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

6 11 2009




Exclusive: Get To Know One Tree Hill’s Allison Munn

11 10 2009

Let’s get one thing straight: this isn’t Allison Munn’s first trip to the rodeo.  Sure, she only started on One Tree Hill last season and (unfortunately) isn’t in every episode.  But with a starring role on the dearly departed What I Like About You, continued involvement with Rock the Vote and a growing role on OTH, I think it’s safe to say “Miss Lauren” is doing pretty well for herself.

TeenDramaWhore: You starred in nearly 60 episodes of What I Like About You.  What are some of the differences working on a half-hour comedy versus a one-hour drama?

Allison Munn: I love working in both the comedy and drama format, but they’re completely different beasts.  I started out in musical theatre, where I was used to performing in front of an audience, holding for laughs, and getting instant gratification for a funny bit.  That ’70s Show and What I Like About You were shot in front of a studio audience, so it was a comfortable transition.  Shooting a sitcom is like doing a mini-play every week.  You rehearse for the first 3 days, camera block and pre-shoot on the 4th day, and shoot the whole episode in front of the audience on the 5th.  It’s super fast and incredibly fun.  Dramas move at a much slower pace – you could spend half of a day on one scene.  There isn’t as much rehearsal time as there is for a sitcom, but you get more takes.  Oh, and actors generally look a lot better in a drama, because the lighting is better – so I love that.  At the end of the day, though, it’s all about creating an entertaining and honest performance, regardless of the format.

TDW: When you joined One Tree Hill, did you know you were going to be Jamie’s teacher AND Skills’ love interest?

Munn: When I first joined One Tree Hill, I had no idea I’d eventually be paired up with Skills.  I was thrilled when Mark Schwahn called me soon after my first episode and pitched this storyline.  I was excited to work with Antwon Tanner because he’s so great on the show and he’s good friends with Wesley Jonathan (my character’s love interest from What I Like About You).  Antwon is so easy to work with, super-relaxed and funny.  We have a blast.

TDW: What is it like working with Jackson Brundage and the other child actors?

Munn: Jackson is awesome.  He’s such a cool kid – I love hanging out with him on set.  He’s so professional – always knows his lines (and mine when I forget one!) and takes direction like a champ.  Working with babies, on the other hand, is terrifying.  On Carpoolers, my character had a 6-month-old baby and he was in my arms in many of my scenes.  The triplets they hired to play the baby were enormous – SO heavy. They always dressed me in very tall platform shoes and I was so afraid I was going to trip and drop the baby – to the point where I’d have nightmares about it.   I can’t tell you how many times I tried to convince the director to let me sit down in a scene – or put the baby in a stroller.

TDW: As of this writing, the first two episodes of season 7 have aired.  Will we see more of you this season? [Ed. note: now 4 episodes have aired, as of publication]

Munn: You will see more of Lauren this season.  I think Lauren is really good for Skills.  She’s grounded and sincere and genuinely loves him.  It’s a very solid relationship and I’m excited to see where it goes.

TDW: Are you working on any other projects?

Munn: Yes, there is project coming up that I’m excited about but I don’t know if I can talk about it yet.

TDW: You’re originally from South Carolina.  Does North Carolina seem similar or different to you?

Munn: Working in the South has been one of my favorite things about this job.   I’m from Columbia, South Carolina and went to college in Charleston but I haven’t ever worked there.  It has been such a blast to work in a town that feels like home.  My mom, dad, brother, and sister have all visited at some point.  Downtown Wilmington is beautiful – it reminds me of Charleston and the beaches are lovely.  Whenever I’m down there I dream of buying a house and moving there.  And don’t even get me started on the food – the boiled peanuts, pulled pork barbecue, grits, biscuits, hush puppies…

TDW: In the past you’ve been very involved with Rock the Vote.  Now that the election is over, what do you do for them?

Munn: I love Rock the Vote and am proud to have been involved with them.  They are a non-partisan organization and their primary focus is to give a voice to a typically overlooked portion of voters. Due to their efforts, the youth vote (18-29 year olds) has risen significantly over the past 10 years and more than doubled in 2008.  Now that the election is over – their focus has switched to educating young voters by explaining the issues in ways that young people can relate to.  They analyze the issue from all sides and leave the voters to decide where they stand.  I think that’s why love this organization so much – they don’t tell you how to think, they give you the tools to think for yourself.  For example, if you want to learn more about the health care debate, visit: http://www.rockthevote.com/issues/health-care.html

TDW: Have you given any thought joining Twitter or Facebook so you can interact with fans?

Munn: I’m on Twitter.  My Twitter name is @allisonmunn.  See you there.

Come back next Sunday for another exclusive interview!

TDW Interview Index





Fun Fact

24 09 2009

Did you know many characters on our teen dramas have the same names?

Keep reading for tons of examples:

David: a main character on Beverly Hills 90210, and Jack’s boyfriend on Dawson’s Creek

Scott: a main character on Beverly Hills 90210 and a last name on One Tree Hill

Matt: a main character on Beverly Hills 90210, Joey’s mural-wrecker on Dawson’s Creek and Sandy’s partner on The O.C.

Zach: Carly’s son on Beverly Hills 90210 and Summer’s boyfriend on The O.C.

Nikki/Nicki: Brandon’s girlfriend on Beverly Hills 90210, Dawson’s classmate on Dawson’s Creek and Jake’s babymama on One Tree Hill

Samantha/Sam: Steve’s mom on Beverly Hills 90210 and Brooke’s “foster kid” on One Tree Hill

Abby: Valerie’s mom on Beverly Hills 90210, Jen’s friend on Dawson’s Creek and the witness to Keith’s murder on One Tree Hill

Emma: Brandon’s cheatee on Beverly Hills 90210 and Pacey & Jack’s roommate on Dawson’s Creek

Henry: Brandon’s boss on Beverly Hills 90210 and Jen’s boyfriend on Dawson’s Creek

Tracy: Brandon’s girlfriend on  Beverly Hills 90210 and Naomi’s mom on 90210

Cliff: Donna’s suitor on Beverly Hills 90210 and Dawson’s classmate on Dawson’s Creek

Sophie: David’s girlfriend on Beverly Hills 90210 and Sandy’s mom on The O.C.

Lauren: Matt’s wife on Beverly Hills 90210 and Jamie’s teacher on One Tree Hill

Allison/Alison: Kelly’s fellow fire victim on Beverly Hills 90210 and Dan/Jenny’s mom on Gossip Girl

Elle: the transvestite on Beverly Hills 90210 and Chuck’s mystery woman on Gossip Girl

Jen: a main character on Dawson’s Creek and Naomi’s sister on 90210

Jack: a main character on Dawson’s Creek, Dylan’s dad on Beverly Hills 90210 and Chuck’s uncle on Gossip Girl

Oliver: Dawson’s film partner on Dawson’s Creek and Marissa’s friend/suitor on The O.C.

Alex: Pacey’s boss on Dawson’s Creek and Seth/Marissa’s girlfriend on The O.C.

Eddie: Joey’s boyfriend on Dawson’s Creek and Theresa’s boyfriend on The O.C.

Ty: Jen’s boyfriend on Dawson’s Creek and Adrianna’s babydaddy on 90210

Ryan: a main character on The O.C. and 90210, and Steve’s brother on Beverly Hills 90210

Taylor: a main character on The O.C. and Haley’s sister on One Tree Hill

Jimmy: a main character on The O.C. and Mouth/Lucas’ friend on One Tree Hill

Anna: Seth’s girlfriend on The O.C. and Lucas’ girlfriend on One Tree Hill

Carter: Kirsten’s business partner on The O.C. and everyone’s frenemy on Gossip Girl

Lindsay/Lindsey: Ryan’s girlfriend on The O.C. and Lucas’ girlfriend on The O.C.

Theresa: Ryan’s girlfriend on The O.C. and the gang’s classmate/friend on One Tree Hill

Lucas/Luke: a main chacter on One Tree Hill and Marissa’s boyfriend on The O.C.

Nathan/Nate: a main character on One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl

Haley/Hailey: a main character on One Tree Hill and Kirsten’s sister on The O.C.

Dan: a main character on One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl, and Andrea’s boyfriend on Beverly  Hills 90210

Keith: a main character on One Tree Hill and Steve’s fraternity brother on Beverly Hills 90210

Karen: a main character on One Tree Hill and Pacey’s co-worker on Dawson’s Creek

Deb/Debbie: a main character on One Tree Hill and 90210

Rachel: a main character on One Tree Hill, Sandy’s colleague on The O.C. and Serena/Blair’s teacher on Gossip Girl

Cooper: Nathan’s uncle on One Tree Hill and a last name on The O.C.

Chuck: a main character on Gossip Girl and Jamie’s classmate on One Tree Hill

Jenny: a main character on Gossip Girl and Jake’s daughter on One Tree Hill

Lily: a main character on Gossip Girl, Dawson’s sister on Dawson’s Creek and Lucas’ sister on One Tree Hill

Ethan: a main character on 90210 and Jack’s boyfriend on Dawson’s Creek

Dixon: a main character on 90210 and Lucas’ director on One Tree Hill





Spoiler: Watch With Kristen

22 09 2009

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

Simone in Cairo, Ill. I love the new character Quinn on One Tree Hill!
We just chatted with Shantel VanSanten (Quinn) this morning, and she couldn’t have been nicer–or more grateful for her new role in the tiny town of Tree Hill. And guess what? She’s married to a castmember in real life! Not Robert Buckley, but Jackson Brundage. That’s right, the adorable little Jamie Scott developed an instant crush on the new OTH star and took it to the next level. “He proposed to me on set when they brought me my wedding ring. Jackson got down on one knee and said ‘Will you marry me?’ He always calls me his wife and makes me eat lunch with him.” Too. Cute. Check back for more real scoop from our interview soon.





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

12 08 2009
  • The One Tree Hill Twitter account tweeted a picture of Mark Schwahn (creator), Lindsay Wolfington (music supervisor) and some of the crew.
  • There’s a very interesting interview posted on YouTube (done by The CW Source–don’t know why it’s not on their site) with Schwahn and Austin Nichols (Julian, One Tree Hill). Turns out the show is jumping ahead MORE than a year–14 months, to be exact.  And Schwahn says it’s possible for Leyton to return.  Also says the show returns with Jamie’s 7th birthday, which means his birthdays have been celebrated on the show at 3 different times during the year. Like I said, interesting…
  • Robert Buckley (Clayton, One Tree Hill) is on PEOPLE.com’s wish list for Dancing with the Stars contestants.
  • There’s a new SoGoPro podcast featuring Hilarie Burton (Peyton, One Tree Hill). There’s also some new vlogs.
  • India de Beaufort (Miranda, One Tree Hill) tweeted from the set.
  • The next round in the Gossip Girl bracket tournament has been posted.
  • Korbi posted a picture from ELLE magazine that features Leighton Meester (Blair, Gossip Girl) and Ed Westwick (Chuck, Gossip Girl), and some pics from the set.
  • According to Newsweek, NYC Prep “tops” Gossip Girl, and one of the stars mentioned GG in an interview.
  • Jennie Garth (Kelly, Beverly Hills 90210) and Lori Loughlin (Debbie, 90210) will be one of the presenters for the Daytime Emmys.
  • Garth now has a Twitter account.
  • Tiffani Amber Thiessen (Valerie, Beverly Hills 90210) has won the CLCA Green Award.
  • Tori Spellling (Donna, Beverly Hills 90210) recently did an interview with Allure.
  • You can submit a question for Lindsay Price (Janet, Beverly Hills 90210) here.
  • Mischa Barton (Marissa, The O.C.) spoke to TVGuideMagazine.com about working on The Beautiful Life.  PEOPLE.com has a story on Barton’s new fitness regime.
  • Chris Pratt (Che, The O.C.) got married last month.




Spoiler: Watch with Kristin

3 08 2009

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

Christy in Temecula, Calif.: Do you have any news on Dan from Gossip Girl?
We hear he’s getting ripped! Gossip Girl star Penn Badgley tells E! News that he’s been working out, something that’s going to appear on the show as well. Penn says, “By the end of 10 months, when you’ve been shooting day in and day out, you look like a pale, malnourished Gollum. So, I just took the opportunity over the break to get healthy, and I’m going to maintain that.” BTW, if you want scoop about Dan and Serena (and Chuck and Blair!) don’t miss our exclusive Gossip Girl set visit videos.

Marc in Keene, Neb.: Any Brooke Davis news? I love me some Sophia Bush on One Tree Hill.
As a matter of fact, Sophia Bush tells us that good things are on the way for B. Davis on One Tree Hill this season. “It’s really exciting for Brooke this year, with her business [and] her relationship with Julian (Austin Nichols),” says Sophia. “Brooke and her mother had a beautiful ending to their story last year, and I’m really excited to explore that as well with Daphne [Zuniga]. It’s going to be really good.” Yay! Finally some happiness for our favorite Tree Hiller.

Cordelia in Fairfax, Del.: Thanks for the One Tree Hill scoop last week! Any word on what will happen in the premiere?
The One Tree Hill gang gets together to celebrate little Jamie’s birthday after a one-year time jump. Little J’s party brings together the castmembers you already know and love and some of the fresh faces we’ve told you about. Newbie Shantel VanSanten (Quinn) attends the festivities, and she tells us: “The episode is an introduction to all of the new characters. I come to Jamie’s birthday party [because] I haven’t seen them in a while. It’s reconnecting with the family, and I get to smash Jamie’s face into a cake!” Robert Buckley‘s Clay shows up, too, with a special guest in tow. “I surprise Jamie by actually bringing Jerry Rice to sign his Jerry Rice jersey,” says Robert.

Miracle in Australia: What’s the deal with Robert Buckley’s character on One Tree Hill?
Sports-agent stereotypes aside, it sounds like Robert Buckley’s character, Clay, is a pretty cool dude. “Clay’s a great agent. He hustles and gets what he goes for, but there is a good deal of compassion and loyalty to him,” Robert tells us. Still, expect a little drama heading his way. This is One Tree Hill, after all. “He’s got a lot of mystery to him, a lot of likeable qualities,” says Buckley, “but maybe not a lot of accessible likable qualities.” (P.S. If you haven’t seen it yet, don’t miss our mega-OTH post from earlier today!)





Spoiler: Watch with Kristin

14 07 2009

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

Dennis in Brooklyn, N.Y.: Now that Mercy begins shooting way earlier to fill in the gap left by Parenthood‘s move to midseason, what does this mean for Michelle Trachtenberg and her stint on Gossip Girl?
Our sources tell us that Michelle Trachtenberg won’t miss a beat of Gossip Girl. She’s doing everything she was expected to do as of last spring, and Georgina’s episodes are good! However, Kelly Rutherford will be missing three episodes for her maternity leave. Still, despite Lily’s absence, expect her love child Scott (Chris Riggi) to stay front and center this season. Are you excited for the biggest Humphrey-van der Woodsen crossover of them all, or are you withholding judgment on Scott until you get to know him better?

Paula in Columbia, S.C.: Any news on 90210?
Ooh, Silver is not going to like this one bit: Next season on 90210, Dixon flirts with another woman. Her name is Sasha, and she’s a professional DJ who is said to have a Rihanna vibe. In other 90210 news, Annie stays psycho for the time being. As Monty Burns from The Simpsons would say, “Excellent.”

Duffy in San Jose, Calif.: I heard one of my heroes is guest starring in the first episode of the new season of One Tree Hill. Do you have details?
Yes we do, Duffy! Former NFL superstar Jerry Rice guest stars on the first episode of One Tree Hill this fall. He makes an appearance at Nathan’s son’s birthday party. Sophia Bush tells us it was mayhem when Jerry came on set: “It was really funny to see every guy lose his mind. When he walked on set, camera equipment was getting dropped and people rushed in. The grips, who don’t care about anything were like, ‘Oh my God, Jerry Rice!’ People went nuts. And I was like, ‘This is man world. We’ve entered a man cave.’ ”

Jenna from Kent, Ohio: Do you know who is coming back for the seventh season of One Tree Hill?
As we all know, One Tree Hill has a revolving door of characters. The other day when we spoke with Ashley Rickards, she said it’s not a question of if her character Samantha Walker is returning, but when: “I think Sam has a really strong bond with Brooke, and I don’t see that just vanishing overnight.”

Gaby in Dodge City, Kan.: What can you tell us about the new season of Entourage?
Autumn Reeser is back on our TVs! Happy dance! (She and fellow O.C.er Rachel Bilson have now officially been gone too long.) Autumn plays an upcoming junior agent at Miller-Gold who is hooking up with Gary Cole‘s greasy character, Andrew Klein. Also, we would like to formally request that Autumn become a regular in season seven and/or get a successful show of her own so we can hang out with her more.





Random Thought

12 07 2009

While watching One Tree Hill reruns this week, I was reminded of a continuity error.

In season 5, Jamie’s birthday was at the end of April.

But we know from the season 4, that Jamie was born in June.

I hate mistakes/changes like this!

Beverly Hills 90210 had a similar error as well: Kelly’s birthday was in Spring according to season 3 but in season 6 her birthday was in the fall.

There used to be a site that listed nearly every continuity error from 90210.  Every show has a ton but they always seem so careless and insulting.

Do these bother you, too?





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.





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

9 06 2009
  • The drama beteween Tori Spelling (Donna, Beverly Hills 90210) and her mother Candy is still going on, according to PEOPLE.
  • Spelling spoke with Extra about her views on the Gosselin family, and whether she’ll ever participate in Dancing with the Stars. (Ian Ziering [Steve, Beverly Hills 90210] and Jennie Garth [Kelly, Beverly Hills 90210] have already competed!)
  • EW.com posted an adorable clip of Garth and husband Peter Facinelli (from Twilight and Nurse Jackie) on Cheslsea Lately back in February. (Also worth noting that Facinelli co-starred with Tiffani-Amber Thiessen [Valerie, Beverly Hills 90210] on the series Fastlane back in 2002!)
  • Thiessen got a shout-out on last night’s Jimmy Fallon Show when “Zack Morris” made an appearance to discuss the proposed Saved by the Bell reunion.  Thiessen, who played Kelly Kapowski, hasn’t agreed to it yet.
  • Jacksonville.com has an article on the “90210 effect”–the new trend of remaking once-popular television shows.
  • The CW Source has a video interview with Shenae Grimes (Annie, 90210).
  • The short-lived hook-up between Chuck (Ed Westwick) and Vanessa (Jessica Szohr) is up for “sex scene that made you want to throw out your TV” in the Tater Tops Awards.  (Ironically, the couple is still going strong in real life.  I’m just full of fun facts today!)
  • Westwick told E! Online that the craziest rumor he’s heard about himself is that he is having weight troubles.
  • Westwick, Leighton Meester (Blair, Gossip Girl) and Jackson Brundage (Jamie, One Tree Hill) are all included in SoapNet’s Our Favorite Overlooked Actors gallery.
  • Autumn Reeser (Taylor, The O.C.) shared her wedding details with PEOPLE.com.







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