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

14 02 2010
  • Ausiello gave his renewal/cancellation predictions, saying Gossip Girl and 90210 (along with Smallville, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries and America’s Next Top Model) are a “sure thing” while One Tree Hill (and Life Unexpected) “could go either way.” He says Melrose Place, however, is “a long shot.”
  • North By Northwestern has an interview with Eric Daman (costume designer, Gossip Girl).
  • OneTreeHillBlog.com has a great roundup of photos of Sophia Bush (Brooke, One Tree Hill), Austin Nichols (Julian, One Tree Hill) and Shantel VanSanten (Quinn, One Tree Hill) from New York Fashion Week events. There’s also reports, mostly in the tabloids, that Jessica Szohr (Vanessa, Gossip Girl), Chace Crawford (Nate, Gossip Girl), Shenae Grimes (Annie, 90210) and Kellan Lutz (George, 90210) attended some events.
  • Fug Girls has a two columns on NYFW mentioning some of the above stars, including Grimes, Bush, Nichols and VanSanten.
  • Examiner.com has an article on Bush and Nichols attending various NYFW events.
  • On the official site for Bush (Brooke, One Tree Hill), you can watch the episode she directed this season, 7.09: Now You Lift Your Eyes To The Sun, with commentary from her and Nichols.
  • A fan has organized a petition to show support for an 8th season of One Tree Hill.
  • Hilarie Burton (Peyton, One Tree Hill) has two vlogs on the SoGoPro site.
  • BuzzSugar has an interview with Bryan Greenberg (Jake, One Tree Hill).
  • PEOPLE.com has a short video interview with Greenberg and his How To Make It In America co-star.
  • NBC news anchor Lester Holt toured Vancouver with native Jason Priestley (Brandon, Beverly Hills 90210). See if you can figure the error Holt says in the beginning of the video.
  • James Van Der Beek (Dawson, Dawson’s Creek) posted a pretty funny video of him and his Mercy co-star Michelle Trachtenberg (Georgina, Gossip Girl).




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

12 02 2010
  • The Wrap has an article giving their renewal/cancellation predictions but the teen dramas aren’t included. (Though the article starts out with quotes from Gossip Girl executive producer Josh Schwartz giving his thoughts on being a “bubble show.” He’s talking in reference to his other show, Chuck, though.) They think Smallville will return, Life Unexpected should be given another chance and Melrose Place needs a miracle.
  • E! Online is holding a TV’s Top Couples Tournament and you can help narrow down the list of possible contenders. You can vote for Chuck/Blair (Gossip Girl), Dan/Serena (Gossip Girl), Dan/Vanessa (Gossip Girl), Nate/Blair (Gossip Girl), Nate/Jenny (Gossip Girl), Nate/Serena (Gossip Girl), Nate/Vanessa (Gossip Girl), David/Donna (Beverly Hills 90210), Dylan/Brenda (Beverly Hills 90210), Brandon/Kelly (Beverly Hills 90210), Lucas/Brooke (One Tree Hill), Nathan/Haley (One Tree Hill), Pacey/Joey (Dawson’s Creek), Ryan/Marissa (The O.C.), Ryan/Taylor (The O.C.), or Seth/Summer (The O.C.).
  • Dan and Serena (Gossip Girl) ranked third on Television Without Pity’s list of Worst Romantic Relationships on TV.
  • HealthNewsDigest.com has an interview with Lori Loughlin about being the spokeswoman for Voices of Meningitis.
  • The Mansfield News Journal has an article on Luke Perry (Dylan, Beverly Hills 90210).
  • The Globe and Mail has an article on Jason Priestley (Brandon, Beverly Hills 90210) and his new show, Meet Phil Fitz.
  • You can watch Jennie Garth (Kelly, Beverly Hills 90210) in a bunch of  videos for Garden Party.
  • Mike Grubbs (Grubbs, One Tree Hill) has picked a winner for our Wakey!Wakey! contest. He will announce it publicly on his blog in the coming days.
  • Grubbs posted a video of himself and India de Beaufort (Miranda, One Tree Hill) on his blog.
  • Access Hollywood has an interview with Bryan Greenberg (Jake, One Tree Hill).
  • Parade.com has an interview with James Van Der Beek (Dawson, Dawson’s Creek).




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

11 02 2010
  • The Hollywood Reporter has an article listing various shows’ chances of renewal. None of the teen dramas are included, though Melrose Place (5 percent chance), Life Unexpected (55 percent), Smallville (85 percent) and Supernatural (85 percent) are. Thanks to Amy for the link.
  • Kansan.com has an interview with Mike Grubbs (Grubbs, One Tree Hill). Have you read my interview with Grubbs?
  • Chad Michael Murray (Lucas, One Tree Hill) is SoapNet’s new Weekly Crush but there’s a few inaccuracies in the captions.
  • Complex.com has two features with Bryan Greenberg (Jake, One Tree Hill). TV Guide Magazine gave his new show, How To Make It In America (which premieres Sunday), a negative review.
  • E! Online has a feature with Danneel Harris (Rachel, One Tree Hill).
  • Matthew Settle (Rufus, Gossip Girl) has joined the cast of the Broadway musical Chicago. He will be performing for 10 weeks beginning at the end of March.
  • StyleList has an interview with Eric Daman (costume designer, Gossip Girl).
  • The Wisconsin Gazette has an interview with Michael Cudlitz (Tony, Beverly Hills 90210). He mentions his Southland co-star Benjamin McKenzie (Ryan, The O.C.) a little bit.
  • New York Magazine has an interview with Chris Pratt (Che, The O.C.).
  • Check out a trailer for the movie Stolen, which stars James Van Der Beek (Dawson, Dawson’s Creek).




Random Thought

13 01 2010

After doing the Random Thought where I speculated on reasons for The CW’s mid-season scheduling, I realized it would probably be helpful to examine each of the current teen dramas and their chances of renewal.

As you’ll see below, there’s pros and cons for each show–ones that I believe are enough to warrant either renewal or cancellation. I honestly believe it could go either way. The bottom line, then, is we really just have to wait til May, when The CW officially announces their 2010-2011 schedule.

ONE TREE HILL (Average number of viewers this season: 2.5 million viewers, rounded up)

For: Of the three teen dramas, One Tree Hill has the highest ratings almost every time there’s new episodes. Cast and crew say they feel reinvigorated and have contracts for an eighth season. The network feels confident enough about it to use it as a launching pad for Life Unexpected.

Against: Fans remain split on the quality of this season. There has been a marginal drop in ratings and the show is going on eight years. At some point, someone’s going to say enough’s enough. The network could say the show has run its course and/or they want new blood. They may be more willing to say that this year, if space on the schedule is limited and an old show needs to go so they can bring in more new shows and/or focus on their younger ones. The cast and crew could say the show has run its course and/or they want to try new things. Creator/executive producer Mark Schwahn is working on a new pilot, Nashville, as well as another project for The CW.


GOSSIP GIRL (2.2 million viewers)

For: Buzz is as high as ever, with countless publications willing and ready to report on the shows and its stars. Cast and crew reportedly have contracts for a fourth season. An additional season increases the likelihood of a syndication deal and, of course, a better deal at that. The show has become a “signature” for The CW, one that they still promote heavily, which is an indication of their investment in it.

Against: Fans and critics alike have complained of a drop in quality this year. Ratings are dropping as well. Several cast members have shown an increasing interest in focusing their careers on film and music.


90210 (2.2 million viewers, rounded up)

For: Critics are responding better to this season than the last one. Critics, cast and network have said having Rebecca Sinclair take over has helped. Matt Lanter (Liam) has said he’s pretty sure they’ll get another season–and more. The cast and crew likely have contracts through a fourth season. Canceling it after two seasons would be the equivalent of The CW admitting they were wrong about the viability of a Beverly Hills 90210 spin-off and/or that they weren’t the ones capable of making the idea work. After they bragged about it so much before and during the initial launch, it would be a big embarrassment. A third season would (arguably) allow them to say they successfully created the next installment in the 90210 franchise, one that lasted for a respectable three years.

Against: The show was among the lowest-rated of 2009 for any broadcast network and critics consider it to be largely unsuccessful compared to the original.


Since this is a teen drama site, you’ll notice I didn’t include Life Unexpected, The Vampire Diaries, Melrose Place, Smallville and Supernatural. But for the sake of completeness, here’s my take on those: for LUX, it all depends on the ratings the first 13 episodes get and whether critics love the later episodes as much as they did the first few. Even if the ratings are low and critics turn negative, however, they may still want to give the show a proper season in hopes people will come around if given more time. The Vampire Diaries is a surefire renewal, as it has ratings, buzz and critical acclaim. Melrose Place is in a similar position to 90210 but with two differences: worse ratings and only 1 season. The CW could say the ratings gave no choice but to cancel but they could also renew, citing strengths (as they usually do) by spinning some of the numbers. And like with 90210, giving up too soon would be a sign of a defeat, that their grand plan–especially after Heather Locklear’s involvement–didn’t work out. Some question whether Smallville and Supernatural will get renewals since they’ve been on for quite some time already, but the network has remained positive about both shows and their futures. In two interviews, both less than a week old, Dawn Ostroff maintains she’s very pleased with Smallville this year but the exact future remains to be seen. She made similar comments about Supernatural.

The network technically has 10 spots to fill: two shows per night, Monday-Friday. Renewing all the shows mentioned above, plus America’s Next Top Model, makes 9. Most networks want to bring in more than one pilot. If The CW feels that way, they’ll either have to give a show–either new or old–a limited season or they’ll have to cancel one (if not more) of their current shows.

Fans, bloggers and critics will spend the next several months speculating on which shows will get renewed. There might be stronger indications as time goes by as well as some early announcements, but sometimes a decision in the bottom of the ninth, so to speak, can change everything (as it did with The CW and 7th Heaven/Everwood in 2006). Nothing is 100 percent official until the upfront in May, when the network presents its new schedule to advertisers.

I hope it doesn’t seem like I’m hedging my bets so I’m not wrong. I truly won’t be surprised if any of the teen dramas are renewed or canceled. I wish I could give you a better indication of what will be. The truth is, if you told me Gossip Girl was canceled for the reasons I listed above, I’d say it makes perfect sense. Likewise, if you told me it was renewed for the reasons I listed above, that would make perfect sense to me, too. The same goes for One Tree Hill and 90210. These are the things countless executives at the network will be going back and forth on for the next few months. They’re also privy to information we’re not–such as the exact costs of making each show, the profits they’re making and the quality of the pilot options as well as the quality of the plans the current crews have pitched to them for next season.

In the meantime, if you want a show to get renewed, I encourage you to watch it when it airs–not online and not via DVR. You can also contact The CW via its Web site to let them know what you want to see next season. Many times a strong fan campaign has made all the difference.

Hang in there. We’ve still got a ways to go.





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

21 11 2009
  • Brian Austin Green (David, Beverly Hills 90210) will be returning to Smallville.
  • There’s a small feature on Brett Claywell (Tim, One Tree Hill) in the Dec. 1 issue of Soap Opera Weekly (my old stomping grounds!).
  • Leighton Meester (Blair, Gossip Girl) was a presenter at mtvU Woodie Awards.
  • Rachel Bilson (Summer, The O.C.) is mentioned in this article on How I Met Your Mother.
  • MTV has an interview with Olivia Wilde (Alex, The O.C.)
  • News Blaze has an interview with Nikki Reed (Sadie, The O.C.)
  • Variety says Busy Philipps (Audrey, Dawson’s Creek) might “break through.”
  • I should’ve mentioned this a while ago: Julie Bowen (Aunt Gwen, Dawson’s Creek) is one of the leads in Modern Family.




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

29 09 2009
  • Both One Tree Hill (2.5 million viewers) and Gossip Girl (2.4 million rounded up) improved in the ratings last night when compared to last week.
  • The CW is asking viewers to vote on “the most scandalous moment,” with scenes from One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl being the candidates.
  • As per usual, there’s a bunch new video content up on The CW site, and here is Mark Schwahn’s preview for the next One Tree Hill episode.
  • ChicagoNow has a video interview with Sophia Bush (Brooke, One Tree Hill).
  • The CW Source has a video interview with Austin Nichols (Julian, One Tree Hill). Have you read my interview with him yet?
  • The New York Post has an interview with Robert Buckley (Clay, One Tree Hill).
  • SoapNet has a poll called “Which Tree Hill Raven Hoopster Are You?”  Apparently I’m Skills! LOL
  • Sophia Bush (Brooke, One Tree Hill) is now a spokeswoman for the Teachers Count Campaign.
  • There is a new music-focused One Tree Hill Connection podcast.
  • Kelly Rutherford (Lily, Gossip Girl) is included in a photo gallery on hiding real-life pregnancies for TV.
  • Kevin Zegers will be on Gossip Girl later this season.  Coincidentally, he’ll be starring alongside Hilary Duff (Olivia, Gossip Girl) in The Story of Bonnie and Clyde. Fun Fact: Beverly Hills 90210’s Brenda (Shannen Doherty) and Dylan (Luke Perry) once dressed at Bonnie and Clyde for Halloween.
  • Korbi has some 90210 spoilers but they’re kind of outdated.
  • Movieline has the best interview I’ve seen yet with Shenae Grimes (Annie, 90210).
  • The Los Angeles Times has a pretty good interview with Jessica Lowndes (Adrianna, 90210).
  • AnnaLynne McCord (Annie, 90210) is included in this photo gallery of celebrity siblings.
  • This is a surprisingly decent synopsis of Beverly Hills 90210, in terms of casting, characters, general plot and the life of the show.
  • Tori Spelling (Donna, Beverly Hills 90210) has been in and out of the hospital in the last 24 hours.
  • Apparently Brian Austin Green (David, Beverly Hills 90210) started on Smallville last week.  Here’s a clip from upcoming his appearance this week.
  • Greg Vaughan (Cliff, Beverly Hills 90210) has reportedly been let go from General Hospital.  (Funny that I just had Tori, BAG and Vaughan news right after each other considering they were in a love triangle on the show!)
  • USA Today has an interview with Adam Brody (Seth, The O.C.).
  • Olivia Wilde (Alex, The O.C.) has joined the cast of the film The Next  Three Days.




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

18 08 2009
  • In anticipation of the fall season, there’s lots new videos featuring current and past teen drama stars on The CW site.  Sort through the different categories to find all the hidden gems.
  • Bethany Joy Galeotti (Haley, One Tree Hill) updated her official site. She confirms that she doesn’t have a Twitter account, just as her assistant told me last week.
  • Star News posted a new gallery of pics from One Tree Hill filming yesterday.
  • In a new interview Jason Priestley (Brandon, Beverly Hills 90210) now says “never say never” about appearing on the new 90210–a contradiction from last week.
  • TVGuideMagazine.com has a picture of Brian Austin Green (David, Beverly Hills 90210) as his Smallville character.
  • Gina Torres has been cast as Vanessa’s mom on Gossip Girl.
  • There are new songs on the MySpace page for Pretty Reckless, the band fronted by Taylor Momsen (Jenny, Gossip Girl).
  • Sadie (Nikki Reed, The O.C.) got a shoutout in Newsweek’s Dummys Guide to Twilight.







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