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

26 05 2010
  • I am deeply saddened to report that Disney has decided to cease operations of SoapNet beginning in 2012. The network is being replaced with Disney Junior. As you are all aware, SoapNet currently airs reruns of One Tree Hill, Beverly Hills 90210 and The O.C. I do not know what this means for the syndication deals currently in place for those shows. Quite frankly, I am still trying to process this development. In the meantime, I have four things to offer: the press release from Disney, a post from SoapNet and articles from the New York Times and Entertainment Weekly, the latter of which makes some very interesting points. Thank you to Daniel and Gloria for alerting me to the news.
  • In the last Weekly Poll, all three questions had results with large margins. Sixty-three percent believe Quinn and Clay aren’t dead on One Tree Hill, though 5 percent believe it’s quite possible. Another 17 percent have no idea but hope not while 15 percent have no idea but hope so. The Jenny-Chuck storyline on Gossip Girl made 64 percent of voters feel disgusted while just 17 percent were entertained. Nine percent were torn while 10 percent are still trying to process it. Lastly, 71 percent believe 90210’s Naomi was about to be raped by Mr. Cannon. Nineteen percent don’t think that’s happened while 10 percent had no idea. The Weekly Poll will be on hiatus during, um, the hiatus. In the meantime, we have the show evaluations and soon I’ll be resuming weekly trivia on Twitter.
  • Korbi has the next part of her interview with Mark Schwahn (creator, One Tree Hill). Here he discusses whether he wants the show to continue past an eighth season.
  • Registration has opened for Christy-Anne’s second One Tree Hill fan reunion, which will be held this July.
  • Shannen Doherty (Brenda, Beverly Hills 90210) performed during last night’s Dancing With The Stars finale. I haven’t found YouTube video of it yet to link to.
  • Gossip Cop and I busted a false National Enquirer story about Brian Austin Green (David, Beverly Hills 90210) and Megan Fox.
  • The Huffington Post has an interesting interview with the band Rooney, and there’s some references to their appearance on The O.C.
  • Josh Schwartz (executive producer, Gossip Girl; The O.C.) and Stephanie Savage (executive producer, Gossip Girl; The O.C.) will produce the film Fun Size with their new company Fake Empire.
  • ESPN has a short interview with Ron Machado, who appears with Blake Lively (Serena, Gossip Girl) in her Vogue spread.

News Roundup: 90210, Dawson’s Creek and The O.C.

7 01 2010
  • Ryan O’Neal has been cast as Spence Montgomery, father to Teddy (Trevor Donovan). We’ve known for a while that we’d see Spence in upcoming episodes but this is the first casting announcement.
  • Tori Spelling (Donna, Beverly Hills 90210) is working on a new book, tentatively titled uncharted terriTORI and scheduled for release in June.
  • While researching something earlier, I came across this New York Times article from 2000, which was published shortly before Beverly Hills 90210 ended. On May 17, it will be 10 years since the series finale. (In September, it will be 20 years since the series premiere!)
  • Finding the above article reminded me of this one, which quoted me when I was all of 12 years old!
  • Beginning Monday, The CW will allow people to watch the first ten minutes of Life Unexpected, starring Shiri Appleby (Rene, Beverly Hills 90210) and Kerr Smith (Jack, Dawson’s Creek), on their Facebook Fan page.
  • CNN has an interesting article on The Beautiful Life, starring Mischa Barton (Marissa, The O.C.) being on YouTube.

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

23 11 2009
  • The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says 90210 is “succeeding.”
  • has 90210 casting spoilers.
  • The New York Times has an article on the webseries trend, which mentions Jennie Garth (Kelly, Beverly Hills 90210) and The Broadroom.
  • I watched Grey’s Anatomy for the first time last night and saw that James Pickens Jr. (Henry, Beverly Hills 90210) is in it.
  • Beverly Hills 90210 on DVD made’s Holiday Gift Guide. (I heard Dawson’s Creek is in there, too, but I can’t find it.)
  • Brian Austin Green (David, Beverly Hills 90210), Ed Westwick (Chuck, Gossip Girl) and Jessica Szohr (Vanessa, Gossip Girl) are all included in’s Couples Watch.
  • has an interview with Szohr about her style compared to Vanessa’s.
  • Blake Lively (Serena, Gossip Girl) will host Saturday Night Live on December 5.
  • Kristen Bell (Gossip Girl, Gossip Girl) was a presenter at the American Music Awards.
  • has more on the Sophia Bush (Brooke, One Tree Hill) and Austin Nichols (Julian, One Tree Hill) appearance on a USO Tour.
  • James Lafferty (Nathan, One Tree Hill), Robert Buckley (Clay, One Tree Hill) and Eric Balfour (Eddie, The O.C.) are all starring in The Legend of Hell’s Gate: An American Conspiracy.
  • There’s an interesting reference to The O.C. in this Huffington Post piece.
  • SoapNet will air the two O.C. specials–The O.C.: Obsess Completely and Welcome to The O.C.: A Day in the Life–Tuesday at 1 and 2pm.
  • Joshua Jackson (Pacey, Dawson’s Creek) will star in UFO, a film based on a British television show.

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.

Exclusive: An Interview With Carol Potter, The Original Teen Drama Mom

13 08 2009

You’d be hard-pressed to find a list of best TV moms in history that doesn’t include Cindy Walsh, as played by Carol Potter on Beverly Hills 90210.

Ms. Potter was kind enough to take a stroll with me down memory lane…

TeenDramaWhore: Let’s go back to 19 years ago. What do you recall from your audition for Beverly Hills 90210?

Carol Potter: I was at a very low period, a single mother with a 2 year old, and was starting to think I would never work again. I auditioned, I think, 3 times, and each time I didn’t hear right away, I was convinced it was the end of my career and got very depressed. I cried a lot.

TDW: In an interview you did with the New York Times last year, you mentioned that the death of your first husband occurred in 1988 shortly after the birth of your son.  You then remarried the same month 90210 debuted.  Do you think these events affected how you played the role of Cindy, a mother and wife on the show?

Potter: I think I found a kind of strength in the vulnerability that those events brought me to, and I was able to use both of those qualities when I auditioned, and when I played the part.

TDW: TV viewers have long considered Cindy and Jim (James Eckhouse) to be “ideal parents.” Do you agree with that assessment?

Potter: It’s easy to be ideal when someone is writing the script. I think we tried to show some of their foibles, to not present them as perfect, but the biggest strength they had was good relationships with their children. I think they listened and held appropriate boundaries without being unreasonable. I have to say, though, I was a bit upset when the week after Brandon [Jason Priestley] totaled his car into a tree when he was not sober [ed. note: Episode 1.11, B.Y.O.B], he was shown driving my car! That would not have happened if I’d had anything to say about it. I would have liked to have shown some of the conflict that might happen between a teenager and his mother over an issue like that.

TDW: Cindy and Jim were last seen as regulars in season 5, but other “parent characters” continued to have heavily recurring roles.  Was this a decision made by executives, or jointly with you and Mr. Eckhouse?

Potter: It was made by the executives in charge, and conveyed to us through our agents. I think they felt that it was handicapping the kids to have their parents around all the time, so they had to get rid of us.

TDW: As a follow-up to that, you have a degree in family counseling.  As a counselor, what would you say about Cindy and Jim’s parenting?

Potter: In the beginning, they showed more of what really went on, but after that it got so that the kids solved their own problems. Maybe they told mom and dad about it off screen. I think Jim and I – both of us had young kids – were sort of trying out what it would be like to have teenagers. From a therapy point of view, there could have been a few more boundaries, some more conversations about the same, although I have to admit that my son’s senior year in high school we let him make all his own decisions, knowing that at college he would be. We wanted to give him one last chance to goof up with backup. Mostly, I think that because the actors were so mature, they portrayed high school kids who were much older than most high school kids are, so that made the whole thing different.

TDW: Do you have a favorite memory from the set?

Potter: It’s been a long time; nothing in particular jumps out at me.

TDW: Do you have a favorite episode or storyline?

Potter: I had a great story line the week I got married, when an old flame came back into my life and tempted me. The producers wanted me to start my own business, which made Jim nervous and caused some tension in the relationship [ed. note: Episode 1.8, The 17-Year Itch]. Unfortunately, after that episode, Fox put the kabosh on Cindy earning money.(!) I also came back the 6th season, wondering if I was going to stay in my marriage [ed. note: Episode 6.15, Angels We Have Heard on High], and finally got the opportunity to have some wonderful scenes with Jason, who was also directing. It was odd to realize that those were the first scenes we had ever had [alone] together.

TDW: You made two guest appearances in seasons 6 and 8.  Aside from those times, did you keep up with the show?

Potter: Not really.

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

Potter: James and I run into each other at an audition every once in a while. Ann Gillespie [Jackie] and I are quite close, although she lives in Arlington, VA now. We keep in touch and get together whenever she comes back to town.

TDW: It seems that you’ve taken a look back at 90210 every couple of years.  You did the E! True Hollywood Story, extras on the DVD sets, the Times interview, etc.  Is the show still a big part of your life?

Potter: I am always delighted when I meet people who say what an important part of their lives it was. And, of course I’d be thrilled to be invited to be on the current show. I still get an occasional request for a signed photo, or to take a picture in a restaurant, and that’s fine with me.

TDW: Are you still recognized for the role?

Potter: I think I just answered that. Often, it takes people a while to figure out how they know me. Mostly I get asked if I was their teacher or something. It happens at airports, restaurants and grocery stores, those places where people hang around for a while; it gives them time to figure it out.

TDW: What do you think is 90210’s role in television/teen drama history?

Potter: I think every generation has its show that spoke to its particular reality growing up. 90210 really focused on the teenagers point of view, rather than the parents or the family. It was also the first show to run new episodes in the summer, which a lot of shows do now.

TDW: Have you watched the new 90210 at all?  Would you consider appearing on it if given the chance?

Potter: I have watched it and I am totally available! I thought it might be interesting if Cindy, who also got a counseling degree, started to work at [West Beverly High] and Kelly [Jennie Garth] was her boss!

TDW: You most recently appeared on an episode of Greek in 2008.  Do you have other projects in the works?

Potter: I did an hilarious short called Just One of the Gynos, which I hope will be picked up by a cable channel at some point. You can see a trailer at

TDW: 90210’s 20th anniversary (and 10th anniversary since the show ended) is approaching next year.  Do you know of any reunion plans?  Would you be willing to participate?

Potter: I haven’t heard of anything, but I’d certainly consider it.

Come back Sunday for another exclusive interview!

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.

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