July 21, 2008 |
Dawn Ostroff, CW's entertainment president, seemed to be channeling Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday as she discussed the network's frustration that the ratings for "Gossip Girl" haven't reflected the show's huge pop culture presence. "Every viewer must be counted and no viewer should be left behind," Ostroff said earnestly, drawing chuckles from the assembled television critics. But it's no laughing matter for CW, which is heading into a make-or-break junior year. Network executives hope "Gossip Girl" and similarly glossy additions like "90210" and "Privileged" will gain traction with viewers this season.
November 23, 2008 |
Josh Schwartz is the creator of NBC's "Chuck" and the CW's "Gossip Girl." He created Fox's "The O.C.," which closed shop in 2007. He is also the creator of "Rockville, CA," which will air on TheWB.com in 2009. -- What's the most important thing a man can learn in high school? "It won't all be this painful." For some reason that just stays with me. A part of me will always feel like that guy I was in high school. -- Ugh. Yeah! On one hand, you just care more about everything.
April 28, 2008 |
Given that he punches the clock at the studio every day, maybe Satan could give the producers of "Reaper" some survival advice. The show could sure use it. A quirky comedy-drama about a young guy forced to work for the devil (played as an unctuous charmer by veteran character actor Ray Wise) after his parents sell his soul, "Reaper" generated near-universal critical acclaim when the beleaguered CW marched it out last fall.
October 27, 2008 |
"Gossip Girl" guest star Willa Holland has a lot to live up to, considering the show's last two female guests have unearthed Serena van der Woodsen's darkest secrets and bedded, then blackmailed, Nate Archibald. Starting in tonight's episode, the 17-year-old L.A. native hits the Upper East Side for three episodes that will affect Jenny Humphrey's design aspirations. If Holland looks familiar, it's because she played Marissa Cooper's mischievous little sister, Kaitlin, on "The O.C." Her profile is also poised to rise with three coming films, including "Genova," in which she costars with Colin Firth, and "Middle of Nowhere" with Susan Sarandon.
September 6, 2008 |
The Parent's Television Council is trying to ground the CW television network by encouraging advertisers to boycott CW shows because of a scene in the opening segment of its newest hit, "90210." But so far it looks like the council has only played into CW's marketing hands. Within hours of CW's highly rated premiere of the drama about spoiled and precocious kids in Beverly Hills, the watchdog group lodged a complaint. "The CW Network has openly, wantonly and eagerly violated every business tenet of the broadcast industry.
August 30, 2008 |
Last season on "Gossip Girl," teenage playboy Chuck Bass tried to force himself on 14-year-old Jenny, take advantage of bad-girl-gone-good Serena and succeeded in deflowering his best friend's girlfriend, the scheming socialite Blair. When audiences first see him in Monday's premiere of Season 2, he'll be on a beach surrounded by a bevy of bikini-clad babes, who remove their tops just for him (and to, you know, avoid tan lines). But something funny happened on the way to the Hamptons.
November 19, 2008 |
Columbia/Sony/TriStar "Cadillac Records" "Hancock" "Seven Pounds" -- Disney "High School Musical 3" -- Focus Features "Burn After Reading" "Milk" -- Fox Searchlight "Slumdog Millionaire" "The Wrestler" -- Lionsgate "W." -- Miramax "Doubt" "Happy-Go-Lucky" -- Neoclassics "The Black Balloon" "Captain Abu Raed" "Moscow, Belgium" -- New Line "Sex and the City" -- Oscilloscope "Wendy and Lucy" -- Overture Films "Last Chance Harvey" "The Visitor" -- Paramount "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" "Iron Man" "Tropic Thunder" -- Paramount Vantage "Defiance" "The Duchess" "Revolutionary Road" -- Samuel Goldwyn Films "Elegy" -- Sony Pictures Classics "Frozen River" "I've Loved You So Long" "Rachel Getting Married" -- 20th Century Fox "Australia" -- Universal "Baby Mama" "Changeling" "Frost/Nixon" "Mamma Mia!"