Sigh...What can I say? I am addicted to Dawson's Creek.
But I am not alone when I confess that I have never missed an episode of the show during its five seasons.
In the fall of 1997, Warner Brother network reps began targeting teens to watch the show. They passed out flyers and posters displaying the faces of actors who would soon become Hollywood's next group of bright, young things. Curious, I took a couple of posters and put them in my dorm room in college.
No one could predict that Dawson's Creek would become a smash hit months later.
My addiction started while I was in college. Maybe it was worse back then. Every Wednesday night, I would gather with my sorority sisters to watch Dawson's Creek. With each girl having crazy school schedules, assembling for the show was almost a way to guarantee we could be together at one time.
The magic behind Dawson's Creek is that it traces the life of five high school friends from Capeside, a beautiful small town just outside Massachusetts. Its young, attractive characters experiment with their sexuality and deal with the challenges and adventures of coming of age.
Dawson (James Van Der Beek) is an over-dramatic aspiring filmmaker who idolizes Steven Spielberg. He has a platonic relationship with the girl next door, Joey (Katie Holmes), and becoming more than best friends would only ruin their relationship. Pacey (Joshua Jackson) spends most of the time feeling like the ugly duckling of his family. Jack (Kerr Smith) is the jock who had a hard time coming out of the closet. Jen (Michelle Williams) is a promiscuous girl from New York who had to move away to live with her difficult past.
The popularity of the show comes from dealing with sensitive and relevant issues that teens face every day growing up. The show teaches teens how to cope with love, sex, divorce and education.
What is it about the show that has made me a loyal viewer and fan for all these years?
Well, maybe the plots are corny at times. The actors are not as young as the characters they portray--most are in their mid-20s.
But the show gets the job done, and it does it well.
The younger viewers have grown with them, but older folks such as myself, who grew up on Beverly Hills 90210, saw them like our younger siblings. We have seen Dawson and his friends grow over the years, and their vulnerability and sincerity has touched us deeply.
With the success of Dawson's Creek, some of its cast members went on to host Saturday Night Live, appear in several magazine covers, including a spread for TV Guide, and grace retail catalogs.
They also have starred in movies.
Van Der Beek's first starring role was in the hit Varsity Blues, which earned him a 1999 MTV Movie Award for Breakthrough Performance. He also made a cameo appearance playing "Dawson" in the Kevin Smith film Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back. He will next be seen in the oft-delayed western Texas Rangers.
Holmes starred in the horror yarn Disturbing Behavior, for which she won a 1999 MTV Movie Award for Breakthrough Performance. She also acted in the dark comedy Go and the Oscar-nominated Wonder Boys.
Jackson made his film debut as "Charlie" in the Mighty Ducks trilogy, and has appeared in Cruel Intentions, Urban Legend and The Skulls since joining Dawson's Creek.
Williams co-starred with Jamie Lee Curtis in the thriller Halloween: H2O, HBO's lesbian-themed If These Walls Could Talk II, and will next be seen in Prozac Nation, based on Elizabeth Wurtzel's best-selling novel.
Smith starred in Final Destination and the independent romantic comedy Hit and Runway, which received the Screenwriters Award at the 1999 Los Angeles International Film Festival.
Five seasons later, the guys from the creek are all grown up. In its new season, Dawson is pursuing his film degree in Hollywood. Jack, Jen and Joey discover the hardships of being a freshman in college. Pacey is living on a sailboat.
Dawson's Creek often gives the answers to the great mysteries that teens often face. Of course, one would only find the answer if it's embedded in a Spielberg film. Isn't that right, Dawson?
The cast of "Hannibal" has just gotten a bit heavier.
Today's Daily Variety says Gary Oldman will play a once-bitten, not-shy victim of resident psycho Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) in the sequel to "The Silence of the Lambs."
The actor's name has been linked to the project off and on. Talks between Oldman and the studios (MGM and Universal) were reputedly suspended due to issues over billing but were resumed in mid-April.
Principal photography is set to begin Monday in Florence, Italy. The film also stars Julianne Moore, subbing for Jodie Foster, as FBI Agent Clarice Starling.
Candice Bergen MISS BROWN TO YOU: Erstwhile "Murphy Brown" star Candice Bergen is slated to join the cast of "Miss Congeniality," the Hollywood Reporter says. She’ll play a former beauty pageant contestant-cum-pageant coordinator in the Sandra Bullock comedy.
’PROZAC’ RELATION: The Hollywood Reporter also says Jessica Lange is in final negotiations to play Christina Ricci’s mom in the adaptation of Elizabeth Wurtzel’s 1997 memoir "Prozac Nation."
Christina Ricci, star of such gloomy fare as "Sleepy Hollow" and "Buffalo '66," will put her experiences to work in her latest project.
Daily Variety says the indie siren has agreed to grapple with depression as the star and co-producer of a big-screen version of "Prozac Nation."
The movie adapts Elizabeth Wurtzel's 1994 autobiographical account of her lifelong bout with the disease. The New York writer graduated from Harvard and became a well-known journalist, but her crippling feelings once caused her to attempt suicide. Prozac, she said, was the lifesaver that helped her reshape her life.
Ricci's interest in the book sparked the development of the project. The film's set to begin shooting May 15 with "Insomnia's" Erik Skjoldbjaerg at the helm.
BOOB TUBE REDUX: Ex-"Roseanne" star John Goodman can't resist a return to sitcoms -- especially when Fox and the producers at Carsey-Werner Co. (his old "Roseanne" home) offered him $4.4 million for 22 episodes' worth of work. According to Variety, the actor has signed on to star as one-half of an "Odd Couple"-like pair of single fathers living together with their teenagers. ("My Two Dads" with more kids?)
LONG LIVE 'KINGS': In the grand tradition of such respectable concert films as Eddie Murphy's "Raw," Spike Lee has signed on to document the popular "Kings of Comedy" tour. The show, which has played to sell-out crowds at Madison Square Garden and the Great Western Forum, features entertainers Steve Harvey, D. L. Hughley, Cedric "The Entertainer" and Bernie Mac.
The film will combine outtakes from the show along with backstage activities and music. The movie's in development at Paramount-based MTV Films, with the network planning a soundtrack that combines the channel's top hip-hop and R&B acts.
MTV Prods. Senior VP David Gale tells Variety promises that the movie "will be pretty racy, but not offensive."
MAN IN BLACK: He's a music legend and an American icon. Next, dark horse Johnny Cash will be the subject of a big-screen movie. Variety says Columbia Pictures has signed filmmaker James Mangold ("Girl, Interrupted") to co-write and direct "Cash," a biopic about the musician's "tumultuous life and profound effect on American music."
Mangold will team with scripter Gill Dennis on the screenplay. James Keach (brother of Stacy, husband to Jane Seymour) is a producer, and a close friend of the legend. Also producing is Sony-based filmmaker Cathy Konrad.
Annette Bening SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 26, 2000 -- Ding, ding, ding went Annette? Annette Bening might follow up her self-absorbed "American Beauty" housewife by playing an even more self-absorbed, complex and pathos-ridden woman.
Word comes today, via Variety's Army Archerd, that Bening is the No. 1 candidate to play Judy Garland in "Rainbow's End," a biopic in development at Fox Searchlight.
The movie, to be based on a new book by another Variety scribe, will be no "Wizard of Oz." It's about Garland's over-the-hill days in the early 1960s, when she hosted "The Judy Garland Show," a weekly primetime series. The movie will be executive produced by (get this) Oliver Stone and Garland's ex, Sid Luft.
One question, though: Who's gonna play Liza?
DON'T DO IT! How do you follow up an Oscar for Best Actor? You make an Inspector Clouseau movie, dummy. According to Variety, Kevin Spacey is talking to MGM about stepping into the late Peter Sellers' shoes and reviving the "Pink Panther" movie franchise. Spacey, not exactly known for his slapstick comedy skills, would be treading on shaky ground -- several other actors have tried and failed to resuscitate the character, or a facsimile of it (Alan Arkin, Ted Wass, Roberto Benigni).
OFF-KEY: "American Psycho" star Christian Bale will star with Nicolas Cage and Penelope Cruz in a WWII romantic drama, "Captain Corelli's Mandolin," Variety reports today. Bale plays a Greek fisherman engaged to Cruz. When he goes off to war, she jilts him and falls in love with Cage, who plays an Italian soldier.
DON'T FORGET YOUR PILLS: "Dawson's Creek's" Michelle Williams and Ellen Degeneres' Anne Heche have joined the cast of "Prozac Nation," the big-screen version of Elizabeth Wurtzel's autobiographical novel about depression, which was hot about two years ago. According to Variety, the cast already includes Christina Ricci, who'll play Wurtzel.
IN LIKE FLINT: In an apparent attempt to make Rob Lowe seem cool again, producer Joel Silver has cast the immortal James Coburn opposite the erstwhile 1980s icon in a low-budget ($6 million) action film. In "Proximity," Coburn will play a mob figurehead who puts a contract on Lowe's life.