Tonight: Emily Osment and Paul Johansson in ‘A Daughter’s Nightmare’

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Well, you One Tree Hill fans can rejoice. One of our favorite people we love to hate is back on the small screen. Paul Johansson is starring alongside Hannah Montana alum Emily Osment in Lifetime’s newest movie, A Daughter’s Nightmare, premiering tonight at 8 pm.

Soon after her father’s death, college freshman Ariel (Osment) meets Adam (Johansson) and his step-son Ben (Gregg Sulkin, Wizards of Waverly Place). Having recently dealt with their death in the family, Adam and Ben naturally feel like a good pair to confide in. But when Adam starts spending an unusual amount of time with Ariel’s mother and her health begins to suffer, Ariel needs to discover the truth about Adam’s past.

So does this mean Dan Scott is up to his old tricks?

Well, you’ll have to watch to find out. I had the opportunity to check out the movie early, and like most Lifetime movies, it has just the right amount of compelling plot points to keep you watching to see how it all unfolds. Sure, some of the events may be a bit predictable. But they do a good job keeping you guessing who is who (and who is not what they seem) at the start. Here are a few things that grabbed me:

  • I’m familiar with most of the cast, which I like. It’s even got Al from Home Improvement. Talk about a blast from the past.
  • It’s got a perfect Lifetime movie title.
  • They reference the South, which always gets my vote. Too bad most of it is when discussing grits.
  • Osment’s eye makeup is fabulous.
  • You’re left spending most of the movie trying to answer one question: Does Sulkin have an accent, or not?
  • They have a suspenseful finish — a necessity for any Lifetime movie, from what I can tell.
  • It contains what I’d define as a perfect “Soup-worthy moment” — my own necessity for any Lifetime movie.

Sure, it’s not going to be on any nomination ballots, but as a fan of the cast, it’s entertaining. If you find yourself looking for something to watch tonight — particularly if you’re an OTH fan — flip it on. Then come back here and let me know what you think about Dan Scott, er, Adam in the end.

*image courtesy of Lifetime

A Chat with Bethany Joy Lenz

ImageOk, One Tree Hill fans. I know you’ve been wondering when you’d see your favorite Tree Hill faces again. Well, tonight’s the night. Bethany Joy Lenz is returning to TV tonight, but this time, she’ll look a little different. She’s donning a comedic cap and joining a rambunctious cast of characters for one episode of Men at Work, tonight at 10:00 pm EST on TBS.

In the episode, Bethany plays Meg, Tyler’s new girl — the first girl he’s dated who is a mom. Adding to that complexity is Bryan, played by one of Raked’s favorite dramatic actors, Ben McKenzie.

I was able to participate in a conference call with Bethany, where she discusses her return to TV, her interest in comedy, and even her upcoming role in Dexter. Check out the highlights below.

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Why Men at Work? After Bethany took some time away from acting, she wanted to get back in the biz. But she didn’t want to jump back into a dramatic role similar to what she had before. She wanted something that was “strategically designed to move my career in a direction that was not in the same way as One Tree Hill.” Enter: comedy!

Bethany had done some comedy when she was younger, but stopped once she got a dramatic role. But now she really wanted to, as she put it, “jump into sitcom work again.”

“Lucky me, I won the job!” she said. “It’s a great set. It’s a great show.” For her, it’s the perfect place to try out her comedy experiment and see how it goes. And she had a great time.

Any challenges? Bethany confessed that the first few days were tough for her. She hadn’t done comedy — especially sitcoms — in a very long time, probably 10 or 11 years. She was also walking onto a new set that “didn’t feel like home.” It took some time to navigate everyone’s energy, their vibe, and how they work in the new set.

That being said, she had no hesitation talking about the fun she had. The guys of Men at Work had their routine with each other and the audience, and she said the funniest moments were when they were filming live.

What about the live, interactive audience? Bethany confessed that one of her weakest points as an artist is comedy improv. She feels that she’s funny when she’s out with her friends, but as for performing, that’s one reason she wanted to do the show: “There’s only one way to get better at something and that’s just to do it.”

Fortunately, with the live audience, she had a little a little help. When she’d get that immediate laugh from the audience, that payoff gave her some relief.

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One Tree Hill: Last Good-Bye

ONE TREE HILL: 9.13 “One Tree Hill”

I said it was the end of an era. But you know, after the credits rolled last night (and I wiped my ridiculously wet face down with a towel), I realized that very few shows make it nine seasons. Very few shows last that long. You know, at least those that aren’t procedurals.

What else? Well, this is really the only show that was really two. I saw someone on Twitter afterward claim that, though they haven’t seen the series, the last 15 minutes was too cheesy for them, and does anyone revere high school this much? Well, OTH was distinctive. Why did it revere high school so much? Well, because it was a high school show…until it wasn’t. I can’t really name a show that went from a high school drama to a post-grad drama, without the awkward attempt at college in between. It truly made OTH unique, and that’s why you were forced to pay attention to that high school nostalgia. Because you needed to link the end of the series with the front.

Ultimately, One Tree Hill did a great job at closing the series. I realize this even more as I just caught the last five minutes of the Friends finale. One Tree Hill didn’t make some drastic change. No one moved away. No one died. No one really did anything. Instead, they just…moved on with their lives. They remembered. And then they grew up. And wasn’t that what OTH was about in the first place?

I have to say kudos to the OTH throwbacks throughout: the copy of Julius Caesar from the beginning of the series, the reference to Felix, the secret box that was Lucas and Haley’s — heck, even the water balloons. If last year we thought we were passing the torch to Jamie in the faux-finale, this year it was ever so much more present. It wasn’t just Jamie taking on the life of a Tree Hill resident, but we had Davis and Jude, Lydia, and even the ever-adorable Logan. In fact, the only complaint I have with the episode was the casting of the pubescent Logan who lost every adorable feature that adorable little creature had to offer.

And man alive, when he called Quinn “Mom,” my heart melted. As did my tearducts.

Ok, let’s go family by family, because even I’m getting lost in my thoughts!

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Thursday Open Thread: Musical Memories

Twice this week, I’ve heard “Glory Days” on the radio. Instantly, it was like I was rewatching Michael J. Fox’s last episode of Spin City. I could see him moving around DC in those final moments (jump about five minutes into the video below to see what I mean). Then I start thinking about Mary J. Blige’s “I Try,” when the team was saying good-bye to him in the bar, tears in tow.

With One Tree Hill‘s finale last night (still processing that loss), I truly realized how important music was to episodes. And no, it wasn’t just because Gavin DeGraw sang the ever-famous theme song at Tric (though that was awesome). Even before, the way that every episode was named after a song, and at the end of each, we saw what artists were featured, you realized that music was at the heart of One Tree Hill. Even the creator said that he felt like he was creating his own mix tape though OTH.

I know I’ve asked this before, but it feels like a good time to ask it again, now that TV Madness is over, and I’m forcing a return to the open thread:

What songs remind you of TV shows — or TV episodes?

Anything come to mind?

 

One Tree Hill: Remembering the Moments (Before the Good-Bye!)

Wow. I can’t believe it. It’s the end of an era. Am I allowed to say that? As one of the last people who watch One Tree Hill, it’s rather weird to say it’s the end of an era, but after nine seasons and fourteen years (don’t forget the five-year leap, y’all, one of the few that actually was successful).

I mean, we’ve seen these kids — really, high school kids — grow up before our eyes. Out of all of the people who started the show, they all are now parents, contributing their own cadre of OTHers into the mix. Crazy.

I sent out a tweet asking for some favorite One Tree Hill memories, but apparently I’m late to the party. There’s been a rather active fanbase already sharing their favorites, but I did have a couple people shout out some of theirs.

Whether it’s sentimental, sexy, scandalous, or scary, One Tree Hill has has some fantastic moments. Here are a few of the memories I want you to remember before we move on to the final two episodes of the series! And don’t forget to check out this excellent slideshow of OTH‘s OMG moments!

Brooke Breakdown: This moment was suggested by Tweep Sh-Nay-Ah, and while it might be only one scene in one episode, it encompasses all of Brooke’s fantastic mental breakdowns. I’m not talking crying or sadness. I’m talking straight-out bitchy Brooke, always in the best style.

The Limo:You know this is one of my favorites. I’ve used it over and over on the site as representative of the craziness that is OTH. After Nathan and Haley’s wedding (again), a drunk Rachel steals the limo, causing an accident that makes it sail over the bridge. Nathan jumps in after it, leaving a screaming bride on the side of the road.


Nathan and Haley in the Rain: But who wants to just remember the hard times? What about when Nathan and Haley final got together in the raid, with the ever famous Gavin DeGraw song in the background. This scene held so much nostalgia for fans, that they even voted the song as Nathan and Haley’s wedding song, if I recall.

Gavin and Jamie: Speaking of Gavin DeGraw, how about this super cute scene where Gavin sings with the kid who plays Jamie? This wasn’t really even part of an episode, just part of the episode opener, but my heart melts. Really. Love it.

Dan Need a New Heart: Because if it’s not one thing it’s another. Dan (who looks perfectly healthy) needs a heart transplant. And a dog, well, he needs lunch. Tweep Raked_JC (ok, also writer JC) voted this one in.


Nanny Carrie and the Cornfield:
It would be one thing to just have her kidnap Dan…and Jamie. But the finale for Nanny Carrie ends with her chasing Haley and Jamie through a cornfield Stephen King-style, all to end with a bottle in the face and a gunshot. Man, OTH made some great episodes.

Nick Lachey: “Stay out of it, Nick Lachey!” It might have been a catchphrase for The Soup, but there was something absolutely entertaining about having his guest appearance. Watch his lovely performance.

The School Shooting: Tweep Sh-Nay-Ah suggested this Peyton/Lucas scene, but the entire episode deserves a moment. The episode was packed to the gills with anxiety and emotion, even leaving a safe Brooke crying alone in the school gymnasium. If Peyton’s being shot and the gunman — an old friend of Mouth and Lucas’ — wasn’t enough, we had Keith’s own murder, which dictated events for the rest of the series.


Quentin:
Well, if you’re already crying, let’s move on to Quentin. Quentin wasn’t in the show long, but his presence was certainly felt. If you want to see Jamie Scott grow up in one scene, here you go.

Julian Finally Proposes: Ok, so I had to get Julian in here somehow, and while the wedding was wonderful, somehow this scene sticks out more. So pretty, in the snow, and it was just what everyone’s been waiting for!

Dancing to the Spice Girls: But let’s move on to the happy! This started out as a show about high school, did it not? How about that moment at the end of the high school years, when the girls get together. Come on, this epitomizes every girl best friend moment in history. The girls dance to “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls. (And yes, I’ve entirely done this with my friends. And at one point, I learned this dance.)

More Dances: How about this? And this? Maybe this? Yes, me loves.

Anything Skills: I have no clips for this, but damn, is he funny. Especially when he’s doing all he can to make sure a wedding goes on without a hitch. Or Jamie doesn’t get stolen…again.

The Championship: There’s so much more I want to include! But this post, just like One Tree Hill, has to end sometime. So here’s the last happy moment I’d like to share with you (recommended by Tweep Sh-Nay-Ah again): The Ravens win the championship, and Lucas finally chooses Peyton.

Ok, so what did I miss? I’m ashamed to see that Clay and Quinn are missing, as are Brooke’s parents, Karen, and Deb, but there’s only so much I can say in a short post! Tell me what other scenes are you favorites!

So long, One Tree Hill. At least by this blogger, you’ll be missed!

One Tree Hill: The Penultimate Episode

ONE TREE HILL: 9.12 “Anyone Who Had a Heart”

One of my biggest pet peeves in TV are those shows that introduce annual “traditions” and either don’t continue them (think of any festival from Gilmore Girls) or suddenly introduce them many seasons in. So to see One Tree Hill‘s burning boat festival bugged me a bit. I could be wrong (and correct me if I am), but I don’t think this has ever been introduced in the nine years we’ve been watching the show. And with all the baggage and drama of the series, you think I’d remember.

And really, that was just the starting point. I know that we’re building up to the big, two-hour finale next week (two hours!), but this episode just felt really disappointing to me. New “traditions” that were supposedly happening year after year. Suddenly happy spouses that were forever fighting and now cooperating, in business together, and well, doing it. A random search for a co-anchor on a show that we haven’t seen in eight episodes or so (and frankly, I forgot about, let alone didn’t care about). And…a missing Nathan?

You’d think that after getting Nathan back, we’d have him for more than one episode. In fact, after his father died, you’d think we’d see him a good bit. But now, he was absent from the episode, spending quality time with Jamie that we never saw. It just felt odd for the episode before the last.

Overall, the episode just felt like it was lacking substance. Brooke’s parents and their choice to work with her in the business felt a little too happy, wrapped too easily into a tidy bow. It’s nice to see that Chase will be getting Tric from Karen (I had completely forgotten that Karen owned Tric; in fact, she was quite the entrepreneur with Tric and Karen’s Cafe — a couple more buildings and she could have her own Pottersville), but I wasn’t all that invested in Chase to begin with, and it still bothers me that people say he did the “right thing” by beating Chuck’s father to a bloody pulp with a tire iron.

The only good part about the episode was seeing that Quinn and Clay are finally engaged. I was so thrilled that I was hollering at the TV during next week’s sneak preview, “Wedding episode! Wedding episode!” (I have no idea if we’ll get it, in case you’re wondering.) But beyond that, it all just felt like fluff.

I suppose I shouldn’t be too picky. You need a filler episode here, and there to get you to the place you want to end, but it is disappointing that that filler episode was so late in the season. Hopefully, next week’s episode will make up for it.