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Gossip Girl Returns!

In 2009 Fall Season, Firefly, Gilmore Girls, Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, Sonic Youth, Teen Soaps, The CW on 09/14/2009 at 12:15 pm

Gossip Girl

Hopefully you caught our One Tree Hill roundup earlier.  We’re now moving on to Gossip Girl!  The CW has been slightly stingy when it comes to promotional trailers for the upcoming third season of the show.  Of course, there’s the slew of WTF trailers they posted to their youtube channel, but not a peep since, unless you count behind the scenes trailers.  We don’t really count them, though as…well, we don’t really like behind the scenes stuff too much here at DVR Life.  We tend to feel like they kind of kill the magic in a whole you don’t know wanna know what’s in that hotdog kinda way.  There was a pretty funny Chuck Bass appearance on Jimmy Fallon the other night, though.

Others news surrounding this season of Gossip Girl has been related to guest appearances and casting, mainly.  We learned that, even though she’s now starring in NBC’s upcoming medical drama Mercy, Michelle Trachtenburg will be making an appearance as Blair’s college dorm-mate.  Blair’s reaction to that news will be beyond priceless, I’m sure.  In the realm of brilliant casting, Firefly‘s Gina Torres has been cast for multiple episodes as Vanessa’s mother.

Gina Tores

Outside of character casting, there’s the gay storyline spoiler floating around and, what we’re most excited about: the awesomeness of a Sonic Youth guest appearance!  The band will be playing their song Starpower off their 1986 album Evol.  This should be even better than their short spot on Gilmore Girls a few years back!

And just in case you needed it, here’s the season three up to speed trailer:

Gossip Girl returns for it’s third season tonight, September 14th at 9pm on The CW.


New One Tree Hill Clips

In 2009 Fall Season, One Tree Hill, Teen Soaps, The CW on 09/02/2009 at 7:51 pm

One Tree Hill

The first clip is a real treat: the opening of the season seven premiere.  Clip two gives us a look at Lipstick Jungle‘s Robert Buckley as Nate’s new manager and he’s checking out Shantel VanSanten as Quinn, Haley’s older sister!  From there on in, we get treated some Brooke and Haley girl talk, some practice time and some kind of joke that I think you have to know something about sports to understand.  All good stuff.

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Welcome Back, Greek!

In 2009 Fall Season, ABC Family, Greek, Teen Soaps on 08/31/2009 at 1:39 pm


I never would have expected to fall in love with a show on ABC Family series that revolves around the college Greek system!  Greek returns this evening for it’s third season.  Here’s hoping they don’t stretch the whole will-they/won’t-they situation between Cappie and Casey for too long!  Beware of the previews below: there’s a spoiler or  two!  We’re actually kinda bummed we watched them.  We don’t usually expect such blantant spoilerism from promo trailers, but I guess that’s the risk of running a TV blog!

And if you need a little something to tide you over, head on to the Greek portion of the ABC Family webiste and take the Which Greek Character Are You Quiz.  I got Cappie!

The Winner!

Greek returns to ABC Family Tonight, August 31st at 9pm.

Vampire Diaries – Squeamish

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, One Tree Hill, Roswell, Supernatural, Teen Soaps, The CW, Vampire Diaries on 08/27/2009 at 10:04 am

Vampire Diaries

I am not gonna lie – of all the teen soaps set to premiere this fall I’m most looking forward to Vampire Diaries.  From the trailers and promotional material I’ve come across, it seems to have a very Roswell meets One Tree Hill with vampires quality to it.  I dig all three of those factors, so I’m guessing it’ll be looked forward to on a weekly basis.  Plus it’s teamed up with Supernatural, so it’s gonna be a very horrorific evening each and every Thursday.

Vampire Diaries premieres Thursday September 10th at 8pm on The CW, followed by the season fifth premiere of Supernatural.

MTV Imports Skins

In BBC America, British TV, Gossip Girl, Skins, Teen Soaps on 08/26/2009 at 1:23 pm


We’re not sure if we should be excited about this or not.  MTV has announced that they’ve secured the rights to produce and broadcast a U.S. version of DVR Life’s favorite teen soap, Skins.  The original brit-com is chock full of kids swearing and having sex and doing drugs – everything actual teenagers do. 

As we’ve said before, the series is about as close as any TV show has come to matching our actual teen years.  That’s a pretty significantly awesome thing in our book.  We’re hesitant at the thought of a U.S. network, burdened by much stricter obscenity laws and dogged by the religious right, remaking the series.

From the moment we first saw Skins on BBC America, it was love at first sight, even with all the edited language and blurred body parts.  Then we wondered when someone would make a U.S. version.  As season one and two ended and an extended haitus came about before they aired season three (which just finally premiere August 6th – still airing each Thursday at 9pm on BBC America), we thought a U.S. version would never happen…And didn’t really mind that much.  The original is so fantastic and, upon months of contemplation, we came to the firm opinion that there was no U.S. network, broadcast, cable or pay, that could do the series justice.

All this time, though, apparently MTV and The CW were battling it out for the rights to create a U.S. version of the series.  Not sure why it took two years for the brits to give the go ahead but I think maybe they made the correct choice.  While The CW is the go-to network for bitchy teen dramas, their limited broadcast hours would force the show into either an 8 or 9pm time slot, which, especially for a broadcast network, would limit how much producers and writers could get away with.

Over at MTV, there’s talk of the new series being broadcast during late night hours, which would free the creative team up a bit.  Their cable status also lends a bit more leeway to the situation.  According to that Live Feed article, the network has other “boundary pushing” scripted fair in the works that the series could be paired with.  Perhaps we’re seeing the birth of a good thing here.  Late night teen dramas sounds like a fascinating option to me and, thinking back to my high school years, would have really liked late night options.

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DVR Life’s Gossip Girl Season 2 DVD Contest!

In 2009 Fall Season, Contests, Gossip Girl, Teen Soaps, The CW, TV on DVD on 08/19/2009 at 2:42 pm

Gossip Girl Season 2 DVD

Are we drooling?  We should be.  Sitting right here next to us is a brand new, completely sealed, never been touched, Gossip Girl Season 2 Box Set.  All the vicious, back-biting, OMG moments are collected in this 7 Disc collection.  There’s 25 episodes in all, PLUS four hours of extras, a downloadable audiobook of Gossip Girl: You Know You Love Me read by Christina Ricci (!) and a downloadable audiobook excerpt of the upcoming novel Gossip Girl: I Will Always Love You.

You can get a preview of the four hours of extras down below.  Just one of the gag reels:

Check out the official DVD site for more videos, photo galleries and downloads.

Here’s how you win:

  1. If you’re not already, start following DVR Life on Twitter.
  2. Leave a comment below telling us your favorite OMG(!) moment during Gossip Girl season 2 or your fave GG character.
  3. Make sure you leave your twitter name in the comment.
  4. Tweet the following message:  RT @dvrlife Win Gossip Girl Season 2 DVD’s from DVR Life!
  5. Make Sure you follow DVR Life on twitter as the winner will be notified via direct message!

You can enter up to once per day, so keep coming back!  Each time you RT is another entry.

This contest ends Monday August 31st.  Contest is open only to U.S. residents.

Gossip Girl season 3 premieres on The CW on Monday September 14th at 9pm and Gossip Girl Season 2 is now available on DVD.

And don’t forget to enter DVR Life’s Smallville Season 8 DVD Box Set giveaway!  Enter here.


In 2009 Fall Season, ABC Family, BBC America, Gossip Girl, Make It Or Break It, Privileged, Skins, Teen Soaps, The CW on 08/12/2009 at 1:51 pm

Gossip Girl

If you’re like me, you’re teen drama bank has been pretty full this summer, thanks to Make It Or Break It debuting on ABC Family, and Skins series three finally making it to BBC America. If you’re also like me, though, you’re teen drama bank can never be full enough, so it’s with great excitement that I clicked play on each of these seven (yes! seven) new Gossip Girl teasers from The CW.

What’s new? Georgina’s back (for now)! Blair gets stood up and dissed! Dan kisses Georgina! Joanna Garcia, formerly of CW’s Privileged, joins the show as Bree, Nate’s new girl! Chuck wears some really sharp looking suspenders! Blair loses the headband!

No footage of Hilary Duff yet, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed for a leak or two.






Season 3 Promo


Season 3 of Gossip Girl begins Monday, September 14th at 9pm on The CW.

New One Tree Hill Promo!

In 2009 Fall Season, One Tree Hill, Preview, Teen Soaps, The CW on 08/11/2009 at 2:22 pm

Season 7!

So…new One Tree Hill promo. It’s full of hot, steamy, rolling on the beach passion. Brooke and Julian, in a loving embrace, wondering why they’ve stayed in Tree Hill post Peyton. Short but sweet.

What kinda surprises us is the promo makes no mention of Haley nor Nathan’s rise in the NBA or his Lucas-replacing friend, played by Lipstick Jungle‘s Robert Buckley. I’m sure we’ll be treated to a more comprehensive advertising campaign as the series return date nears, but who wants to wait?

One Tree Hill returns at 8pm Monday, September 14th on The CW

Skins Returns!

In BBC America, British TV, Skins, Teen Soaps on 08/05/2009 at 10:27 pm


Looking for some teenage angst mixed with raunchy good times? U.S. teen soaps not fulfilling your drama needs? BBC America’s got your back, then, with the return of Skins. If you watched the previous two seasons on BBC America, you should probably have a seat then, because we have to break some bad news to you: Tony, Sid, Anwar, Cassie, Maxxie and all the others you came to love and laugh at…they’ve all gone now. To university, to the states, to the city. They’ve graduated and scattered to far corners.

We have a new generation now, lead by Tony’s younger sister, Effy. I’m sure you remember her – she started showing up a bit now and then after Tony’s accident last season. We’re sure Effy and the new gang will be just as boisterous, flamboyant, f’ed-up and helpless as the last gang, but its gonna take some time getting used to.

To help you out with this transition, BBC America has set up an ‘Orientation’ page for us. Time to study.

While the show is often over the top, it’s still a brutally honest portrayal of teen life. You can read our previous thoughts on that topic here.

Season three of Skins debuts on BBC America Thursday, August 6th at 9pm.

R.I.P. Skins generation 1:


ABC Family Pickups Full Season of Make It Or Break It

In ABC Family, Make It Or Break It, Teen Soaps on 07/28/2009 at 1:47 pm

Whether you dig the gymnastics, the catty teen drama, or the obnoxious parents, we have some good news today: ABC Family has ordered an additional 10 episodes of Make It Or Break It, bringing the first season to a total of 20 episodes.

As usual with most cable fare, the season is cut in two, part one currently airing each Monday at 9pm. The second half of the season will come along in early 2010. January, we assume.

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Hilary Duff Coming To The Upper East Side

In 2009 Fall Season, Gossip Girl, Teen Soaps, The CW on 07/01/2009 at 1:44 pm

Ausiello just broke the news that Hilary Duff will be joining the cast of Gossip Girl for multiple episodes next season. While the mention of tween stars tend to elicit eye rolling and groans here at DVR Life headquarters, Duff’s guest appearance on Law & Order: SVU last season was…dare we say…surprisingly good. If I recall correctly her character was obscenely annoying and we just wanted to smack some sense into her, which is a pretty good testimonial for Ms. Duff’s acting chops.

Her run begins October 5th, the fourth episode of the teen soap’s third season, as Olivia Burke, a real life movie star attending NYU. According to Ausiello, she’ll be roomies with Vanessa and he’s keeping his fingers crossed for some romance between Olivia and Lonely Boy.

Can’t wait to hear Gossip Girl’s nickname for Olivia. We’re also looking forward to some passive and not so passive aggression towards the actress on Blair’s part. Surely there’ll be jealously flying all over the Upper East Side.

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Preview: Vampire Diaries

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, One Tree Hill, Preview, Teen Soaps, The CW, Vampire Diaries on 06/23/2009 at 1:36 pm

The CW’s bloody teen-soap Vampire Diaries is getting some good hype for it’s coming fall premiere. With the success of all things vampire these days, I don’t imagine much going wrong for all those involved. Around upfronts time the network released a few short clips but there’s now an extended clip that’s painting a broader (and better) view of the show.

My initial thoughts based on the clip? Early One Tree Hill with fangs. Dueling brothers in a small town, one good, one bad, cute girls, bad soundtrack, high school angst and even crows – they’ve got it all. And that’s not a bad thing.

Also discovered today (via The Televixen), some sexy new ads for the show. The design is very CW, reminiscent of Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill ads from the past.

They are not, however, in the same format as other official CW ads for the 2009 Fall season, so no idea if they’re fan work or legit. See what you think:

(Update: It’s been confirmed, these are legit. 6/30/09)


Possibly Not Official:

And finally, the extended clip:

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Odds & Ends

In Curb Your Enthusiasm, Flash Forward, Grey's Anatomy, Hawthorne, Royal Pains, Smallville, Teen Soaps, Terminator Sarah Connor Chronicles, The CW, The Listener, TNT, Wedding Day on 06/21/2009 at 2:31 am

Lot’s of news swirling around this week and extended work hours left me with little time to update, so I thought I’d drop a bunch of small items at once:

TNT’s first ever non-scripted series, Wedding Day, didn’t fare so well. According to Nielsen the show pulled just 850,000 viewers for it’s debut. Due to the low numbers the network has moved the show to Thursdays at 8pm, I guess hoping Bones reruns will act as a better lead-in for their new med drama HawthoRNe.

Brian Austin Green will be joinging CW’s Smallville for a two episode arc. Just a few weeks ago word was leaked that the actor, fresh off Terminator Sarah Connor Chronicles, would be joining the cast of CW’s One Tree Hill as Nathan Scott’s playboy sports agent. That lasted about a week before his “reps got cold feet“. Seems odd that he’d turn down a longer lasting part on a higher rated series on the same network for two episodes on a series that’s barely holding on for it’s final season. Anyway, he’s on for playing Metallo, a villian.

Ratings for USA’s Royal Pains went up 17% in it’s third week. At the same exact time, The Listener, on USA’s mother network NBC, went down just as much for it’s third week. Good news for Royal Pains, which I really enjoy. Bad news for The Listener, which I also enjoy. It gets alot of flack from TV critics, but it’s not as bad as they make it out to be.

T.R. Knight won’t be returning to Grey’s Anatomy, while Katherine Heigl will be. I hate spoilers and think it’s really freaking lame that every single TV news outlet reported this, but oh well.

The whole cast of Seinfield will appear in HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s seventh season, which debuts this fall. No word about how or why, nor if they’ll all be together or seperate. If I recall correctly, Julia Louis Dreyfus has already appeared in an earlier season, but this’ll be a first for the others.

Seth MacFarlane is going to be a recurring guest star on ABC’s Flash Forward. Don’t ask me why. I really don’t know much about MacFarlane as I’m not a fan of his work, but I don’t the purpose in his casting.

Mad Men showrunner Matthew Weiner hinted in an interview with Rolling Stone that the show may be be shifting to Los Angeles.

Now that The CW has canceled Reaper, the duo behind the show are moving to the writing staff of Fox’s Dollhouse.

Finally, Cupid, Pushing Daisies and The Unusuals all ended, while Eli Stone returned (if only for a few weeks). ABC is really cleaning house this summer.
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Brian Austin Green Not Joining One Tree Hill Cast

In Lipstick Jungle, NBC, One Tree Hill, Teen Soaps, The CW on 06/11/2009 at 2:11 am

According to Michael Ausiello, “Green’s reps got cold feet and pulled out of the deal.”

What is there to get cold feet about? Are they afraid of putting him back on a teen drama? Did he not wanna move to North Carolina? I think it was great casting and they’ve made a mistake.

The slot is now set to be filled by Lipstick Jungle’s Robert Buckley, the young artist/boyfriend.

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Brian Austin Green Joining One Tree Hill Cast

In One Tree Hill, Teen Soaps, The CW on 06/02/2009 at 12:41 am

Brian Austin Green, coming off the cancellation of Sarah Connor Chronicles, may be joining the cast of The CW’s One Tree Hill. The show’s seventh season will air in the fall.

The Hollywood Reporter says the character, Clayton, is “a brash sports agent who represents Nathan Scott’s (James Lafferty) basketball interests and has become a close friend, ally, business partner and advisor to him while also enjoying the spoils that come from being a wealthy, handsome single guy.”

Some seem to be wondering how things will work out for the show with the departure of original cast members Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton. I’m personally wondering what is going on with Antwon Tanner since his arrest and if Skills will be returning. Truthfully, long as Sophia Bush is around I’m loving the show.

Earlier this week, though I was too lazy to post, Connor Chroncles’ Summer Glau is also said to be joining up with Fox’s sci-fi series Dollhouse. Her addition to the sophomore year will be celebrated, I’m sure. Executive producer Joss Whedon told news sources he’s planning on removing Glau from her type-cast robo-woman of few words and creating a very talkative, outgoing character for her. Glau is apparently excited for the chance.

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Party Of Five: The Original Gossip Girl?

In Gossip Girl, Party of Five, Teen Soaps, Television History on 05/26/2009 at 5:02 pm

Slowly making my way through the entirety of “Party Of Five” and nearing the end, broadcast in the fall of 1999, and what do I come across? The freakin’ original plot of Gossip Girl! Well, sort of. The show is taking place in the very early days of blogs (I can’t recall if they had officially been coined ‘blogs’ yet) and the show takes place not among rich New York teens but average San Francisco teens.

The storyline is really just a subplot in an episode more famously known as Jennifer Love Hewitt’s last episode and a lead-in to her very short lived, very unsuccesful spin-off, “Time Of Your Life”. I’ll bet ya $10 “Gossip Girl” writer Cecily von Ziegesar was tuned in that evening.

The episode, “Bye Bye Love“, was broadcast a mere three years before the first Gossip Girl book was published.

What happens is, Claudia breaks up with her boyfriend an episode or two before and subsequently becomes one of “the cool kids” after her ex serenades the entire school with an amp and guitar in hopes of winning her back. The queen of the “it” crowd latches on to Claudia after realizing they’ve both been cheated on and Julia was strong enough to dump her loser boyfriend and she was not.

Things are going great with Claudia and the cool kids until someone prints out nasty blog entries about each of the group and brings them to lunch. Claudia, the brains of the group quickly figures out who the original GG may be and confronts them in gym class. The blogger then frames Claudia and she’s ostracized!

I’m not gonna give you the whole story. You should check it out yourself. The episode can be found on Youtube in three parts if you want. Here’s part two with the beginning of the GG-like subplot.

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Watching Lately…Moving Wallpaper & Echo Beach

In British TV, Comedy, Echo Beach, ITV, Moving Wallpaper, Teen Soaps, The O.C. on 04/12/2009 at 3:24 am

I’ve been watching ITV‘s Moving Wallpaper and Echo Beach from the beginning. I was fascinated when I first heard the idea behind the two shows. Here’s the skinny: Moving Wallpaper is a 30 minute comedy revolving around the behind the scenes antics of a creative staff putting together a British teen-soap called Echo Beach starting a week or so before the first airing. It’s funny, witty and charming with sharp, sometimes trashy (yet smart) humor.

After ITV aired each new episode of Moving Wallpaper, they then broadcast a new 30 minute episode of Echo Beach, the show you just witnessed the creation of on MW. Pretty brilliant, right? An hour’s worth of TV, split in two, yet created together. True sibling shows! EB, as I mentioned, is a soapy teen drama following the likes of The O.C., with less glitz and humor. It’s a good show, as well, but it doesn’t hold up to Moving Wallpaper.

Not surprisingly, EB was cancelled in real life after the first season, though MW moved on to a second season. I’ve yet to make it that far, but I’ve learned that the staff is now working on a zombie show and ITV chose to only create a 30 minute pilot and give it the web-only treatment. Atleast MW continued.

I think the mistake was pairing a smart comedy with a night time soap. For most viewers (though I am excluded from this generalisation), it’s one or the other, so the lead-in audience was cut dramatically right away. If Echo Beach had also been a thinking man’s comedy it may have lasted.

It is quite funny and fascinating to see them talking about something in particular in the writer’s room or on stage in a humorous manner and then find it portrayed seriously on EB. Case in point, on MW a biting joke was made about a writer misspelling a word and the prop master carrying that mistake onto the prop poster he made for the show. Twenty minutes later, on EB, the character hanging up the poster gets called out on his grammar.

As I said above, I do think it’s a great idea and since pretty much every good idea a British producer has come up with has made it to our shores, I’m surprised it hasn’t been imported to the states yet. Any producers out there wanna give me a job? We’ll make two smart comedies and rule the Emmy’s! I can see it now.

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