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

10 03 2010




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

22 01 2010
  • Crains has an interesting article about changes being made to the Nielsen ratings system–which could help our teen dramas.
  • Gossip Girl has another nomination (Dramatic Actor You’d Most Like To See In A Comedic Role–Leighton Meester) in TVGuide.com’s Winter Games.
  • LimeLife has an interview with Eric Daman (costume designer, Gossip Girl).
  • If you missed Blake Lively (Serena, Gossip Girl) on SNL, it’ll re-air tomorrow night.
  • Brian Austin Green (David, Beverly Hills 90210) and Eddie Cibrian (Casey, Beverly Hills 90210) are each starring in upcoming Hallmark Channel movies.
  • Hilarie Burton (Peyton, One Tree Hill) has a new blog post on the SoGoPro site. Also, this is a pretty cool video about SoGoPro’s first year.
  • Busy Philipps (Audrey, Dawson’s Creek) is nominated for Comic Actress You Think Of As Your Secret Crush, Knowing She’s Everyone Else’s, Too in TVGuide.com’s Winter Games.
  • The TV editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has an interesting Q & A on Dawson’s Creek. I happen to disagree with both the question and the answer, though! But I have read the book he mentions–Billion-Dollar Kiss: The Kiss That Saved Dawson’s Creek and Other Adventures in TV Writing by Jeffrey Stepakoff–and have discussed on the site here and here.
  • Interesting reference to Dawson’s Creek in this recap of The Vampire Diaries.
  • Interesting reference to The O.C. in this recap of The Vampire Diaries.
  • Ausiello has spoilers on the character Melinda Clarke (Julie, The O.C.) will play on The Vampire Diaries.




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

8 01 2010
  • Found this pretty cool take on recreating fashion styles as seen on Beverly Hills 90210 in the early 90s.
  • The CW sent out a press release about its schedule for the rest of the TV year: as previously reported, we’ve got One Tree Hill and Life Unexpected beginning January 18, but now we know repeats of LUX and Gossip Girl will air Wednesday nights until March. Also, as previously reported, LUX takes OTH’s spot on March 8 so new episodes of GG can air. 90210 returns with its new episodes the next night, March 9. Then on April 19, LUX is finished and we’ve got new episodes of OTH and GG through the end of the season.
  • PEOPLE.com has a poll asking whether Adam Lambert should guest-star on Gossip Girl or other shows.
  • Blake Lively (Serena, Gossip Girl) will star in Green Lantern, whose screenplay was written by Greg Berlanti (writer- producer, Dawson’s Creek).
  • Chace Crawford (Nate, Gossip Girl) will be among the presenters at the Golden Globes on January 17.
  • There are brief mentions of Gossip Girl and The O.C. in this fun interview with Josh Schwartz (creator of both).
  • You can see Rachel Bilson (Summer, The O.C.) on How I Met Your Mother this Monday.
  • Melinda Clarke (Julie, The O.C.) will appear on The Vampire Diaries, which only adds to the following…
  • How did I not know Kayla Ewell (Casey, The O.C.) was on The Vampire Diaries, which was created by Kevin Williamson (creator, Dawson’s Creek) and also stars Paul Wesley (Donnie, The O.C.)? Kellan Lutz (George, 90210) spoke very fondly of their (now long ago) relationship when I interviewed him in ’08. On The O.C., Ewell starred alongside Cam Gigandet (Volchok, The O.C), who was also in the Twilight films with Lutz and, of course, Nikki Reed (Sadie, The O.C.) and Jackson Rathbone (Justin, The O.C.). Six degrees…
  • There’s an interview with Kerr Smith (Jack, Dawson’s Creek) in the new issue of Soap Opera Digest.




Exclusive: The O.C.’s Autumn Reeser on Why She Loves Taylor Townsend

27 12 2009

For many, the fourth season of The O.C. was a marked departure from past years–and that was a good thing. The show took a step away from the melodrama and made a right on Comedy Lane. Much of the fresh humor came courtesy of one Autumn Reeser.

Reeser, who first appeared in the third season, was bumped up to regular status when The Powers That Be realized what fans had: this girl was a goldmine! As she won over Ryan’s heart, she won ours, too. In case you’ve forgotten why, our charming interview is sure to remind you.

TeenDramaWhore: What attracted you to the role of Taylor on The O.C.?

Autumn Reeser: I love what a go-getter she is, her quirky oddness, her knowledge of her flaws & ability to accept them.  I felt an immediate affinity for her and I approached my audition with a lot of freedom.  She has a zest & hunger for life and is extremely smart and well-read.  She also takes herself way too seriously and is unintentionally hilarious–great fodder for an actor.

TDW: Taylor was known for having that quirky personality.  Did you share any similarities with her?

Reeser: When I was little, I stood out (not in a good way, I thought) because I actually liked school, studying and learning, and took myself too seriously (like Taylor).  A couple kids even used to call me ‘Autumn Research’ which I thought was terrible at the time.  I wish I was as smart as Taylor, though!  I always thought she probably spoke at least 7 languages– in the 2 seasons I was on, I spoke French, Latin, Korean and Spanish.  If the series had continued, I’d have loved to see the writers continue to play with that aspect of her personality, because those scenes were so much fun for me!

TDW: If you had to guess, where do you think Taylor is today?  Is she with Ryan (Benjamin McKenzie)?

Reeser: As sad as it is for the fans, I don’t see Taylor and Ryan’s relationship working out in the long-run.  I think she always thinks of him with happiness & a bit of fond regret, because he was her first love.  But I think Taylor moved away from the O.C. and went into politics.  She has a big personality, a ton of ambition and strong opinions, and I don’t think the O.C. could have held her in its grasp for long.

TDW: Are you still in touch with the cast?

Reeser: Rachel [Bilson, Summer] & Melinda [Clarke, Julie] and I stay in touch to some degree, and it’s always lovely when I happen to run into someone, but for the most part we’ve gone our separate directions.  As an actor, you’re essentially changing jobs multiple times per year, and it’s rare to stay close friends with everyone you meet.

TDW: The O.C. has been your biggest TV role to date. Why do you think that is–was The O.C. that unique and successful or you haven’t found another show you want to commit for that long? (Or none of the above?)

Reeser: When The O.C. ended, I was at an odd mid-place in my career– not interested in playing high schoolers anymore, and too young-looking to play anyone my own age!  I’ve always looked much younger than my age, and for a time that became a problem rather than an asset.  In my personal acting study, I’ve constantly been working on challenging characters, but I found it hard to be seen for equally demanding roles in the industry.  Finally this year it’s happened for me, I think largely because of my appearance on Entourage (as a junior TV agent who battles it out with Ari Gold).  Ever since then I’ve had some amazing auditions with fully-fleshed out fabulous characters, and I can’t wait for one of those to be the right fit for me.  I’m having a great time looking for the right one!

TDW: Tell me about your character in Smokin Aces 2. Anyone with AK-47 in their name has to be the complete opposite of Taylor, right?

Reeser: I got such a kick out of this role.  One of my favorite things about acting has always been playing characters that seem far outside of myself, and then finding my pathway into who they are.  In this case, Kaitlyn “AK-47” Tremor is a malicious, bleached-blonde, tattooed, hillbilly criminal who does absolutely nothing redeeming in the entire movie.  Mostly she kills people.  I learned how to handle 5 different weapons, had a gold tooth, and found my inner darkness playing her.  It was such a fun challenge and will be so fun for people to get a chance to see me in this type of role.  I haven’t seen the finished film yet, but I had a blast preparing & performing this part!

TDW: What exactly is The Thrilling Adventure & Supernatural Suspense Hour? I got chills just typing it!

Reeser: This is a live 1930s-style radio show that I perform with.   We perform at M-Bar in Hollywood the second weekend of every month and they are serialized ‘programs’ (nothing actually goes out on air; it’s all intended for the audience there), in the style of 1930s, 40s and 50s radio programs.   The characters reoccur, but the scenarios are different every month.  It’s a great way for me to stay in touch with my stage roots, work with an incredible group of comedians/voice performers, sing, and work on coming up with more characters of my own.  You can see photos, learn more and get tickets at: http://thrillingadventurehour.com/

TDW: What other projects are you working on?  Any interest in going back to musical theater?

Reeser: I’m currently shooting a film called The Big Bang opposite Antonio Banderas.  I play sort of a rockabilly chick with a passion for physics.  My hair is chopped in a short black shag right now–I’m loving it!  Fay is a free-spirited hippie mixed with a science geek, and I feel so blessed to be a part of what promises to be an incredible movie.  It’s sort of a neo-film-noir and the way they’re shooting it is absolutely breathtaking.  I’m really proud of my work in this one.  I would love love love to return to my musical theater roots!  I continue to study dance & voice and am hoping to find the right project to show off my chops sometime in 2010.  There are some amazingly talented girls pursuing the movie musical field out there right now, like Julianne Hough, Kristen Bell [ed. note: Bell voices Gossip Girl on, um, Gossip Girl], and Jessica Biel, and I would LOVE to see Hollywood experience a musical theater resurgence.  I think the time is ripe for it!

TDW: You’re one of many celebrities on Twitter, but even as the number continues to grow, each has their own reason for joining. What’s your reason? Why are you on Twitter?

Reeser: I joined Twitter as a way to connect with my fans & people who’ve supported my career through the years.  And also because there were so many people on there pretending to be me, I thought the real one should at least be on there to speak for herself!

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Favorite Holiday Episodes, Pt. 3

23 12 2009

MONDAY: Beverly Hills 90210

TUESDAY: Dawson’s Creek

TODAY: The O.C.

1. Episode 1.13, The Best Chrismukkah Ever

It’s impossible to look at holiday shows on The O.C. and not include (almost) every one. So sit tight because that’s what I’ll be doing here. We begin in season one where the idea of Chrismukkah is first introduced. Seth explains that with his Jewish dad and WASPy mom, he created the holiday to get the best of both worlds. Ryan has trouble embracing the holiday when he is reminded of his horrible years growing up (via a drunk Marissa) and Seth receives presents from both Summer and Anna, after which they ask him to choose which girl he wants to be with. A pivotal episode for both that triangle and because it sets up the Chrismukkah tradition.

2. Episode 1.14, The Countdown

Like in the real world, the very next week brings New Year’s Eve. Seth plans to stay home so he can avoid the Anna-Summer issue and Ryan is thrown for a loop when Marissa says she loves him and introduces a new friend, Oliver. Sandy and Kirsten end up at a swingers party where temptation just ends up reaffirming their love for each other. The episode culminates in Ryan’s mad dash to kiss Marissa at midnight–and tell her he loves her, making one of The O.C.’s most memorable endings.

3. Episode 2.6, The Chrismukkuh That Almost Wasn’t

It’s a year later and Ryan isn’t with Marissa and Seth isn’t with Anna (or Summer). Seth’s Chrismukkuh dinner gets bigger and bigger with plans for the Cooper-Nichols to attend, plus Marissa, Summer and Ryan’s newish girlfriend, Lindsay. Lindsay’s enthusiasm surprises Ryan, who worries what will happen when a long-hidden truth is revealed: Caleb is her father. When the truth comes out and major drama ensues, Seth thinks they should cancel the holiday–until Summer comes to the rescue. I’ve never been a Lindsay fan but she deserves credit for creating a Chrismukkah prop: the Yamuclaus

4. Episode 3.10, The Chrismukkah Bar Mitz-vahkkah

Though Ryan & Marissa and Seth & Summer are all back together, this year’s Chrismukkah doesn’t seem to be shaping up any better than season two’s. Marissa is preoccupied by a hurt Johnny and Kirsten is sad that it’s her first Chrismakkuh without her dad (despite last year’s drama between them) and her last with Seth and Ryan still in high school. The episode is a win for me because the Judaism factor is at a higher level with the incorporation of both Seth and Ryan’s Bar Mitzvahs. We see Seth’s via flashback, adding a layer of goodness to his lifelong love of Summer, and we see the gang come together to give Ryan one (though it’s real purpose is to raise money for Johnny’s surgery).

5. Episode 4.7, The Chrismukk-huh?

We know I’m a sucker for flashbacks and, by extension, alternate universes, which makes this quite possibly my favorite of all the Chrismukkahs. Ryan and Taylor’s accident turns Newport on its head, looking at what might’ve happened if Ryan never existed. While most of it involves some comedic pairings, like Summer & Che and Sandy & Julie (plus Che & Julie), there’s also a surprising emotional component: Taylor finds out that, in this world, Marissa may be alive. The possibility prevents Ryan from wanting to return to the real world but he ends up losing her all over again when he learns that Marissa never survived her drug overdose several years back since he was never there to rescue her. Intelligent viewers knew there was no chance of Marissa/Mischa Barton coming back but the writing and editing sucked us in anyway, getting our hopes up and our hearts broken.

Tomorrow we look at another alternate holiday universe, this time on One Tree Hill.





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

17 11 2009
  • Be sure to check out The CW’s site for all the new video content this week.
  • We don’t have ratings yet for last night’s One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl as Nielsen (the company responsible for them) had technical difficulties today.
  • The CW Source has podcasts for last week’s OTH and GG.
  • MTV has an article on the Blake Lively (Serena, Gossip Girl) feature in Nylon.
  • Gossip Girl and 90210 are included in TVGuide.com’s sweeps roundup for this week.
  • The Los Angeles Times has a spoilish interview with Jessica Stroup (Silver, 90210).
  • PEOPLE.com has a short blurb on the Silver storyline in tonight’s episode.
  • EW.com has a spoilish interview with AnnaLynne McCord (Naomi, 90210).
  • AdAge has an article on 90210’s partnership with Ford for the Warriors in Pink campaign.
  • Modern Salon has an article on copying 90210 hairstyles, but only includes Stroup and Shenae Grimes (Annie).
  • Kellan Lutz (George, 90210) said he turned down the lead role in Twilight.
  • In an article on Heather Locklear’s return to Melrose Place, 90210 is mentioned a bit. And this one mentions Laura Leighton (Sophie, Beverly Hills 90210).
  • E! Online has an interview with Jennie Garth (Kelly, Beverly Hills 90210).
  • In the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, McCord’s Naomi is made their list of Top TV Bitches. The EW.com version also includes: Brenda (Shannen Doherty, Beverly Hills 90210), Julie (Melinda Clarke,  The O.C.), Busy Phillips (Audrey, Dawson’s Creek) for her role in Freaks & Geeks and Jessica Walters (Tabitha, 90210) for her role in Arrested Development.
  • There’s been conflicting reports that The CW will air the remaining episodes of The Beautiful Life, which starred Mischa Barton (Marissa, The O.C.).
  • PEOPLE.com has an interview with Nikki Reed (Sadie, The O.C.).




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

12 07 2009
  • Annie Sez, a clothing store, is selling Gossip Girl-themed cargo bags.  The ones I saw said: “You know you love me…Gossip Girl,” “I (heart symbol) Lonely Boy,” and “XOXO Gossip Girl.”
  • Hilarie Burton (Peyton, One Tree Hill) did a vlog about new SoGoPro merchandise.
  • Homecoming, starring Jessica Stroup (Silver, 90210) and Mischa Barton (Marissa, The O.C.) comes out in theaters this Friday.
  • The new season of Entourage, which will feature Autumn Reeser (Taylor, The O.C.) and Melinda Clarke (Julie, The O.C.) at some point, begins tonight.




Villains, Part 3

28 06 2009

THE O.C.
1. Julie Cooper Nichol (played by Melinda Clarke)

The first teen drama to have an adult villain, Julie’s preoccupation with money and the superficial caused her to beytray her closest friends, as well as her husband and daughter.  Among her worst acts: running a gigolo business and sleeping with her daughter’s ex-boyfriend.

2. Kevin Volchok (played by Cam Gigandet)

The sins don’t get any worse than this: killing someone!  The someone being Marissa (Mischa Barton).  Between that and constantly fighting with Ryan (Benjamin McKenzie), he’s a pretty hateable character.

Part Four tomorrow will highlight the one villian who keeps escaping death.





Spoiler: Ask Ausiello

25 06 2009

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

Question: Is Jennie Garth going to appear in any episodes of 90210 next season? –Emil
Ausiello:
There’s nothing on the books yet, but a rep for the show says “the intention is to have Jennie back next season.” In other 90210 news, former Law & Order ADA Elisabeth Rohm will guest star as a robot bitchy socialite who locks horns with Naomi in at least one episode.

Question: Here’s a question: What the heck has the awesome Melinda Clarke been up to? –Tammy
Ausiello:
Big scoop: She’s starring in a new TV series as a housewife by day and a spy by night. Unfortunately, the show isn’t real; it’s part of an upcoming Entourage subplot.

**Note: Clarke played Julie on The O.C.





The Top 10 Teen Drama Musical Guests

14 01 2009

Beginning as early as 1993 with Beverly Hills 90210, teen dramas have featured musical guests to drive up ratings or move a plot along. For the next 5 days, I’ll countdown the top 10 musical guests on Beverly Hills 90210, Dawson’s Creek, The O.C. and One Tree Hill.  90210 and Gossip Girl will not be included as they haven’t yet had any musical guests.

1o.  Cathy Dennis (Beverly Hills 90210, Episode 3.27: A Night to Remember)

In this clip you can see Dennis performing at the West Beverly prom as Brenda and Dylan dance.

9. Jem (The O.C., Episode 1.27: The Ties That Bind)

In the season one finale, Jem sings at Julie and Caleb’s wedding as Marissa and Ryan share a tear-filled dance.








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