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

19 05 2010
  • Reminder: I will be going to The CW’s upfront tomorrow morning, where they will formally announce their fall schedule to advertisers and the media. If you’re not already following me on Twitter, now would be a good time to do so as I will be live-tweeting (as much as I can) from the event. I will also have a recap of the event posted on the site either later tomorrow or Friday.
  • The CW ordered a reality series called Plain Jane to air during the summer. Expect a few more shows to be announced tomorrow, both for summer and fall as well as midseason.
  • Last night’s 90210 (1.6 million viewers) increased a bit in the ratings compared to last week.
  • The California Chronicle has an interview with Sara Foster (Jen, 90210).
  • Kellan Lutz (George, 90210) has signed his deal for Breaking Dawn, having worked out the salary dispute.
  • Be sure to check out the latest Talking Gossip After Dark podcast, which features my last recap of the season.
  • Matthew Settle (Rufus, Gossip Girl) will be doing a Q & A session Tuesday in New York City as part of an event known as Talkback Tuesdays.
  • Examiner.com has an interview with Maria Menounos (Jules, One Tree Hill). Have you read my interview with her?
  • wowOwow has a little info on what Mischa Barton (Marissa, The O.C.) is up to these days.
  • Gossip Cop busted a false OK! Magazine story about Katie Holmes (Joey, Dawson’s Creek) and hubby Tom Cruise.
  • PEOPLE.com is speculating whether Michelle Williams (Jen, Dawson’s Creek) and Ryan Gosling, her Blue Valentine co-star, are a couple.




News Roundup: Gossip Girl, 90210, The O.C. and More

10 05 2010
  • A number of teen drama stars made Maxim’s Hot 100 list: Blake Lively (Serena, Gossip Girl) is number 4. Leighton Meester (Blair, Gossip Girl) is 17. Olivia Wilde (Alex, The O.C.) is 20. Hilary Duff (Olivia, Gossip Girl) is 27. Rachel Bilson (Summer, The O.C.) is 46. Kristen Bell (Gossip Girl, Gossip Girl) is 52. AnnaLynne McCord (Naomi, 90210) is 67. Monica Keena (Abby, Dawson’s Creek) is 69. Danneel Harris (Rachel, One Tree Hill) is 72. Maria Menounos (Jules, One Tree Hill) is 80. Navi Rawat (Theresa, The O.C.) is 81.
  • Korbi posted the UK promo for the last two Gossip Girl episodes of the season (tonight’s and next week’s). Watch at your own risk!
  • Ausiello has comments from Stephanie Savage (executive producer, Gossip Girl) regarding the above promo and more spoilish details on the season finale.
  • Another spoiler alert: the first two episodes of Gossip Girl’s fourth season will be filmed in Paris. Beware, there’s even more spoilers in the article!
  • The Toronto Sun has an interview with Savage.
  • Us Weekly has an interview with Bobby Strom, who is helping Lively get in shape for Green Lantern.
  • Gossip Cop busted a Now Magazine story about Chace Crawford (Nate, Gossip Girl) using JDate. (Though part of me wishes it were true!)
  • SoapNet will have a “Star Spangled Marathon” of Beverly Hills 90210 on Memorial Day, featuring 10 episodes of  “famous faces before they were stars.” I will post a reminder that morning.
  • Gossip Cop has some more details on Tori Spelling (Donna, Beverly Hills 90210) and Dean McDermott renewing their vows.
  • Crushable has an interview with Emma Caulfield (Susan, Beverly Hills 90210).
  • Michael Steger (Navid, 90210) will make an interesting guest appearance on True Blood. Don’t forget: Joe Manganiello (Owen, One Tree Hill) will also be on the show’s new season.
  • Jessica Walter (Tabitha, 90210) and Kelly Rowan (Kirsten, The O.C.) were each named one of EW.com’s Beloved TV Moms for their roles on Arrested Development and The O.C., respectively.
  • Colin Hanks (Grady, The O.C.) got married on Saturday.
  • Examiner.com has a spoilish interview with Kate Voegele (Mia, One Tree Hill).
  • Gossip Cop busted a Star story about Katie Holmes (Joey, Dawson’s Creek) and hubby Tom Cruise.
  • Jensen Ackles (C.J., Dawson’s Creek) referenced DC and Joshua Jackson (Pacey, Dawson’s Creek) in an interview with The Toronto Sun.




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

22 12 2009
  • Just found out Jessica Szohr (Vanessa, Gossip Girl) stars in Daughtry’s music video for “Over You.” This song meant the world to me a few years ago so I decided to look up the video on a whim and there she was!
  • Kellan Lutz (George, 90210), Sophia Bush (Brooke, One Tree Hill) and Maria Menounos (Jules, One Tree Hill) are all featured on Nick News with Linda Ellerbee: Kids to the Rescue! Helping Homeless Animals, which airs Sunday night.
  • MTV has an interview with Jana Kramer (Alex, One Tree Hill).
  • Emmanuelle Vaugier (Nicki, One Tree Hill) has joined the cast of Human Target.
  • Rick Fox (Dante, One Tree Hill) will have a cameo in Dollhouse, alongside real-life girlfriend Eliza Dushku.
  • TVGuideMagazine.com has a short but cute video interview with Amanda Righetti (Hailey, The O.C.).




Exclusive: Access Hollywood’s Maria Menounos Talks One Tree Hill

1 11 2009

With a hand in both the entertainment industry and the non-profit sector (through her charity Take Action Hollywood), Maria Menounos is arguably one of the busiest and most successful guest-stars ever to be on a teen drama.  Both before and after her recurring role on One Tree Hill as Jules, Menounos has been one of television’s most recognizable personalities.

TeenDramaWhore: One Tree Hill was your first recurring role on a television series. What made you want to stray from hosting?

Maria Menounos: I’m the type of person who enjoys wearing a lot of different hats – acting is another hat I enjoy wearing. At Emerson College, I studied both broadcast journalism and film.

TDW: What aspects of hosting prepared you for acting?

Menounos: There are so many aspects. The technical aspects of production – going through hair and make up, having call times, dealing with crew, etc. Also, in my case, it helped me learn more about directing but, more importantly, how to be comfortable on camera.

TDW: What attracted you to the role of Jules?

Menounos: I was really excited to work with the show creator, Mark  Schwahn, who said he had an amazing role for me. I knew any role he would create would be a great one.

TDW: Were you familiar with the show before you joined?

Menounos: I had seen a few episodes but definitely enjoyed what I had seen.

TDW: Most people, plagued by the stereotypes of our society, would have a hard time believing someone like Keith (Craig Sheffer) could get a girl like Jules. That ended up being a significant part of the story. Did you agree with that premise?

Menounos: I most certainly agreed! Keith was sensitive and sweet and handsome in a rugged, real man sort of way. On a side note, Craig was also an amazing actor who had been directed by Robert Redford and co-starred with Brad Pitt amongst other greats. He was generous to work with and lent me acting tips that I implement to this day.

TDW: Did you know right from the beginning that Dan (Paul Johansson) was behind Jules and Keith’s relationship–or were you surprised, just like the viewers were?

Menounos: I knew.

TDW: We never found out where Jules went when she stood Keith up at the altar (Episode 2.16, Somehwere A Clock is Ticking). What do you think happened to her?

Menounos: She ran away, feeling bad for Keith as well as ashamed of herself and what she had done.

TDW: Was it your decision not to continue on the show, or was it dictated by the story?

Menounos: It was dictated by the story.

TDW: Did you keep up with the show after you left? Specifically, were you/are you aware of what happened to Keith?

Menounos: I’m so busy with my other shows that I wasn’t able to watch as much as I would like. However, I did find out about Keith.

TDW: Are you still in touch with any of the cast?

Menounos: I am but it’s the same as with most of my friends. It’s definitely hard to remain in touch with the schedule I keep. The news never takes a rest.

TDW: Are you ever recognized for your role on OTH, as opposed to for being a famous TV host?

Menounos: I continuously get recognized from my work on OTH. Fans are always approaching me!

TDW: After One Tree Hill, you did some voice-over work and more one-episode guest roles. Do you have any interest in returning to acting in a larger capacity?

Menounos: I just wrapped on a starring role opposite Christopher Lloyd and a few other names and talents in a comedy feature, “Serial Buddies” – the first serial killer buddy comedy of all time – lol. I really have to pick and choose roles carefully because I only have so much time each year to act. “Serial Buddies” was one of those super original scripts, kind of a “Napoleon Dynamite”/”Superbad” feel that I didn‘t want to miss out on.

TDW: You are one of an increasing number of celebrities interacting with fans on Twitter. What is one thing you like about it, and one thing you don’t?

Menounos: I like being able to communicate directly to fans, hear their opinions and receive their support.  It’s fun and allows people to get to know “me” better.

TDW: Lastly, for those not familiar, tell me about your charity, Take Action Hollywood.

Menounos: We are an all-volunteer group that essentially utilizes the power of Hollywood to affect for positive social change. We take on a wide range of subjects and causes. I’m proud of what we have achieved for a small group that puts most, if not all, of its donations towards our programs and not administrative costs.

Come back next week for another exclusive interview!

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

6 10 2009
  • Be sure to check out The CW’s site for all the new video content this week.
  • Both One Tree Hill (2.1 million viewers) and Gossip Girl (also 2.1 when rounded up) dropped significantly in the ratings compared to last week.
  • The CW Source has a podcast about last night’s One Tree Hill, as well as one for last week’s ep and last week’s Gossip Girl.
  • There’s another Mark Schwahn preview for next week’s One Tree Hill.
  • There’s a new One Tree Hill Connection podcast, this one featuring an interview with Lindsay Wolfington, the show’s music supervisor.
  • WakeyWakey tweeted a lot today from the One Tree Hill set.
  • Maria Menounos (Jules, One Tree Hill) tweeted that she will be the first-ever female co-host of Monday Night Raw, a wrestling program.
  • Ausiello is reporting that there will be a very, um, scandalous sex scene in the Nov. 9 episode of Gossip Girl. Purely for shock value, I’m sure, seeing as that’s how Josh Schwartz rolls these days.
  • Lady Gaga is reportedly appearing as herself on an upcoming Gossip Girl episode. See, it’s all about the buzz.  To be honest, though, I haven’t seen this confirmed elsewhere yet.
  • Korbi has a cool behind-the-scenes video of Matt Lanter (Liam, 90210) and Ryan Eggold (Ryan, 90210) filming tonight’s episode.
  • The Los Angeles Times has an entertaining interview with Trevor Donovan (Teddy, 90210).
  • The New York Post has an interview with Michael Steger (Navid, 90210).
  • TVGuide.com has quotes from most of the 90210 cast about upcoming episodes and storylines.  Quite a few spoilers in there, though some are slightly outdated and others are new.  A few of you won’t be happy!
  • I caught a glimpse of Melrose Place and I think I saw Nicholas Gonzalez (DJ, The O.C.). Can anyone confirm?




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

18 06 2009
  • Leighton Meester (Blair, Gossip Girl) and Jessica Szohr (Vanessa, Gossip Girl) discussed with MTV the possibility of a GG movie.
  • Meester/Blair is up for Best Bitch in the Tater Top Awards.
  • PEOPLE.com has a story on Chace Crawford’s (Nate, Gossip Girl) interview with Ryan Seacrest about being chosen as PEOPLE’s Hottest Bachelor.
  • EW.com has an article analyzing the special PEOPLE issue and Crawford’s selection.
  • Kristin has some more details on the GG/One Tree Hill time swap.
  • Ausiello has a short post on the casting of Quinn (Shantel VanSarten) as Haley’s sister on OTH.
  • Here are some more official OTH cast Twitter accounts: Antwon Tanner (Skills), Colin Fickes (Jimmy), Kate Voegle (Mia), Maria Menounos (Jules) and Tyler Hilton (Chris Keller).  Credit goes to OTH Twitter Bugs for the confirmation!
  • Ryan Eggold (Ryan, 90210) will star in a film called Trophy Kids.
  • Brian Austin Green (David, Beverly Hills 90210) will appear in a few episodes of Smallville next season.  Coincidentally, Tori Spelling (Donna, Beverly Hills 90210–aka, David’s wife) appeared on Smallville last season.
  • Lindsay Price (Janet, Beverly Hills 90210) is dating Josh Radnor from How I Met Your Mother.
  • Wayne Coyne, the lead singer for The Flaming Lips, reflected on the band’s 1994 appearance on Beverly Hills 90210.
  • Parental Discretion Advised, one of The CW’s planned mid-season replacements starring Kerr Smith (Jack, Dawson’s Creek), has changed names again.  It’s now called Life UneXpected.







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