.
  • AnnaLynne McCord (Naomi, 90210) told MTV that the cast doesn’t know which male 90210 character will come out this season.
  • McCord appeared on Double Exposure last night, which looked at a photo shoot she did for Cosmopolitan.
  • Tiffani Amber Thiessen (Valerie, Beverly Hills 90210) and her new baby, Harper Renn, are featured in the new issue of PEOPLE.
  • Forbes has a video interview with Tori Spelling (Donna, Beverly Hills 90210).
  • Sophia Bush (Brooke, One Tree Hill) has a new blog post on her official site.
  • Bryan Greenberg (Jake, One Tree Hill) tweeted that he’s started filming the film Friends With Benefits. This is not the FWB TV series premiering this fall with Danneel Harris (Rachel, One Tree Hill).
  • Gossip Cop busted a false Star story about Rachel Bilson (Summer, The O.C.) dating Andy Samberg.
  • Gossip Cop and I busted a false rumor about Katie Holmes (Joey, Dawson’s Creek) and hubby Tom Cruise doing a reality show, and a false In Touch story about Holmes feuding with Cruise’s ex, Nicole Kidman, over their daughter Isabella.
  • Ali Larter (Kristy, Dawson’s Creek) is pregnant.
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News Roundup: 90210, Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill

7 07 2010
  • I’m pretty sure 90210 has started filming season 3 or will later this week.
  • Matt Lanter (Liam, 90210) stars in Vampires Suck, a Scary Movie-style parody of the Twilight-vampire genre, which comes out next month. Check out the trailer.
  • The new issue of PEOPLE has an article on and photos of Brian Austin Green (David, Beverly Hills 90210) and Megan Fox’s wedding.
  • Gossip Cop busted a Star story about Green and Fox getting married because she’s pregnant. They’re NOT expecting.
  • Dean McDermott, husband to Tori Spelling (Donna, Beverly Hills 90210), was released from the hospital yesterday.
  • Blair (Leighton Meester, Gossip Girl) is up for Best Bitch in Kristin’s Tater Top Awards.
  • Gossip Cop and I busted a rumor that fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld may guest star on Gossip Girl.
  • SoapNet started re-airing One Tree Hill from the beginning today. It will also start over tomorrow at 3pm.
  • The new issue of OK! Magazine has an interview with Jana Kramer (Alex, One Tree Hill) and Johnathon Schaech about their wedding, plus lots of pics–including an adorable one of Kramer, Sophia Bush (Brooke, One Tree Hill) and Austin Nichols (Julian, One Tree Hill).
  • Examiner.com has more of the interview with Bush and Nichols about the crisis in the Gulf.
  • Fancast has a pretty great interview with Hilarie Burton (Peyton, One Tree Hill) about OTH and her upcoming appearances on White Collar.
  • Bryan Greenberg (Jake, One Tree Hill) tweeted that he’s working on a new album.




Exclusive: Six Questions For 90210 Music Supervisor Scott Vener

13 06 2010

When 90210 featured The Script in an episode last fall, I had no idea who they were. Fast-forward to April when their single “Breakeven (Falling To Pieces)” went platinum–selling more than one million copies and playing on an endless loop inside my head.

In the last few months, I begun to increasingly wonder about 90210’s music selection process and (politely) stalked the show’s music supervisor, Scott Vener, for the low-down.

Vener took time out for a quick chat via e-mail about working on 90210 and two successful HBO shows.

TeenDramaWhore: What does it mean to be a music supervisor? What is the process for selecting music for a 90210 episode?

Scott Vener: The process is different on all shows.  But, on 90210, I pool together a library of music for the editors so they have music they can cut picture to.  I would say most of the songs come from me.  However, I’m really lucky on 90210 to be working with some really great editors who know music pretty well.  They make a lot of contributions.  Also, the showrunner [Rebecca Sinclair] has great taste and she is really supportive of using eclectic stuff, which makes my job a lot more fun rather than just placing songs that are currently charting on the radio.

TDW: Do you have a favorite 90210 “music moment,” a scene and song that really stands out to you in your memory?

Vener: I really loved using the song “Cat & Mouse” by this new group Nikki & Rich in the first episode of the season [Episode 2.01, To New Beginnings].  You can YouTube it.  It’s great!

TDW: The original 90210 had the After Dark, a club for the characters to gather where popular music artists would perform. This has also been seen on other teen shows, like The O.C., which had a place called The Bait Shop. Aside from The Script playing at the Beverly Hills Beach Club earlier this season [Episode 2.05, Environmental Hazards] and a brief performance by N.E.R.D [Episode 2.08, Women’s Intuition], the new 90210 has stayed away from that. Is that an intentional choice?

Vener: I don’t really know because I don’t write the scripts : )

TDW: How did Soundtrack 90210 come about? Any plans for a “volume 2”?

Vener: The soundtrack was CBS’s idea.  The show really lends itself to being a music-driven show.  So, having a soundtrack made sense.  I’m not sure if we’re going to do a new one.

TDW: You also work on Entourage and, more recently, How To Make It In America [starring Bryan Greenberg (Jake, One Tree Hill)]. How do you balance three shows and how do you think the music style for the shows differ?

Vener: They shoot at different times so it’s not hard to balance them all.  I definitely think the styles are really different.  There definitely is some cross-over.  I used Nas and Damian Marley’s song “As We Enter” and Broken Bells’ song “The High Road” on both 90210 and How To Make It.  But what I love about 90210 is I can use more singer-songwriter stuff that probably wouldn’t fit on either How To Make It or Entourage.  Entourage is definitely closer in style to How To Make It because they both lend themselves to hip hop.

TDW: Where do you get your inspiration from? Do you have a favorite artist right now?

Vener: I really don’t like to use anything I don’t listen to in my personal life.  I definitely search music blogs all over the Internet from people all over the world.  I got a few people (blogs) working for me, who have no idea they work for me.  I feel guilty. I don’t pay them. (No, I don’t. Ha.) Foals’ new album is great.  It’s not out yet but I have it and it’s awesome.  Also, The Morning Benders, Nikki & Rich, and Freddie Gibbs.

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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.





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

25 04 2010
  • SoapNet has two new promos/videos: the first includes Beverly Hills 90210, One Tree Hill and The O.C. along with the daytime soaps and is set to Sugarland’s It Happens, and the second explicitly features the teen dramas and is set to Outside My Window by Sarah Buxton. They seem to be airing shortened, edited versions but the full videos (which is what I linked to) are available online. I really like them.
  • SoapNet has a One Tree Hill poll asking, “Which Tree Hill character do you miss in the new seasons?” The options are Tim, Bevin and Jake.
  • Star News has a quiz about One Tree Hill. It’s pretty hard unless you are an absolutely DIE-HARD fan and/or a Wilmington resident.
  • TVGuide.com has an interview with James Lafferty (Nathan, One Tree Hill). Have you read my interview with him yet?
  • Star News and CosmoGirl! have interviews with Shantel VanSanten (Quinn, One Tree Hill).
  • SoapNet has a poll for The O.C., asking “Who was better for Ryan?” The options are Marissa and Taylor.




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

21 04 2010
  • The CW sent out a press release of upcoming sweeps highlights, which Zap2it handily categorized by show. They left some things out, but all of it should be considered spoilers so consider this fair warning. If you guys want, I’ll post it all, as given in the release, in a Spoiler post. Let me know.
  • There is “We Are One” campaign to further encourage The CW to renew One Tree Hill.
  • Examiner.com has an article on the showcase Jana Kramer (Alex, One Tree Hill) had last week.
  • I’ve heard speculation for a while now that Hilarie Burton (Peyton, One Tree Hill) has been dating actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan. With no legitimate outlet reporting it, I didn’t post anything on it. But now we’ve got confirmation: the duo appeared on the red carpet last night for his movie The Losers.
  • Kenzie Dalton, girlfriend of Chad Michael Murray (Lucas, One Tree Hill), wrote on her blog that CMM has a graphic novel titled Everlast coming  out this summer.
  • How To Make It In America, starring Bryan Greenberg (Jake, One Tree Hill), has been renewed for a second season on HBO.
  • Bob Levy (executive producer, Gossip Girl) has been named executive vice president of film at Alloy.
  • ABC is reportedly developing a daytime talk show for Tori Spelling (Donna, Beverly Hills 90210) and a “co-host to be determined.”
  • Eric Mabius (Dean Hess, The O.C.) has been cast in Outcasts, a BBC series.
  • Jeffrey Stepakoff (writer-producer, Dawson’s Creek) is returning to Wilmington April 30 for a book signing to support Fireworks Over Toccoa. Have you read my interview with him?




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

4 04 2010
  • 411mania.com has an interview with Bryan Greenberg (Jake, One Tree Hill).
  • EW.com has an interview with Brett Claywell (Tim, One Tree Hill) and the One Life to Live debacle.
  • Shannen Doherty (Brenda, Beverly Hills 90210) voices the title characters in the new FEARnet.com animated series Mari-Kari, which premieres in June.
  • Jennie Garth (Kelly, Beverly Hills 90210) is supporting PETA’s protest of companies that support Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey.
  • Parade.com has an interview with Joshua Jackson (Pacey, Dawson’s Creek). A few interesting things in there.
  • I have the vague feeling I posted this before but a stronger feeling that I have it. At any rate, I (potentially re-)stumbled across this very sweet short film starring Tate Donovan (Jimmy, The O.C.).







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