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Posted Tuesday 2/13/18 at 7:30PM EST
Supernatural paved the way for new Hans Solo actor Alden Ehrenreich
The Solo: A Star Wars Story star's first acting credit was on the second episode of Season 1 of the then-WB series.
Posted Friday 2/09/18 at 5:53AM EST
Danneel Ackles was told her Supernatural character is “basically you, so have fun with it”
Ackles talks about joining her husband Jensen Ackles’ CW series with this week’s episode. “I didn’t want to go on Supernatural and be a love interest of the week or have the guys kill me in some horrific way. But this character (Sister Jo), she’s just a badass. And where else can you go and bring your kids to work and hand them off to A camera while you’re shooting? So it was a no-brainer for me.” ALSO: Ackles looks back at her One Tree Hill ending.
Posted Tuesday 2/06/18 at 11:36PM EST
Shiri Appleby wants to direct the Roswell reboot
“I heard! I can’t wait for them to call me to direct an episode. I can’t wait to direct it,” the former Roswell star and current UnReal star said to Us Weekly when asked about The CW's immigrant-themed reboot. “Jason Behr and I are back in touch and really close and we’re actually looking for something to work on together. I don’t know if it’s Roswell or anything else, but I am excited to direct in the reboot.”
Posted Tuesday 1/30/18 at 8:39PM EST
Immigrant-themed Roswell reboot is among six new CW drama pilot pickups
Here’s The CW's logline for the reboot of The WB teen drama, which doesn’t have a title: “After reluctantly returning to her tourist-trap hometown of Roswell, New Mexico, the daughter of undocumented immigrants discovers a shocking truth about her teenage crush who is now a police officer: he’s an alien who has kept his unearthly abilities hidden his entire life. She protects his secret as the two reconnect and begin to investigate his origins, but when a violent attack and long-standing government cover-up point to a greater alien presence on Earth, the politics of fear and hatred threaten to expose him and destroy their deepening romance.”
Posted Tuesday 1/30/18 at 2:04AM EST
Was Charmed actually a feminist show?
Holly Marie Combs took issue with the "feminist" emphasis on The CW's planned reboot of Charmed. “Guess we forgot to do that the first go around. Hmph,” she tweeted. But according to Princess Weekes, “Charmed is a mixed bag if we want to view it through a feminist lens.” She adds that although Charmed was a “girl power” show, its insight into gender is so shallow it barely goes below the surface” and it was hardly feminist in its choice of skimpy outfits.
- Shannen Doherty tweeted her reaction to the proposed “feminist” reboot: “Their wording is terrible and a bit offensive. But, everyone makes mistakes. Perhaps with the backlash they will be more thoughtful in future….Very ignorant stupid comment. Perhaps made by a millennial that never watched the show and just read a synopsis on it.”
Posted Friday 1/26/18 at 11:08PM EST
In defense of rebooting Charmed
The CW’s announcement that it has ordered a pilot for a “fierce, funny, feminist" reboot of The WB female-led series “sounds super millennial and I’m here for it,” says Princess Weekes. She adds: “As someone who grew up watching the show and owns the giant box set that is designed to look like the Book of Shadows, I can say that while I loved Charmed it does not age well as a series. The first four seasons are pretty good fun with some good storylines in Seasons Three and Four, but after the fourth season, everything just starts to fall apart.”
Posted Thursday 1/25/18 at 9:04PM EST
James Van Der Beek shares an early Dawson’s Creek cast photo in honor of the 20th anniversary
“I’d known these people all of 7 days when this pic was taken,” he writes on Instagram of the 1997 photo.
Posted Friday 1/19/18 at 10:48PM EST
Dawson’s Creek turns 20: Creator Kevin Williamson says the beloved WB teen show couldn’t exist today and he wouldn’t want a reunion
“What would we do?!” Williamson says of doing a reunion special with the high-profile cast of The WB series, which premiered on Jan. 20, 1998. “One of the reasons we did the finale five years in the future was to put a button on it. What would a reunion be? What would that look like? Why would you? I don't see it and I don't feel it. The finale was such a beautiful moment in time and the show was always meant to be a nostalgia piece. Let it stay there and live in its nostalgia and its nostalgic universe.” Williamson said he wanted Dawson’s to be “the teen drama of the 1990s” and to "speak to the teenage audience of the day.” As for whether Dawson’s Creek could exist today, Williamson says: “It's a different time and different place. The moment dictates what shows work or you make the show and that becomes the moment. It's either/or. If you look at what's working today, it's not Dawson's Creek. You have to either design the show for the moment or create something that is not out there and it will become the moment. You can't do Dawson's Creek today; you'd have to revamp it, reboot it or come up with something else and why would you do that?”
- Parents TV Council named Dawson’s Creek the No. 1 worst show on TV each of its first two seasons
- No episode of TV exemplified teenage angst like Season 3’s “Stolen Kisses”
- Inside the thrilling, chaotic writers’ room: Greg Berlanti recalls the battle behind TV’s first romantic gay kiss
- Where the cast of Dawson’s Creek is 20 years later, including those who aren’t still famous
Posted Friday 1/19/18 at 10:48PM EST
Buffy lost her virginity on Buffy the Vampire Slayer 20 years ago today
The Marti Noxon-penned "Surprise" episode from Jan. 19, 1998 and its companion "Innocence" redefined what a TV show is allowed to do.
Posted Thursday 1/11/18 at 2:57PM EST
One Tree Hill is coming to Hulu
The long-running WB/CW series will be back on a streaming platform after departing Netflix more than four months ago. One Tree Hill debuts on Hulu on Feb. 1.
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 5:21PM EST
Animaniacs is being revived at Hulu with a two-season order
Steven Spielberg will produce the revival of the animated WB series that aired its last episode 20 years ago this week. Hulu’s deal also involves the acquisition of all past Animaniacs episodes, plus Pinky and the Brain, Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain, and the complete Tiny Toon Adventures collection. The new Animaniacs is expected to premiere in 2020, with Hulu deeming the revival as its first original series made exclusively for families.
Posted Monday 11/20/17 at 1:56PM EST
Ex-One Tree Hill writer details the misogyny she experienced when she was the only female on staff
At one point, Stacy Rukeyser -- a daughter of Wall Street Week's Louis Rukeyser -- was the only female writer on a staff with 11 male writers on the WB series, something she found odd for a show focused on teen girls. “Despite my ability to ‘hang with the guys’ and make it through two years on One Tree Hill,” says Rukeyser, who is currently UnReal's showrunner. “I was still perceived as somewhat of a buzzkill. I fought for truth in the female characters' storylines, and for a less oppressive level of discourse in the writers room. When the other writers decided on Hooters for lunch, I was faced with a daunting decision — do I ‘suck it up’ and go along, so as not to miss out on any ‘work bonding,’ or simply laugh it off and let them go without me? I went with option C, and told them it made me uncomfortable (they went anyway, of course — "they have the best wings in town!"). I was ridiculed, harangued and called names.”
Posted Friday 11/17/17 at 6:40PM EST
Hilarie Burton and other cast and crew members detail One Tree Hill creator Mark Schwahn’s alleged sexual harassment
Burton says she earned a reputation for being “difficult” after she struggled against Schwahn's attempts to sexualize her during the first two seasons of The WB teen drama. “Things took a turn in season three,” Burton says. “That’s when Mark decided that I was his muse.” According to Variety, “Burton claimed that Schwahn twice forced himself on her, kissing her on the mouth without warning and against her will. She said Schwahn touched her inappropriately while in the presence of his wife. All in all, she described a culture on One Tree Hill in which Schwahn pitted women against each other, was verbally abusive, and spread false rumors about physical relationships he claimed to have had with female cast members.” Variety also spoke to a former writer on the show, Michelle Furtney-Goodman, who alleges that Schwahn “forced her head down between her knees, balanced a soda can on her, and joked about her performing oral sex.” Another actress, speaking anonymously, alleges that Schwahn grabbed and pulled her between his thighs. A rep for Schwahn declined to comment on the new allegations.
Posted Tuesday 11/07/17 at 10:17AM EST
Justin Hartley’s 2006 failed Aquaman pilot can be purchased for $1.99 on iTunes
Ryan Parker says the This Is Us star’s pilot is pretty cringeworthy nowadays. Smallville creators Al Gough and Miles Millar were behind the TV version of Aquaman, which was ordered by The WB and passed on when that network was transformed into The CW in 2006.
Posted Thursday 10/12/17 at 4:30PM EDT
Roswell is getting a CW reboot with "an immigrant twist"
The 1999-2002 WB teen drama that featured Katherine Heigl, Colin Hanks and Shiri Appleby in early roles is getting a "timely reboot," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The new Roswell, to be penned by The Originals producer Carina MacKenzie, has the following logline: "After reluctantly returning to her tourist-trap hometown of Roswell, New Mexico, the daughter of undocumented immigrants discovers a shocking truth about her teenage crush who is now a police officer: he’s an alien who has kept his unearthly abilities hidden his entire life..."