Before They Were Teen Drama Stars

17 08 2009

They may have been young when they first entered the teen drama world, but many of the actors had careers in the industry already.

This week I’ll go show-by-show to highlight what some of them were on before they were teen drama stars.

TODAY: Beverly Hills 90210

JASON PRIESTLEY (Brandon)

Seven episodes of Sister Kate.

SHANNEN DOHERTY (Brenda)

Starring role on Little House on the Prairie and Our House.

IAN ZIERING (Steve)

Had a recurring role from 1986-1988 on one of my favorite non-teen drama shows, Guiding Light.

LUKE PERRY (Dylan)

Was in several episodes of Loving and Another World.

BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN (David)

Appeared on seven episodes of Knots Landing.

Was in one episode of Good Morning Miss Bliss, AKA Saved by the Bell: The Junior High Years (pre-Tiffani Amber Thiessen).

GABRIELLE CARTERIS (Andrea)

Several episodes of Another World.

Was in CBS and ABC “after school specials.”

TIFFANI AMBER THIESSEN (Valerie)

Kelly on Saved by the Bell.  Duh!

KATHLEEN ROBERTSON (CLARE)

Starring role on Maniac Mansion.

LINDSAY PRICE (Janet)

Recurring roles on Days of Our Lives, All My Children and The Bold & The Beautiful.

DANIEL COSGROVE (Matt)

Recurring role on All My Children.

VANESSA MARCIL (Gina)

Starring role on General Hospital.

Come back tomorrow for part 2!

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Fun Fact

12 08 2009

Remember this for a future trivia question:

Tiffani Amber Thiessen (Valerie, Beverly Hills 90210) is best-known for playing Kelly on Saved by the Bell.

But in the world of 90210, Thiessen’s character is best-known for feuding with a Kelly–this one played by Jennie Garth.

In real life during the 90210 years, Thiessen and Garth were actually best friends.

And, to go in a different direction: Valerie’s frenemy is Tori Spelling’s Donna.

Spelling appeared alongside Thiessen on Saved by the Bell, as the nerdy outsider Victoria Bickerstaff.

Oh, what a tangled web they weave!





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.





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

8 08 2009
  • TVGuideMagazine.com has a short interview with Tiffani Amber Thiessen on reuniting with her Saved by the Bell co-stars.
  • Tori Spelling says she’d support her hubby Dean McDermott if he was on Dancing with the Stars.  Coincidentally, both Jennie Garth (Kelly, Beverly Hills 90210) and Ian Ziering (Steve, Beverly Hills 90210) have already competed on the show.
  • The trailer for The Lake, directed by Jason Priestley (Brandon, Beverly Hills 90210) and starring Elisa Donovan (Ginger, Beverly Hills 90210), is on YouTube.  The first webisode premieres Monday on TheWB.com.  I’d be lying if I said it didn’t remind me of Dawson’s Creek…
  • The L.A. Times has a short  but interesting article on a recently controversy about possibly changing the zip code of Beverly Hills,  Calif., 90210.  The AP has a story on it as well.
  • You can still vote for our teen drama stars in the Teen Choice Awards.
  • The Daily Mail has an article about Tyra Bank’s upcoming appearance on Gossip Girl.  Banks also tweeted about being on the set.
  • The CW Source posted another One Tree Hill podcast.
  • There’s a new vlog with Hilarie Burton (Peyton, One Tree Hill) on SoGoPro.
  • Examiner.com has an article criticizing the make-up used on The O.C.
  • Ian Somerhalder, star of the upcoming show The Vampire Diaries, says Dawson’s Creek creator Kevin Williamson “reinvented television for teens” with DC.




News Roundup: Gossip Girl, 90210 and Dawson’s Creek

1 08 2009
  • In the August 10 issue of PEOPLE, there’s a picture of Blair (Leighton Meester, Gossip Girl) and Chuck (Ed Westwick, Gossip Girl), as well as Kelly Rutherford (Lily, Gossip Girl), Kellan Lutz (George, 90210), and Rumer Willis (Gia, 9021o).
  • The same issue has a quote from Busy Philipps (Audrey, Dawson’s Creek) talking about Coachella.
  • And, lastly, that issue is the one with the Saved by the Bell cover story featuring an interview with Tiffani Amber Thiessen (Valerie, Beverly Hills 90210).  She doesn’t mention 90210 at all, just shares SBTB memories.
  • Enjoyed this part of an interview with Diane Kruger: “She’s also a regular on the fashion circuit, often accompanied by her longtime squeeze, Joshua Jackson, better known to a generation of women as Pacey Witter off Dawson’s Creek. What’s it like living with Pacey, then? ‘You know what, I’ve never seen Dawson’s Creek, because my mum didn’t really let us watch TV,’ she laughs. ‘He couldn’t believe it. He was, like, You’re the perfect girl for me, because you never saw me with pimples.’ Hasn’t he got a box set he could show you? ‘Well, yes, but I’m not sure if I should watch it. It might change my perception of him. When I met him, he’s a man, you know? I’m not sure I want to see his awkward teenage mode.'”




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

29 07 2009




News Roundup: 90210, One Tree Hill and Dawson’s Creek

25 07 2009
  • Finally watched Wednesday’s Today Show, the last one Tori Spelling (Donna, Beverly Hills 90210) co-hosted.  She showed off her children’s clothing line and was the answer to a trivia question–who played Violet Bickerstaff on Saved by the Bell?
  • Star News has photos from recent One Tree Hill filming.
  • Sophia Bush (Brooke, One Tree Hill) supposedly now has an official site.  Honestly not sure though–also looks like it’s just a fan site.
  • BuddyTV has an article speculating on who will narrate OTH episodes this season.
  • Katie Holmes (Joey, Dawson’s Creek) is receiving a lot of flack for her So You Think You Can Dance performance.
  • Watch James Van Der Beek (Dawson, Dawson’s Creek) tomorrow night in the first part of The Storm miniseries, 9pm on NBC.  Luke Perry (Dylan, Beverly Hills 90210) also stars.







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