News Roundup: 90210 and Dawson’s Creek

9 06 2010
  • 90210’s second season DVD will be released August 24 (with a slew of special features!) and TVShowsonDVD.com has a look at the preliminary cover art.
  • AnnaLynne McCord (Naomi, 90210) is starring in the webseries Dial*. She spoke with JSYK, PopEater and TV Squad about it and a bit about 90210, with the last one being the best, in my opinion.
  • The new issue of PEOPLE features an excerpt from uncharted terriTORI, the upcoming memoir by Tori Spelling (Donna, Beverly Hills 90210). The book will be released on Tuesday. According to the description on Amazon, the book goes over Spelling “discovering her former 90210 castmates’ ‘I Hate Tori’ club.”
  • The Wrap named Lindsay Price (Janet, Beverly Hills 90210) a “show-killer,” though what they wrote isn’t entirely accurate.
  • Katie Holmes (Joey, Dawson’s Creek) will be a presenter at the Tony Awards on Sunday.




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: One Tree Hill, 90210 and The O.C.

7 05 2010
  • Here’s the full interview with Sophia Bush (Brooke, One Tree Hill) on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson last night.
  • Everly, featuring Bethany Joy Galeotti (Haley, One Tree Hill), will do their live Q & A on Ustream May 11.
  • Chad Michael Murray (Lucas, One Tree Hill) stars in Alicia Keys’ upcoming music video for her song Un-thinkable. The full video hasn’t been released yet but you can watch a behind-the-scenes video.
  • The Event, featuring Scott Patterson (Finn, 90210), has been ordered as a series by NBC.
  • NBC also ordered Love Bites, which features Lindsay Price (Janet, Beverly Hills 90210) and Jason Lewis (Rob, Beverly Hills 90210) as guest stars in the pilot.
  • Jason Priestley (Brandon, Beverly Hills 90210) will direct the film Mud Puppy next year.
  • Peter Gallagher (Sandy, The O.C.) is now on Twitter. He’s been added to the Twitter Directory.




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

30 04 2010
  • SoapNet is making some significant schedule changes regarding its teen drama lineup. Beginning tomorrow, May 1, One Tree Hill will air for two additional hours on Saturdays, now going from 9am til 1pm. Beverly Hills 90210 has been pushed back to 1pm and will go til 5. Sunday remains unchanged. Then, as of Monday, May 3, The O.C. will only air at 1pm, losing its second hour. One Tree Hill will move an hour earlier, airing at 2pm and 3pm. Beverly Hills 90210 will keep the 11am and noon slots but will now also have 4pm, in addition to their current 5pm slot. That hour, which started airing the show from the beginning in November after the network took away the 6pm timeslot, will repeat the noon episode (and the 4pm slot will repeat the 11am episode). That means though we’re currently in season 4 during the 5pm hour, it will pick up with the middle of season 10, which is what’s currently airing in the morning. The individual show pages above have been updated to reflect these changes.
  • The CW has announced who will be participating in their Tweet Week and when: Robert Buckley (Clay, One Tree Hill) will tweet Monday at 8pm eastern. Josh Schwartz (executive producer, Gossip Girl) and Zuzanna Szadkowski (Dorota, Gossip Girl) will tweet Monday at 9pm eastern. Shenae Grimes (Annie, 90210), Michael Steger (Navid, 90210), Tristan Wilds (Dixon, 90210) and Trevor Donovan (Teddy, 90210) will tweet Tuesday at 8pm eastern. All of this will take place at tweet.cwtv.com.
  • Jackson Brundage (Jamie, One Tree Hill) will be a part of CURED’s charity event tomorrow in Illinois.
  • One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl and 90210 are all included in TVGuide.com’s photogallery of Must-Watch Finales.
  • TVGuide.com named Annie’s fountain scene in this week’s 90210 the “oddest reaction” in their list of Top Moments of the Week. I disagree.
  • Latina.com has a great but spoiler-filled interview with Diego Boneta (Javier, 90210).
  • Lindsay Price (Janet, Beverly Hills 90210), Hilary Duff (Olivia, Gossip Girl) and Busy Philipps (Audrey, Dawson’s Creeks) are in the “Beautiful At Every Age” section of PEOPLE’s Most Beautiful issue. Blake Lively (Serena, Gossip Girl) is in the online version but also in the “Hot List” section of the issue. Jessica Stroup (Silver, 90210), Jessica Lowndes (Adrianna, 90210) and Jessica Szohr (Vanessa, Gossip Girl) are in the “Beautiful Jessicas” section. Michelle Williams (Jen, Dawson’s Creek) is in the “Amazing Lookalikes” section.
  • At work today, Gossip Cop and I busted a Star cover story about Katie Holmes (Joey, Dawson’s Creek).




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

29 03 2010
  • You can vote for One Tree Hill in Kristin’s Save One Show campaign. Other shows included: Life Unexpected, starring Kerr Smith (Jack, Dawson’s Creek), Mercy, featuring James Van Der Beek (Dawson, Dawson’s Creek), and Melrose Place.
  • Jana Kramer (Alex, One Tree Hill) will be holding a showcase April 14 in Nashville, where she will perform music for record labels as well as fans. There will also be a meet and greet after.
  • Examiner.com has an interview with Mike Grubbs (Grubbs, One Tree Hill). Have you read my interview with him?
  • Apparently Lucas’ house on One Tree Hill is also for sale.
  • OnTheRedCarpet.com has a video interview with Trevor Donovan (Teddy, 92010).
  • Digital Spy also has a spoiler-filled interview with Donovan.
  • Adam Gregory (Ty, 90210) filmed a PSA for the 2010 Census.
  • Lindsay Price (Janet, Beverly Hills 90210) is apparently now dating Curtis Stone, a chef who can currently be seen competing on The Celebrity Apprentice.
  • Kristin has an interesting Gossip Girl spoiler conundrum thingie.
  • The April 5 issue of PEOPLE has an interview with Chace Crawford (Nate, Gossip Girl).
  • Betty Confidential has an interview with Matthew Settle (Rufus, Gossip Girl).
  • USMagazine.com has an article on Michelle Trachtenberg (Georgina, Gossip Girl).
  • Bree Williamson (Brandeis, Gossip Girl), who made her second appearance tonight, is pregnant.
  • MTV has an interview with Deadmau5, who appeared on tonight’s Gossip Girl.
  • Katie Holmes (Joey, Dawson’s Creek) is in talks to star in the movie Son of No One.




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

11 11 2009
  • Last night’s 90210 (2.1 million viewers rounded up) increased a bit in the ratings compared to last week.
  • The CW sent out a press release touting 90210’s ratings gains in the key demographics.
  • MTV has an interview with Kellan Lutz (George, 90210).
  • SoapNet will air This Time Around, starring Brian Austin Green (David, Beverly Hills 90210), Sunday night.
  • Lindsay Price (Janet, Beverly Hills 90210) and How I Met Your Mother’s Josh Radner have broken up.
  • Mitch Ryan has been cast on One Tree Hill.
  • You can read the full press release the Parents Television Council sent out about this week’s Gossip Girl.
  • MTV has an article on Lady Gaga’s appearance in next week’s Gossip Girl.
  • The New York Times has an article on people wanting to do their hair like Blake Lively (Serena, Gossip Girl).
  • Miley Cyrus said she’s “pretty obsessed” with Penn Badgley (Dan, Gossip Girl).
  • The CW sent out a press release officially announcing the January 18 premiere date for Life UneXpected, starring Kerr Smith (Jack, Dawson’s Creek) and Shiri Appleby (Rene, Beverly Hills 90210).  The release explains how the schedule swap with One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl will work: OTH will have new episodes January 18-March 1 followed by LUX, then March 8-April 12 LUX will air followed by new episodes of GG. After that, LUX is done and OTH and GG will both be back in their regular spots for the rest of the season.




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

9 11 2009




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

15 10 2009
  • Tomorrow is the last day to enter my Soundtrack 90210 contest!
  • College News included Shannen Doherty (Brenda, Beverly Hills 90210) on their Top Ten Grouches of All Time list.
  • Apparently there is a photo spread of Trevor Donovan (Teddy, 90210) in the new issue of Life & Style.
  • Lindsay Price (Janet, Beverly Hills) is on the October cover of Fitness.
  • Jennie Garth (Kelly, Beverly Hills 90210) is on the October cover of Cookie.
  • Tori Spelling (Donna, Beverly Hills 90210) gives Halloween party tips in the October 26 issue of PEOPLE.  Also in that issue is a short Q & A with the ex-wife of Tori’s hubby, Dean McDermott.  Apparently she and Tori get along for the most part.
  • In the same issue of PEOPLE, AnnaLynne McCord (Naomi, 90210) says she loves dark nail polish.
  • The same issue of PEOPLE has pictures of Blake Lively (Serena, Gossip Girl), Sophia Bush (Brooke, One Tree Hill) and Olivia Wilde (Alex, The O.C.).
  • The same issue criticizes this season of Gossip Girl.
  • And the same issue has an interview with Penn Badgley (Dan, Gossip Girl).
  • Mark Schwahn (creator, One Tree Hill) is working on two new projects for The CW.
  • Eliza Dushku is dating Rick Fox (Dante, One Tree Hill).
  • Rachel Bilson (Summer, The O.C.) is on the November cover of Lucky.




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

23 09 2009
  • 90210 dropped last night from 2.4 million viewers to 2.2 million.
  • Shenae Grimes (Annie, 90210) and Jessica Stroup (Silver, 90210) will be on The Jay Leno Show tonight.
  • Celebrity deejay Samantha Ronson will guest-star on 90210, alongside Pharrell and N.E.R.D.
  • Beverly Hills 90210 gets a shout-out in this TVGuide.com photo gallery on memorable TV spin-offs.
  • Eastwick, starring Lindsay Price (Janet, Beverly Hills 90210) premieres tonight on ABC.
  • The CW Source has podcasts for the One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl premieres, and another old-school OTH one.
  • As expected, One Tree Hill has been picked up for a full season, according to their official Twitter account.
  • Kudos to OneTreeHillWeb.net for reminding me that today is One Tree Hill’s sixth anniversary!
  • My Jack Savoretti-One Tree Hill contest ends tonight.
  • Alloy has an interview with Ashley Rickards (Sam, One Tree Hill).
  • Hilarie Burton (Peyton, One  Tree Hill) is featured in the new SoGoPro podcast.
  • Talking Gossip has a new podcast for last night’s Gossip Girl.
  • PEOPLE.com tells you how to copy the hairstyle Blake Lively (Serena, Gossip Girl) had at the Emmys.
  • Taylor Momsen (Jenny, Gossip Girl) helped launch the Clinique-Teen Vogue Fresh Faces Tour.
  • Mercy, starring Michelle Trachtenberg (Georgina, Gossip Girl), premieres tonight on NBC.
  • Ask Ausiello doesn’t have any TD spoilers this week but it does have some stuff on Benjamin McKenzie (Ryan, The O.C.)
  • Melissa Rosenberg, a former executive producer for The O.C., said working on the show got her her current gig as writing for the Twilight movies.
  • MTV has an interview with Cam Gigandet (Volchok, The O.C.).
  • An article on Glee discusses the Dawson’s Creek episode where Jack (Kerr Smith) comes out to his father.
  • Cougar Town, co-starring Busy Philipps (Audrey, Dawson’s Creek), debuts tonight on ABC.




Exclusive: Randy Spelling on 90210’s Teen Drama Legacy

6 09 2009

Famous family aside, Randy Spelling made his own name for himself by playing not one but two (!) characters on Beverly Hills 90210.

In our exclusive interview, Randy reflects on growing up in the public eye and how acting remains in his heart, even after a career change.

TeenDramaWhore: On Beverly Hills 90210, you started off with a bit part in the season 3 summer episodes. You then transitioned to the character of Ryan, brother to Ian Ziering’s Steve. Who’s idea was it to change and expand role?

Randy Spelling: I started in 90210 playing Kenny, the assistant to Henry [James Pickens Jr.] at the Beverly Hills Beach Club.  My dad [Aaron Spelling] and sister [Tori Spelling] thought it would be fun for me to see if I liked acting or not.  Being 13 years old and in 8th grade, I got onto set and when I realized there was so much waiting around in between shots, I was so bored!!  I just wanted to be a kid and play, not wait around all day to say one line!  When I was actually serious about acting and had already been on another show for NBC called “Malibu Shores,” a part came up that was my age for Steve’s brother.  It was a natural fit and people weren’t too worried about anyone remembering me as Kenny, the geeky beach club assistant.

TDW: You appeared in less than 20 episodes but had some weighty storylines: dropping out of college, teen sex, family relationships.etc. One of the most memorable for me was the episode where your character got alcohol poisoning after drinking too much (Episode 6.26, Smashes). Do you have a favorite storyline or episode?

Spelling: I did have some weighty story lines in 90210.  That is what I loved about the show, because even though it was a soap-style primetime serial, 90210 really tried to address lots of issues that were and still are relevant to what kids go through.  I grew up watching 90120 and I learned some very important things from it.  I could never master the coolness of Dylan McKay [Luke Perry] though!   My favorite story line that I did was the one where I came home from school to visit Steve and Janet [Lindsay Price] and lied to them about how school was and what was really going on [ed. note: Episode 10.19, I Will Be Your Father Figure] .  I thought that in order to fit in and be accepted, I needed to do what was expected of me.  Ryan let the pressure get to him and he rebelled until, with Steve’s support, he went back to school [ed. note: Episode 10.20, Ever Hear The One About The Exploding Father?].  It was fun to transition from the little brother who always got told what to do into more of a man where I rebelled and made my own decisions.  It was also fun yelling at Ian!

TDW: You had very few scenes with your real-life sister, Tori.  Was this done purposefully?

Spelling: It wasn’t on purpose that my character didn’t have many scenes with my sister’s character, our story lines just didn’t cross that much.  It was really comfortable though when we were in scenes together.

TDW: You and Tori essentially grew up on the show, as it lasted for 10 years.  What is it like having that kind of record of your life?

Spelling: We did grow up for 10 years on the show, more for Tori than for me.  It is funny to have that record of your life on film.  But it is just like a song that you hear on the radio and it brings you back to a certain situation you were in.  When I think back to one of those episodes, it brings me back to where I was at the time.

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

Spelling: I do not keep in touch with any of the cast.  I was good friends with [Brian Austin Green, David].  We talk every once in a while; that is about it.

TDW: How do you think being on 90210 prepared you for your leading role on Sunset Beach?

Spelling: 90210 prepared me for my role on Sunset Beach only by watching the cast and their professionalism.  Working on a primetime series is so very different from daytime.  One is shot on film, one is shot on tape.  When I got used to doing daytime where we shot one episode, about 70 pages a day, it felt so slow to go back on 90210 where we did 7 pages a day!

TDW: Do you watch the new 90210?  What do you think your dad would say about it?

Spelling: I do not watch the new 90210.  I watched the first couple of episodes.  I liked it and I saw a lot of similarities to the old one, but much racier and current.  My dad would have liked it but I think he would be shocked at first about how much further they could take certain story lines and relationships then they did back in the first one.

TDW: What do you think is 90210’s legacy in the world of television and/or teen dramas?

Spelling: I think 90210 really paved the way for what a teen high school drama show is all about.  From high school, into college and then after, 90210 showed what it was like growing up and what a rite of passage was all about.  I was shocked when I heard they were remaking it.  I thought it was pretty remarkable considering BH 90210 just went of the air in 2000.  That is impressive and shows how popular it really was.

TDW: You made a massive career change.  How did that come about and why? Can you explain what exactly you do now?

Spelling: I now currently work as a life coach.  I grew up in an entertainment family and from early on, I figured that was all I could ever do.  I have always loved spirituality, psychology and the way that people work and function.  After my dad passed away, I looked around and realized that I wasn’t being fulfilled spiritually as much as I wanted to be.  Someone suggested life coaching.  I took a seminar to see if it was something I was interested in.  I figured, I will sign up for 2-year schooling, [and] even if I don’t become a life coach, the skills would be amazing to possess.  It is a rigorous self-exploration process as well.  In the midst of working with people, I realized how much I love working with other people, facilitating them to find happiness, peace and purpose as well as helping them shift certain things that were holding them back.  To be a part of someone else’s journey in this way and to reflect their light back unto them is what I am passionate about! I help empower people to find what it is that is in their heart.  If there are blocks or things holding them back, we identify them and move through them so they can be their full potential.  My coaching can help with relationships, career, life purpose, spirituality, feeling stuck, addiction, etc… You can find out more at  www.randyspelling.com.

TDW: Would you ever go back to acting?

Spelling: Acting is something that is in my heart and such a fun, creative outlet.  I will never close the door on acting because it is fun for me.  There is a possibility of seeing me on screen again, as long as it is something I am passionate about.  My philosophy is this:  If I feel passionate about something or if it sounds fun, then that is where I will gravitate towards.  These two things are my compass that guides me in life.

Come back this Tuesday at noon for a special exclusive, an interview with 90210’s newest cast member.

And don’t forget: 90210’s second season premieres Tuesday at 8pm eastern.  I’ll be live-blogging it!

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