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!)
  • 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.
  • 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

Rolling Stone: The Nasty Thrill of Gossip Girl

18 03 2009

The April 2nd issue of Rolling Stone has Leighton Meester (Blair) and Blake Lively (Serena) on the cover.


Inside are some sexy pictures of the cast and a multi-page story with the headline Dirty Pretty Things: Why the beautiful cast of television’s most sexily subversive show, Gossip Girl, may be the last people in America living the fabulous life.

Here are some highlights:

The article’s initial premise is to contrast the Gossip Girl lifestyle with today’s recession-plagued society.  This doesn’t last long, though, as the article morphs into an in-depth profile of Leighton, Blake and some of the other cast members.

Though the main inside photo includes Taylor Momsen (Jenny) and Jessica Szohr (Vanessa), they aren’t given more than a few lines in the whole piece.

Meester and Lively insist that they’re “very close” and “friends.”  Says Meester: “I can’t even remember a reason why people would say we’re not.”

The author says “technology truly defines” GG from similar shows that came before like Beverly Hills, 90210 and The O.C.

Lively says the cast members  all “live within a five-block radius of one another” in New York City.

Leighton says her background is a “pretty cool story” and recounts how she found out her mom was in prison while pregnant with her.  “It’s exciting stuff that should be in a movie,” she says.

Leighton also says she had to fight to get the role of Blair, and wouldn’t audition for Serena, even though the producers asked her to.

Lively says she resisted going the acting route like most of her family did, including her dad Ernie and older brother Eric.  She also didn’t want to do Gossip Girl because, “I thought ‘I don’t want to do a TV show, becaue you have to commit six years of your life to one character.”

Lively also says she’s okay with tabloid coverage of her because she’d “much rather have them make up lies than tell them the truth, because that’s the one thing I have.”

Ed Westick (Chuck) says he has a “deep love” for his co-stars.  “If I’m drunk and I’m about to fall asleep int he street, I can knock on Penn’s door and he’ll let me in.”

Westick almost couldn’t be part of Gossip Girl because he initially had trouble getting a visa to come over from London.

Westwick and Chace Crawford (Nate) still live together and deny they’re anything more than friends.  “It’s funny because I love this fucking dude dearly,” Westwick says.  “I would die for this fucking dude.  He’s my brother.  But, by god, we are so into our fucking women it’s ridiculous.”

Crawford says Jason Priestley (Brandon, Beverly Hills 90210) is “like, the coolest guy ever.”  He shares some advice Jason gave him: “‘At the end of the day, you’re going to look back and realize what those years were, and you’re always going to have nostalgia for them.”

Penn Badgley adds, “Ideally, we want our careers to continue to the stars.  But regardless of where htey go, we’re nver going to be in this position again.”  To which Westwick says, “Until next season.”

Meester, Westwick and Momsen are planning to have music careers as well.  Westwick’s band is called Filthy Youth.  Momsen says her upcoming record is “badass rock and roll” and “not what people are expecting.”

The cast currently has seven-year contracts, but they can renegotiate before the next season stars.  Badgley says seven years is “a long time” and Crawford says “Four is a good number.”

You can see some online-only content, including photos and a video, here.

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

9 03 2009
  • Shenae Grimes (Annie, 90210) is on the cover of Teen Prom 2009.
  • Aimee Teegarden (Rhonda, 90210) and Kelly Rowan (Kirsten, The O.C.) are on CSI tonight.
  • The Insider has a short article on Kassius Green, son of Brian Austin Green (David, Beverly Hills 90210) and Vanessa Marcil (Gina, Beverly Hills 90210) catching the acting bug from his parents.
  • The March 16 issue of PEOPLE has a small box on Ed Westwick (Chuck, Gossip Girl) and Jessica Szhor’s (Vanessa, Gossip Girl) romance.
  • A New York Times journalist wrote about his upcoming Gossip Girl cameo and actor Adhir Kalyan says he would love to work with Leighton Meester (Blair) or Blake Lively (Serena) if he ever guested on the show.
  • You can vote for Dan, Lucas and Nathan ( all One Tree Hill) as well as Chuck (Gossip Girl) and Joshua Jackson’s Fringe character in the first-ever Alpha Male Madness.
  • Portrait Magazine did a profile of Sophia Bush (Brooke, One Tree Hill).  She’s also quoted in the 3/16 issue of PEOPLE as loving the Oscar-nominated film, The Wrestler.
  • Austin Nichols (Julian, One Tree Hill) has a very funny post up at the Southern Gothic Productions blog.
  • There’s a special feature/preview for next week’s all-new episode of One Tree Hill.
  • The Observer has a really in-depth look at Michelle Williams’ (Jen, Dawson’s Creek) career.
  • The Seattle Times has a story about Bianca Kajilich’s (Natasha, Dawson’s Creek) career.
  • Ausiello is reporting that Ashlee Simpson joined the cast of the new Melrose Place but not in the role Mischa Barton (Marissa, The O.C.) reportedly auditioned for.  Still not known, however, if Barton got it.
  • Barton took her to her blog to announce she’s no longer dating musician Luke Pritchard.
  • The positive outlook for the future of The CW is discussed in this article.

News Roundup: One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl and More

23 02 2009
  • You can take part in a charity auction by bidding on two tickets to a Kate Voegele (Mia, One Tree Hill) concert and meet & greet.
  • Danneel Harris (Rachel, One Tree Hill) plays a lesbian in the new cheerleading movie, Fired Up.  AnnaLynne McCord (Naomi, 90210) stars as a rival head cheerleader.
  • There’s a trailer on YouTube for S. Darko, featuring James Lafferty (Nathan, One Tree Hill) and Ed Westwick (Chuck, Gossip Girl).
  • Futon Critic has an article on how the creators of Privileged purposely tried to make it not like Gossip Girl.
  • The March 2, 2009 issue of PEOPLE features Jessica Szohr (Vanessa, Gossip Girl) in an article about detox diets.  Szohr says they “make you feel really refreshed.”
  • The same PEOPLE issue shows you where you can get the same scarf AnnaLynne McCord (Naomi, 90210) has been seen wearing.
  • Logan Marshall-Green (Trey, The O.C.) was in the front row at the Oscars, sitting next to girlfriend and supporting actress nominee, Marisa Tomei.
  • John Driscoll (Blossom, Dawson’s Creek; guest star, One Tree Hill) was let go from Guiding Light.  His last air-date was last week.

News Roundup: 90210, Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill

11 02 2009
  • Jason Priestley (Brandon, Beverly Hills 90210) will star in a miniseries for the BBC.  Not sure if it will air in the US.
  • Aimee Teegarden (Rhonda, 90210) says her character could return to the show, since they’ll leave the storyline open-ended.
  • AnnaLynne McCord (Naomi, 90210), Lindsay Price (Janet, Beverly Hills 90210) and Jessica Szhor (Vanessa, Gossip Girl) all took part in a recent AIDS fundraiser.  PEOPLE has a cute pic, and a quote from Szhor on her maybe relationship with Ed Westwick (Chuck, Gossip Girl).
  • Hilarie Burton (Peyton, One Tree Hill) has a video up on her blog where she explains how she met her friend, Nick, who is the writer of the film she’s making.

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