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

24 08 2010
  • TVGuide.com has a spoiler-filled interview with Matt Lanter (Liam, 90210). Completely agree with what he said about Lannie vs. Liomi. It’s actually the viewpoint I’ve been sharing for months and months. Nice to know he feels the same (or at least says he does).
  • The Real One Tree Hill Twitter account tweeted a brief video with Sophia Bush (Brooke, One Tree Hill).
  • Bush tweeted that she’s prepping to direct an episode. I’ve heard, but not personally confirmed, that James Lafferty (Nathan, One Tree Hill) is directing an episode early in the season, too.
  • Examiner.com has a preview of an upcoming interview with Shantel VanSanten (Quinn, One Tree Hill).
  • The latest Talking Gossip After Dark podcast features a very interesting interview with Norman Buckley (director, Gossip Girl; 90210; The O.C., editor, The O.C.).
  • The Philadelphia Daily News has an interview with Peter Gallagher (Sandy, The O.C.).
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Second Annual Teen Drama Evaluation Results

6 06 2010

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Second Annual Teen Drama Evaluation as well as the individual show polls.

I noticed the One Tree Hill evaluation had the most votes, with Gossip Girl having about half and 90210 half of Gossip Girl’s. I didn’t know whether that reflected the break-down of my readership–that I have more One Tree Hill fans, for instance, than Gossip Girl and 90210 fans–or if it was more demonstrative of the ratings each show gets or if it was simply poll fatigue or indifference. Participation in this evaluation was back up to the Gossip Girl level and, well, One Tree Hill dominated.

FAVORITE CHARACTERS

Winners: Brooke, Nathan

Noteworthy: Brooke received more than double the votes of Blair and nearly five times as many as Annie. Nathan had approximately the same amount of votes as Brooke, but there was a wider margin between him and Chuck and a smaller margin between him and Liam, compared to Brooke and her second and third place match-ups.

Last Season’s Winners: Brooke, Lucas

Thoughts: That’s two years in a row for Brooke, and with Nathan’s win, One Tree Hill takes this category again.

FAVORITE COUPLE

Winner: Haley and Nathan

Noteworthy: Naley earned 69 percent of the vote to Chair’s 21 percent and Navianna’s 10 percent.

Last Season’s Winner: Peyton and Lucas

Thoughts: More One Tree Hill readers/voters or not,, I completely understand this result given Chair’s relationship in the last few episodes of the season and Navianna spending most of the season apart.

WORST CHARACTERS

Winners: Jenny, Dixon

Noteworthy: Switching things up a bit, the One Tree Hill option, Alex, came in last place with 14 percent of the vote. Naomi received only 11 percent more with Jenny getting 61 percent total. One Tree Hill came in last again on the male side, though this poll had the smallest margin thus far, with Dixon getting 55 percent to Dan’s 23 percent and Clay’s 21 percent.

Last Season’s Winners: Annie, Ethan

Thoughts: Gossip Girl’s first win came in a negative category, but it doesn’t surprise me as I’ve seen the strongest hatred for any character on any of the shows directed towards Jenny. This was 90210’s first win, too, albeit a negative one, but I could’ve seen any of the guys taking this category.

WORST COUPLE

Winner: Vanessa and Dan

Noteworthy: Danessa received 54 percent of the vote to Liomi’s 27 percent and Clay/Sara’s 18 percent.

Last Season’s Winner: Vanessa and Nate, Brooke and Owen

Thoughts: Completely expected this, as I’m still surprised Clay/Sara even “won” this category in the One Tree Hill Evaluation as I do think a few people do like them and Liomi has its fans as well. Danessa, on the other hand, well, I rarely–if ever–hear about people liking them.

FAVORITE SUPPORTING CHARACTER

Winner: Jamie

Noteworthy: Jamie received almost double the amount of votes as Dorota, and Dorota received almost double the amount Ivy had.

Last Season’s Winner: Jamie

Thoughts: Our second two-years-in-a-row winner is again a One Tree Hill character. I can’t say I understand the Jamie love and I expected Dorota to win. Who doesn’t love Dorota? Apparently some people.

BEST STORYLINE

Winner: Lydia’s return and death from cancer

Noteworthy: A low in terms of winning percentage, with Lydia getting 51 percent of the vote. Blair and Chuck’s relationship received less than half that, 30 percent, and Annie and Liam’s friendship had 19 percent.

Last Season’s Winner: Peyton and Lucas’ relationship

Thoughts: Strongly disagree with these results, with Lannie taking the cake for me, then Chair and then Lydia. But, of course, Lydia never would’ve been my pick in the first place.

WORST STORYLINE

Winner: Jenny all season

Noteworthy: And the low continues with Jenny garnering 43 percent and the smallest margins yet: Psycho Katie had 32 percent of the vote and Naomi’s false then real harassment and Annie/Jasper’s relationship received 24 percent.

Last Season’s Winner: Nanny Carrie’s return

Thoughts: I wasn’t surprised Jenny came out on top (but really the bottom) here, considering her win above. And I thought 90210 would come in last because of the tied option. If you only agreed with half of it, you might not pick it.

BEST CLIFF-HANGER

Winner: Clay and Quinn getting shot

Noteworthy: This evaluation’s first and only tie came here with both Georgina telling Dan she’s pregnant with his baby and Naomi seemingly about to be raped by Mr. Cannon each receiving 22 percent. Clay and Quinn earned a little more than double that amount, 56 percent.

Last Season’s Winner: Peyton’s pregnancy health scare(s)

Thoughts: I really thought Georgina was going to win, because it outperformed the other options in the individual evaluations and because unlike Clay and Quinn or Naomi, it wasn’t clear what was going to happen. I think it was pretty obvious that Naomi was going to be raped and if you follow One Tree Hill casting news, you already knew that Robert Buckley and Shantel VanSanten had contracts for season 8. So the only one with a true element of surprise and an unclear resolution, in my opinion, was Georgina.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TEEN DRAMA BASED ON THIS PAST SEASON?

Winner: One Tree Hill

Noteworthy: This poll received more votes than any other (and I don’t quite understand why people didn’t vote in every category) and had large margins: OTH earned 66 percent of the vote to 90210’s 18 and Gossip Girl’s 16.

Last Season’s Winner: One Tree Hill

Thoughts: Expected One Tree Hill to win, given the results of the other categories and its individual polls having the highest participation. But I didn’t foresee 90210 beating out (even just barely) Gossip Girl.

Here’s how things stacked up overall: One Tree Hill-6 wins, Gossip Girl-3 wins and 90210-1 win

Thanks again to everyone who participated in the evaluations and in other ways throughout the teen drama season.





90210 Evaluation Results

2 06 2010

Thanks to all who voted in the second annual 90210 Evaluation.

FAVORITE CHARACTERS

Winners: Annie, Liam

Noteworthy: Silver had the lead early on, with Naomi having no votes at all. In the end, Silver fell short by six votes and Naomi managed to score 11. Liam more than doubled the votes Navid received and earned about 5 times as many as Dixon.

Last Season’s Winners: Silver, Liam

Thoughts: What a difference a year makes! Last season, readers voted Annie the worst character. Either I’ve got some new readers (or lost a few) or this season really put you in Annie’s corner. I was surprised to see Silver did so well, since I’ve read many complaints about her storylines this season and personality changes. Your love for Liam, however, is just as strong, if not stronger. Does this bode well for an Annie-Liam coupling next season?

FAVORITE COUPLE

Winner: Adrianna and Navid

Noteworthy: A few pairings didn’t receive any votes, but most interesting to me was that the three-highest vote-getters after Navianna all included Dixon and/or Silver. Dixon and Ivy came in second while Dixon and Silver tied Silver and Teddy for third place. Looks like Dixon couple love but not Dixon character love (see above and below).

Last Season’s Winner: Adrianna and Navid

Thoughts: I wasn’t surprised that Adrianna and Navid won again, even though they didn’t win the character polls, since the show is short on “supercouples.” It seems to me that fans are much less divided over Navianna than the other “major” couples that have been presented thus far.

WORST CHARACTERS

Winners: Naomi, Dixon

Noteworthy: Despite winning best character, Annie came close to “winning” here, too, with less than 10 votes separating her from Naomi. Dixon “won” by a huge amount–Navid and Liam weren’t even close, truly reflecting the opposite of the best character results, but with a larger margin.

Last Season’s Winners: Annie, Ethan

Thoughts: While I have little respect for Naomi, I had the impression others were fans or at least entertained by her, so I wasn’t quite expecting this. I did expect Dixon earning the title, based on comments I’ve seen from people wishing Tristan had better, more challenging storylines. I guess, at this point, he should consider himself lucky the writers aren’t making him follow the path of last season’s winner in this category.

WORST COUPLE

Winner: Naomi and Liam

Noteworthy: Liomi narrowly “beat” Annie and Jasper. Validating what I said above about nearly all viewers standing behind Adrianna and Navid, the couple received zero votes in this category–and was the only duo to do so.

Last Season’s Winner: Annie and Ethan

Thoughts: Liomi and Annie and Jasper were two pairings that I’ve seen really split the audience. That said, I think that’s true for some of the other pairings as well, such as Silver and Teddy (who came in third) and even Dixon and Ivy. I guess my point is that I could’ve seen any of these couples earning this title, as well as some of the others.

FAVORITE SUPPORTING CHARACTER

Winner: Ivy

Noteworthy: Most options didn’t receive any votes–including Harry–but Kelly came in second and Teddy in third. There were two votes for Mr. Cannon, which post-finale, I don’t really understand.

Last Season’s Winner: Kelly

Thoughts: Ivy and Teddy’s results bode well for the show, as both characters have been upgraded from recurring guest stars to series regulars. I’ve seen a lot of questions around the web asking where Kelly is and the poll indicates people still want to see her on the show–sorry folks; there are no plans in the works for that…but never say never. On the flipside, I’m not sure how to read Harry getting zero votes: a sign of dislike for the character, which means it’s a “win” for the show that he’s done, or a sign of indifference, since people know he’s gone and therefore there isn’t a point in voicing support for him.

BEST STORYLINE

Winner: Annie and Liam’s friendship

Noteworthy: No one came close to Annie/Liam and the second-highest was Annie related as well–the season-long hit-and-run storyline. The other storylines with multiple votes: the plan to take down Jen, Adrianna all season, Navianna’s relationship, Ade’s singing career Jen all season and Liomi’s relationship. Some of the more interesting responses: “Jasper and his crazy ass,”  and “annie and her GUILT~!” and “all of them – i cant decide!”

Invalid Others: None

Last Season’s Winner: Adrianna and Navid’s relationship

Thoughts: Pleased to see people following the “focus on this season only” rule and selecting the right option. It’s quite remarkable that Annie and Liam won considering their storyline isn’t romantic and only really revved up in the last batch of episodes. I may just have a lot of Lannie readers, which is fine by me (and, of course, it’s fine to have fans of anyone or everyone else, too).

WORST STORYLINE

Winner: Naomi’s false then real harassment and Annie/Jasper’s relationship

Noteworthy: Only one vote separated those from the second place tie, which was Liomi’s relationship and Teddy/Silver’s relationship. The other ones to get multiple votes: Adrianna’s singing career and Jasper in general. Some of my favorite responses: “The whole Annie/Jasper thing. Made me scream at the TV EVERY single week,” “everything involving jen” and “Annie’s hit and run … when will it end?!”

Invalid Others: None

Last Season’s Winner: Annie in the season finale

Thoughts: I’m surprised and not surprised about Annie/Jasper since, as I said above, I think the pairing gave many mixed feelings but people liked Annie enough this season to vote her best character.

BEST CLIFF-HANGER

Winner: Naomi seemingly about to be raped by Mr. Cannon

Noteworthy: Most of the votes were for things from the finale, such as Liam and Jasper’s fight (second place) and Annie confessing (third place). But the ending with Naomi won by a large margin. Some of the answers: “Naomi’s Possible Rape. So Devastating! That guy should go back to Dawsons Creek,” “The finale.. What will happen with liam beating Jasper? Naomi get raped? “the finale there were so many!” and “WHAT DID ANNIE TELL HER PARENTS/where was dixon going with that hat on (kidding).”

Invalid Others: None

Last Season’s Winner: Adrianna’s drug overdose

Thoughts: For all the talk of the finale not delivering, there were some interesting cliff-hangers, even if they weren’t quite what people were expecting, and clearly you guys agree. I was surprised there weren’t more votes for Jasper about to commit suicide and the mid-season finale where Jasper told Annie he knew she ran over his uncle.

RATE THE SEASON OVERALL

Winner: 9

Noteworthy: All values were voted for and only 2 votes separated 9 from 8.

Last Season’s Winner: 7.5

Thoughts: Quite frankly, I expected a lower rating given the response to the finale–I thought it would color people’s view of the season overall. But, as many critics have said, quite a few believe the show has improved a lot from last year, which makes the increase in rating by 1.5 not that surprising.

RATE THE SHOW OVERALL

Winner: 7

Noteworthy: The only value not voted for–2. The second-highest vote-getter was 10, followed by 8 and 9, respectively.

Last Season’s Winner: 7.5

Thoughts: And throwing a kink in my “show improved” theory is the response here, where the rating decreased from last season. But, as I said, 10 came close to winning–like one vote away close–so I don’t know what to really conclude.

The Teen Drama Evaluation, with the results from all three polls going head-to-head, will be posted tomorrow.





Spoiler: You Ask, I Answer

4 05 2010

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

Hey Korbi. So the evil Jen Clark is back in Beverly Hills, as you warned. What’s the big thing she’s hiding? -Melanie

An expanding belly. I mean, maybe she’s just been stress eating. Or, perhaps, she’s pregnant … with the baby of someone we know.

I was kind of annoyed to see Liam forgive Naomi on “90210” because those two have no chemistry. -KT

Then you’ll be pleased to hear that Liomi isn’t long for this world. He may have said he forgives her, but I’m hearing that the last straw is right around the corner.

And, p.s., when stepdaddy dearest notices that those crazy expensive coins are missing, it’s Annie whom Liam will turn to for support.

Have we finally seen the last of psycho Jasper? -Beav

Nope! Jasper — or as I like to call him, Emily Valentine 2.0 — won’t go quietly. And he may even take a page from E.V. when it comes to revenge plots. You’ll see.

Any scoop on No Drama Adrianna? -Jeff M.

Ade’s going to start dating a musician pretty soon. His name is Javier and things between them will heat up quickly — and then burn out. I believe a reunion with Navid is in the cards before the season ends.

So is this Silver-Teddy thing finally fizzling thanks to Ryan O’Neal? -Michele

Teddy’s dad — played by TV legend Ryan O’Neal, yes — will do his best to mess things up, but ultimately, I think Silver and Teddy work it out. This looks like it could be a long-term relationship … though I am hearing something about a Dixon-Silver kiss in the near future.

Credit: Zap2it

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Note:

While I don’t quite think Jasper is Emily Valentine 2.0, feel free to read my interview with her alter-ego, Christine Elise.




Spoiler: Mega Buzz

12 08 2009

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

Any word yet on how they’re going to explain Lucas and Peyton’s sudden absence from the coming season of One Tree Hill now that the actors aren’t returning? It’s killing me! — Samantha D.
ADAM: A show rep suggests that it will involve a bit of rebooting. “Obviously, we have new stories to tell, but at the same time, this season very much feels like classic One Tree Hill.” How so? “Some characters might be in an episode for just one scene, but it’s a scene that serves the story and the serialized nature of our season.” Translation: They haven’t figured it out yet.

Is it true that Liam and Naomi break up this season on 90210? I hope not; I like them together! — Shanti
MICKEY: With all the double-crossing that went on between them, I thought they kind of deserved each other. But I have bad news for you, Shanti. My 90210 moles are rumbling about two new characters who appear to spell the end of Liomi (Naoliam? I’m bad at this). A sexy surfer hottie will spar with Liam on the beach, and Naomi will fake an interest in the environment to snare her new do-gooder, college-aged boyfriend.

What will Tiffani Thiessen do on USA’s White Collar? Is it anything like what she did on Fastlane? Or Beverly Hills, 90210? Or Saved By the Bell?  — Manny
MICKEY: Thiessen plays Elizabeth, wife to Tim DeKay’s FBI Agent Peter Stokes, and she’ll be inspired by Laura Linney’s work in HBO’s John Adams, if executive producer Jeff Eastin is to be believed. (Yes, you read that right.) Eastin asked the actress to watch Linney’s performance as the devoted wife and trusted presidential advisor. “What I loved about Abigail Adams in that show was you had someone who was incredibly supportive of her husband but was a really strong person in her own right,” Eastin says. “That was sort of the catalyst to start molding Elizabeth.” Intrigued?

I love Raising the Bar, and I was wondering if you have any scoop on the final three episodes of the season? — Caroline
ADAM: Monday’s episode will be a battle of the teen-show all-stars, and first prize is Zack Morris’ heart. Jerry’s budding relationship with Bobbi (Saved by the Bell: The New Class vet Natalia Cigliuti) hits yet another snag when he’s wooed by a gang expert played by Meredith Monroe (Dawson’s Creek‘s Andie).

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Some notes…

What both the rep and Adam fail to mention is that the show is skipping ahead one year, which will help explain Leyton’s absence and transition to the new storylines.

Pretty sure that surfer girl ends up with Dixon, not Liam.  And isn’t Naomi pretending to be who she’s not the same thing she did with Liam?

Lastly, Natalia Cigliuti was also on Beverly Hills 90210 as Chloe.








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