The WB was the best television network…ever
Throughout my teenage years and even now in my twenties, I’ve run into numerous situations where I’ve needed guidance. While I, of course, had my mom and friends to consult, there were some scenarios where only Buffy, Joey Potter or Liz Parker could help.
If those names sound familiar, then you were a fan of The WB network…and what a great network it was.
The WB network debuted January 11, 1995, but didn’t start gaining some traction until 1997 – the year of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Buffy brought much success, so much so that the network decided to focus on the teen demographic. Thank God they did, where else would I have learned how to navigate the mean streets of high school?
What I am about to write in this paragraph is so important, it deserves its own paragraph. January 20, 1998 was when The WB debuted a show that is described as the network’s “signature series” and I couldn’t agree more. That series is Dawson’s Creek…obviously…it sure as hell wasn’t 7th Heaven.
Dawson and the gang brought in the network’s highest ratings, with the pilot ranking in 6.8 million viewers and the series finale, which was watched by 7.8 million viewers. Because of the success of Buffy and Dawson’s, The WB introduced us to Roswell, Angel, Felicity, Charmed, Popular, Young Americans and so many more beloved shows.
Below is a promo for network that debuted 13 years ago. It’s filled with so many familiar friends. I almost cried from all the memories that came at me like a wrecking ball…get it?
On a side note, I would like to point out that Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx were both in this promo. Maybe those dating rumors do have some truth to them. Get. It. Katie.
I guess it’s about time I address the Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel engagement. Yes, it’s true…Justin’s grandma spilled the beans. Let me first say that I am not happy about this for a few reasons:
- I’m not a fan of Jessica Biel and her workout regimen. I mean what woman could look that jacked. She could snap Timberlake in half.
- Justin didn’t write any songs for her. All of his angry songs are for Britney and that one about marriage was for Cameron Diaz!
- They broke up and reunited…doesn’t seem legit to me.
- Justin has now been spotted with a full beard. He’s already letting himself go.
- Jessica Biel is not Britney. Sorry Jessica but I don’t recall you and Justin wearing matching denim outfits to an award show.
Okay, that’s more than a few. It seems I am more upset about this than I thought. Since I am forced to live with this news, (in the words of Hilary Duff) let’s go back, back to the beginning.
Remember When…Jessica Biel was the daughter of a pastor?
Of course, the one show that Jessica Biel is known for, I disliked the most. I mean who wanted to see kids make bad decisions and then have a religious/family moment at the end? Not real life.
If you didn’t watch “7th Heaven,” I’ll give you a little summary:
Reverend Camden is a Protestant minister who is super serious about doing good and being good. Reverend Camden and his wife Annie have seven children! The show follows the family through all their ups and downs for 10 seasons. Jessica Biel played Mary Camden…the bad seed.
Obviously being on “7th Heaven” gave all the characters a good, wholesome image. Jessica Biel got sick of this and decided to pose partially nude for Gear magazine at the age of 17. This didn’t go over well with the producers and Jessica was written off the show…fail.
According to Wikipedia: “During season five, her character goes through a rebellious phase, and this storyline was used to write Biel out of the show, sending Mary to her grandparents’ house in Buffalo for some tough love to counter her rebellious behavior. During season six, Mary returned home, but the differences between Biel and the producers led to Mary leaving home full-time and becoming a flight attendant.”
In the end, getting kicked off “7th Heaven” wasn’t a completely bad idea. I mean she did land Timberlake and has starred in some pretty big movies. For example, “The A-Team” and “Valentine’s Day.” Lesson: posing partially nude can bring you good things.
Jessica – Isn’t it funny that Britney Spears just got engaged…think about that one.
Before I get bombarded with angry fan mail, I know it is not Tuesday…it is Friday. I realized that I made a humongous oops and didn’t choose a topless gentleman for this week! There is a good reason though, I had a 15 page paper due as a final project for one of my classes. I apologize and I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me.
A few days ago I was in line at the grocery store. My roommate was flipping through Us Weekly and showed me a picture of my love, Joshua Jackson…without his top on! It was an exciting moment for me…as it should be for everyone on Earth and maybe even that new planet that recently popped up.
It is very rare that Mr. Jackson shares his goodies. I can count on one hand how many times he (or Katie Holmes) took his top off on “Dawson’s Creek.” For that I say…boo you whore.
Anywho, after “Dawson’s Creek” ended and my world crumbled around me, Joshua did a lot of independent films, including a favise of mine, “One Week.”
In 2008, Joshua landed the role of Peter Bishop on “Fringe” and has made television a better place for the past four seasons.
Okay, I think I’m ready to discuss the elephant in the room. Joshua apparently has been dating Diane Kruger since 2006. My heart actually hurt when I typed that…ugh.
Diane has publicly stated that she “doesn’t believe in marriage.” I guess her ex-husband (Guillaume Canet) really did a number on her. Even though Diane has stolen my love…I’d shoulder check Canet for hurting a fellow lady.
But it is my personal belief that it is just a sin not to marry Joshua…it’s like slapping Cupid in the face. He is a lover, not a fighter!
I will give Diane this though, she has really stepped up Joshua’s fashion game. I remember the days when he would wear a sports jersey or a sweater from American Eagle. Now he is wearing some really classy shit. For example, tuxedos, scarves and smoking jackets.
Joshua – If you are ever in Philadelphia…you know the drill. See you at the Creek reunion!
For my final installation of celebrity couples that I’d want to be adopted by, I have chosen a couple that (I feel) many wouldn’t normally choose. I think a large majority would actually run in the opposite direction of this famed pair. Well, they wouldn’t be running from the lady of the house, they would be running from the man. I’ll give you a hint…”help me, help you.”
Katie Holmes & Tom Cruise
If you are a regular visitor to this blog, you know that Katie Holmes is one of three people I would take a bullet for. If you are not a regular visitor…shame on you!
Let’s hop into the time machine I bought on eBay and go back to 2005. I remember coming home from catholic school and my mom (Carol <3) told me that she heard Katie Holmes was dating Tom Cruise! I recall my head spinning around.
I thought, “Hey, this will give Katie the boost she needs into the spotlight she deserves.” Little did I know she was going to marry and give birth to his spawn. Ugh.
There is no need to go into the reasons why I think Katie should drop his Scientology-crazed ass…remember when Tom was allegedly administering ultra sounds to a pregnant Katie? I wont even touch the placenta rumor.
Let’s get back on track here. The number two reason why I want to be brought into the Cruise/Holmes household would be to witness all the crazy shit that goes on. I would find out the answers to such queries as:
- Does Katie only eat carrots?
- Is Suri really Tom’s spawn?
- Was Tom caught in a compromising position with Matchbox 20 lead singer, Rob Thomas all those years ago?
- How tall is Tom?
I would also love to get inside those Scientology Centers and raise hell. I would never get in trouble because I would state, “My adopted dad is your fearless leader and personal bank. One plus about being adopted by these two, Suri would make it her personal mission to turn me into a fierce dresser.
Finally! Finally! I can sleep in peace tonight.
I have been waiting for this trailer ever since I heard that Michelle Williams snagged the role of Marilyn Monroe. After watching it, I am intrigued. When I first heard that Michelle was going to play such an iconic figure, I was a bit skeptical at first. Once I saw Michelle embody this icon, I slapped myself on the wrist for not believing in the “Dawson’s Creek” alum.
According to “Entertainment Weekly,” the film “focuses on a week in the summer of 1956, when, while filming “The Prince and the Showgirl” with co-star-director Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh), Monroe spends a week enjoying British life with a 23-year-old assistant on the film named Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne) while her new husband Arthur Miller is in Paris. Can she escape the pressures of being the world’s most famous woman? Does she really want to?” So profound.
Since Michelle has been snubbed twice by the Academy, could this be her chance at Oscar glory? I’m going to make a decision…decision made…Michelle Williams will have an Oscar on her mantle after this one (my fingers are crossed)!
You remember Jack McPhee…umm I mean Kerr Van Cleve Smith (what a name), right?
I was introduced to Kerr during season two of “Dawson’s Creek.” He played the shy/awkward, but irresistibly cute young gentleman who rescued Joey Potter from the venus fly trap also known as Dawson Leery.
Before I go into a Dawson Leery induced rage blackout, let’s do a little background on Kerr. Born in 1972 and raised in Exton, PA, which is around 30 miles from Philadelphia, Kerr decided to attend the University of Vermont. The dark-haired beauty obtained a degree in accounting (bless his heart…accounting is the devil’s work).
1996 was when Kerr began his acting career. His first gig was where many stars have began their career…daytime soaps…duh! Kerr shined in 24 episodes of “As The World Turns,” playing Teddy/Ellison ‘Ryder’ Hughes. Sadly, Kerr’s soap run ended in 1997.
1998 brought Kerr the gig that he is most well known for, even today…in my opinion. The gig I’m referring to is Jack McPhee on “Dawson’s Creek.” Appearing in a total of 113 episodes, Kerr’s character is credited with the very first gay kiss on television. Point Kerr.
A film you make recognize the “Dawson’s Creek” alum from is “Final Destination.” Spoiler Alert: I’m about 87.5% sure Kerr’s character (Carter Horton) kicks the bucket at the end…boo.
Along with being a certified pilot, Kerr was the very last celebrity to be “Punk’d” on that show Ashton Kutcher used to be on. Kerr also had a wife… Harmoni Everett. These two lovers were married in 2003, but filed for divorce in 2009.
I thought there was a Kerr Smith comeback looming on the horizon with The CW’s show “Life Unexpected.” Starring along Shiri Appleby (another WB alum) this show only lasted 26 episodes. Sad face.
So where in the world is Kerr now…he recently made a two episode cameo on “NCIS.” That’s all she wrote…for now.
Kerr – I’m single and ready to mingle…looks like you are too. I really dig your salt & pepper hair…call me.
‘Teaching Mrs. Tingle’
By now the whole world should know, but if not I’m okay with repeating this…Katie Holmes is my favises actress in the whole wide world. So it is vital that I pack one of her groundbreaking films for the island.
This movie debuted in 1999 and tells the tale of a girl and her two friends during their senior year of high school. Katie Holmes takes on the role of Leigh Ann, who’s goal is to become valedictorian in order to obtain a college scholarship (Does this happen in real life?).
Her best friend in the film is Jo Lynn, played by Marisa Coughlan, who is coasting towards graduation then heading off to Hollywood to become a star. Of course a teen comedy/drama needs a male hunk to rally the tweens. Teaching Mrs. Tingle’s hunk – Barry Watson. The “7th Heaven” alumni plays Luke, the badass who is too cool for school.
Enter Mrs. Tingle, played by the fabulous Helen Mirren…kind of shocking that she’s in this, right? She plays the History teacher from hell. Leigh Ann’s valedictorian status is contingent on Tingle’s final grade. Somehow Luke gets a copy of the final exam and Tingle catches them. The students head to Tingle’s house to reason with her and chaos ensues!
I have chosen “Teaching Mrs. Tingle” for a variety of reasons:
- This movie was written by the creator of “Dawson’s Creek.” That’s an obvious sign that this movie will be good.
- In my opinion, this movie successfully brought back the crossbow. Barry Watson accidently shoots an arrow at Helen Mirren…in the movie, not in real life of course!
- Who hasn’t wanted to kidnap and/or terrorize one of their high school teachers who made their life a living hell?
Favises quote: “A bottle of wine and I’ll be fine.” Isn’t that the truth!
This movie makes me feel young again. “Teaching Mrs. Tingle” really shined among all those high school themed 90s teen movies. I wish real life was like this.
Below is my favises scene. After a night of getting it in, Katie Holmes changes the grades in Tingle’s grade book. If Katie Holmes is going to hell…it will certainly be a party!
I highly recommend watching this movie at any age…Katie Holmes is beautiful as always. This is Katie in her prime…pre Tom (ahh the good old days).
If you read this blog regularly, you probably know the top two stars that I would choose (or commit some extreme public act) to have dinner with: Britney Spears and/or Katie Holmes. Of course that’s not in any particular order! Since this is public knowledge, I’ve decided to branch out and choose some other famous individual.
When she rode that taxi onto “Dawson’s Creek” in 1998, little did we know what we were in store for. I always felt that Katie Holmes outshined Michelle during the Creek era. I was a fan of Michelle’s character, Jen Lindley, but Joey Potter was my role model. (Spoiler Alert!) They even f’ed Jen on the series finale and killed her off the show. But when the Creek was officially dried up and my world ended, the tables turned in Michelle’s favor.
At 30 years young, this lady has lead quite the life. Not only was she a main character on the best teen drama ever created, but she has also been in some important films. In 2005, Michelle transformed into Alma for her role in “Brokeback Mountain.” Behind the scenes Michelle met her baby daddy. Sadly, they mutually agreed to split up 3 years later.
2010 brought Williams into the spotlight of controversy with her starring role in “Blue Valentine.” While she earned herself a nomination for best actress, the film was originally released with an NC-17 rating! This decision was appealed and the movie was available to the masses as R-rated. Personally, I think Michelle should have won the Oscar (sorry Natalie). If you haven’t seen “Blue Valentine,” watch it and you will understand. It didn’t hurt that some of the scenes were filmed in Scranton, PA either!
As of right now, I’m really pumped to see Michelle take on the challenge of becoming the infamous Marilyn Monroe in the upcoming film “My Week with Marilyn.”
Why do I want to have dinner with Michelle:
She has been in show business since 1993 and has managed to keep a relatively low profile. How has that happened? I think this is the reason why she’s so intriguing.
Michelle chooses films that have an impact, you actually feel different when you leave the theater. She’s very selective with her films, but even more selective with her men. While I’m partial to Emma Stone and Mr. Gosling, I’d like Michelle to throw her hat into the Gosling ring!
One question I couldn’t leave without asking:
What was it like getting intimate with Joshua Jackson way back when on the Creek?
Where I would want to have dinner:
Since I’m in grad school and funds are a tad bit low, I would suggest maybe the Red Lobster. It’s always a classy choice and…CHEDDAR BISCUITS!
Michelle – get at me if you want to go to the Lobster…my treat! BTW this was my favises of all of your movies!
In honor of the fact that my roommates and I have decided to tackle all six glorious seasons of “Dawson’s Creek,” I’ve decided to blog about some fond memories from the creek.
Pacey engaged in a student-teacher relationship
Let’s get serious here. Who didn’t want to get a little closer to one of their teachers in high school, college or whatever other higher educational institution you may have attended. Ok, maybe it’s just me, but ever since I watched Pacey and Miss Jacobs’ relationship begin and (sadly) end, I have felt the need to find a tall, dark and handsome teacher to tutor me (it’s ok, I’m of age). Since I’m still in the process of meeting my goal, I occasionally look back and take notes on how to successfully obtain a student-teacher relationship. One thing you take away from Pacey and Tamara’s relationship…you don’t talk about it!
Dawson Leery cries…fail
While some Dawson fans may disagree with me, I think this is Dawson Leery’s most noble moment. After making Pacey and Joey suffer for basically an entire season, Dawson finally realizes that Joey is so over him. He finally frees Joey from the Leery State Penitentiary; Joey bolts to Pacey where they happily sail off into the sunset. In the fall, when everyone’s favorite couple returns, we get almost an entire season of these two lovebirds. Too bad Dawson’s only got a couple episodes with Joey.
Spoiler Alert: All roads do not lead back to you Dawson!
There was Joey, Pacey and a campfire…
As for best Joey and Pacey moment, I decided I’m not going with the most obvious choice. The most obvious choice being that time when they were on the senior ski trip where they stayed overnight in a log cabin.
I chose this scene because I always weep when I watch it and it’s probably when Joey realized she rather be on Team Pacey. I also like the fact that earlier in the episode the pair was caught canoodling by Dawson’s Aunt Gwen and still decide to canoodle for a second time! Side note: Joey, your jean jacket is pretty sweet.
Debuting on The WB network on January 20, 1998, “Dawson’s Creek” was a coming-of-age teen drama that followed the lives of four sophomores growing up in Capeside, Massachusetts.
At the time of its debut, the show portrayed many risky storylines that included a student-teacher relationship, a wife cheating with her coworker, teen sex, and gay teens. One unique thing about Dawson’s Creek was the character’s vocabulary. They used words in their dialogue that some adults don’t even utilize.
Lasting six glorious seasons, we followed these characters from high school, through college, and five years into the future. Being a huge fan, this show helped me understand my teen years, I felt that I was right alongside Joey Potter. With that being said, let’s see what Dawson, Joey, Pacey and Jen have been up to in recent years.
James Van Der Beek – Dawson Leery
After Dawson’s Creek ended in 2003, Van Der Beek is now married to his business consultant Kimberly Brook. The couple has a daughter named Olivia. As for his acting career, Van Der Beek was off the radar for some time. He made guest appearances on many television shows such as, “Ugly Betty,” “How I Met Your Mother” and “One Tree Hill.” Van Der Beek is now trying for a comeback. He has a number of short films on deck and appeared in Ke$ah’s “Blow” music video.
Katie Holmes – Joey Potter
If you don’t know what Katie Holmes has been up to, you must live under a rock. In 2005, Holmes started dating movie star Tom Cruise. Many thought the relationship was a publicity stunt, but they may be in it for the long hall. The couple married in 2006 and are now raising a five-year-old daughter, Suri. Holmes has been steadily working as an actress, most recently playing Jackie Kennedy in the controversial mini-series, “The Kennedy’s.” Despite what critics say, she was a spitting image of Jackie and did a fantastic job.
Joshua Jackson – Pacey Witter
Since wrapping “Dawson’s Creek, ”Jackson has starred in many lesser known, but great films such as, “One Week,” “Americano” and hosted “Pacey-Con 2010.” He hit television gold again with a staring roll on Fox’s “Fringe,” playing Peter Bishop. Jackson is currently dating actress Diana Kruger and lives in Vancouver where he films “Fringe.”
Michelle Williams – Jen Lindley
Williams has had quite the ride since Dawson’s said farewell. Since 2003, she has been nominated for Best Supporting Actress in “Brokeback Mountain” and Best Actress in “Blue Valentine.” Meeting on the set of “Brokeback Mountain,” Williams began dating Heath Ledger. The couple had a daughter, Matilda in 2005. On the horizon, Williams has snatched the role of a lifetime, playing Marilyn Monroe in “My Week with Marilyn.” Keep a look out for this movie!
Even though “Dawson’s Creek” hasn’t been on the air in eight years, it will forever live in our hearts. You can purchase the entire series in a box set. I recommend that you do, the show is timeless.