Tuesday, May 5, 2009

First Guest for Anniversary Podcast Revealed on OTH Podcast No. 51

Daphne Zuniga highlights the 51st edition of the One Tree Hill Podcast, in an exclusive “Behind the Scenes of One Tree Hill” interview. Zuniga talks about her role of Victoria Davis on One Tree Hill, why she won’t be rejoining the reboot of Melrose Place and her thoughts on the new social media. There is also an “Artist Alley” segment with Will Anderson from the band Parachute whose song “She is Love” is featured on the 22nd episode of One Tree Hill. Also, a small review of the 22nd episode of season six, and look for clues on who will be the first guest on the First Anniversary podcast for the One Tree Hill Podcast scheduled for May 25. Who could it be?

NEXT WEEK: An exclusive interview with Kate Voegele who plays Mia on One Tree Hill and will also be talking about the release of her album “A Fine Mess” on May 18.

http://www.onetreehillpodcast.net/2009/05/04/the-one-tree-hill-connection-no-51/

Friday, May 1, 2009

What Do You Do AFTER You Reach A Goal

I would hope we all have goals in life. Set the goal, work toward the goal and then attain it. That, at least, is my hope for everyone.

Well, that has kind of happened to me. I attained a few goals in the last couple of weeks. It kind of prompts you to look around and first wonder how it finally happened and then you are in need of a few good pinches to your arm to remind yourself it really happened.

I have said before I never really thought I was that ambitious. Maybe before I wasn't. Maybe I just grew into the role?

But I think I HAVE learned something. Don't ever let anyone tell you that you can't do anything you put your mind to. Now, I am not naive to believe that I could set my sites to change my career path and go back to school to be a doctor. But that is because I have no desire to be one. But you see where I am going?

There are so many people I have interviewed for my One Tree Hill Podcast that I would never have dreamed to speak to, much less interview. And now I have people wanting to be on the podcast, without me pursuing them, or even other guests who have been on before, not even hesitating when asked to return.

The future is kind of hazy but clear at the same time. I still have goals and I am working hard to attain them as well. I guess that answers my question of what to do when you reach a goal. What do you do? Find another one and start all over again.

So, here we go again.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Lindsay Wolfington is on Twitter - Follow Her

Well, after a week of getting on her about Twitter, One Tree Hill Music Supervisor Lindsay Wolfington has finally joined Twitter. So, go and follow her and welcome her to the Twitter world.

http://twitter.com/lonewolflindsay

Send her messages. Tell her what you would like to know. I told her fans want to know what she is up to, what artists she is listening to and other cool info from THE Lindsay Wolfington.

Go now and follow her. She is looking around going what do I do now? LOL

Nick Lachey NOW on One Tree Hill Podcast No. 50

Nick Lachey highlights the 50th One Tree Hill Podcast. Nick talks to the podcast in an exclusive interview for the “Behind the Scenes of One Tree Hill” segment. Also an “Artist Alley” segment with Tyrone Wells whose song “All Broken Hearts” was featured on the 21st episode of season six and a review of this episode as well.

NEXT WEEK: An exclusive interview with Daphne Zuniga who plays Victoria Davis on One Tree Hill as well as an “Artist Alley” segment with Will Anderson from the band Parachute.

http://www.onetreehillpodcast.net/2009/04/28/the-one-tree-hill-connection-no-50/

Sunday, April 26, 2009

50th One Tree Hill Podcast this Week

I am doing the prep work for this week's One Tree Hill Podcast, which is highlighted by an interview with Nick Lachey, and still shocked it will be my 50th podcast. WOW!!!

I can't believe it. Really I can't. And next month I will celebrate the podcast's one year anniversary. Remember, I only started watching One Tree Hill in February of 2008. Then I tentatively started this podcast, caught the ear of my syndicator and the rest as they say is history.

Writing is my passion. I love to put the words together and create a story and a scenario, when it comes to my game stories. I have always been able to interview people, but I never took a broadcasting class in my life. All this podcasting stuff I taught myself. I asked advice and took it.

Someone told me my interview questions to long on my podcast so I tried to cut them shorter. I have tried to sound confidant and ask specific questions. And everyone likes praise right? Well, I have had a few of the people I interviewed say I was a great interviewer and everyone leaves saying they have had so much fun. That is what I tell them at the start of the interview - we are just going to have some fun today. So, it is nice to know they are having fun.

On May 25 I will air my One Tree Hill Podcast One Year Anniversary Special. I am lining up some surprise guests, I am putting together clips of past interviews (and maybe a few bloopers) and also clips from some of my episode reviews.

So, if you have any favorite clips let me know. BTW, it still shocks me to go on fan boards and read people using the phrase I coined "scene suckers." It is kind of daunting. LOL

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Daphne Zuniga on OTH Podcast May 5

I interviewed Daphne Zuniga, who plays Victoria Davis on One Tree Hill, yesterday. What an amazing person and interview. She was fun and witty and really loves playing the Victoria character.

She hinted about the new arch for Victoria's character, the possiblity of returning to the new Melrose Place and her memories filming the movie Spaceballs.

Zuniga also talked about working with Sophia Bush and all the One Tree Hill cast. She also chatted about Hilarie Burton and her Southern Gothic Productions company.

Again, check for it on May 5 at www.onetreehillpodcast.net

Friday, April 24, 2009

Nick Lachey Appearing on One Tree Hill Podcast April 28 Release

April 24, 2009–Wilmington, NC – The hits keep coming for Denise Gideon’s One Tree Hill Podcast, as she shares her interview with Nick Lachey on Tuesday, April 28th at 7 p.m. One Tree Hill fans can listen live at http://www.onetreehillpodcast.net/.

This coveted interview follows Lachey’s April 27th debut appearance on “One Tree Hill,” in the episode that will also feature his song “All in My Head.” According to Gideon, Lachey is scheduled to make more than one appearance on the TV show.

“I am very excited to bring Nick Lachey to the One Tree Hill Podcast. Nick talks about his guest stint on One Tree Hill and his upcoming album slated for a summer release," Gideon said. "This interview with Nick Lachey really pushed the One Tree Hill Podcast to another level.”

The interview, Gideon’s 50th podcast, follows on the heels of Gideon’s much-heralded interview with band member Ben Wysocki of The Fray (Podcast Episode 48).

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Daphne Zuniga/Will from Parachute on Interview List this Week

I am kind of working ahead for my One Tree Hill Podcast. Yeah me.

This week I secured interviews with Will Anderson from the band Parachute and Daphne Zuniga who plays Victoria, Brooke's mother, on One Tree Hill.

I just interviewed Will from Parachute and he was AWESOME. Look out for this band, they are going to be HUGE. Their song "She is Love" will be featured on One Tree Hill on May 11 and their new album "Losing Sleep" comes out May 19.

Friday, April 24, I am interviewing Daphne Zuniga. It is really exciting. I think she brings something to the role of Victoria and I am anexious to ask her about her role and being on One Tree Hill. Oh, and she was in the "classic" movie Spaceballs. Not to mention one of my fave John Cuscak vehicles "The Sure Thing." Check that movie out.

So, that puts me to the final two episodes of the season and the One Tree HIll Podcast's One Year Anniversary special on May 25. I am working hard to bring some amazing guests for those three weeks. Let's see how it goes.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Lindsay Wolfington, OTH Music Supervisor, is Thinking of Joining Twitter

Lindsay Wolfington, One Tree Hill Music Supervisor, is thinking of joining the Twitter phenomenon. But she wants to know what kind of tweets would One Tree Hill fans like from her.

Here is your chance. Let Lindsay know what you would like t0 read. Post comments here.

One Tree Hill Podcast No. 49

Amie Miriello visits for an “Artist Alley” for the 49th edition of the One Tree Hill Podcast. There is also a review of the 20th episode of season six, news on the release of S. Darko with James Lafferty, the release date of Kate Voegele’s new album, and a reminder to get your Southern Gothic Productions T-shirt signed by Hilarie Burton before they are gone.

NEXT WEEK: An exclusive interview with NICK LACHEY for a “Behind the Scenes of One Tree Hill” segment, an “Artist Alley” interview with Tyrone Wells and a review of episode 621.

http://www.onetreehillpodcast.net/2009/04/20/the-one-tree-hill-connection-no-49/

Sunday, April 19, 2009

My Birthday Week Begins - Big Day April 22

With my last game of working softball this weekend, it is now time to turn my attentions to more interesting pursuits. MY BIRTHDAY!!!!! Yes, my birthday is April 22. Usually I have to work and can't spend time with my family.

This year I get to spend time with my family AND I don't have two work that day. I am sending my intern with the softball team to Georgia on Wednesday. How cool is that?

What is the week of activities. Well, it all starts with a new One Tree Hill on Monday, which is a pretty good way to start off the week. Tuesday, I am going to see Rosi Golan and William Fitzsimmons - SWEET. Wednesday, on my birthday, I am hanging out with family and friends. Thursday is our co-oed softball game - we are in the play-offs. And Friday? Well, Friday a whole group of us are going out, gonna chill at some great venues and enjoy lots of beverages.

WooHOO!!!!!!!!!!!

And my birthday wish? Well, I think most who know me and follow my One Tree Hill Podcast can guess what that is. So, this week, how about sending out some good birthday vibes?

And if you birthday happens to follow on my birthday week festivites then happy birthday to you too. :)

Denise

Saturday, April 18, 2009

I Met Fans of One Tree Hill Podcast and Show at a Softball Game

I am in Birmingham, Alabama today working softball games. My Western Carolina softball team is playing at Samford.

Well, I have the picture of me and Hilarie Burton as the background picture on my laptop. Some girls came over that were attending the softball game and saw my picture. One mentioned they loved One Tree Hill, I mentioned I hosted the One Tree Hill Podcast, one thing led to another, and we discovered they are fans of my podcast.


I have to admit, it was a weird feeling. They treated me like a celebrity. Asked me questions about the podcast, the show and who I had met and interviewed.


But the clincher? Are you ready? They asked for a picture with me. Is this how the One Tree Hill cast feels? It was kind of embaressing. Check out the pic.



Friday, April 17, 2009

Planning for One Tree Hill Podcast First Anniversary - May 25

The first anniversary of the One Tree Hill Podcast is fast approaching. The first podcast aired on May 20, 2008. Officially, the first anniversary podcast will air May 19, the day after the One Tree Hill season six finale. But not to deter from the finale, the One Tree Hill Podcast will air the anniversary segment the following week.

When the anniversary podcast airs, it will be my 54th podcast. Can you believe it.

So, the anniversary date is set but what may you ask will I do for the 50th podcast? That will be the interview with Nick Lachey. Pretty nice guest for the 50th podcast.

Now, back to the One Tree Hill Podcast Anniversary Podcast. Since I have always said I do these podcast for the fans of One Tree Hill, I would like to hear what you would like to have on the anniversary podcast.

I was thinking of revisiting some of the highlights of the year and maybe get a special musical guest. But more then anything I have a dream guest for the podcast. That may never pan out but my birthday is next week, April 22. Maybe I will use my birthday wish on my dream guest for the First Anniversary of the One Tree Hill Podcast.

A Good Week; A Great Week to Come

I have had a pretty good week, mixed with a bit of sadness.

Monday I interviewed Ben Wysocki from The Fray. Yes, THE FRAY. Wednesday I interviewed Nick Lachey. Both for my One Tree Hill Podcast. Ben's interview posted this week and I really hoped everyone enjoyed it. Nick's interview will air on April 28.

I also just got confirmation I will interview the new band Parachute. Their first single "She is Love" is amazing and I really think when their album hits they are going to be HUGE!!!

The sadness was our women's basketball coach where I work left and took a job at North Carolina State this week. I loved working for her and you just NEVER know what kind of coach you will get next.

A cool thing happened out of it, though. I was fielding questions about her all week, and at the time, I wasn't able to say anything. So, my token answer was "no comment." Well, my sister called me yesterday and said she heard my name on ESPN with the announcer saying "Western Carolina spokesperson Denise Gideon had no comment on the matter." That is pretty cool.

So, what about the week ahead? Well, I currently don't have any interviews scheduled, but I do have a big few days coming up. April 21 I am going to see Rosi Golan and William Fitzsimmons. SWEET!!!

Then, April 22 is my BIRTHDAY!!!! I have a couple of birthday wishes but the big one is probably one most of you can guess. Now, I am not beign all greedy. I would just love to have his happen not only for myself but for others as well. :)

And of course, next Friday, we are all going out for my pos-birthday celebratioin. There is a big red circle on that day. Everyone is excited.

Well, that is my week.

So, I do have a request. Send out big birthday wish vibes for me next week.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Share the Wonders, SoGoPro?

Okay, you have to check this out. I got my new 10th anniversary Farscape shirt last week. I have been so busy I haven't taken it out of the package. I was doing some packing and unpacking today and took it out to hang it up. I set it next to the Southern Gothic Productions shirt and look at the phrase they both make when together:


How crazy is that? Together they say "Share the Wonders, SoGoPro"

Seems to fit doesn't it?


Southern Gothic Productions Blog Site Three Month Anniversary Coming Up

I was talking to a friend of mine last night and we were chatting about various subjects, and it was then we realized Southern Gothic Productions blog site was nearing its three month anniversary. So, I thought I would take a moment today to say congrats on your blog's three months of blogs, pictures, vlogs and anecdotes.

I am sure the first post was a nervous collection of excitement and fear. But that first step is the hardest and with each footprint in the sand of life, the journey takes you to amazing and wonderful places.

So, what is it about the three month milestone?

According to Pythagoreans, three was the noblest of all the digits and seems to fit that entering their three month annivesary, the SGP blog crew is doing a noble effort at the moment. They are selling these amazing t-shirts with their logo on it to fans. But they aren't getting no-name random people to send them out. No, they are doing it themselves, showing everyone their commitment to this company and their projects.

Other threes: Plato split the soul into three parts: the appetitive, the spirited, and the rational and Plato also split his utopian city into three populations: laborers, guardians (warriors), and philosophers (rulers). Now that second Plato idealism kind of sounds all Southern Gothic Productions doesn't it? Laborers are the SGP Crew (aka fans), guardian are the ones behind the scenes and philosphers are the likes of Hilarie Burton, Kelly Tenney and Nick Grey.

And don't forget that "three times" is the charm. So, what will the third month hold for Southern Gothic Productioins?

So, what has Southern Gothic Productions Blog site done for you in the last three months? How has it changed you?

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Nick Lachey Interview For OTH Podcast Was AWESOME

I interviewed Nick Lachey today for the April 28 One Tree Hill Podcast.

What a great guy. We just chatted about his stint on One Tree Hill, his new album and other projects he is involved in. He was so nice and so cool. How cool was he? Well, he agreed to record a bumper for me for my podcast. You know the bumpers right? Where people say this is whomever and you are listening to the One Tree Hill Podcast. Well, some lucky ones get to do something different - like Lindsay Wolfington. You know hers "You are Listening to THE Denise Gideon. And if you aren't on the One Tree Hill Podcast, then you aren't in." LOL

Well, Nick did a great one as well. Are you ready? He said:

"Hey everybody, this is Nick Lachey. I am on the One Tree Hill Podcast. Why aren't you?" Isn't that amazing?

I loved it.

Well, keep an ear out for Nick after he appears on One Tree Hill April 27. I can't wait for you guys to hear it.

Birthday Countdown Begins - One Week Until My Birthday

Yeah, as the title suggests, my birthday is in one week - April 22. It usually isn't that special because I have to work on my birthday. But, this year, I am getting to do some great things before and after my birthday.

The day before my birthday, April 21, I got invited by Rosi Golan to see her concert in Knoxville, Tenn. - which is also my hometown. So, I get to see my family as well. Rosi is touring with William Fitzsimmons, so I get to see him perform as well.

A week before my birthday, TODAY, I am interviewing Nick Lachey, which isn't too bad either. LOL

And next Friday I am going out with a bunch of friends - some of my favorite people. We have been talking about our big night our for weeks - everyone is stoked about it. And I have to say beverages will be involved.

It has been a good year for me - dare I say great? Just excited for what is to come.

And can you believe that in mid May I will have been doing my One Tree Hill Podcast for a year? Unbelievabley. I have a wish for who I would like as a guest on the one-year anniversary of my One Tree Hill Podcast.

Can ANYONE guess who that guest could be?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

One Tree Hill Podcast Now on Broadtexter.com

The One Tree Hill Podcast has joined broadtexter.com. Check out the homepage at: http://www.broadtexter.com/othpodcast

What is Broadtexter? Just another social media to feed my technology loving soul.

Here is FAQ on Broadtexter:

Can I use Broadtexter?
Broadtexter takes less than 5 minutes to set up, it's FREE, and will work with just about any phone that can handle text messages in the US and Canada...so, yes!

Can people join my mobile club right from their phones?
Yes. We create your own Broadtexter Page viewable on desktop AND mobile phone browsers. People can join and play around with messages & pictures they send you from that page.

How will I send alerts?
You will be able to create text alerts in real-time or schedule them (and regionalize them if you want) from your account online or right from your own phone.

What is my Broadtexter Page all about?
Two things...FIRST, it displays all the messages and pics that are going around in your mobile club. SECOND, some websites do not allow you to embed your widget because it is Flash. Your page has your widget already embedded and you can link back to it from ANYWHERE.

What is a text message board?
People who join your mobile club can post comments and reply to your alerts anytime via text. These message are displayed on your Broadtexter page.

What are mobile club pics?
People who join your mobile club can set up their profile pic and submit pictures right from the camera on their phone to your Broadtexter page!

Who can view my Broadtexter Page?
Anyone can see your page from either their desktop or mobile phone browser.

Is there a member limit on my Mobile Club?
No. If your Mobile Club becomes incredibly large (like in the thousands), then contact us so we can support your special needs.

It's Free?...Seriously?...even if I send a lot of alerts to everyone in my club?
You will not be charged (by us or anyone) for multiple text messages even if you send out a broadcast to everyone.

JOIN TODAY

Monday, April 13, 2009

The Fray's Ben Wysocki on One Tree Hill Podcast No. 48


Ben Wysocki, a band member with The Fray, opens the 48th edition of The One Tree Hill Podcast in this exclusive “Artist Alley” interview. Ben talks about The Fray’s new album and the US tour coming up with Jack’s Mannequin. Also a “Behind the Scenes of One Tree Hill” segment, with Helen Ward the artist who does all of the artwork for the Peyton Sawyer character. There is also a bonus “Artist Alley” segment with Phillip LaRue, whose song “Found” was on a recent episode of One Tree Hill.

http://www.onetreehillpodcast.net/2009/04/13/the-one-tree-hill-connection-no-48/

Artwork by Helen Ward from One Tree Hill episode 619.





Also check out the Southern Gothic Productions T-shirts with the company’s new logo at http://southerngothicproductions.blogspot.com/. Right now, fans can buy T-shirts autographed by Hilarie Burton, who plays Peyton Sawyer on One Tree Hill.








Sunday, April 12, 2009

The Media Blitz for The Fray Interview on One Tree Hill Podcast

So, my syndicator, Farpoint Media, is going all out to help me promote my interview with The Fray on April 13. They have pulled in their PR contacts and a media alert is going out about the interview. And the owner of WriteBrain Media put all the info on her blog and is sending it to all the media outlets. It is kind of daunting. AHHH

But it is a good thing right? Exposure for the One Tree Hill Podcast and for One Tree Hill. But again, AHHHH!!!

Well, here is the media alert. Check it out:

Band THE FRAY Interviewed Tomorrow On Denise Gideon’s One Tree Hill

—Media Alert—

What: Grammy Award-nominated double-platinum band “The Fray,” renowned for their iconic music on “One Tree Hill,” can be heard Monday evening in a rare interview on Denise Gideon’s One Tree Hill Podcast in a feature called “Artist’s Alley,” which highlights the show’s musical and artistic guests.

When: Monday, April 13, 2009 – 7 p.m. EDT

Where: The interview can be heard and downloaded from the following URLS:

http://www.onetreehillpodcast.net

 http://www.itunes.com (One Tree Hill Connection)

Denise Gideon Quote: “I am thrilled to interview The Fray, because their music has been iconic for One Tree Hill fans, and the fans really want to hear from them.”

Forthcoming News: The One Tree Hill Podcast will be interviewing musician and actor Nick Lachey on April 28, 2009; Lachey will have a forthcoming cameo appearance on One Tree Hill, and will perform music for the show.

About The One Tree Hill Podcast:Denise Gideon began podcasting exclusive interviews with One Tree Hill through Farpoint Media on May 20, 2008. Since that time, she has more than 47 interviews with guests ranging from below the line production crew to top musical guests.

About The Fray:Since 2002, this Denver-based four-piece piano rock band formed by schoolmates Isaac Slade and Joe King has gone double platinum and was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2006. Their music has been heard on One Tree Hill, Gray’s Anatomy, Scrubs, and was part of the soundtrack for the film Stealth.

WOW!!!!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Nick Lachey - Look for Him on Upcoming OTH Podcast

I am so excited to announce that Nick Lachey will be making an appearance on The One Tree Hill Podcast on April 28, one day after his guest stint on One Tree Hill.

I got confirmation today that I will be interviewing Nick next week. So, keep an ear out for Nick's interview in the coming weeks.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Helen Ward - artist for Peyton's Artwork on OTH on Podcast April 13

It was an honor and a privledge to interview Helen Ward, the artist responsible for all of Peyton's artwork on One Tree Hill. There was confusion by some that she has not been with the show since the beginning, but she confirmed in the interview that she has been with the show since the beginning.

Helen is awesome. She really is part of the Peyton character's persona. Hilarie Burton may portray Peyton with her words and mannerisms, but the second part of Peyton, stemming from her art, comes from Helen.

We talked about iconic pieces of artwork from Peyton, the new drawings from the 619 episode and how she also drew all the logos for Red Bedroom Records. It was exciting to do the interview and I did go a bit fan girl but Helen said she loved that I did.

We also joked and talked about how Helen had not only captured the character of Peyton's youth but also Hilarie Burton. We both decided it would be cool to know what Hilarie thought about the drawings of Peyton because they were basically her as well.

Helen and I both decided Hilarie Burton needs to come on the One Tree Hill Podcast to answer that question. LOL

The interview will air April 13. Don't miss it. And on a side note, Helen said this is just the second time she has been interviewed about her artwork for One Tree Hill. Can you believe it?

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The Fray is Coming to One Tree Hill Podcast April 13

I got confirmation on a time yesterday for interview with The Fray. It is late afternoon on Monday April 13. That means the One Tree Hill Podcast will be posted in the evening on Monday, but I am sure everyone will be okay with that, right?

I have to admit I was 50/50 on whether this would come to fruition. That is why I said at the end of this week's podcast that all interview announcements are subject to change. BUT IT IS HAPPENING.

Again, why is it happening. Because I asked and asked again. And asked one more time.

This is for you guys, the listeners of this podcast. I am proud to host this interview with The Fray for all of you.

This interview is huge for my podcast and I am hoping it will continue to help open doors for me and the podcast.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Weird to Have a Story Written About Me

The university I work for did an article on me for thier online newsletter "The Reporter." It was weird to be on the other side of the interview process. Here is the article.

http://thereporter.wcu.edu/2009/04/behind-the-scenes-with-denise-gideon/

Jack's Mannequin on One Tree Hill Podcast No. 47

Jack’s Mannequin’s Andrew McMahon is the guest in an “Artist Alley” segment for the 47th edition of the One Tree Hill Podcast. In this exclusive interview, just for the One Tree Hill Podcast, Andrew talks about his album “The Glass Passenger” and working with Twilight author Stephanie Meyer on the video for his song “The Resolution.”

NEXT WEEK: An exclusive interview with The Fray for an “Artist Alley” segment and a “Behind the Scenes of One Tree Hill” interview with Helen Ward, the artist behind all of the character of Peyton Sawyer’s artwork.

http://www.onetreehillpodcast.net/2009/04/06/the-one-tree-hill-connection-no-47/

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Jack's Mannequin Interview on One Tree Hill Podcast Monday

Don't forget my interview with Andrew McMahon from Jack's Mannequin will begin airing Monday, April 6. It took me forever to secure this interview and then it runs at a perfect time - during a One Tree Hill break. I got 30 minutes with Andrew, which is unprecedented. He was awesome to speak to and so honest and open.

I am so EXCITED for all of you to hear this interview. When it begins airing make sure you spread the word. I want everyone to hear Andrew. He is AMAZING!!!

And guess what? He and his wife are HUGE One Tree Hill fans.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Interviews Keep Coming for One Tree Hill Podcast

So, there are weeks when maybe I have one interview scheduled for my One Tree Hill Podcast, and then there are weeks like next week, when I have three.

I have some really amazing interviews scheduled next week for furture podcasts. Monday I am talking with singer Amie Miriello for the April 21 podcast, because sometimes you have to work ahead. It is key.

Tuesday I have a scheduled interivew with Phillip LaRue. His song "Found" was featured on the March 30 episode of One Tree Hill. That interview will run in the next couple of weeks.

And the last interview of the week has been one I have been wanting to do for months, but the timing was always off. I will be speaking with Helen Ward, the artist who draws all of Peyton's artwork for One Tree Hill. I am most excited to talk with her about the artwork fans saw in the latest One Tree Hill epsides. Again, I am so excited to bring this interview to the listeners, and to also provide new content to the podcast fans while the show is on a break.

Then, of course, the following week I have an interview with The Fray. Not a bad couple of weeks if I do say so myself.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Civil Twilight Album Pushed to Summer Released

I was so looking forward to Civil Twilight's new album this week. I even gave them a shout out on the One Tree Hill Podcast this week. However, I was bummed today when I got an email from band member Rich Wouters today and he told me the album's release date has been pushed to this summer.

But good news comes out of all of this. When the album releases, the One Tree Hill Podcast will be giving away a copy to one lucky fan.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Southern Gothic Productions Start-Up Reminder of My Humble Beginnings

Now, when I started my One Tree Hill Podcast last May, I didn't have inspirations of changing the world or an industry. I just had things to say and loved technology so much, I used this crazy thing called podcasting as a way to get it out there. I never imagined that less then a year later I would have done and seen the things I have.

As I watch the process of Southern Gothic Productions, as those involved, try to find their feet, it reminds me of my process with the One Tree Hill Podcast. Now, on many levels, the two are like comparing apples and oranges. These people, Hilarie Burton, Kelly Tenney and Nick Gray, are awash with knowledge in the business they are pursuing. I was a wild eyed novice that had to have a towl beside my desk to wipe the sweat from my hands as I recorded my first podcast.

But there is on similarity that drives us all - passion. The willingness to pursue a dream because there is something deep inside that drives us. And the knowledge that if that passion isn't feed the soul would starve.

I find it a bit ironic to be writing this blog and offering words of encouragement to Hilarie Burton and her entourage. I am a just a Tennessee native who finds herself working in a small town in North Carolina. But I am offering it anyway. I kind of feel a kinship to them. Working the day job that pays for a higher pursuit. That is what I do as well. My job pays the bills but this podcast, what i have seen and who I have meet, touches me - makes me see life differently.

I have talked to actors and artists and poets in the last year. I have been inspired by words and by music and I have felt lucky to be on the ride. But it was a ride I started. I wasn't just a hapless passenger. I started on the journey with one foot moving forward and willing the second to follow.

I became brave. I learned to ask and didn't take it personal when those I asked said no. I learned how to research and that anyone can be found if you look hard enough. And I learned the art of name dropping, but doing it because you have built a bond with them, and they are willing to assist you.

Last week I interviewed Andrew McMahon from Jack's Mannequin because I formed friendships and bonds. In two weeks I will interview The Fray - my biggest interview to date - because of building contacts.

Never would I have dreamed when I nervously posted my first podcast on May 20, 2008 that less then a year later I would be interviewing one of the hottest acts right now - The Fray. But I was challenged, told to step up my efforts, and if I have learned anything about myself , it is that I love a good challenge.

So, I challenge all of you at Southern Gothic Productions. Keep pursuing that dream and doing what you want to do. Don't listen to others and keep pace with the course. It will lead you to places you will have never imagined, and look at all of those you are taking along.

Believe me I know about the journey, my bags are still packed and I am still amazed at where it is taking me.

The One Tree Hill Podcast No. 46

An “Artist Alley” segment with Kate York and a review of the 19th episode of season six, “Letting Go,” highlights the 46th edition of the One Tree Hill Podcast. Kate’s song “Harley Sunday” was featured on this week’s episode.

NEXT WEEK: An exclusive interview with Andrew McMahon from JACK’S MANNEQUIN. He talks bout his new album The Glass Passenger and working with Twilight author Stephanie Meyer on the video for his song “The Resolution.”

http://www.onetreehillpodcast.net/2009/03/31/the-one-tree-hill-connection-no-46/

Monday, March 30, 2009

Jack's Mannequin Interview - Recap for April 6

As most have heard, I secured an interview last week with Andrew McMahon from Jack's Mannequin. First off, he is AWESOME!!!!

Second, that interview proves it never hurts to ask and name dropping is KEY. I knew there would be a two week break from One Tree Hill to start the month of April, and I always like to provide fun interviews and content to help everyone get over the break.

On a whim, I sent out a feeler email to see about getting Andrew on the podcast. Well, it went through the channels until it got to Rick Gerhshon from Warner Brother's Records. I had worked with Rick over the summer when I interviewed his new artist Jason Reeves.

I got a call from Rick when I was in Greensboro, N.C. with my women's basketball team. I will never forget. It was a Friday evening and we were having dinner at a player's family's home when he called. At first Rick was telling me the interview may not be possible, until I reminded him we had worked together with Jason over the summer. His whole mood changed and he told me they would make this happen.

Six weeks later, it happened. One of the most iconic bands for One Tree Hill, Jack's Mannequin, will be on my One Tree Hill Podcast April 6. We talked about Andrew's new album "The Glass Passenger," his song from the album "The Resolution," and his connection to Stephanie Meyer who wrote the Twilight series.

The interview is 30 minutes long and I as I interviewed Andrew I didn't really think about the length. I didn't realize how huge it was to get that long with Andrew until a friend of mine in the radio industry put it in perspective for me. He said you rarely get that long with an artist and that was big-time for me.

I don't know if it is big time, but it is cool I am going to be able to offer up this interview to everyone next week. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did doing the interview.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Review of Indie Film "The Cake Eaters"

Earlier in the week, I blogged about the film "The Cake Eaters," which featured new Twilight mega-star Kristen Stewart. The film was kind of lost until Kristen became huge and now it is being released, and I am glad it did.

The Cake Eaters is directed by former teen 80s star Mary Stuart Masterson and it was an amazing freshman effort. The film has interwoven stories of loss, wanting and hope. Two brothers and a father deal with the loss of their mother and a wife. And a young girl named Georgia, played by Kristen Stewart, must deal with the fact that a dibilitating illness while cause her to loose her life before she turns 18.

It sounds depressing, I know. But there is such a sense of hope that permeates throughout the film. Georgia makes you realize that life truly is short and you have to make the most of your life. You have to seize it with both fists and dare anyone to pry it from your hands.

Watch this film. If you had doubts about Kristen Stewart's acting you won't doubt after seeing her in this film.

And as I said in the chat last night, watching this indie film, I had a different perspective for it. As I have seen the slow process of Hilarie Burton's company Southern Gothic Productions in its infancy. I know any film in SGP's hands will be just as poignant and beautiful.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Me Ambitious? No, Can't Be

I had some serious moments of self-discovery this week. I have been called out as being ambitioius. I say, well, I don't think of myself as ambitious, I just go after what I want. A friend of mine told me, hello, that is the definition.

So, maybe I am ambitious. Most of the time I am easy going. Now, there are some things that get me fired up. Some other friends of mine claim I have this list, and if you get on it, you are toast.

But, if I see something I want, or get something in my head, I go after it. You know, I live my life trying to avoid regret. I have seen others wallow in their regrets, and I live my life on the basis that if I don't do something will I regret it. If the answer is yes, then I do it. Life is too short for regrets.

And maybe that mentality makes me a bit agressive in my pursuits. I know I was called out on it today. It can be a tad overwhelming. But it is true. The squeaky wheel gets the oil.

I don't know. I really don't know where my life is leading me. Most days I have a plan and I follow it. But in the last year, my desires, my pursuits, have opened so many doors for me. I was told I have drive and dedication this week - and it is true like I have been saying all along. One word or comment could just be that to someone - words. But to others it could mean so much more.

Even if my current pursuits don't come to fruition I think I will be okay with it, I won't like it, but I will accept it. Because someone noticed what I had to offer. That doesn't happen every day, and you should grab it with both fists when it happens.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Independent Film "The Cake Eaters"

I just saw previews of an independent film called "The Cake Eaters." The movie was made a couple of years ago, but is just now getting a dvd release because it stars Kristen Stewart, who rose to HUGE star status with her turn as Bella Swan in the mega-hit "Twilight."

The preview of the movie intrigued me. I am renting it on iTunes for my trip to Charleston this weekend. I am kind of excited to see it. I will let everyone know what I think of it.

The movie kind of raised my attention because of all the stuff I have been following with Southern Gothic Productions. They are trying to raise funds for their indie film as well, and I truly believe, sometimes the independet route allows for the true art of filmmaking to be shown.

When you don't have a host of people "in the know" telling you what you should and shouldn't do, when you can just produce your vision, I think you show a truer form of your art.

It is kind of like the show I used to watch, Farscape. It was filmed in Australia and I think most of the time people didn't even know what they were doing. But creator Rockne S. O'Bannon and Brian Henson had a vision and they stuck to it, and WOW did they tell an epic story.

And most of all I loved that Farscape had all the SciFi tangents, but in the end, it was a love story about a boy and a girl who find themselves in a place they never dreamed. And their inner conflicts was what kept them apart.

But back on topic, The Cake Eaters. Watching it this weekend.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Civil Twilight's New Album Comes out March 31 - BUY!

I have been waiting on Civil Twilight's debut album "Human" since I interviewed them for the One Tree Hill Podcast last fall. I knew it was a must buy when the guys in the band invited me to see them play a fall festival in Greenville, S.C. last October. They totally rocked it. Completely amazing.

The trio that makes up Civil Twilight is from South Africa. They are currently residing in Nashville, Tenn. which I found kind of strange. But there is a sect of singer/songwriters in Nashville that, if you can believe it, don't play country music. Shocker, I know.

Well, I felt privledged to be invited by the boys to see them play and then chat with them for a while. These guys are very talented. I mean, they are awesome. Did I say they are awesome?

Mark my words, they are going to be HUGE.

Check out their myspace page: www.myspace.com/civiltwilightband

And buy their album "Human" on iTunes or CD March 31.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

One Tree Hill Podcast No. 45 - Sons of William Interview

An “Artist Alley” segment with Joe and David Stark from Sons of William highlight the 45th edition of the One Tree Hill Podcast. Sons of William song “Easy to Love” was featured on the 18th episode of season six. Also included in the podcast is a mini-review of 617 and a full review of episode 18 of season six.

Winners of the One Tree Hill Script Giveaway Contest
Jo Murray
Alyssa Malcorps
Keith Indovino

Next Week: An “Artist Alley” segment with Kate York and a review of episode 19 of season six.

http://www.onetreehillpodcast.net/2009/03/24/the-one-tree-hill-connection-no-45/

Thursday, March 19, 2009

New Mexico Bound and Things Upcoming

I leave for New Mexico in the morning. My Western Carolina women's basketball team is playing Vanderbilt on Friday. This is it. We lose, the season is over and the three seniors season ends. We win, we make school history, moving to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever.

My life is so fractured right now I don't know where I am and where I am going. Well, I know I am leaving for New Mexico in the morning. My fulltime job that pays the bills and my One Tree Hill Podcast drags me in many different directions.

One day I am writing a game story, the next day I am securing an interview with a band or a One Tree Hill actor. I guess you can say I am versatile.

Like next Thursday when I get back from New Mexico. It is back to podcast mode as I am interviewing Andrew McMahon from Jack's Mannequin.

But I have learned something about myself in the last few months. I work better promoting a single entity. Focusing soley on my women's basketball team or locking in on a certain player and promoting her.

I have hopes of one day moving on and finding something that really inspires me. If something inspires me then I latch on to it. I want everyone to know about it and in the end, they do.

No one knew who Western Carolina women's basketball player Brooke Johnson was two years ago before I took the job. Now they do.

I can promote. I am not boasting. Just stating a fact.

And no one better never tell me I can't do something because I will move mountains to prove you wrong.

That is why I like my women's basketball team's odds this weekend. They are a No. 13 seed facing a 4 seed. But don't tell them they are underdogs. They are already champions and they know they are made of win and they believe they can beat Vanderbilt and to them it wouldn't be an upset.

And again, as you all know, I don't back losers. Why start now?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Matthew Caws From Nada Surf on One Tree Hill Podcast No. 44

Matthew Caws from Nada Surf highlights the 44th edition of the One Tree Hill Podcast. Matthew gives exclusive commentary on composing the music for the 17th episode of season six. There is also a clip from Barbara Alyn Woods about the return of Deb and her intense scenes with Paul Johansson as Dan.

NEXT WEEK: An “Artist Alley” segment with Sons of William and a review of the 18th episode of season six.

One Tree Hill Script Giveaway Details
Now what everyone has been waiting for, details on how to win one of three signed copies of the script from the 12th episode of season six penned my Mark Schwahn. The scripts are signed by Chad Michael Murray, Hilarie Burton, James Lafferty, Bethany Joy Galeotti and Sophia Bush and to win, answer the following trivia questions. Send answers to blueaeryn@gmail.com. Correct answers will be placed in a pool of names and three winners will be chosen.

Brooke and Peyton have had a birthday tradition since what age?
What was the name of the book Lucas’ mom, Karen, gave him in the Pilot?
What is Nathan’s middle name?
The first artist to appear on an “Artist Alley” segment on the One Tree Hill Podcast?
Whe was the first One Tree Hill actor to appear on the One Tree Hill Podcast?

http://www.onetreehillpodcast.net/2009/03/17/the-one-tree-hill-connection-no-44/

Monday, March 16, 2009

Hilarie Burton and Austin Nichols as Nick and Nora Charles?

I grew up in a house full of old movies. Both of my parents are old movie buffs. So many of my friends shake their head when I throw out names like Maureen O'Hara, Gene Tiereny, Joseph Cotten,Carol Lombard, Loretta Young, Clark Gable, William Powell and Myrna Loy just to name a few. Wait, William Powell and Myrna Loy. I am sure many of you are shaking your head on these two.

William Powell and Myrna Loy, to me, will always be Nick and Nora Charles from the 30's and into 40s Thin Man movies based on novels by Daschel Hammett. Nick is a former detective who married into money, Nora's money, and drops out of that lifestlye. But a man of leisure with a somewhat sordid past is hard to shake, not to mention his wife, Nora, kind of likes his shady at times past.

And of course Nick likes to drink - ALOT.

With all the remakes as of late, I have always thought a remake of the Thin Man would be awesome. Of course in these PC times I guess Nick couldn't enjoy his "beverages" so much. But the big question is who would play Nick and Nora Charles.

After watching the small vlog Hilarie Burton and Austin Nichols posted today, I am thinking I have found Nick and Nora. Set to some really great ragtime music, the duo had a chemistry that spoke slapstick and quick wit and they didn't even have to say a word.

So, could it be in the future that Miss Hilarie Burton, who is destined to take Wilmington and then the world by storm, and Austin Nichols with that "grin" could possibly play one of the most beloved husband and wife on-screen duos of the heyday of Hollywood.

If it was up to me, the answer would be YES!!!!

But I guess first they have to make that film Pedestrian for Southern Gothic Productions. So hurry up and do that.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Closing the Deal and Setting the Bar Higher and Higher

Life can be linear or a twisting turning road that leads you down paths you would never expect.

I never dreamed two years ago I would be where I am today. I was stuck in a dead-end job with little to no respect for what I did. I was faced with a hard choice and decided, if I didn't leave there, then whatever spirit I had left would leave me forever.

My path was linear until I found a turn in the road. It lead me to where I am now. I found a place that healed me. I found people that respected me, and most importantly, I found peace.

I once never really thought of myself as ambitious. I just got the job done. But life is funny sometimes. You find the advice of one person, even if it is someone you kind of despise in general, can give you a different perspective on life.

The one thing I took away from my dead-end job was a sense of tenacity. Of going after something and keeping after it until I achieve it. Setting a goal and doing anything to see it through.

That aspect of myself is also thanks in part, as well, to my professor in my master's program at the University of Tennessee. Thank you Dr. Buck Jones for instilling in my the belief that you have to close a deal. To finish what you start.

I was scared as hell to start my One Tree Hill Podcast. I mean, I was putting myself out there, though, I was convinced hardly anyone would listen. But then people started listening and I have to admit it is daunting sometimes.

But then it took on a life of its own. It went from a fan-made dalliance to a business. Now I have contacts with so many people it blows me away.

I have another goal now. I can't really talk about it, but it has been in the back of my mind since this fall. It seems like maybe that goal may be coming to fruition as well. But understand this, if it does come to pass, it wasn't because I sat on the sidelines.

My knees still shake sometimes, though I hide it well, when I prepare for an interview. I have actors, actresses and musical artists on my resume now but I always hope and pray I won't screw up or say something stupid.

And I still feel honored that, hopefully, my small voicemail project I did for Hilarie Burton and Kelly Tenney assisted them in their dreams with Southern Gothic Productions.

But I am not satisfied. You can never be satisfied and be successful. I have goals still for my One Tree Hill podcast and for other endeavors I hope to be involved in. And I continue to set the bar higher and higer.

I just need to close the deal.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

I Finally Get to Go Home and Hello Hilarie Burton

First off, I only back winners. We know that, right? I found One Tree Hill a little over a year ago, it inspired me, I started the One Tree Hill Podcast and the rest, as they say, is history. Then a few weeks ago I started following the Southern Gothic Productions blog and we all know THEY are winners. Enough said on that.

But now some of you have also heard about my Western Carolina women's basketball team - yes they are winners too. The Lady Catamounts are 2009 Southern Conference Tournament Champions - again WINNERS!!!

Winning takes a lot of work but has its rewards as well. My reward? Well, besides working for winners. I got to go home this weekend. Home, that means to me, where I grew up. Home to my parents house to see my mom, my dad, my sister, my bro-in-law and my niece.

College athletics is a hectic crazy business and you sometimes find yourself working 20 or more days in a row. I hadn't been home in three months and that is saying something since I only live about two hours away.

So, this weekend I am enjoying dinner out with family and friends, lazy Saturday afternoon watching SEC Men's College Basketball Tournament and going shopping for a new outfit for NCAA Tournament next weekend and a trip to Best Buy.

It is like I am living three lives, really. My family life, my life with my job in college athletics, and the life I lead with my One Tree Hill Podcast and the people I know there.

I have a quick story before I close. Amy from One Tree Hill Blog texted me Thursday evening and shared a story with me. She is in Wilmington, N.C. this weekend watching filming and got to meet and get her picture taken with Hilarie Burton.

She then informed me she named dropped me. Amy said "oh, Hilarie "Podcaster Denise" wanted me to say hello to you. At first I called Amy a liar and then told her to shut-up when she told me Hilarie's response but now I guess I believe her. She said Hilarie's eyes lit up and she got all excited and said "please tell Denise I said hello."

That is pretty cool I guess. Thanks Hilarie. You are the best. Can't wait to get you on the One Tree Hill Podcast - now THAT should be fun and interesting. Because as you know, again, I only back winners. And Hilarie, you are made of win.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Sons of William (Band) Great Interview for OTH Podcast

Today I interviewed the band Sons of William. I talked to brothers Joe and David Stark. Before the interview I admit I was unsure how it would go. They were a band I was just introduced to, and though I did my research, I felt a bit out of sorts.

The funny thing is, though, it is these very same interivews that always turn out to be the best. Like my interview with Matthew Caws, from Nada Surf, that will be airing on the One Tree Hill Podcast on March 10. I was unsure how that one would play out as well, but it was awesome.

Joe and David are great guys. Singer/songwriters, the brothers travel with a third band member, Jen. They really love the music and infuse their background of music, from the Southern Louisiana area, into their style.

It was their first time doing a podcast interview and I told them I felt honored to be the first to host them. But I truly believe I won't be the last. Great band and some awesome music.

They are currently touring and I suggest everyone hit up their myspace page or their website, check if they will be your area, and go see them.

And look for the interview on the One Tree Hill Podcast beginning March 24.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Jack's Mannequin Coming to One Tree Hill Podcast

It is all about persistence and patience. And finally it pays off. Next week I will be interviewing Andrew McMahon from Jack's Mannequin. I feel this is a HUGE interview for me. Jack's Mannequin so embodies the essence of One Tree Hill.

It is funny. Just when I think I won't have content to fill a podcast or an open week something comes through.

So, I hope everyone looks forward to the interview with Andrew the first week of April.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

I Got Mentioned on ESPN.com Along with My Team

I passed along the story below to espn.com feature writer Graham Hayes. He posted a story on the heroics and saavy coaching by Kellie Harper. And to my surprise, he refrenced me in the article as well.

http://insider.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=3966804&name=ncwexperts&action=login&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fespn%2fblog%2findex%3fentryID%3d3966804%26name%3dncwexperts

No. 3 seed Western Carolina women's basketball captured the 2009 Southern Conference Tournament crown in triple overtime, longest in SoCon Tournament history, 101-87 against No. 4 seed College of Charleston.

The title looked in question numerous times for Western Carolina, including being down by as much as 15 in the second half, but nothing held more doubt then when the Lady Catamounts were down by two points with 1.8 seconds remaining in the first overtime.

College of Charleston had just made a bucket to take the lead at 76 and WCU was preparing to in-bounds the ball under the basket. Kellie [Jolly] Harper called a quick timeout, set up the play and the team went back on the court. Sophomore Emily Clarke ran the baseline and as she did, Cougar forward Brooke Kotcella followed Clarke with the ball. The only thing is, she didn't see senior WCU guard Lauren Powell slip in front of her, gain her position, and force Kotcella to run into her and Powell drew the charge foul.

It was a play run by Dean Smith years ago, it was also a play ran by Head Coach Pat Summitt, in the very gym Harper won the 2009 SoCon title - McKenzie Arena in Chattanooga, when Harper was a player for Tennessee and the Lady Vols were playing in the SEC Tournament. More notable, it was Harper who was asked to execute the play against Auburn (when her future husband Jon Harper was on the bench as a manager for Auburn). The ref didn't call the foul - but this time, with Harper the coach and Powell the player, the play was orchestrated beautifully.

Powell drained the free throws and sent the game into a second OT. And then in the second OT, it was Powell again drawing a foul against Cougar Jade Huges, with 53 seconds left, and AGAIN hit a pair of free throws to tie the game.

It was just a wealth of stories for this team to win the title. The club was 11-11 and on a three-game losing streak. I put in my notes that a third straight 20-win season was improbable. They would have needed to win out and have two wins in the SoCon Tournament just to get to 20. Well, they reeled off 10-straight wins, knocked off the two top teams Chattanooga and Samford on the road to close out the regular season, and then got the two wins in the tourney and a third for good measure and the title, to sit at 21-11.

Senior Brooke Johnson broke the career record for blocks at the tournament, needing seven to capture the record, she got nine in the tournament and now has 130 in her career - in under 70 game played as a Lady Catamount after transferring her sophomore year, sitting out half a year as sophomore and then only playing 11 games as a junior after suffering a knee injury.

Fellow seniors Powell and Kendra Eaton were the first four-year recruits for Harper and now every memeber on the team, in the last four out of five years, has either made it to the finals or won a conference tournament title.

Witnessing this play out was like watching a perfectly scripted film. It ran the gambit of emotions and there were so many storylines. This is why it is called MARCH MADNESS!!!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Barbara Alyn Woods on New One Tree Hill Podcast

Barbara Alyn Woods, who plays Deb Scott, highlights the 43rd edition of the One Tree Hill Podcast. In this exclusive “Behind the Scenes of One Tree Hill” interview Barbara talks about living in Wilmington, meeting people in the grocery store and playing the role of Deb. And she also mentions Hilarie and her Southern Gothic Productions endeavor.

Also, a comment from Kelly Tenney from Southern Gothic Productions about the fan messages played last week.

And leave your favorite Deb Scott moment in the comment section, of the podcast blog site (link below) for your chance to win a signed photo by Barbara Alyn Woods.

NEXT WEEK: An exclusive “Behind the Scenes of One Tree Hill” interview with Matthew Caws of Nada Surf who composed the music for the 17th episode of season six. And a comment by Barbara Alyn Woods about her explosive scenes with Paul Johansson as Dan Scott.

http://www.onetreehillpodcast.net/2009/03/09/the-one-tree-hill-connection-no-43/

Sunday, March 8, 2009

So I Wait

I hate waiting. And what is so funny is so much of my daily life, especially work-releated parts of my life, is about waiting. The worst is basketball game day. We eat pregame four hours before the game, come back and get dressed, and then head to the arena. And then, I wait. And I wait and I wait.


Then after a good hour of waiting, I have to wait agan for the national anthem and then team introductions. By the way, I have probably heard the national anthem about 500 times and counting. Just an FYI.


I don't know, I am the kind of person who wants to get things started. I have this nervous twitch when I am excited or anexious. My leg starts to shake and I am sure those around me believe it is an earthquake.


But I am always moving, my motor is always running. Ideas run through my head 24/7. Whether it is work related or new ideas for my One Tree Hill Podcast, I am always hustling.


Right now I am waiting in the hotel room for tomorrow. My women's basketball team, the Lady Catamounts of Western Carolina, will play in the Southern Conference Tournament Finals. What is on the line? A conference title and a bid to the NCAA Tournament.


On the other side of my life, my podcast life, I am waiting to hear back about four interviews. I check back from time to time and they tell me to be patient. So I am.


And I wait.



The Origin of PD - Or What We Do on Long Road Trips

The origin of PD - aka Podcaster Denise. Or maybe you could just say what we do on basketball road trips when we get bored. But it is still a funny story.

video

Friday, March 6, 2009

Southern Gothic Productions Connects the Dots

There is an idea, the idea starts slow, then it grows, people find the idea, adopt the idea, make it their own and the idea grows to something more. It becomes and ideal, a dream and then a promise.

Last time I spoke of lyrics and what they can mean to someone. They are so much like words in a novel that create a story. The author creates a world and characters and gives it to the others. Readers of the book take in the story and make it their own. Creating their own world from the author's creation and bringing the characters into their lives.

Today, I heard the company born of an ideal, Southern Gothic Productions, amassed over 500 followers on their blog site - just over a month after launching the site. A blog site that introduced an idea and have been asking others to follow.

But just like lyrics from a song, or pages in a novel, followers of Southern Gothic Productions have taken the ideal of the company and created something more. Most would admit they found the site because of their admiration of Hilarie Burton but have stayed for other reasons.

I have said before I believe this site has grown from a fan base to a community. People have found others on the site live in their same city. Others have bonded over books, music and like-minded ideals.

Myself? I have found an instant friend in Becca and we have already planned a trip together to see The Fray in Georgia this summer. This is someone I had never met before beginning to chat on the SGP blog site.

People come on and talk about their day, their amazment of the new ideals of Southern Gothic Productions, or talk about the blog site's latest blog submission. It truly is amazing.

Southern Gothic Productions is connecting the dots - from the ideas of an author about a script, to the characters in the script, to presenting the script to a young woman who so desperately wants to create quality in the town she has adopted as her own, to passing the script and her ideals to someone she considers a confidante, to deciding to turn a script into a movie, to turning an actor named Austin to a character named Lincoln, to introudcing the process from its infancy to a fanbase that turns into a community, to a community that becomes a family, and then back to a company called Southern Gothic Productions - who are doing things in innovative ways.

And asking everyone to help finish the portrait.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Have You Ever Heard the Lyrics?

Come Back to Me - Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles

Gifts and flowers lay upon the lid
The pink silk above your face
Tears make a ribbon of diamonds in the dark
My daddy breaks down at the funeral home
Friends and relations make an annoying sound
We sit and wander around the room
Ribbons are folded on the rose bouquet
And I hear a voice that sounds so much like yours

Please, please come back to me
I cry soft to you through the bedroom wall
Oh, please come back to me

Playing in Cleveland on a Wednesday Night
Recovering from the night before
Well, I am broken and crying in the ladies room
The opening band is playing out their song

Please, please come back to me
I cry soft to you through the bedroom wall
Oh, please come back to me

I made a shrine for you on the kitchen wall
With flowers that and surrounded with souvenirs
You were walking through the house last night
I knew it was you from the space in your step

Please, please come back to me
I cry soft to you through the bedroom wall
Oh, please come back to me

Last night while I was sititng in the stands watching basketball, we are playing in our conference tournament this weekend, I finally HEARD the lyrics in the song above. I tend to have a short attention span where new music is concerned. At least twice a month I have a new musical obsession. It is a good thing I have an "artist alley" segment in my One Tree Hill podcast to feed my need.

Well, last week I was introduced to Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles. I even used a clip of their song "Modern Trick" in my One Tree Hill Podcast this week.

But most of the time, and you know it's true, we listen to a song but never really hear it. I did that with the song "Come Back to Me." It is so haunting. The person is torn apart. Death has taken her love from her and she goes through the sureal moments of the funeral and then how daily life almost seems unbearable. It is so powerful.

Music and lyrics, together they can touch you in ways you would never have imagined. And for a few minutes take you somwhere you never believed you could go.


Thursday, March 5, 2009

They Call Me "Bulldog" - I am Tenacious

Well, today is the “and more” part of the blog. I love to promote something. Find that special part of someone or something and show it to the world.

Tenacious – I guess that is good word for me. Again I bring out the “unofficial” nickname for myself “bulldog.” I latch on to something and don’t let go.

Outwardly all of you who follow my One Tree Hill podcast have seen how it has grown. Or, I hope it has grown. That is a testament to all of you, by the way. But if I am going to do something – I am going to do it with full force.

And when I tell you I am going to do something, or get something for you, I will move mountains to do it.

Example?

Last year one of my women’s basketball players, who is an amazing student-athlete - successful on and off the court, suffered a devastating knee injury 11 games into the year. It is one of those things where you know it will be a detriment to the team, because she is such an impact player, but also you just feel sick for the player. She was destined for a HUGE year. She tried to come back but had a setback and had to have surgery.

I came to her a few weeks after her surgery and said “you get better and I will get you everything you deserve.” She is very humble, so she slowly dipped her head, smiled and said okay. I told her I didn’t back losers, she was a winner, and everyone will see it.

Now to the present. I sit her with a huge smile on my face because that player has had this amazing season. She is seven blocked shots away from breaking the school record for blocks in a career and leads the team in scoring. Which means she took care of her business on the court and in the classroom – so I could have the chance to fulfill my promise.

She is winding up the season as a candidate for the Lowe’s Senior Class Award (making her one of the top 30 seniors in the nation, an ESPN The Magazine District 3 First Team Academic All-American, an All-Conference selection and was just announced as a finalist for the Jimmy V Comeback of the Year Award.

Yeah, she is special. And it just makes me so happy. To see everything going her way and knowing I had just a small hand in it.

People ask how I got her with my One Tree Hill Podcast. Well, see it is easy for me – it is kind of my job to promote people or things. It was a small endeavor that grew to something that has taken on a life of its own. It is kind of crazy if you sit and think about it – if I had time to think about it.

I feel sometimes like I am living two lives. Working the job in college athletics to pay the bills and doing this podcast to feed my soul.

But how can I complain? I can’t. I won’t. Because I love doing it so much and it has afforded me the chance to meet so many amazing people. And do some great things for others – like collecting fan messages for Hilarie and Kelly at Southern Gothic Productions.

Again people it is the small gestures. Make sure you do one for someone today. You don’t know what it will mean.

Sometimes they say a name can define you. “Podcaster Denise”, “Bulldog”, “promoter”, “insane”. Maybe I am all those things. I’ll answer to any of them because maybe they define me. And I am okay with that.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Hilarie Burton and Kelly Tenney - You Rock

Today I had the full intention of talking about "and more" as the name of my blog states. But a couple of amazing things happened, and I knew I had to talk about that instead.

First, I got something really cool in the mail today. A couple of weeks ago I was joking with one of my One Tree Hill contacts. We were talking about how I got Fox Home Entertainment to send me some copies of of The Secret Life of Bees to give away on my podcast. He said, oh I have never seen that, you should send me one. I said, well I will send you one of if I send you mine as well and you get Hilarie Burton to sign it for me.

Well, today he earned his "superstar" status. Because I got it in the mail today. I think it makes it more special since Hilarie herself gave me my new nickname "Podcaster Denise." LOL Check it out.



It was very sweet of Hilarie to sign it and give it a personal touch. Hilarie, it is another one of those moments were it was just some moment out of your day, but to someone else it means so much more. Thank you.

And then later in the day, I got an amazing email from Kelly Tenney thanking me for me efforts with the voicemail messages projects. He said he was speechless.

I told him I don't back losers and Southern Gothic Productions was made of win.

I also told him if he ever needs assitance with a podcasting project for Southern Gothic Productions I am their girl. After all I am "Podcaster Denise." :)

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

I'm Amazed - What More Can I Say?

First, the title of this blog is from my favorite My Morning Jacket song "I'm Amazed." Still think it should make an appearance on a One Tree Hill episode. Working on wearing OTH Music Supervisor Lindsay Wolfingto down to find a place for it. :)

So, why am I amazed? Have you ever had one of THOSE days???? Just one of those days that you wonder how anyone could or would take drugs, because you are just on this emotional high.

That is me.

These last two days I got confirmation on four amazing interviews for upcoming One Tree Hill Podcasts. I really don't want to mention which ones, so I don't jinx it. But I can say they are two actors from One Tree Hill and two amazing musical artists.

This is it. This is big, HUGE, tremendous.

I asked Lindsay Wolfington if the musical ones would assure that I was in. She said I already was IN. LOL Don't know about that Lindsay, but it is nice of you to say.

So that is my update. Today, I am amazed.

Oh, and want to add a new musical find for me - The Pat McGee Band. Check them out.

BTW, I have decided on the contest to give away the three signed 612 One Tree Hill scripts. It will be One Tree Hill and One Tree Hill Podcast trivia. So, get those brains working.

Contest will begin March 16.

Podcaster Denise
(had to add that)

Monday, March 2, 2009

How Did I Get Here? How Did I Do it?

I don't know how many emails I have gotten in the last two weeks or so asking me how i got here. Here? Where is here?

Oh, you mean my One Tree Hill Podcast? What? How I got started? How I get the interviews? What?

One word comes to mind. PERSISTENCE!!!!!!!

If you tell me I can't do something then I want to prove to you that I can. If you tell me no, then I wait a few weeks and ask you again. Don't take no for an answer - take it as a maybe.

I look around sometimes and wonder how I got here. Each week collecting interviews and putting together these podcasts. Making fast friendships with people I didn't even know a year ago, and now I can't imagine not talking to them at least once a week.

But I think they saw my passion and how I don't do something I enjoy half-way.

It doesn't hurt to ask. All people can say is no.

I have heard no a lot in the last year. But I keep asking.

And most of time the no turns to yes.

Thanks to everyone who has been with me on this journey so far. From my humble beginnings, reading a script to my first podcast, to my first artist interview with Jarrod Gorbel from The Honorary Title, till now.

I do it for all One Tree Hill fans, I have said that all along. And you will never know what all your support has meant to me.

This week I debuted messages from fans for Hilarie Burton and Kelly Tenney for their company Southern Gothic Productions. It was a lot of work but afterwards I felt a sense of accomplishment. My small gesture brought people together and maybe, just maybe, it helped Hilarie and Kelly to move one step closer to their goal. And that feels pretty good.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

New One Tree Hill Podcast Posted - with messages for Hilarie and SGP

WOW, this podcast took a while to put together. I included the messages I compiled for Hilarie Burton and all her crew at Southern Gothic Productions from fans. It took a while to go through all them and edit them, but I think it was worth it.

I really hope everyone enjoys hearing from, well, everyone else. And Hilarie and Kelly and everyone else also has fun listening to the diverse messages.

And also excited to debut my interview with Antwon Tanner who plays skills. :)

http://www.onetreehillpodcast.net/2009/03/01/the-one-tree-hill-connection-no-42/

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Just Interviewed Barbara Alyn Woods - A Lot of Grocery Shopping Talk

Well, this morning I got up early, prepared myself, and basically had breakfast with Barabra Alyn Woods (Deb on One Tree Hill). (Just to clarify I say breakfast with her because it was early, haha, I meant it was a phone interview in the morning). We had to do the interview at 8 am this morning because she had to do ADR work later in the day.

Did I mention I HATE mornings. So, I had to get up early, wake myself up, and get ready to talk.

After we got started I forgot it was so early for me. She is so great, funny and personable. We talked about everything, it was a blast.

We joked a lot about running into people at the grocery store and how different grocery shopping is in Wilmington then in LA. And how she sees Hilarie Burton's mom all the time at the grocery store and tells her to remind her daughter to remember her when Hilarie's company, Southern Gothic Productions, takes over Wilmington. LOL

I can't wait for everyone to hear the interview when it airs March 9. Oh, and she is also giving me an autographed picture to give away on the podcast. :)

I was also lucky enough to get some comments from her about her appearance in 617 on March 16 which will air on the March 17 podcast. That should really add insight into the episode.

Friday, February 27, 2009

What is a Fan? What Makes a Community?

What is a fan?

A fan can be described as someone who has an intense, occasionally overwhelming liking and enthusiasm for a sporting club, person, group of persons, company, product, work of art, idea, or trend.

But what makes a community?

Could a community be a group that loves and supports, as fans, but for a higher cause or meaning? Or supports someone or something because it inspires them? And what inspires a fandom to become a community?

I think it is a dream.

That is why we love to loose ourselves in the pages of a good book, or follow people’s lives in a darkened theatre, watching their stories unfold on a screen. Or hear the anguish or happiness in an amazing song and be able to relate.

People want something to believe in. Something to grasp, take hold of and make their own. It is a rarity that a fandom becomes a community.

So many times the goals get lost and the experience turns dark. But a community is all about the common goal. Circling the wagons if you will. Creating un-breakable bonds and friendships all because they found something together.

Together, sharing and a feeling of belonging. We all crave it. Accpetance, love, respect, it all ties together. But the respect of a community is born from a spirit, a promise to take a journey and find something utterly amazing at the end.

I was involved in an amazing community when I followed the show Farscape. Promised a fifth season, the show was cut off at the knees after four seasons, leaving the fans with a killer cliffhanger.

But smart, saavy fans rallied around a common cause. They wanted their show back. They pulled from many different backgrounds to create a marketing plan and two years later a mini-series, to tie up loose ends, was born. It is an impressive story, and though others have copied it, no one else can touch the massive undertaking.

But I saw a glimmer of that begin to take root in the fans following Hilarie Burton's Southern Gothic Productions Blog site. The SGP team may have taken that first step alone, but now they can look in all directions, and see so many beside them offering help, love and support.

My friend Velva Carter says "Fans are the new Hollywood Moguls" and I believe her. Check out her comments on this part of her site: http://www.agypsylife.com/fans.html

You know that feeling when something big is about to happen and you are standing at the precipice? I get that feeling with the Southern Gothic Productions people. They are on the eve of something very special.

And they asks fans, who have become a community, to come along. How cool is that?

NEW FAVE LYRIC QUOTE: "I want to live my life in video so I can rewind the parts I like the best." - Modern Trick by Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles

Southern Gothic Productins Art Project, Musings and OTH Signed Scripts Giveaway


So yesterday was kind of weird. A true rollercoaster.

But a pair of good news parts on my end. I got a Twitter message from Kelly Tenney saying nice words on SGP Voicemails blog and I got three scripts to giveaway on my podcast from One Tree Hill.

The scripts are signed by Chad Michael Murray, Hilarie Burton, James Lafferty, Sophia Bush and Bethany Joy Galeotti. They are sweet. Well, there are four but one is for me. LOL

So, just trying to decide how to give them away. Will take suggestions. I am looking to give the first one away the week One Tree Hill returns, March 16.

And then I am sitting here lamenting and rejoicing it is Friday. Big deal, I have to work two basketball games tomorrow. And then Sunday I have a bunch of editing to do on my podcast.

Not to mention all the messages people left for Hilarie Burton and Southern Gothic Productions I am going to include in my podcast. I really hope they will enjoy them. There are some great ones and they are from all over the globe.

I think I like doing this. Interviews, helping people with projects and just promotion. After all it is part of my real job. LOL The OTH reviews become a chore sometimes but I love asking questions about the intricate work of the inside and out of a project. I am seriously thinking of shifting the focus of my podcast at some point. Just have to find a breather to do it.

Oh, and my friend Em is working on a special project for the Southern Gothic Productions team. I want to show the rougth draft, though I should probably wait, because I am so excited to give it to them. She is inking it today, but check it out:

Thursday, February 26, 2009

What Happens When You Email a OTH Music Supervisor After Hours

I finished up my work and was about to leave and remembered. OMG, I hadn't talked to One Tree Hill Music Supervisor Lindsay Wolfington in two days. We usually talk by email at least twice or sometimes three times a week.

I tell her my new musical adventures or what band I am about to interview. Or it is her turn to give me some bands that will be on future episodes of One Tree Hill.

And then there are the rare occasions we do an interview. LOL

Tonight she emails me from her blackberry, fancy pants, and is like I am at a showcase with Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers. Why, the very band that intros my One Tree Hill Podcast with the song "4th of July." The same band who had their song "Hearts in Pain" in One Tree Hill this season.

I still claim I helped get Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers on One Tree Hill. After seeing them live this fall, I talked to Stephen. He mentioned Mark Schwahn had come to see them when Kate Voegele was touring with them and liked their music. Then I talked about them and put their song on my podcast and a few weeks later they are on OTH.

Not sure if I had anything to do with it, but I can claim to. LOL

Well, back to Lindsay.

She told me two other bands she was seeing, she is after all my musical guru, and said I should listen. They are up my alley. Ha, like she knows my alley.

Well, she does. Because her suggestion of Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles rocks.

Check them out. She is awesome.

Well, off of to listen to THE Lindsay Wolfington's new suggestons.

Southern Gothic Productions Voicemails Have Been Amazing

I have been collecting voicemail messages on my One Tree Hill Podcast voicemail all week for Southern Gothic Productions team, and they have been amazing. Everyone is leaving such great messages and I have noticed the underlying theme, besides the support, is how many people have said this project has inspired them to move forward with something in their lives. WOW, I think that is pretty cool.

We all have that secret desire to break out of our shell and do something. But so many times inhibitions and fear of failure keep us in our little boxes. Make us the sheep of soceity.

But sometimes it takes just one person, or even three, to have the courage to go after what they want and it can make others believe they can do it as well. And I think that is what makes Southern Gothic Productions Special - they started this train asking everyone to hop on board and enjoy the ride. And everyone is.

I tip my hat, haha, to all of you at SGP as well as all the supporters who are giving them the words of encouragement to venture forth.

BTW, longest message winner so far went almost two mintues. But hey, that person had a lot to say.

But keep those messages coming if you haven't left one yet. Come on and "ride the train."

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Which Cast Members Would You Like to See in One Tree Hill For Season Seven?

With all the talk about season seven and which cast members will and will not be returning, I have included this poll to kind of gauge the feelings of One tree Hill fans. I know the One Tree Hill cast and crew check out the podcast from time to time so I am hoping they can come on and see how the fans feel.

Please vote and I will discuss finding on my March 2 podcast and beyond.

Breakfast with Barbara Alyn Woods

Well, just got an email from Barbara Alyn Woods, aka Deb on One Tree Hill, and she wants to move our interview for the One Tree Hill Podcast to 8 am Saturday. I don't really consider myself a morning person so this should be interesting. So, I guess you could say I will be having breakfast with Barbara Alyn Woods. LOL

The really cool thing is I got the okay from One Tree Hill Assoc. Producer Steve Goldfried to talk to her about her upcoming scenes in 617 on March 16. Now, I got that okay from Steve because I won't run that part of the interview unitl after the ep airs on March 17.

But I am cool with that because it will be a nice addition to my commentary of the episode after getting the commentary from Matthew Caws from Nada Surf about composing the episode. Can I say again how AWESOME Matthew is? He so got into composing that episode.

As for other updates? I am still working on my Jack's Mannequin interview and hoping to tie that in with an interview with The Fray. And still waiting to hear back about a couple of other interviews from some artists and cast memebers.

I just want to thank everyone to listening to my podcasts and weathering the storms of my two latest posts. I have just been running wide open for months and I think it has caught up to me a bit.

I didn' t realize it till this week but my April 27th podcast with be my 50th One Tree Hill Podcast. WOW!!!!

WARNING - Don't Write a Blog on Two Hours Sleep

Interesting what lack of sleep will do to you.

I just re-read my latest blog. I don't remember writing half of it. I would blame my favorite excuse, alcohol, but haven't had any in weeks. Always do my best writing after a couple of beers.

But, this time I blame a four-day road trip, two huge wins by my basketball team, and arriving back home Tuesday morning at 5 a.m.

I think I am jsut a bit burnt out. I don't do anything half way so doing my One Tree Hill Podcast and doing my job has me all over the place.

I want to keep up, ya' know. I asked a friend of mine once, what would listeners think of my podcast one week if I didn't have an artist or other "special people" as a guest on my podcast? She said don't you think people would still listen? I am not so sure.

Being a perfectionist has set the bar pretty high and so I am trying to hurdle it every week. But what if I stumble? What if I lose my place? Where am I then?

Not to mention I barrell full throttle into other things as well. Like doing the voicemails for Southern Gothic Productions. No one asked me to do it, and hell, who says anyone cares that I did. But I am and I guess it will be interesting.

And then people believing I make serious coin off my podcast. Truth? I haven't seen a dime yet. Supposed to soon but, for me, it was never about the money. I was happy paying my 10 bucks a month hosting it myself. They came to me, I agreed, and here I am.

So, don't think I am benefitting too greatly from this. I guess my payment is some perks, cool interviews and one day soon, some great memories. And a great experience.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

What is Passion and Where Did Mine Go?

One definition of passion is: feeling very strongly about a subject. I am a passionate person. I find something that peeks my interest and I run with it.

I guess that is why I am good at my job. I love sports, especially basketball, and I love to promote the hell out of my team - love it the most when they are winning. And then you always get that one player that is AWESOME and you can promote them for the "big time" awards. It makes me feel vindicated when I tell them follow me and I will lead you to something special.

So, that "passion" sometimes finds itself in my recreational activities. Like reading, music, viewing habits and also the podcast I do. My "passion" for my podcast is what got me a syndication deal. It was the first thing they said about me when they approached me.

But lately that fire, that passion is waning. I don't know, maybe because I am all over the place with everything I am trying to do. A balancing act between my job, my interests and things that makes me happy. And "March Madness" approaching.

I never wanted my One Tree Hill Podcast to be a job, but it now feels like it is. I am not complaining and I have gotten to do and see some amazing things because of it.

But I get bored easily and sometimes my passion fades. I have found an aspect of this podcast that is taking my interest in another direction. I love the "artist alley" segments. The funny thing is that my syndicator told me I needed to step it up a notch and I added the artist interviews to help with that.

Now, it is the most important part of the podcast to me. I will never forget how excited and nervous I was to interview Jarrod Gorbel from "The Honorary Title." Pretty sweet first interview wasn't it?

Then interviewing Matthew Caws of Nada Surf was like a really WOW moment. And he was so cool and down to earth.

Now that I have contacts with music managers and such, and the ability to name drop Lindsay Wolfington (sorry THE Lindsay Wolfington - and thanks for allowing me to name drop) I am getting some amazing people to email me back.

The cast of One Tree Hill interviews have been fun as well but I want something more.

I love talking to the indie artists because it is music at the purist form. Hearing how a song is formed and what it means to them.

Before the announcement of a seventh season of OTH I thought of transitioning the podcast to just muisc and I may still do that. Unless I re-discover my passion.

Hilarie is the Pied Piper - We are Mice

We were chatting on the SoGo blog chat and I was talking about a promotional project I am working on. Then I was talking about the Southern Gothic Productions blog site and how it really is tapping into a strongly built fan base - fans of Hilarie Burton that is.

And what a great tool the blog site is and how it kind of lets people know what they are doing and making them feel they are working with them from the ground level. Letting people know the passion of their project and sharing it with them.

I said well, it is like the pied piper effect. And since we are all very creative "cool kids" Becca came up with this equation: hilarie=pied piper us=mice

Haha seems to fit doesn't it?

ETA: This was all said in fun and jest and hopefully no one is offended by this analogy. It was truly meant as a compliment.

One Tree Hill Gets 7th Season

Just started hearing and reading grumblings that a seventh season of One Tree Hill has been confirmed.

Always hesistant to believe, I texted my contact at One Tree Hill and it is true.

Congrats to cast and crew for securing another season. I know fans will be unsure about this but I think there are still some cool stories to tell.

Plus, means another year with the One Tree Hill Podcast. Wow, I guess I better get to work.

Here is the official release from The CW

THE CW ANNOUNCES EARLY PICKUPS OF SERIES

“Gossip Girl,” “One Tree Hill,” “90210,” “America’s Next Top Model,” “Smallville” and “Supernatural” To Return Next Season


February 24, 2009 (Burbank, California) ─ The CW announced today the early pickups of six series, including five of the network’s signature dramas and the reality hit AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL, which will all return in Fall 2009.

“As we continue to build The CW Network as a destination for young women, these six shows have clearly contributed to strengthening our schedule and our brand identity,” said Dawn Ostroff, President, Entertainment, The CW. “By securing these signature hits for next season, we’re furthering our commitment to deliver high-quality, original programming to our viewers, advertisers and affiliates.”

Among the series receiving early pickups for next season are The CW’s Monday tandem of sophomore sensation GOSSIP GIRL and ONE TREE HILL, which combined to lift The CW to become the fall’s #1 network on Monday with women 18-34. Both GOSSIP GIRL and ONE TREE HILL have scored double-digit gains compared to their previous seasons. Freshman hit 90210 has improved the network’s Tuesday night by double-digit increases in key demos. Wednesday anchor AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL, which consistently wins its time period with young women, will also be back with superstar Tyra Banks and new groups of aspiring models for cycles 13 and 14.

Also renewed were the network’s established Thursday team of SMALLVILLE, in its ninth season, and SUPERNATURAL, which after posting ratings growth this season, will enter its fifth season next year.

Musing and Reality - It Can Sober You

So, I was going to get on the blog today and talk about some things Kelly Tenney said in the Southern Gothic Productions blog chat today. It is some pretty cool stuff, but then reality kind of reared it's head.

My best friend, Shelby, texted me and told me her mom has stage one breast cancer. That is like a BAM moment for me. See, we have been doing these Pink Zone Games at our women's basketball game, since I work in college athletics, for breast cancer awereness.

We wear our pink, play our games and do it for the cause. But "the cause" has never hit so close to home for me. Shelby's mom is like a second mom to me. She was there for me through some tough times two years ago. And I feel bad because I have kind of lost touch with her lately. So, how do you text or call someone after hearing that? What do you do.

It is true. We all get wrapped up in our own lives. We enjoy those amazing fun streaks life puts you on sometimes where everything seems to be going your way. But there are others that must weather the storm life throws at them. And it kind of jerks you back to the real world and real life.

My life has been a whirlwind of 20 different things going on at once. My work, my podcast and my other interests have my brain like swiss cheese. All over the place.

But news like this grounds you. Makes you want to do something and makes me realize "really realize" why we wore pink.

But back to Kelly for a moment. He said that he and Hilarie are looking to produce music for a local artist in Willmington. So that is pretty cool. I think these two are on that ride of life where things are going well.

And I think it proves, though it is cliche, you HAVE to take each day and make it special and enjoy the light. Because you never know when the dark ones will come.

Monday, February 23, 2009