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USA Network's Pearson Premiere Recap(7/17/19) Alternate title for Pearson, the Suits spinoff starring Gina Torres: How to Make Enemies in the Windy City.
Wednesday’s series premiere finds Jessica Pearson possibly becoming a target as she makes waves on her first day as the right-hand fixer of Chicago’s mayor. The episode begins in media res with Jessica shredding crime scene photos of a murder. She then goes to meet up with the mayor, presumably, at a discreet location, but he’s not there. Suddenly, a van comes rushing at her and then… bam, it’s eight weeks earlier, and she and her beau Jeff Malone (Lucifer‘s D.B. Woodside) are arguing about her new job. He can’t believe that she’s going to work for a professional liar, who might be connected to the death of a man who went up against the city. Jessica, meanwhile, thinks this gig will allow her to do more with her life. “Like it or not, I’m taking that job. And I won’t have this same conversation every morning,” Jessica declares.
That’s not to say that Jeff doesn’t have a right to be worried, or that Jessica is clueless about the shadiness of Mayor Bobby Novak (Homeland‘s Morgan Spector). The premiere features a couple of big reveals about the politician: His cop driver Nick D’Amato (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s Simon Kassianides) is actually his bastard half-brother; the married mayor is having an affair with city attorney Keri Allen (One Tree Hill‘s Bethany Joy Lenz); and he’s got ties to dirty money from developer Pat McGann (The Leftover‘s Wayne Duvall).
Pat is angry about Jessica’s new position, but Bobby sees it as keeping his enemies close. However, he got a bit more than he could handle with Jessica, who goes off-book while dealing with a hunger strike, a bus manufacturer and one of Bobby’s closest allies in the city council. In the process, she also angers Keri, who doesn’t take kindly to Jessica treating her like a lowly associate.
“I’ve been underestimated my whole life because I don’t look like a policeman’s daughter. But I’m 33 years old, and I’m the city attorney. I didn’t get where I am by being stupid,” Keri warns Jessica.
As successful as she is at solving the city’s problems, Jessica knows the real reason the mayor brought her in: “You have a problem you need solved… Tell me what Pat McGann has on you,” she requests. The answer is back at home, where Jeff announces he’s leaving for a trial in Miami. While that’s not a great sign for their relationship, his parting gift suggests he’s still got Jessica’s back: a Department of Justice case file on that murder crime scene, with surveillance photos of the mayor’s brother.
The cast also includes Chantel Riley (Wynnona Earp) as nurse Angela Cook, who doesn’t believe her cousin Jessica just wants to reconnect; Eli Goree (Riverdale) as the mayor’s press secretary Derrick Mayes; and Isabel Arraiza (The Oath), who makes her debut in Episode 2 as Jessica’s assistant Yoli Castillo.
Brian Geraghty, Bethany Joy Lenz, Sharon Leal To Star In Racially Charged Drama ‘Blindfire’(4/26/19) Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker, TNT’s The Alienist), Bethany Joy Lenz (One Tree Hill), Sharon Leal (Supergirl, Instinct) are set to star in Blindfire, a crime drama written and directed by Mike Nell. Howard Barish, who produced the Oscar-nominated Ava DuVernay-directed prison system documentary, the 13th, is producing Blindfire via his Kandoo Films shingle. Filming is slated to begin this month in Los Angeles.
The pic, which will mark Nell’s directorial debut, centers around a police officer (Geraghty) who, while responding to a violent hostage call, kills the African American suspect only to later learn of his innocence. Sensing this was a set-up, and facing repercussions, he must track down the person responsible while examining his own accountability and the ingrained racism which brought him to this point. Leal will play his partner, while Lenz has been cast as his wife.
Jim Beaver, Edwina Findley, Chiké Okonkwo, and Wayne Brady round out the supporting cast.
“Blindfire is an important story to me,” said Barish. “It’s a film that touches on racial tension, identity, and redemption. My hope is that like some of my other projects, it will become a conversation starter for so many issues prevalent in our society today.”
“Through film, I believe we can set an example of change for the future, and my goal is to hold a mirror up, allowing the audience to examine a timely tragedy – through multiple perspectives – with nuance and empathy,” said Nell.
Geraghty, who will next be seen opposite Zac Efron in the Ted Bundy biopic, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile, is repped by Gersh and Management 360. APA and Atlas Artists rep Lenz, who was tapped to star in USA Network’s Suits spinoff Pearson. Leal, whose credits include Dreamgirls and the Why Did I Get Married? films, is a client of Paradigm and Authentic Talent and Literary Management.
Bottled With Love(3/9/19) Guiding Light alum Bethany Joy Lenz (Michelle Bauer Santos) and Hallmark favorite Andrew Walker appear as Abbey and Nick in Bottled With Love. Abbey, a Boston career-focused woman, takes a risk to find true love by placing an anonymous letter in a bottle and tossing it into the Boston Harbor. Nick, son of CEO of Everett Valley Farms – where Abbey works – finds the bottle in Maine. After he travels home to Boston, Nick contacts the woman via email and begins an online relationship with Abbey. Both are forced to work together in the real world and have no idea the online budding romance they share is with each other. Don’t miss the premiere on Saturday April 13 at 8:00 PM.
Spinoff ‘Pearson’ Is “Raw” & “Grittier” While Sharing ‘Suits’ DNA – TCA(1/30/19) USA Network at TCA unveiled a trailer for its upcoming series Pearson, a spinoff from the popular legal drama Suits, which stars Gina Torres and centers on her character, powerhouse lawyer Jessica Pearson, as she enters the dirty world of Chicago politics.
During a panel discussion for the show, the project’s creators, Suits creator and executive producer Aaron Korsh and executive producer Daniel Arkin, talked about how the offshoot will stand on its own in comparison to the mothership series.
“Jessica is the link between Suits and Pearson,” Arkin said. “It has Suits DNA but we wanted the show’s concept to be grittier, raw, more real, showing more facets of her personality and life.”
While Jessica was always calling the shots on Suits, “we are seeing her behind the ball, not knowing everything (on Pearson,)” Korsh said. “People reject her for a change.”
While Jessica’s position in the food chain changes, her status as a fashion icon does not.
“I think it will be tragedy if they didn’t see that part of the DNA carry over,” Torres said of her character keeping her sense of style and penchant for designer outfits though the producers noted that, since Pearson will chronicle both Jessica’s professional and personal life, she will be seen wearing more casual clothes than in Suits.
Torres, who came up with the initial idea for Pearson, said that she first thought about revisiting her Jessica Pearson character in a political setting following her exit from Suits after she “became obsessed with the 2016 elections.”
“I realized that that’s what she did in the world of Suits, not just walking the line but blurring the line and rewriting it,” Torres said, adding that she started asking herself “what would she do in that world (of Chicago politics).
Korsh and Torres talked about their “magical experience” attending the Royal wedding though Korsh laughed off questions about former Suits star Meghan Markle possibly visiting the spinoff or the mothership series’ final season. As I reported last week, there are no Suits characters crossing over on the first season of Pearson.
Pearson Trailer: Jessica Takes on Chicago Politics in Suits Spinoff(1/30/19) (Trailer) Jessica Pearson may be new to the Windy City, but her “killer” reputation is already the stuff of legend in the first trailer for the Suits spinoff Pearson.
“Some of you are well aware of my past,” Gina Torres’ disbarred lawyer greets the press, “but I am anxious to give something back.” However, her new job as right-hand fixer to Chicago’s mayor (Homeland vet Morgan Spector) gets her tangled up “in a crooked and dangerous new world where every action has far-reaching consequences,” per the official description. “With her compulsion to win, Jessica is forced to reconcile her unstoppable drive with her desire to do the right thing — two things very much at odds.”
Elsewhere in the trailer, city attorney Keri (One Tree Hill‘s Bethany Joy Lenz) isn’t very welcoming of the new hire. “You have a lot to learn about the way things are done around here,” Keri tells Jessica, who snaps back with, “And you still have a lot to learn about being a lawyer.”
Back at home, things aren’t much easier as beau Jeff Malone (Lucifer‘s D.B. Woodside) makes his feelings known about Jessica’s shady new colleagues.
The series — which does not yet have a premiere date — also stars Simon Kassianides (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as the mayor’s driver Nick, Chantel Riley (Wynnona Earp) as Jessica’s cousin Angela, Isabel Arraiza (The Oath) as Jessica’s assistant Yoli and Eli Goree (Ballers) as the mayor’s press secretary Derrick.
Lifetime Decks Its Halls With 23 Holiday-Themed Movies & More Cheer(9/25/18) We’re just one day past the autumnal equinox, but Lifetime already is in the holiday spirit. The cable channel has unwrapped its slate of Christmas movies, and there are 14 new originals under the tree this year along with nine acquired pics and a couple of specials.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as the A+E Networks-owned net unveils its telepic slate billed as It’s a Wonderful Lifetime. After kicking off November 21 with a week featuring five nights of premieres, each ensuing week of the holiday season will feature new movies every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Check out the full lineup with descriptions and premiere dates below.
“It’s a Wonderful Lifetime is back in a major way with more hours of holiday programming than we have ever had before,” said Tanya Lopez, EVP Movies, Limited Series and Original Movie Acquisitions at Lifetime and LMN. “By stacking our originals with beloved stars from some of the most iconic television shows we grew up with, we are tapping into the nostalgic feelings of familiarity and comfort that everyone wants for the holidays.”
Some of this seasons movies feature reunions of cast members from such popular bygone TV series as The Cosby Show, A Different World, 7th Heaven and Sister, Sister. Also on tap is the previously announced hourlong special ‘Tis the Season: A One Tree Hill Cast Reunion, in which cast members Hilarie Burton, Tyler Hilton, Danneel Ackles, Antwon Tanner and Stephen Colletti from the 2003-12 WB/CW series regather for an evening that also will include a few surprise special guests.
Among the stars set for Lifetime’s 2018 holiday movies are Toni Braxton, Melissa Joan Hart, Megan Hilty, Tia Mowry-Hardict, Sarah Drew, Marissa Winokur, Loretta Devine, Cheryl Ladd, June Squibb, Sharon Lawrence, John Schneider, Jason London, Tiya Sicar, Diane Ladd, Towanda Braxton, Conchata Ferrell, Gloria Reuben, Rachel Boston, Patricia Richardson, Caroline Rhea, Michael Gross and Melissa Gilbert.
Here is the full slate of original holiday fare from Lifetime, including premiere dates, followed by its acquired films:
It’s A Wonderful Lifetime Preview Special
What if Lifetime never made Christmas movies? In this special, hosted by Melissa Joan Hart, we will be taken on a journey that explores how terrible life would be without Lifetime Christmas movies to bring us holiday cheer. Melissa will be visited by the “host” of Lifetime Christmas Past, Present, and Future, and along the way, she will preview the 14 exciting movies that are coming to Lifetime this holiday season. Once this special is over, you won’t be able to imagine a world without the magic of Lifetime Christmas. It’s A Wonderful Lifetime Preview Special is produced by A+E OriginalsTM. Steve Ascher, Kristy Sabat and Allie Breslin serve as executive producers. Brie Miranda Bryant executive produces for Lifetime.
With the holiday season in full swing, Jen Taylor (Tia Mowry-Hardict) is about to score a big promotion at the San Francisco ad agency where she works. But her life is unexpectedly turned upside down when she inherits a cozy inn in Alaska from her aunt. When she goes to inspect the property and meets handsome town attorney Steve Anderson (Rob Mayes), she’s surprised to find that nothing is what she expected. The small town community is full of fun and festive Christmas traditions and soon, Jen starts wondering if the inn might just be the place she belongs, and if Steve could be the Mr. Right she has been waiting for. My Christmas Inn is produced by HYBRID, LLC.
The Christmas Contract
It’s Jolie’s (Hilarie Burton) first time going back home to Louisiana since her devastating break up with Foster (Hunter Burke). Seeing him is inevitable as their parents run the town’s annual Christmas Market together, but when she discovers Foster is bringing home a new girlfriend, Jolie cannot bear the thought of going home alone and seeing them together. Her best friend Naomi (Danneel Ackles) suggests that Jolie bring her flaky brother, Jack (Robert Buckley), home for Christmas as he has no plans this year. Jolie, a professional web designer, is hesitant; so, Naomi, a lawyer, creates a Christmas contract to give them both something they want—a buffer for those awkward moments around Jolie’s ex and a website to help sell Jack’s upcoming novel. Unbeknownst to them, the Christmas contract proves to be so much more than what they signed up for. The Christmas Contract is produced by Active Entertainment. Ken Badish and Daniel Lewis serve as executive producers. Monika Mitchell serves as director with a script by Cassie Doyle.
‘Tis the Season: A One Tree Hill Cast Reunion
The Tree Hill Ravens are back together to celebrate the Christmas season on Lifetime. In this special one-hour reunion, Hilarie Burton, Tyler Hilton, Danneel Ackles, Antwon Tanner of The Christmas Contract and Stephen Colletti of Hometown Christmas, reunite for a special evening that will include a few surprise special guests. ‘Tis the Season: A One Tree Hill Cast Reunion is produced by A+E OriginalsTM. Steve Ascher, Kristy Sabat and Allie Breslin serve as executive producers. Brie Miranda Bryant executive produces for Lifetime.
Poinsettias for Christmas
It’s just weeks before Christmas when Ellie (Bethany Joy Lenz) gets a call to return home to help her father (John Schneider) on the family’s poinsettia farm. The family business is on the line to deliver tens of thousands of plants for the town’s annual parade. The problem is – the poinsettias have yet to turn red! As Ellie searches for the solution, she is reminded of where her heart truly lies as she falls in love with both her roots and a local botanist (Marcus Rosner). Poinsettias for Christmas is produced by Annuit Coeptis Entertainment, Inc. Christie Will Wolf directed from a script written by Barbara Kymlicka.
Every Day is Christmas
Inspired by the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol,” shrewd money manager Alexis Taylor (Toni Braxton) gets the holiday visit of a lifetime. A self-proclaimed workaholic who “humbugs” love, Alexis ends up embracing the spirit of Christmas when her past, present, and future collide, forcing her to risk the one thing money can’t buy: her heart. Every Day is Christmas is produced by Brightlight Pictures. Kevin Leslie is producer. Toni Braxton, Craig Baumgarten, Kenneth Crear, Shawn Williamson, Jamie Goehring, and Jonathan Shore executive produce. David Weaver directs from a script by Karen Schaler.
Every year, Isabelle (Tatyana Ali) and her high school sweetheart Mike (Cornelius Smith Jr.), rocked their small town’s annual Christmas Eve Pageant with a sweet Christmas duet. But after graduation, Isabelle left to study at Juillard in New York – leaving Mike behind. Years later, when Isabelle returns to her hometown to write music for the annual Christmas Eve Pageant, she is shocked to learn that Mike is the one directing the show. Can Isabelle and Mike put the past behind them and reunite on stage for another show-stopping duet? Jingle Belle is produced by Hybrid, LLC.
A Very Nutty Christmas
Hard-working bakery owner Kate Holiday (Melissa Joan Hart), has more cookie orders than she has time to fill this holiday season, and when her boyfriend suddenly breaks up with her, any shred of Christmas joy she was hanging onto, immediately disappears. After Kate hangs the last ornament on the tree and goes to bed, she awakens the next morning to a little bit of Christmas magic. She gets the surprise of her life when Chip (Barry Watson), a handsome soldier who may or may not be the Nutcracker Prince from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, appears in her living room. A Very Nutty Christmas is produced by Hartbreak Films. Paula Hart and Melissa Joan Hart executive produce. Colin Theys serves as director with a script written by Juliet and Keith Giglio.
A Twist of Christmas
In the frenzy before Christmas, two single parents— busy working mom Abby (Vanessa Lachey) and her son, and overwhelmed lawyer Ryan (Brendon Zub) and his daughter, accidentally mix up their toys at a crowded department store. As a result, both of their Christmases appear to be ruined. Although the two can’t stand each other, the only way to get things back on track is to help each other salvage their holiday plans – not realizing they’re falling for each other in the process. A Twist of Christmas is produced by Lighthouse Pictures. Jamie Goehring, Shawn Williamson and Nancy Bennett executive produce. David Winning serves as director with a script written by Brian Sawyer and Gregg Rossen.
The Christmas Pact
Can best friends fall in love? That’s the question next door neighbors Sadie (Kyla Pratt) and Ben (Jarod Joseph) will answer as they keep the spirit of Christmas and the magic of their childhood pact alive! When they were eight years old, they planted a scrawny 3-foot tall Christmas tree behind their church and the Christmas Pact began. But as life gets in the way the pact is threatened to be broken. Ben and Sadie need some Christmas Magic to recommit to each other and promise to keep their special holiday traditions. With each Christmas that passes by, Ben and Sadie’s Christmas tree grows taller and stronger; and so does their love. The pact bearing fruit to the magic of Christmas and the undeniable answer. Yes, friends can fall in love! The Christmas Pact is produced by Annuit Coeptis Entertainment. Executive Producer Timothy O.Johnson, Marita Grabniak directs from a script written by Damon Hill and Blaine Chiappetta.
Christmas Lost and Found
After years of missing family gatherings, New York City event planner Whitney Kennison (Tiya Sircar) is off to Chicago to spend Christmas with Grandma Frances (Diane Ladd). Excited that her granddaughter is finally home for the holidays, Frances decides to bestow Whitney with the precious Kennison family Christmas ornaments. But when Whitney mistakenly throws out the box of ornaments, Grandma Frances must stealthily devise a fun Christmas scavenger hunt to remind Whitney what the holiday is all about. It’s a race against time as Whitney reclaims the family ornaments, finds romance and learns the lesson Grandma Frances imparts. Christmas Lost and Found is produced by Stephanie Germain Productions and Front Street Productions, with Stephanie Germain and Harvey Kahn as executive producers. Michael Scott directs from a script by Jennifer Notas Shapiro.
When Holly (Megan Hilty) returns home for Christmas expecting the same as any other year, she’s blindsided to learn her family’s department store is on the brink of foreclosure. To keep the business going, Holly fills in as Santa’s Helper and meets the surprisingly young and handsome Nick (Noah Mills), who has been hired to play Santa at the store this year. Their undeniable chemistry and charisma draw in big crowds, until suddenly, Nick disappears. As Christmas day inches closer, Holly scrambles to find Nick with only one clue – his misplaced black boot. Santa’s Boots is produced by Front Street Pictures, with Barbara Lieberman and Charles Cooper as executive producers. Shawn Tolleson directs with a script written by Shannon Phipps and Shawn Tolleson.
A Christmas in Tennessee
Allison Bennet (Rachel Boston), along with her daughter Olivia and mother Martha (Patricia Richardson), run a bakery in the small mountain town of White Pines, Tennessee. When Matthew (Andrew Walker), a charming real estate developer, tries to buy the town for a corporate ski resort, Allison and the townspeople must work together to prevent that from happening. And just when the Bennet ladies seem out of luck, an unexpected visitor—with a well-known sweet tooth for cookies and milk—comes to the bakery and may in fact be the key to solving everything. A Christmas in Tennessee is produced by Smokey Mountain Films Inc. and Juliette Hagopian. Howard Braunstein serves as executive producer. Gary Yates directs with a script written by Cassie Doyle.
Christmas Around the Corner
Claire (Alexandra Breckenridge), a savvy venture capitalist from New York City, escapes to a quaint town in Vermont for the holidays and becomes a guest of the Fortenbury Bookstore. Upon arrival, Claire finds Christmas celebrations have been canceled by the town after a flood and the bookstore is in a dire state of disrepair. She immediately takes on the challenge to revitalize the store, but clashes with the owner, Andrew (Jamie Spilchuk), who initially rejects all her proposed improvements. Eventually, sparks fly as the two begin a budding romance, and Claire’s infectious optimism inspires Andrew to join her in reviving the yuletide spirit. But everything comes to a screeching halt when Claire discovers that Andrew is planning to sell the bookstore in the New Year. Will the spirit of Christmas be enough to change Andrew’s mind and encourage him to follow his heart? Christmas Around the Corner is produced by Neshama Entertainment in association with MarVista Entertainment. Danielle Von Zerneck serves as executive producer. Megan Follows directs with a script by Michael Murray.
Christmas Pen Pals
Following an unexpected breakup weeks before Christmas, Hannah (Sarah Drew), tech wiz and creator of the dating app, Perfect One, heads home for the holidays, challenged to save her failing business by re-conceiving a new romantic dating model. Upon her return she runs into her high school boyfriend, Sam (Niall Matter) who she has carefully avoided for years and reluctantly makes a deal with her dad, Ted (Michael Gross) to sign up for the town’s Christmas Cupid, an anonymous holiday pen pal service. As the season progresses, Hannah is smitten by each beautifully written letter she receives and starts to believe that her Christmas pen pal could be her soul mate. It’s not until Christmas Eve that everyone must reveal their true identities to their pen pals, even if it means coming face to face with the last person they ever expected. Christmas Pen Pals is produced by Pen Pals Films, Inc. and Christian Bruyere. Linda Kent, Jack Grossbart and Howard Braunstein serve as executive producers. Siobhan Devine serves as director with a script written by Carley Smale.
Back in Louisiana for Christmas, Noelle Collins (Beverley Mitchell) has big plans to resurrect the town’s live nativity, a beloved tradition that her late mother used to put on. Things become complicated, however, when Noelle runs into her high school sweetheart, Nick Russell (Stephen Colletti), a rising baseball star also back home due to a recent injury. Still feeling the burn from their senior year break-up, their lives are pushed together even further when they learn their parents share an attraction and want to be more than just friends. When things begin to fall apart with the live nativity Nick and Noelle reluctantly team up to pull off the show and find themselves growing close, uncovering a hometown love for each other and the joy of Christmas that both never really faded away. Hometown Christmas is produced by Active Entertainment. Ken Badish and Daniel Lewis serve as executive producers. Emily Moss Wilson and Marcy Holland serve as writers and Emily Moss Wilson directs.
A Christmas Arrangement
Flower shop owner Poppy (Nicky Whelan), enters the annual holiday floral show for a chance to win the grand prize but standing in her way of victory is Garrett (Miles Fisher), the underappreciated protégé of florist extraordinaire, Blair (Daphne Zuniga). While Poppy and Garrett’s rivalry heats up on the flower show floor, an undeniable romance begins amidst a whimsical holiday backdrop. A Christmas Arrangement is produced by The Ninth House.
Every Other Holiday
Recently separated parents Tracie (Schuyler Fisk) and Rick (David Clayton Rogers), spend every other holiday with their young daughters Harper and Ava. But this Christmas, the girls have only one thing on their wish lists—to spend Christmas with both Mom and Dad at Tracie’s family farmhouse. The temporary reunion will be no walk in the park for Tracie and Rick, but perhaps this Christmas gathering can help rekindle the lost romance between the two and make their daughters’ greatest wish come true. Every Other Holiday also stars Dee Wallace, Glenn Morshower, Abby James Witherspoon and is produced by MarVista Entertainment.
Soft-spoken Harmony (Kelley Jakle), is used to living in the shadow of her pop star boyfriend, but when he breaks up with her right before the holiday season, she returns to her quaint hometown to discover the heart and music that her big city life has been missing. A Christmas Harmony also stars Chandra Wilson, Adam Mayfield, Sally Struthers and is produced by June Street Studios.
As a kid, Darcy (Caitlin Thompson) had no control over her family’s holidays and thus, has grown up to be a Christmas control freak – so much so that she loses sight of what the holidays actually mean. Suddenly, she finds herself magically transported into her idea of the perfect Christmas Village and learns that “perfection” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Christmas Perfection also stars James Henri-Thomas, Robbie Silverman and is produced by MarVista Entertainment.
Love for Christmas
When Heather, a local theater director, and Bobby run into each other upon his return home after leaving for the Navy years prior, they quickly realize that their mutual childhood crush might lead to an unexpected romance. Produced by MarVista Entertainment, Love for Christmas stars Shantel Vansanten, Rob Mayes, Nikki Deloach, Mark Famiglietti, Alex Peters, Peter Holden, Matt Corboy, Maxim Knight and Orson Bean.
A Star for Christmas
Cupcakery owner Cassie can’t help falling for her hunky new customer, but when he turns out to be action superstar Alex Gray, will their relationship survive Hollywood and the holidays? Produced by MarVista Entertainment, A Star for Christmas stars Corey Sevier, Briana Evigan, Karissa Vacker, Travis Van Winkle, Jeremy Howard, Sean Stone and Brooke Burns.
A Christmas Kiss
High-end interior designer Priscilla and her assistant Wendy, vie for the attention of Priscilla’s socialite boyfriend while decorating his home for the holidays. Produced by MarVista Entertainment, A Christmas Kiss stars Elisabeth Röhm, Laura Breckenridge and Brendan Fehr.
A Golden Christmas
Several years ago, a very special dog brought together a little girl and boy. Now, through an incredible coincidence, these two long-lost friends will reconnect during Christmas. Produced by MarVista Entertainment, A Golden Christmas stars Andrea Roth, Nicholas Brendon, Bruce Davison, Elisa Donovan, Jason London and Alley Mills.
3 Holiday Tails
David and Lisa are meant to be together, but they haven’t quite figured that out yet. With help from family, friends, and four lovable dogs, this couple will truly have a Christmas to remember. Produced by MarVista Entertainment,3 Holiday Tails stars Julie Gonzalo, Kelly Stables, KC Clyde, Alley Mills and Bruce Davison.
One Tree Hill Reunion Special to Accompany Cast's Christmas TV-Movie(9/25/18) Lifetime is spending the holidays with the residents of Tree Hill: The network will air ‘Tis the Season: A One Tree Hill Cast Reunion following the premiere of its original TV movie The Christmas Contract, starring OTH vets Hilarie Burton, Robert Buckley, Danneel Ackles and Antwon Tanner.
Participating in the one-hour special — airing Thursday, Nov. 22 at 10/9c — are series stars Burton, Ackles, Tanner, Tyler Hilton and Stephen Colletti (who has his own Lifetime flick, Hometown Christmas, on Sunday, Dec. 16). The cable net also touts “a few surprise special guests.”
The Christmas Contract — featuring a musical appearance from Hilton — premieres Nov. 22 at 8 pm. (Click here for plot details.) The following night, Friday, Nov. 23 at 8 pm, OTH alumna Bethany Joy Lenz headlines the movie Poinsettias for Christmas, about a woman who returns home to help her dad (Smallville‘s John Schneider) figure out why the family business’ plants have yet to turn red, all while falling in love with a local botanist (UnREAL‘s Marcus Rosner), of course.
Lifetime’s holiday slate also includes actress Sarah Drew’s first post-Grey’s Anatomy TV role in Christmas Pen Pals, debuting Saturday, Dec. 15 at 8 pm. Read on for the official description:
Following an unexpected breakup weeks before Christmas, Hannah (Drew), tech wiz and creator of the dating app, Perfect One, heads home for the holidays, challenged to save her failing business by re-conceiving a new romantic dating model. Upon her return she runs into her high school boyfriend, Sam (When Calls the Heart‘s Niall Matter) who she has carefully avoided for years and reluctantly makes a deal with her dad, Ted (Family Ties‘ Michael Gross) to sign up for the town’s Christmas Cupid, an anonymous holiday pen pal service. As the season progresses, Hannah is smitten by each beautifully written letter she receives and starts to believe that her Christmas pen pal could be her soul mate. It’s not until Christmas Eve that everyone must reveal their true identities to their pen pals, even if it means coming face to face with the last person they ever expected.
Suits Spinoff Adds Bethany Joy Lenz in Recast, 3 Others Join as Series Regulars(9/21/18) One of Jessica Pearson’s adversaries is going to look a little different the next time you see her. Bethany Joy Lenz (One Tree Hill) has joined USA Network’s upcoming Suits spinoff in the series-regular role of Keri Allen, played in the backdoor pilot by Rebecca Rittenhouse. Keri is described as a “driven, ambitious city attorney serving as unofficial right hand to the mayor.”
Lenz is joined by three other series-regular additions to the spinoff’s roster: Chantel Riley (Wynnona Earp) will reprise the role of Jessica’s cousin Angela, a nursing assistant focused on caring for her two sons and keeping close ties to her community; Isabel Arraiza (The Oath) will play Yoli, Jessica’s “intense” assistant; and Eli Goree (Ballers) will play Derrick, a journalist-turned-press secretary working for Mayor Bobby Golec (played by Morgan Spector).
The spinoff follows Suits‘ Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres) as the lawyer extraordinaire leaves New York City behind to enter the dirty world of Chicago politics. The series, which does not yet have a premiere date, also stars Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. alum Simon Kassianides, to who we were introduced in the backdoor pilot.
Teen Choice Awards 2018(6/13/18) Voting is open here through June 19, and the kudosfest will air Sunday, Aug. 12, at 8/7c on Fox.
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One Tree Hill Mystery Solved: Stars Reuniting for Lifetime Christmas Movie(6/13/18) One Tree Hill fans will find an extra gift under their Christmas trees this year: Series alums Hilarie Burton, Robert Buckley, Danneel Ackles and Antwon Tanner are reuniting for the Lifetime holiday flick The Christmas Contract, the network announced Wednesday.
The former OTH stars made headlines on Monday when they published a series of cryptic, now-deleted social media posts about their reunion, all of which featured the hashtag #Christmas2018.
The Christmas Contract stars Burton as Jolie, who is returning home to Louisiana for the first time since her devastating breakup with Foster (Claws‘ Hunter Burke). But when Jolie discovers her ex is bringing home a new girlfriend, her best friend Naomi (Ackles) offers up her own brother, Jack (Buckley), as Jolie’s Christmas companion. Naomi draws up a contract for the pair — Jack will serve as a buffer for Jolie’s awkward moments with her ex, and Jolie will create a website to help sell Jack’s upcoming novel — but, of course, the contract proves to be “so much more than what they signed up for.” Isn’t it always?
Fellow One Tree Hill alum Tyler Hilton will make a musical appearance in The Christmas Contract, which also stars Cheryl Ladd (Charlie’s Angels), Bruce Boxleitner (Babylon 5), Teri Wyble (Powers) and Ritchie Montgomery (Baskets).
The Christmas Contract is currently filming in Lafayette, La., and will air as part of Lifetime’s annual It’s A Wonderful Lifetime holiday lineup later this year.
One Tree Hill Cast Members Reunite for Secret 'Christmas' Project(6/11/18) The residents of Tree Hill may be naughty, but it seems they’re cooking up something nice for the holidays.
At least that’s what one could speculate based on recent Instagram posts from the cast of One Tree Hill. Several stars, including Hilarie Burton (aka Peyton), reunited in Lafayette, La., for a special project this week, six years after the drama wrapped on The CW.
But what exactly is this project? That much remains a mystery, though it’s worth noting that everyone involved is using the hashtag #Christmas2018, implying that we’re in for a treat this December.
Of course, this isn’t the first time the Tree Hill gang has made headlines recently. In Nov. 2017, more than 15 members of the show’s cast and crew signed an open letter accusing series creator Mark Schwahn of sexual misconduct. Their allegations, which prompted an investigation, led to Schwahn being fired as showrunner of E!’s The Royals, whose cast also released a letter condemning his behavior.
Grey's Anatomy: Bethany Joy Lenz Is Playing [Spoiler]'s Fiancée(1/16/18) Since it was revealed in October that One Tree Hill alumna Bethany Joy Lenz had been tapped for an arc on Grey’s Anatomy, viewers have been dying to know more about her character than just her name (Jenny). Now, TVLine can tell you that the mystery woman is, according to a source, the fiancée of Jo’s abusive husband, Paul (returning guest star Matthew Morrison).
As you’ll see in these new photos from the ABC drama’s midseason premiere (Thursday, 8/7c), “1-800-799-7233” picks up right where “Out of Nowhere” left off, with Jo face to face with her worst nightmare. But you’ll also see that, apparently in that same scene, Paul charms Arizona and ultimately is joined by Jo’s unfortunate successor, Lenz’s Jenny.
Bethany Joy Lenz & Matthew Morrison on Grey's Anatomy 1/25/18(1/9/18) “Personal Jesus” – A young boy is admitted to Grey Sloan Memorial and his case has a profound impact on the doctors. Meanwhile, April is faced with a surprising patient, and Jo continues to deal with her estranged husband, on “Grey’s Anatomy,” THURSDAY, JAN. 25 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
Guest starring are Matthew Morrison as Paul Stadler, Bethany Joy Lenz as Jenny and Stefania Spampinato as Carina DeLuca.
“Personal Jesus” was written by Zoanne Clack and directed by Kevin Sullivan.
Bethany Joy Lenz & Matthew Morrison on Grey's Anatomy 1/18/18(1/9/18) “Four Seasons in One Day” – Jo finally faces her estranged, abusive husband Paul Stadler, while Grey Sloan continues to work with the FBI after a hacker has compromised the hospital’s computer system, on the midseason return of “Grey’s Anatomy,” THURSDAY, JAN. 18 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
Guest starring is Matthew Morrison as Paul Stadler, Bethany Joy Lenz as Jenny and Stefania Spampinato as Carina DeLuca.
“Four Seasons in One Day” was written by Andy Reaser and directed by Bill D’Elia.
Snowed-Inn Christmas: "How About You" Official Music Video | Premieres Saturday at 8/7c | Lifetime(12/16/17) (Video) Watch the official music video for "How About You" featuring Joy Lenz and Andrew Walker of "Snowed-Inn Christmas," premiering Saturday, December 16 at 8/7c on Lifetime. (December 17 on W in Canada)
‘One Tree Hill’ & ‘The Royals’ Creator Mark Schwahn Accused Of Sexual Harassment By ‘OTH’ Writer Audrey Wauchope(11/14/17) TV writer Audrey Wauchope accused former One Tree Hill creator and showrunner Mark Schwahn of sexual harassment during the time she and her writing partner Rachel Specter worked on the CW drama. A number of OTH actresses have since come out to support Wauchope on social media including Sophia Bush, Hilarie Burton and Bethany Joy Lenz.
Schwahn is currently creator/showrunner on E!’s popular series The Royals, which recently wrapped production on its fourth season. “We are monitoring the information carefully,” the companies behind the series said in a statement to Deadline. “E!, Universal Cable Productions and Lionsgate Television are committed to providing a safe working environment in which everyone is treated respectfully and professionally.”
In a series of weekend tweets, Wauchope never identified Schwahn by name but referred to him as the showrunner of the first show she and Specter were hired as staff writers, which was OTH, and sources confirmed to Deadline that she was talking about him.
Wauchope says that the sexual harassment accusations against The Flash and Supergirl showrunner Andrew Kreisberg, which led to his suspension Friday night by Warner Bros TV, the studio behind OTH, prompted her to share the story of how Schwahn hired her and her and Specter for a staff job and then proceeded to make their work lives miserable, leaving them “demoralized and confused.”
Wauchope claims she and Specter were subjected to unwanted touching, innuendo and harassment in a hostile work environment where “men on staff were shown naked photos of on an actress [the showrunner] was having an affair with. Naked photos she didn’t know were being passed around. Naked photos they didn’t want to see.” (You can read the full set of tweets below the post.)
She claims the OTH writing staff “sat on couches. Female writers would try to get the spot where the showrunner wouldn’t sit as to not be touched. Often men would help out by sitting next to him, thus protecting the women. Sometimes we wouldn’t luck out and he’d just squeeze his disgusting body in between us and put his arms around us, grinning,” she added in a follow-up tweet. “He pet hair. He massaged shoulders. I know he did more but not to me so they’re not my stories to share.”
Because Wauchope also never named OTH, to point to the CW drama and Schwahn, she issued a clarification in her last post on the subject. Since she and Specter — who now are writer-producers on the CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend — had worked on two shows before, OTH and Cougar Town, “In the absense [sic] of a name I don’t want to implicate the good ones. The men of Cougartown [sic] are aces,” she wrote.
Here are all of Wauchope tweets followed by the tweets by Bush, Burton and Lenz.
@audreyalison : In light of the Andrew Kreisberg reporting, a couple thoughts about my first writing job that I've wanted to say for years but have never had the guts to. When I was 29 my writing partner @RachelSpecter and I were hired as staff writers.
@audreyalison : To say we were excited was an understatement. To say we left that job demoralized and confused is also an understatement. One of the 1st things we were told was that the showrunner hired female writers on the basis of their looks. That's why you're here - he wants to fuck you.
@audreyalison : Rachel had been actress previous to writing and was told that he used to talk about her in the room before we were hired. So that's a safe room to enter as staff writers. Imagine what that does to ones psyche.
@audreyalison : Imagine feeling for the rest of your career that you're possibly an imposter - that maybe just maybe you're only here because you're a body, not a mind. It creeps into your thoughts and keeps you up at night and makes you wonder.
@audreyalison : Moving on. The staff sat on couches. Female writers would try to get the spot where the showrunner wouldn't sit as to not be touched. Often men would help out by sitting next to him, thus protecting the women.
@audreyalison : Sometimes we wouldn't luck out and he'd just squeeze his disgusting body in between us and put his arms around us, grinning. He pet hair. He massaged shoulders. I know he did more but not to me so they're not my stories to share.
@audreyalison : Ever since then I just state "I don't like to be touched." This often makes me sound angry or not warm. It's just that I don't know anther way to make it clear I don't enjoy your unwanted touch.
@audreyalison : Moving on. Men on staff were shown naked photos of on an actress he was having an affair with. Naked photos she didn't know were being passed around . Naked photos they didn't want to see. This is such a violation,both to the actress and to the men forced to look and participate
@audreyalison : Moving on. The day before my writing partner left for her wedding he closed the door of his office and asked her if she really wanted to go through with it. Maybe he could have a shot? Hahahaha we said. That's crazy. He's crazy. NO. He's abusive.
@audreyalison : He's a man in a position of power who was allowed to run a television show for years where this behavior continuously went on. I don't blame the men on that staff - I truly believe they were also in a way victims of psychological abuse and didn't know what to do.
@audreyalison : Moving on. The day the studio lawyers came to give the sexual harassment seminar many of us had pointed questions we were going to ask. This will be the time we can speak and he will know we know! Guess who didn't show up?
@audreyalison : That's right. The show runner did not attend the mandatory sexual harassment meeting. I don't blame the studio, I doubt they knew. I blame a system that allows one person to have so much power they can do whatever they want.
@audreyalison : I'm furious and sad and everything else for the women who have sat on that couch next to that man. And I'm furious and sad and everything else that years later I don't feel safe to be able to do anything real about this and that it seems to be happening all over this town.
@audreyalison : I write all this to say that there are trickle down psychological effects to all this bullshit and the town is littered with the collateral damage of abusers who have been given free reign. If you're sitting on one of these staffs please know whatever you are feeling is real.
@audreyalison : I forgot we were staff writers on 2 shows. In the absense of a name I don't want to implicate the good ones. The men of Cougartown are aces.
Here are the tweets from former OTH female cast members:
@SophiaBush : For the record. I stand with Audrey. @audreyalison #BurnItDownSis. And to the bad guys? Yeah. #FuckYourSorry cc @HilarieBurton
@HilarieBurton : Burn it down, sis. Love your bravery. I back your play 100%. Let's talk. Xo
@BethanyJoyLenz : Thank you @audreyalison
Grey's Anatomy: Bethany Joy Lenz Joins Season 14 Cast for Arc(10/27/17) Grey’s Anatomy taketh away and now Grey’s Anatomy giveth.
On the heels of Martin Henderson’s out-of-nowhere departure as Nathan, the ABC drama has recruited One Tree Hill grad Bethany Joy Lenz to join the Season 14 cast in a recurring role, TVLine has confirmed. All that is known about the actress’ character is her name: Jenny.
THR.com first broke the news of Lenz’ casting.
Lenz and Grey’s creator Shonda Rhimes’ paths (very briefly) crossed three years ago when Lenz was tapped to star in the original pilot for The Catch. The series underwent a major change in direction post-pilot and Lenz’ role was recast. Lenz’ TV credits also include stints on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Dexter and, most recently, Colony.
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Bethany Joy Lenz Joins ‘Colony’One Tree Hill alumna Bethany Joy Lenz has joined the second season cast of USA Network’s sci-fi drama Colony, from Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal, in a recurring role. The series, from Legendary Television and Universal Cable Prods. stars Josh Holloway and Sarah Wayne Callies, and centers on one family’s struggle to survive and bring liberty back to the people of an occupied Los Angeles. Lenz plays Morgan, a highly-intelligent computer whiz with a conscience. She is determined to do what’s right. The role was played in Season 1 by Thora Birch, who had to exit due to scheduling conflicts. Lenz, who most recently appeared on CBS’ American Gothic and ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., is repped by Atlas Artists, Gersh and Hansen, Jacobson.
Bethany Joy Lenz on American Gothic - August 24“The Veteran in a New Field” - The city is in a panic after the SBK’s accomplice strikes again. As Alison enlists Brady's help to clear her name and find the real culprit, Tessa suspects that Madeline knows more than she's letting on and Cam is forced to make a decision about Sophie's custody of Jack, on AMERICAN GOTHIC, Wednesday, August 24 (10:00-11:00PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
RECURRING CAST: Enrico Colantoni (Mayor Bill Conley), Deirdre Lovejoy (Detective Linda Cutter), Bethany Joy Lenz (April), Glenda Braganza (Darcy Campano).
One Tree Hill Cast Reunites! Chad Michael Murray, Bethany Joy Lenz and More Come Together for Fan Convention(Pic1, Pic2) Comic-Con may be a lot of fun. But if you ask One Tree Hill fans, this event reigns supreme.
Over the weekend, InsideOTH hosted their annual fan convention in Wilmington, North Carolina. Aimed for fans who want to reconnect in the city that started it all, the event featured everything from meet-and-greet sessions to a one-hour trolley ride that allowed viewers to relive some of the show's most unforgettable scenes.
Perhaps the true highlight of the weekend came when a majority of the cast cleared their schedule and made the trip to meet fans and reminisce about the unforgettable series.
During the celebration, the cast recreated Gavin DeGraw's theme song with a performance of "I Don't Want to Be." During a panel, Shantel VanSanten sang the toaster pastry song.
And yes Chad Michael Murray fans, the actor repeated a line that will give you all the feels. Hint: We will never forget you Payton.
"We cherish this family. And we know you do as well," organizers shared on Instagram with a cast photo. "We want to thank everyone for coming to our reunion. You truly made it magical for the cast as well as the producing team who puts on this event."
This certainly isn't the only way the cast has kept in touch over the years. Just last summer, the gang had a family reunion in Montreal.
In fact, Robert Buckley and Stephen Colletti documented their separate hang out on Instagram just a few weeks ago.
"@stephencolletti and I met this girl on the street and thought she looked so much like Hilarie Burton that we had to take a picture," he joked on social media.
Antwon Tanner, Barbara Alyn Woods, Paul Johansson, Sharon Lawrence and more were also spotted attending the fan convention this weekend.
Bethany Joy Lenz & Dylan Bruce on American Gothic - August 10“Kindred Spirits” - While Cam is in rehab, Jack is lured into a dangerous adventure by a new friend, Sadie (Aviv Cohen). Also, Garrett and Alison work to silence a local reporter who is harassing the Hawthornes, and Brady makes a bizarre breakthrough in the Silver Bells Killer case, on AMERICAN GOTHIC, Wednesday, August 10 (10:00-11:00PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
RECURRING CAST includes: Dylan Bruce (Tom Price), Deirdre Lovejoy (Detective Linda Cutter), Bethany Joy Lenz (April).
Bethany Joy Lenz Joins American GothicBethany Joy Lenz is poised to bring some needed TLC to one of American Gothic‘s extremely troubled characters.
TVLine has confirmed that the One Tree Hill alum/recent Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. guest star will recur on CBS’ summertime whodunnit drama as April, a vibrant, insightful nurse at a rehab facility who develops a meaningful bond with one of the Hawthornes.
Hmm, is drug addict Cam (played by Shameless‘ Justin Chatwin) headed for a hard tumble off the wagon…? Perhaps prompted by the stress of keeping the deep, verrrrrry dark family secret he and Tessa (Megan Ketch) just uncovered?
Lenz’s previous TV credits also include Dexter, episodes of CSI, Charmed and Felicity, and of course Guiding Light. She makes her American Gothic debut in August.
CBS’ American Gothic airs Wednesdays at 10/9c.
Bethany Joy Lenz Set As Female Lead In TNT Pilot ‘Home’, Which Rounds Out CastOne Tree Hill and Dexter alum Bethany Joy Lenz has been tapped as the female lead opposite Andrew Buchan in TNT’s drama pilot from writer Aron Eli Coleite and Jerry Bruckheimer TV. Rounding out the cast of the thriller are Bruce Greenwood (Thirteen Days) and Benito Martinez (The Shield), Nicole Muñoz (Defiance), and Roberta Colindrez (Birdman). In addition to Buchan, they join previously announced JoBeth Williams, Harris Dickinson and Sawyer Barth.
Home delves into the secrets lingering behind the façade of a seemingly idyllic suburban family. Rose Bell (Lenz) couldn’t be happier: An accomplished designer with a successful business, the newly pregnant Rose is thriving in a wonderful life with her husband, Joe (Buchan), a highly regarded prison psychologist, and enjoying being a stepmother to his two sons PK (Dickinson) and Nate (Barth). But her image of her perfect family is shattered when she discovers long-buried secrets that threaten to destroy the very foundation of her life.
Greenwood is Leonard, a charismatic, brilliant behavioral psychiatrist working in an unnerving field to discover the cause of and cure for sociopathy. But his experiments were so controversial, his career ended in disgrace. Martinez, repped by SDB Partners, is prison Warden Peter Ochoa, a former uniformed cop who doesn’t believe in rehabilitation and parole, which puts him in direct opposition to prison psychologist Joe, who is determined to prove that even the most sociopathic criminals are capable of redemption. Muñoz plays Danica, a latch-key girl next door who instigates a love triangle when she falls for both her new neighbors, PK and Nate Bell. Colindrez is Cassie, Rose’s best friend and business partner, a contractor who brings Rose’s design to life.
Home is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Warner Horizon Television, with Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman serving as executive producers alongside Coleite, and Brad Anderson, who will direct. KristieAnne Reed is co-executive producer.
Lenz is repped by Gersh, John Carrabino Management and attorney Adam Kaller.
One Tree Hill Reunion: Sophia Bush, Bethany Joy Lenz, Stephen Colletti and More Come Together for Epic Night Out(Pic) We don't want to be anywhere else but this bar!
While some of you thought you were having a pretty epic Saturday night, it probably didn't even come close to what the One Tree Hill cast experienced when they reunited over drinks and food.
In a series of photos posted onto several cast members' Instagrams, the gang including Sophia Bush, Bethany Joy Lenz, Daphne Zuniga and Stephen Colletti proved that they are still the best of friends.
"Peanuts (and one sleeping beauty) #longday #greatday #fam #likeitwasyesterday #pickuprightwhereweleaveoff #hitmewithyourbestshot #purplereign," Sophia wrote on social media Saturday night. "#fam ?"
Stephen added, "@rickglassman and co. #othfamily Thank you, Montreal."
One familiar face you may not see in the pictures is the one and only Hilarie Burton. But never fear loyal viewers. The actress was able to join in on the fun when she FaceTimed on Sophia's phone.
"When you're trying to FaceTime bae from the hotel to tell her all the things, but she isn't picking up," Sophia wrote. "#SendAwkwardScreenshots #BreytonFeels #AboutLastNight"
The cast has remained close ever since the final episode aired back in April 2012 on the WB. But most recently, show creator Mark Schwahn pictured what life would be like for some of the characters today.
"I think they would have been very happy. They were a very soulful couple," Schwann told Glamour magazine of beloved characters Jake Jagleski and Peyton Sawyer. "They were a couple of artists. And they had great chemistry too—Bryan Greenberg and Hilarie had great chemistry."
He added, "She would have been completely happy. She chose an artist and she chose a writer, but not everyone's gonna choose the musician, come on!"
New Series 'The Catch' Recasting RolesDamon Dayoub and Bethany Joy Lenz are leaving ABC’s The Catch, which follows Alice Martin (Mireille Enos), a fraud investigator who discovers she is being conned by her fiancé Kieran, played in the pilot by Dayoub. Lenz played Kieran’s girl-next-door wife Zoe. Both roles now will be recast. “Thank you all for your support re:#TheCatch!,” Lenz wrote on Instagram. “Looks like they need a different type for ZOE, so I’ll be replaced, but please still watch! It really is SUCH a good show and I’m so proud of my friends’ work!” The Catch, from Shondaland, was expected to undergo changes after the pilot stage.
ABC Picks Up Lenz Series“THE CATCH”
From Shondaland’s Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, “The Catch” is a new thriller centered on the strong, successful Alice Martin (Mirelle Enos). She’s a fraud investigator who’s about to be the victim of fraud by her fiancé. Between her cases, she is determined to find him before it ruins her career.
“The Catch” stars Mireille Enos as Alice, Alimi Ballard as Evan, Damon Dayoub as Kieran, Jay Hayden as James, Jacky Ido as Emil, Bethany Joy Lenz as Zoe, Rose Rollins as Andie and Elvy Yost as Maria.
“The Catch” was written by Jennifer Schuur. Executive producers are Jennifer Schuur, Shonda Rhimes, Betsey Beers and Julie Anne Robinson. “The Catch” is produced by ABC Studios.
One Tree Hill's Bethany Joy Lenz Joins Shonda Rhimes' ABC Drama Pilot Smoke and MirrorsBethany Joy Lenz is getting her con on.
The One Tree Hill alumna has landed a series-regular role in Smoke and Mirrors, Shonda Rhimes’ con artist-themed ABC drama pilot, TVLine has learned exclusively. (The project was FKA The Catch.)
The potential series centers on the strong successful Alice Martin (The Killing‘s Mirelle Enos), a fraud investigator who’s about to be the victim of fraud herself by fiancé Kieran (NCIS‘ Damon Dayoub). Between her cases, she is determined to find him before it ruins her career.
Lenz will play Kieran’s wife Zoe, a girl-next-door-type who is able to pass as Kieran’s sister in their cons. She loves her husband and loves their life — amoral though it may be — and she’s going to hang on tight as she senses him slipping away from her.
The actress-singer recently headlined the ill-fated E! musical-drama pilot Songbyrd.
'The Christmas Secret's' Bethany Joy Lenz won't let her daughter watch 'One Tree Hill'Zap2it: "The Christmas Secret" actually was filmed last March, so was it easy for you to plug into the holiday feeling after the fact?
Bethany Joy Lenz: I love Christmas all year round ... anytime. It's my favorite holiday. I love it, and it was a great group of people. It was pretty cold while we were making it, so that made it feel warm and cozy.
Zap2it: What prompted you to take the role of a divorced mom who runs into numerous challenges during the holiday season?
Bethany Joy Lenz: It was just one of those projects that came across the pipe, and I have a 3-1/2-year-old, and I just felt it would be so fun to have something that she and I could watch together.
I never really felt like she could watch "One Tree Hill" because so many of the scenes are so adult, and with this, she could see Mommy do a Christmas movie! It was easy to just jump on board and do it.
Zap2it: What did you relate to most strongly about your "Christmas Secret" character?
Bethany Joy Lenz: [ "One Tree Hill's"] Haley had a lot of the same demeanor and intentions -- she was warm and she had a good heart and all of that -- but I always felt she was really smart.
With ("The Christmas Secret's") Christine, she's really simple. She might not be a rocket scientist or someone who's incredibly resourceful and creating things all the time, but she's a very grounded woman. And sometimes, those are the most complex characters to play.
"The Christmas Secret" premieres Sunday, Dec. 7, on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
One Tree Hill Reunion! Sophia Bush, James Lafferty and More Co-Stars Come Together in Paris(Photos) What a week for TV fans!
As if the announcement that every episode of Friends was coming to Netflix wasn't exciting enough, fans of One Tree Hill got another huge surprise when several castmembers from the popular WB series came together for an event in Paris.
During the One Tree Hill convention (yes, that's obviously a real thing), Sophia Bush, Bethany Joy Lenz and Hilarie Burton reunited with a selfie we can't help but fall in love with.
"Basically the best," Bush shared on Instagram with her former co-stars.
And don't worry ladies, there was plenty of eye candy on-hand as well.
Bethany met up with James Lafferty at the festival and yes, they are still quite close. "This handsome buggar…#paris @ThisIsJamesLafferty," she said on Twitter.
Bush was even able to snap a photo with Lafferty and Paul Johansson, both members of the Scott family.
"My two favorite Scotts," she wrote on social media. "#PJRaven @ThisIsJamesLafferty #HomiesForLIfe #OTHfam"
And for all you curious fans out there wondering where Chad Michael Murray was, don't worry! He had a pretty good excuse.
"Sorry I can't make it 2 Paris, Milan & London guys," he shared with fans. "Heavy into shooting @AgentCarterTV I'll Try 2 make out sometime soon! Have a great time"
Back in August, E! News learned the One Tree Hill alum joined Marvel's Agent Carter. He will star in the major role of Strategic Scientific Reserve Agent Jack Thompson, who meets Agent Peggy Carter played by Hayley Atwell.
While busy schedules are likely preventing an official full-on One Tree Hill reunion, we can't help but hope weekends like these have the cast and crew talking about future plans. We'd love to see the gang in Tree Hill very soon.
Pilot 'Songbyrd' Not Going Forward At E!E! has passed on its music-themed drama pilot Songbyrd, created/exec produced by Krista Vernoff and exec produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Songbyrd was one of E!’s first two scripted pilots, along with drama The Royals. When The Royals was picked up to series in early March, Songbyrd was left in contention and last was featured in E!’s upfront slate at the end of March. Songbyrd, which originally was developed for NBC, centers on songwriter Lauren Byrd (Bethany Joy Lenz), a character loosely inspired by hitmaker Diane Warren. Lauren, writer of hit love songs, employs a small staff, including her sister Mickey (Rumer Willis), to enable and manage her eccentric yet wildly successful process.
'One Tree Hill' celebrates 10 years since Season 1: 10 episodes to re-watch a decade later"One Tree Hill" fans, prepare to feel old: Monday (Sept. 23) marked the 10 year anniversary of the Season 1 premiere.
The WB/CW teen soap that touched so many lives, changed the TV landscape, and became a pop culture event is now a decade old. Has it really been that long since Lucas and Nathan first battled out their long-simmering sibling resentment on the River Court? Since Peyton's car broke down, and she and Lucas had their first real conversation? Since we were first introduced to Dan Scott's evil ways? Since we met the all-around perfect mom in Karen Roe? Since we first saw the Tree Hill Ravens?
In the nine seasons since that fateful premiere, all the characters grew into completely different, wonderful, unique people, and we as an audience grew with them. To celebrate the monumental milestone, here are 10 classic "One Tree Hill" episodes to binge watch on the 10 year anniversary of its premiere:
10. Season 1 episode 1: "Pilot"
Obviously, we can't properly celebrate the 10th birthday of the pilot without re-watching the episode that started it all.
9. Season 6 episode 18: "Searching for a Former Clarity"
The Season 3 premiere makes this list for one major reason: Peyton's memorable speech. "At this moment, there are 6 billion, 4 hundred, 71 million, 8 hundred, 18 thousand, 6 hundred, 71 people in the world. Some are running scared; some are coming home. Some tell lies to make it through the day; others are just now facing the truth. Some are evil men at war with good, and some are good...struggling with evil. Six billion people in the world. Six billion souls. And sometimes...all you need is one."
7. Season 3 episode 22: "The Show Must Go On"
Haley and Nathan's second wedding took place in front of all their friends, and while the whole episode should have been a happy occasion, this is "One Tree Hill" we're talking about. You don't get happy without the tragedy. Brooke and Lucas' fight was a knock-down, drag-out performance by Sophia Bush, and was the official end to the Brooke/Lucas saga. "Newlyweds" Haley and Nathan didn't make it to their honeymoon, instead crashing into the bridge and Nathan diving into the water to save the day.
6. Season 7 episode 22: "Almost Everything I Wish I'd Said the Last Time I Saw You"
Finally, Brooke got her happy ending after years of not believing she was enough. As everyone made the trip out to Utah to attend Julian's movie premiere, he proposed to Brooke, giving her everything she ever wanted. Oh yeah, and Clay and Quinn got shot and left for dead in one of the most shocking, out-of-nowhere moments of the series.
5. Season 4 episode 9: "Some You Give Away"
This was the episode fans had been waiting for ever since the series premiere: Lucas finally picked Peyton. Their kiss was monumental, taking place after Lucas makes the game-winning shot to win the state championship game for the Tree Hill Ravens. We waited for this moment for four seasons, and it was everything we wanted ... and more, because the episode also found Haley getting hit by a car, Nathan killing the guy the responsible, Dan taking the blame, and Lucas having a heart attack. Whoah.
4. Season 9 episode 11: "Danny Boy"
After nine seasons of terrorizing Tree Hill and all its residents, Dan Scott couldn't escape death. But instead of his death being a happy occasion after all the evil he had released on everyone around him, "One Tree Hill" threw us for a loop and made his final goodbyes an emotional hour that fans will never forget.
3. Season 3 episode 16: "With Tired Eyes, Tired Minds, Tired Souls, We Slept"
"Glee," please take note: this is how you do a school shooting episode (also, no show will ever beat "One Tree Hill's" school shooting episode, so we should probably retire that story line forever right now). This whole episode was a huge risk that paid off: though the events were catastrophic and tragic, the hour changed everyone's lives for better or worse. The biggest reason this episode will go down in history? It never made Jimmy out to be the bad guy. He was remembered for being a friend, not for the one horrible choice he made.
2. Season 4 episode 21: "All of A Sudden I Miss Everyone"
The Season 4 finale could have actually been the series finale had "One Tree Hill" not gotten a Season 5 renewal. And if that had happened, we wouldn't be mad: this was a perfect way to end the series (though we are extremely happy we got another amazing 5 seasons!). It was an emotional hour as everyone graduated from Tree Hill High, both Haley and Karen gave birth, Chase lost his virginity to Brooke, and the girls gave one amazing Spice Girls dance performance as everyone partied for the last time as seniors. In the finale scene, all our favorite characters gathered on the River Court and promised to be best friends forever.
1. Season 9 episode 13: "One Tree Hill"
The best way to cap off your 10 year celebration? By watching the all-around amazing ending to the series. Everyone got the happy ending they deserved after nine years of ups, downs, psychos, murders, relationships, and friendships that will last for life. The hour ended with a flash-forward to everyone in the stands in the Tree Hill High gym to watch a teenaged Jamie play basketball. The perfect ending to the perfect series.
Bethany Joy Lenz To Play The Lead In E! Pilot 'Songbyrd'Bethany Joy Lenz (Dexter) has landed the lead in one of E!’s first two scripted pilots, the Krista Vernoff/Diane Warren drama Songbyrd executive produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. It centers on Lauren Byrd (Lenz), a character loosely inspired by hitmaker Warren. Lauren, writer of hit love songs, employs a small staff, including her sister, to enable and manage her eccentric yet wildly successful process. But when her ex-fiance reveals himself to be less than the man she remembers, she realizes that she can no longer live in the past and must find a new, true inspiration for her sake and those around her. Uni TV is co-producing with Universal Cable Prods; Michael Morris is directing. Lenz is with Gersh, Untitled and attorney Adam Kaller.
CSI: One Tree Hill's Bethany Joy Lenz Joins Milestone 300th Episode(tvline.com) New evidence has come to light regarding CSI‘s upcoming 300th episode, and it points to a guest appearance by Bethany Joy Lenz.
TVLine has learned exclusively that the One Tree Hill alumna has signed on to guest star in the milestone outing as a sexy, seemingly normal-looking mother of two (think soccer mom with an edge).
Episode 300 — slated to air on Oct. 23 and featuring a return appearance by CSI vet Marg Helgenberger— centers on a cold case that “takes our characters back to the beginning,” executive producer Don McGill recently revealed to TVLine. “They have to investigate a murder with the same M.O. and the same suspect from 14 years ago.”
Lenz recently concluded a multi-episode arc on the final season of Dexter.
'Dexter' Season 8: 'One Tree Hill's' Bethany Joy Lenz 'beside myself' to join as love interest(zap2it.com) Bethany Joy Lenz knew, in joining "Dexter" for its final round, that anything could happen to her character.
And anything can, especially since she plays a potential love interest for the serial killer (Michael C. Hall). The "One Tree Hill" alum makes her first appearance in the concluding Season 8 of the Showtime series Sunday (July 21), with her alter ego Cassie guided by babysitter Jamie (Aimee Garcia) toward a romantic set-up with Dexter.
"I'm a huge fan of the show," Lenz tells Zap2it, "so I was beside myself when I got the part. Networks like Showtime and HBO are very secretive about their shows, which is part of why it's always so tantalizing, especially for an actor. You don't know quite what you're walking into, but you trust the quality of the work and the people you're working with."
"Dexter" star and executive producer Hall proved himself one of those people for Lenz, who declares working with him "wonderful. We talked a little musical theater, because we both have that background, but I really wanted to respect his process and stay out of the way unless we were working on a scene together.
"He's carrying the whole show, so he's got to be on top of the thought process of his character at any given moment. I think there's a general sense of respect around him, but he's really lovely and kind and funny. Just a really nice guy."
Calling Cassie "kind of a bohemian chick," Lenz admits to jitters when she initially arrived on the "Dexter" set: "I was a nervous wreck my first day. I was so excited to be there and to be working with them, and it had been a while. I hadn't found any projects after 'One Tree Hill' that I felt said, 'This is the next thing I could do.'
"I had a lot of things come across my plate that just didn't seem they had that much to them, and I really wanted to make a statement about my work. Finally, when the opportunity for 'Dexter' came up and I was really nervous, everybody was so nice about it. I only worked one day on that first episode, then on my second episode, I got it together. I was able to show up and really be a part of everything."
Though "Dexter" is nearing its finale, Lenz stresses as she enters it, "Everything these writers do is so intentional. A lot of the characters are representative of themes in Dexter's life, which is something I've noticed in each season of the show as I've watched it ... so I think you can count on Cassie to represent something important for Dexter."
Also a singer-songwriter with a new album on the way, Lenz continues to hear from fans about her "One Tree Hill" days as Haley, especially since that series still repeats daily on SoapNet. "I loved that show and am truly grateful for it," she says, "but as an artist, it's always fun to explore other things."
'Men At Work' video: 'One Tree Hill's' Bethany Joy Lenz and Michael Cassidy get their flirt onOn next week's episode of "Men at Work," Bethany Joy Lenz makes her first TV appearance since saying goodbye to "One Tree Hill" -- and she's ditching the angst and drama for some straight-up comedy. Now, Zap2it has your exclusive first look clip at Lenz's new role as Meg, a single mom who connects with Tyler (Michael Cassidy) in the produce aisle.
When Tyler shows up to take Meg on a date, he's surprised to meet her babysitter -- who is also her ex-husband Bryan, played by Cassidy's former "The O.C." co-star and current "Southland" cop Benjamin McKenzie. Despite Bryan's history with Meg, the dudes get along pretty well. Almost too well.
Tune in to TBS on Thursday, May 9 at 10 p.m. EST. to see the big teen drama reunion go down. In the meantime, watch Cassidy and Lenz get their flirt on in the clip here.
Bethany Joy Lenz Moves In On Dexter!One Tree Hill fans, rejoice! And be a little scared. TV Guide Magazine has learned exclusively that the fabulous OTH vet Bethany Joy Lenz will be recurring on Dexter's eighth season, which is set to premiere on June 30 at 9/8c.
Described as "an attractive former finance executive looking for a quieter life," Lenz's character, Cassie, is slated to debut in the season's fourth episode and will wind up moving in next door to Dexter. While it's doubtful she will actually find life so close to a serial killer to be peaceful, we have a sneaking suspicion that her arrival will shake things up for Dex as he and Deb continue to pass themselves off as normal, non-homicidal, slightly-incestuous siblings.
Bethany Joy Lenz lands 'Men At Work' Season 2 roleWe're still mourning "One Tree Hill" here at Zap2it, but elsewhere, the cast members are moving on. Sophia Bush will soon be seen on CBS's "Partners," Rob Buckley has a key role on ABC's "666 Park Avenue"... and now fan favorite star Bethany Joy Lenz (ex-Michelle, Guiding Light) has booked her first post-"OTH" television role.
Zap2it has learned exclusively that Lenz, who played Haley James Scott for nine seasons, will guest star on TBS's "Men At Work" as a hot mom. (It's a role she's pretty familiar with -- both from "OTH" and, you know... life.)
Tyler -- played by Michael Cassidy of "The O.C." fame -- is entering the "new frontier" of dating moms, so he takes interest in the recently divorced Meg (Lenz), who has two very young kids. He's totally digging her... but unfortunately for Meg, she quickly realizes that dating Tyler is a lot like having a third child on her hands.
Lenz begins filming on Thursday, and her episode will air in 2013. We can't wait to see her back on the small screen!
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, April 4, 2012FOX's "American Idol" garnered an easy win for the network Wednesday, though it was down more than a million viewers in its first hour this week and up a bit in the second. CBS' "Survivor: One World" was up this week as well. Fans said goodbye to The CW's "One Tree Hill" with two hours of programming -- the first being interviews with the cast, which drew 1.37 million viewers, while the finale brought in 1.42 million -- a modest rise for the show.
"Betty White's Off Their Rockers" did A-OK for NBC with 7.2 million viewers -- its follow-up "Best Friends Forever," not so much. ABC's "Happy Endings" exited its second season on a low note with just 3.7 million viewers.
FOX averaged 16.65 million viewers with a 10.0 rating/16 share in households for the night. CBS came in a more distant second at 11.09 million, 7.0/11. Third place went to ABC with 3.85 million, 2.6/4, fourth was NBC with 3.58 million, 2.4/4, and The CW at 1.4 million, 0.9/2.
In the adults 18-49 demographic, FOX won with a 4.7 rating, followed by CBS more distantly (2.8), then ABC (1.3), NBC (1.0) and the CW (0.8).
One Tree Hill Series Finale: What Did You Think?This is a safe space, One Tree Hill fans. Are you crying? Throwing around silverware in frustration over your show ending? Jumping for joy because of a certain scene with your favorite couple?
Then this is the place for you. No judgment, only support from other OTH fans about the series finale, and some final words from creator Mark Schwahn. No spoilers ahead, only nice memories…
We spoke to Schwahn before the ninth and final season even began, and he had a lot of wonderful things to say about his show, and the fans that kept it around for so long. So to help with the grieving over OTH officially ending, we wanted to share his thoughts on going off the air after 187 episodes.
The Fans Are the Reason: Schwahn is well aware that if it wasn't for the viewers, One Tree Hill wouldn't have made it this far. "We were such the little show that could. We came from such a meager beginning. We were such a low-rated show. We didn't have a chance in hell at surviving," he reminisced. "We wanted to reward the fans that have stuck around and been very loyal and faithful to the show because it sounds easy, but they're really the reason we were still [on the air]."
Ending With…Zombies?! Even though the finale was the perfect love letter to fans both new and old, Schwahn revealed that some crazy ideas on how to send off OTH came up in meetings. "Trust me, you get writers in a room, you get every scenario imaginable!" he laughed. "From the van crashing into all the regulars outside of Tric to an alien invasion and zombies. You get it all!" But rest assured, he never even once thought about revealing that all nine seasons were all a dream, calling that move "the worst bait and switch of all!"
Most importantly, he wanted both the cast and fans to be proud of the end. "I believe in emotional resolution for the characters. I don't believe in story resolution, meaning 'this is where everybody ends.' Sometimes the end is the beginning," he said. "I just did the DVD commentary for [the finale] with most of our cast, and they all were very proud of it." And speaking of pride…
He's Also Proud of His OTH Family: A lot of people who worked on the show in season one went on to do bigger and better things—from directors to writers to production assistants, a fact that Schwahn loves to have played a part in. "I'm just proud of the pedigree of the show and all the people who have gotten closer to whatever dreams they were chasing using One Tree Hill as their conduit."
In fact, he almost saw himself as a parent, especially when it came to the cast. "[I loved] being around the girls and watching what close friends they've become over the years," he told us. "We took all of their 20s, and I guess like a parent I wanted to feel that it was all for a good thing and that it made them better and that it got them closer to what they wanted. And there were so many tears shed in the end that I feel like it did, that they were crying for the right reason and they were all going to miss [the show] for the right reason."
A Final Thank You: When we asked for a last message to the OTH fanbase, Schwahn, known for being quite the talker, became momentarily speechless. "A writer without words is kind of a pathetic thing," he said with a hint of embarrassment. "And it's so hard to explain. It's just been so life-changing for me. This allowed me to make a new movie every seven or eight days. What you also get out of it is a quiet confidence in your craft, and the fans own that for all of us, for the actors and for me."
Having confidence even when you're show was always on the bubble is no easy feat, and Schwahn is well aware of the uphill journey the show has endured over the years, mainly caused by the constant negative reaction to the show. "You post [an article about OTH] and most of the responses are going to be mean. There's just something about our show where people are just so excited to hate it! Trust me, they hate this show," he laughed. "And there's a very small audiences that love our show, and they have been true to us and kept us on the air. And for that, that's priceless. It's hard to say thank you for something like that. Thank you doesn't seem to get it done."
Well, this is the end of the line for OTH. Thanks for nine crazy, wonderful, heartfelt seasons. Now we want to hear from you guys! What did you think of One Tree Hill's send-off? Take our poll, and then hit the comments to say your own thank you to Mark Schwahn and crew.
We love you, One Tree Hill. Always…and forever.
One Tree Hill Comes Full Circle and Says GoodbyeShows come and go, but every once in a while there's one that sticks with you -- and sometimes you 're not even sure why. In 2003, a little show called One Tree Hill debuted, attempting to fill my deep void from the loss of my beloved Dawson's Creek. From the moment I was introduced to Brooke, Peyton, Lucas and Haley (Nathan had to grow on me), I knew I had made lifelong connections to each of these characters.
"The time that we've spent together over the years has meant so much and without you we would not be here tonight," Haley tells those gathered at Tric's 10-year anniversary. But faithful viewers know, she may as well been talking to us.
Throughout the final 70 minutes, we got to help send off our favorite characters as they continued on their journeys. Nathan told his son there's more to life than basketball, Haley performed at Tric, Brooke successfully launched Baker Man and Julian gave her the home of her childhood dreams. Clay and Quinn married minutes before they adopted Logan, Chase and Chris Keller became best buds, and Mouth received a $500,000 dollar check from Dan Scott's estate and used it to start the Edwards/Scott scholarship fund.
We got winks and nods to moments past, too. Nathan gave Haley a bracelet hidden in a Cracker Jack box and said, "Don't ever say I didn't give you anything." Jamie learned about Haley and Lucas' secret predictions box just as his mom said, "There's only one Tree Hill, Jamie Scott, and it's your home" — the same thing Karen told her son Lucas in the Season 1 finale. Chris and Nathan joked about their first encounter, water balloons were thrown from the roof, books were reintroduced into Karen's Café and Julian recreated Peyton's room for his show.
Finally, Gavin DeGraw performed the show's breakout hit "I Don't Wanna Be."
But it was in the show's final moments, that the series truly came full circle and my tears started flowing — not because the series was ending, but because the characters I love were living the life they deserved. The last moment was perfection: Brooke, Julian, Haley, Nathan, Mouth, a now pregnant Millicent, Clay, Quinn, an adolescent Logan, Skills, Bevin, Chase, Chris Keller and twins Jude and Davis stood in the Tree Hill high bleachers to cheer on the town's now all-time leading scorer... Jamie Scott.
What did you think of the One Tree Hill series finale? And how many tissues did you need?
'One Tree Hill': Sophia Bush, Bethany Joy Lenz, James Lafferty, and castmates make their next career movesTonight we say goodbye to "One Tree Hill" after nine years on the air, but the cast and crew said goodbye in mid-November when picture wrapped on the 187th episode in Wilmington, NC. Now, over four months later, creator Mark Schwahn and the cast we've come to think of as friends have moved on to new projects.
We realize that emotions are still raw right now, but when you're ready -- here's where you can find those familiar faces.
Mark Schwahn: Schwahn is currently back in North Carolina overseeing production on his pilot, "Shelter," which is a contender for The CW's Fall 2012 schedule. The pilot, which he's executive producing with J.J. Abrams, will certainly appeal to "One Tree Hill" fans -- it's an old-school WB feel, an undeniable earnestness, and the same themes of hope and friendship that we saw on OTH.
James Lafferty: "I'm waiting for a new film that I did to come out," Lafferty tells Zap2it. "I did it over the summer with a couple friends of mine that are really talented filmmakers. It's called 'Lost on Purpose,' so we're waiting to see what's happening with that -- what festivals it gets into, or how it's going to get released. And then I'm sort of just auditioning and getting myself back out there and just trying to meet everybody again." Lafferty is open to doing another TV series. "It just depends on what the project is. Working for so long on the show, I've realized that I just don't want to go too long without working. It's just sort of part of me now... it's given me purpose in life." He's also still working on a nature/adventure documentary series with his brother Stuart Lafferty and "OTH" costar Stephen Colletti.
Sophia Bush: Bush recently wrapped production on "Partners," a sitcom pilot being developed for CBS. Bush plays jewelry designer Ali, the soon-to-be-fiancee of an architect (Dave Krumholtz) who is caught up in an intense, codependent relationship with his gay best friend (Michael Urie). Additionally, Bush continues her tireless charity work promoting civil rights, humanitarian issues, environmental awareness, and female empowerment with organizations like Pencils of Promise, Global Green, and I AM THAT GIRL -- amongst others. She may also enter a life of wardrobe-related crime: "Everyone says to me, 'Wow, you must get to keep all the clothes!' And I'm like, 'Are you kidding me?' They take that stuff from us and archive them," she tells us. "One of these days, I'm going to show up to Warner Brothers in a cat suit and break in and steal all my stuff."
Bethany Joy Lenz: Lenz continues to be a jack of many trades. Her priority is, of course, daughter Maria, who she calls her "best project," with a smile. She's also still working on adapting Nicholas Sparks' "The Notebook" as a stage musical. "Those things take forever sometimes, it's been 6 years, but we're still going, chugging along," she says. "I've got a few writing projects that I'm working on. I've got a children's book that I'm working on." You can also read her rotating novel, "Diamond Gothic," on HelloGiggles. Though she plans to continue to act, Lenz is hesitant to get involved in another TV series. "Right now it would be very difficult for me to imagine going straight into another TV job. I love Haley, but I do get tired of playing the same character all the time. I could have taken my summer breaks to go do other [projects], but I wanted to be home with my family, so I feel like right now is the season for me to really explore my personal passions as an actor."
Austin Nichols: Nichols appears in Showtime's "Ray Donovan" pilot as Tommy West, an A-list movie star who seeks out the help of a Los Angeles "troubleshooter" when he finds himself in a tough bind. Additionally, Nichols hopes to continue to direct. "I've got my eye on a book that I want to buy," he tells us. "I want to make a feature. I've been a true lover of movies my whole life. There's something about sitting in a theater with a bunch of strangers, when it's dark, and having this shared experience. I've always wanted to make movies."
Robert Buckley: Buckley is currently filming ABC's supernatural thriller pilot "666 Park" for consideration as part of their fall schedule. He plays Brian, a playwright who moves into a haunted NYC building with his fashion photographer girlfriend Louise (Mercedes Masöhn).
Shantel VanSanten: VanSanten is auditioning and continues to support Team True Beauty, which encourages strong self-esteem and self-image, and Drawing Hope, which supports survivors of abuse and tragedy through art.
Tyler Hilton: Hilton released his new album, "Forget the Storm," this week, and is currently on tour supporting it. While he's focusing on music, he expects to be on screen in another acting project in the future. "My focus is definitely the record and touring, but acting is one of those things you don't have much control over -- it's about when the right script comes along and all the pieces fall into place at the right time," he says. "With my music, I have control, because no matter what, I can continue to write. I can continue to play. At the end of the day, playing live shows is just my favorite thing in the world to do. I just love it."
Paul Johansson: "I signed on to direct a film," he tells Zap2it. "I'm in the process of writing the script with Nick Cassavetes. We're going to hopefully go into prep in about 60 days."
Jackson Brundage: "I think I'm just going to go back to regular school and hang out with friends and stuff," the 11-year-old tells us. "Maybe my mom might talk me into going out on some auditions."
One Tree Hill Creator Mark Schwahn: The Series Finale Will Acknowledge the FansOne Tree Hill may be ending on Wednesday, but creator Mark Schwahn doesn't want viewers to say goodbye to his beloved characters just yet.
"I like the idea of life goes on in Tree Hill," Schwahn tells TVGuide.com. "We're still here; we're just not going to see you each week."
The two-hour finale will reunite a few of show's familiar faces as the gang comes together to celebrate Tric's 10-year anniversary. But how will the series-ender top last season's final moment of Jamie dribbling across the bridge, Scott Body Shop hoodie and all, which mirrored the very first scene of the pilot? It won't, Schwahn says. So rather than trying, he went into the finale with a tone in mind, instead of a final scene. "The finale feels nostalgic in the right way and works best for the people who have loved the show and know the history of the show," he says. "I wanted it to be a bit of a reward to our core fans who have been so faithful to it and I wanted them to feel like we were acknowledging their allegiance to the show over the years." Some of those hints include call-backs to past story lines like Jamie being kidnapped by Nanny Carrie in Season 6 and Nathan's more recent abduction.
Although Season 9 was a "pleasant surprise" to Schwahn, he firmly believes it was the show's best. While he introduced new stories that he only had time to just scratch the surface with (ahem, Clay has a son!), he also made sure to give closure where possible — the prime example being the intensely hateful father-and-son relationship between Nathan (James Lafferty) and Dan (Paul Johansson). When the series began, Nathan was following in his father's footsteps as the town's star basketball player, yet he resented the immense pressure his father put on him. The feud was sidelined when Dan turned himself in for his brother Keith's murder in the Season 4 finale. Dan continued to be a mainstay of the series, but after a brief absence, Schwan knew he wanted the series-long story to have a presence in the final season.
"Some people are just not going to forgive him, nor should they, but other people desperately wanted redemption for Dan," Schwahn says. "I was always rooting for Dan Scott, but at the same time I don't know a world where [they could] go to dinner with him and joke with him. I thought if redemption is his, he needs to be forgiven by Keith (Craig Sheffer) and that's what led to the episode [where he died]. Nathan needed to have closure with him, but more so I think Keith needs to have closure with him."
Looking back, Schwahn is still in awe that the "little show that could" made it through 187 episodes on air. "We felt like such an underdog," he says. "We didn't get a lot of support, we got zero critical acclaim and we rallied around that; it became a badge of honor to us [like] a secret little club. There are things certainly I would change, but when you get this far and considering we've all gotten along and enjoyed it, you've done a lot more right than wrong and we should be proud of that."
Check Out TV Guide's Top 9 One Tree Hill MomentsAfter nearly nine years and 187 episodes, One Tree Hill is coming to an end this week. But before saying our final goodbyes to Nathan, Haley, Brooke and the gang, we take a look back at some of the show's memorable most moments. From psycho stalkers to heart-breaking deaths, here are our Top 9 One Tree Hill moments: Video.
Will 'One Tree Hill' live on? Executive producer Mark Schwahn would consider a reunionThis Wednesday, fans will watch the final episode of "One Tree Hill" when the ninth season wraps with a two-hour goodbye event on The CW. Though we'll bid farewell to our favorite characters, the show lives on within the show, as Julian combines his two passions - film making and Brooke.
But just how final is this finale? There's no denying the popularity of remakes, revamps, and the ever-trendy "reimaginings" these days. The CW's "90210" comes to mind, of course. This season alone, The CW is developing two series -- "The Carrie Diaries" and "Beauty and the Beast" -- based on television shows that wrapped years ago.
It's only natural to wonder whether "One Tree Hill" could resurface, whether as a reunion movie or a revived series. Zap2it checked in with creator Mark Schwahn for one last "One Tree Hill" chat this week, and he told us that he'd certainly consider visiting Tree Hill again in the future.
"I'm leery to answer, because some people are like, 'Why won't he just let it die! Let it go! It hasn't been good for years! I'm tired of this guy!'" he laughs. "But you create these characters for years, and live with them, and spend so many episodes writing about their lives. I've spent so many years having conversations with these fictional characters, I always say that when I get old I'm going to be so senile, talking to these make-believe characters."
If there's a demand from the audience for a return to Tree Hill, Schwahn is willing to further sacrifice his future lucidity. "Yeah, I love the characters and I love the world. I would never say never; it's all project-specific. The way I look at it is: there are people who love the show. If they miss it, if they're interested in some stone that we haven't turned over yet, then why not? If people want to see it, and they love it, and we love it, then I don't think it's anyone else's business."
If Warner Bros. is ever looking to develop a revival, may we suggest "Tree Hill: The Logan Evans Years"? That kid is the best.
Tune in Wednesday night at 8 p.m. for the emotional season finale. Dare you not to cry!
'One Tree Hill' series finale: Brooke returns to Peyton's room in a 'love letter to the fans'On Wednesday, "One Tree Hill" fans will watch the series finale -- almost exactly ten years after the cast and crew first gathered to film the pilot episode. Series creator and executive producer Mark Schwahn, who has been along for the ride the entire way, filmed a short preview. It's a testament to the characters he created that we nearly started crying just watching it.
"It's episode number 187, it's our series finale, and it's called 'One Tree Hill,'" says Schwahn, who both wrote and directed the episode, which centers around the ten-year anniversary of the opening of Tric nightclub, a focal location over the course of the show. Appropriately, Gavin DeGraw -- whose career was launched when his song was chosen as the theme song in 2003 -- will perform, as will series vet Bethany Joy Lenz.
"We all enjoyed making this show. We all felt like it was the greatest opportunity; we were all lucky to have it. In this episode we tried to capture some of those emotions, and we hope you're going to find that this was a gift to you. A love letter to the fans who have stuck by us for nine seasons. To you, we say thank you, and we hope you enjoy the show. It's called 'One Tree Hill.'"
In the clip below, Brooke revisits the scenes of some of her most poignant memories thanks to Julian's reimagining of her story for television. Of course, it's not her own bedroom that felt like home when she was a kid, but that of her best friend Peyton -- closet doors complete with a little well-earned revisionist history from Julian.
"It's like a time capsule," Brooke tells him. "I could tell you stories about nights spent in this room... we did a lot of growing up in here. Wishing and dreaming, figuring out who we were going to be, you know?"
Aaaand we're weeping. Tune in Wednesday night at 8 p.m. for the two-hour event. Bring tissues. (Video)
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, March 28, 2012FOX's "American Idol" was up a bit this week in both hours, winning the night for most viewers and the 18-49 demographic. CBS' "Survivor: One World" fell some this week, as did The CW's "One Tree Hill."
The CW's "America's Next Top Model: British Invasion" got a small bump in ratings, while NBC's "Bent" fell to 2.5 million viewers.
FOX averaged 17.15 million viewers with a 10.2 rating/17 share in households for the night. CBS came in a more distant second at 8.3 million, 5.2/9. Third place went to ABC with 4.3 million, 2.9/5, fourth was NBC with 3.14 million, 2.1/3, and The CW at 1.34 million, 0.9/2.
In the adults 18-49 demographic, FOX won with a 5.0 rating, followed by CBS more distantly (2.1), then ABC (1.3), NBC (1.0) and the CW (0.6).
One Tree Hill- March 28 - 8pm CW - NewOne Tree Hill: FINALE - The 10th anniversary of Tric attracts old faces and creates new possibilities.
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, March 21, 2012FOX's "American Idol" was down again this week for both hours, though it still won the night for the network with most viewers. CBS' "Survivor: One World" also fell again a bit, while The CW's "America's Next Top Model: British Invasion" got a bit of a boost, as did "One Tree Hill."
New series "Bent" only managed to garner 2.6 million viewers for NBC.
FOX averaged 16.55 million viewers with a 10.1 rating/16 share in households for the night. CBS came in second at 11.1 million, 7.0/12. Third place went to ABC with 4.86 million (3.2/5) fourth was NBC with 3.16 million, 2.1/4, and The CW at 1.36 million, 0.9/2.
In the adults 18-49 demographic, FOX won with a 4.9 rating, followed by CBS more distantly (2.8), then ABC (1.5), NBC (1.0) and the CW (0.6).
One Tree Splitsville: Bethany Joy Galeotti DivorcingOne Tree Hill is coming to an end, and so is star Bethany Joy Galeotti's marriage, unfortunately.
The tube star, who plays Haley James Scott on the CW series, announced on her blog on Monday that she and her musician hubby, Michael Galeotti, are getting a divorce and she plans to take her maiden name again.
"As most of you know, as much as I love to share with you the magic of ordinary days, I am also very private about my personal life. In fact, the only reason I'm saying anything about this at all is because you'll all be wondering soon why everyone is calling me 'Bethany Joy Lenz' again," she wrote. "I'm sorry to say that Michael and I have decided to divorce."
The split, according to Galeotti, is an amicable one.
"We remain friendly and dedicated to raising our beautiful girl in love and we appreciate your prayers and support during this difficult time. I feel immensely humbled and grateful that God works all things for the good of those who love Him," the 30-year-old actress-singer added.
The couple tied the knot in December 2005 and welcomed their first child, daughter Maria Rose Galeotti, a year ago.
Meanwhile, after nine seasons, One Tree Hill will wrap up with a two-hour series finale set to air April 4.
One Tree Hill- March 28 - 8pm CW - NewAnyone Who Had a Heart: Haley gets ready to emcee the Burning Boat Festival; Brooke deals with her father's betrayal; Julian revisits an old idea; Mouth and Millie make changes to their show; Clay and Quinn prepare for Logan's first night with them.
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2012FOX's "American Idol" was down a bit for both hours over last week's Wednesday episode, though it still pulled big numbers for the network, winning it the top spot for most viewers. CBS' "Survivor: One World" and The CW's "America's Next Top Model: British Invasion" also fell a little this week.
New episodes of "Criminal Minds" on CBS and "Modern Family" on ABC pulled in 11.3 million and 10.5 million viewers, respectively.
FOX averaged 17.9 million viewers with a 10.5 rating/17 share in households for the night. CBS came in second at 11.05 million, 6.9/11. Third place went to ABC with 6.4 million (4.1/7) fourth was NBC with 2.9 million, 2.0/3, and The CW at 1.3 million, 0.9/1.
In the adults 18-49 demographic, FOX won with a 5.3 rating, followed by CBS (2.8), ABC (2.2), NBC (0.8) and the CW (0.6).
One Tree Hill- March 21 - 8pm CW - NewDanny Boy: Dan puts his life on the line in his search for Nathan; Brooke's father returns, surprising her; Clay and Quinn reach out to Logan.
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, Mar. 7, 2012FOX's "American Idol" was up this week in both the 8 and 9 o'clock hours, winning the network the top spot for Wednesday ratings. CBS' "Survivor: One World" held the line, while The CW's "America's Next Top Model: British Invasion" was up a bit over last week's 1.3 million viewers, getting 1.4 million viewers this week.
FOX averaged 18.5 million viewers -- up 1.5 million over last week -- with a 10.8 rating/17 share in households. CBS was second at 8.7 million, 5.4/9, third place went to ABC with 5.1 million, 3.4/5, fourth was NBC with 3.7 million, 2.5/4, and The CW at 1.44 million, 1.0/2.
In the adults 18-49 demographic, FOX won with a 5.6 rating, followed more distantly by CBS (2.2), ABC (1.7), NBC (1.2) and the CW (0.6).
One Tree Hill- March 14 - 8pm CW - NewHardcore Will Never Die, But You Will: As Julian, Dan and Chris try to rescue Nathan, Brooke and Xavier's conflict escalates; Clay and Quinn revisit the past.
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012"American Idol" was up this week -- good news for FOX and also an expected win for the network. Also up a bit this week were ABC's "Modern Family" and CBS' "Survivor: One World." The CW's premiere of "America's Next Top Model: British Invasion" reeled in 1.3 million viewers for The CW during the 9 p.m. hour.
FOX averaged 17 million viewers with a 10.0 rating/16 share in households. CBS was second at 11.4 million, 7.0/11, third was ABC at 8.1 million, 5.1/8, fourth NBC with 4 million, 2.8/4 and The CW at 1.4 million, 1.0/1.
In the adults 18-49 demographic, FOX was on top with a 4.9 rating, followed by CBS (2.9) and ABC (2.9), NBC (1.2) and the CW (0.6).
'One Tree Hill': Who was under the sheet? Why we're not loving the lack of a twistWell, that was anticlimactic.
In this season's "One Tree Hill" premiere, we saw a brief flash-forward style glimpse of Haley (Bethany Joy Galeotti) crying as she prepared to identify a body in a morgue. All week, The CW has been airing promo trailers for tonight's episode -- a dramatic clip of Haley approaching the body. It's been two months of building anticipation for this moment.
Tonight, during the episode, we learned that Nathan was not, in fact, the body in the morgue. It was just a random body that surfaced in the river.
Don't get us wrong -- Galeotti's performance was absolutely heart-stopping, and we'd have to have been made of stone to avoid shedding a tear over it. She's had many stand-out moments over the course of the series, but this week's was undoubtedly her strongest work, and if there's any justice in the industry, she'll find herself highly sought-after from here on out.
That said, when a moment is built up to such a degree, it breeds distrust with the audience when there's no payoff. We're glad that Nathan wasn't under that sheet tonight, but we feel a little bit cheated out of a story. (We probably should've gotten used to that, given the fact that "One Tree Hill" was once notorious for using dream sequences in teaser promos, but still.)
Regardless, we can promise you this: there will be more tragedy in Tree Hill before the season is over. There's still a major death on the horizon, and we stand by what we told you in January - it is a character who is very significant to the series and who we've known for years.
What did you think of tonight's lack of a twist? (Unless, of course, you count the story with Clay and Logan, who is just about the greatest thing to happen to this series in years.) Video.
One Tree Hill- March 7 - 8pm CW - NewEvery Breath Is a Bomb: Brooke and Julian take measures to protect their family; Skills helps Mouth make a turn-around; Chase faces up to his actions defending Chuck; Clay and Logan reach a new understanding.