Lizzie and Kat are joined by author, artist, activist, and (former) academic Ebony Adams. She hosts the Feminist Frequency Radio podcast, whose motto is, “Be critical of the media you love,” and coauthored History vs. Women: The Defiant Lives that They Don’t Want You to Know with media critic Anita Sarkeesian. Together we analyze the racially-charged episode of Beverly Hills, 90210 that tackles a controversial, anti-semitic speaker invited to California University, putting the Black Student Union at odds with the Maccabee Center (and Andrea)—with Brandon stuck in the middle.
We are thrilled to discuss this unforgettable episode with Andy Kamenetzky, who originally joined us for the season two episode, “A Competitive Edge.” Andy is a sports reporter for ESPNLA 710, and he and his brother Brian together host the Kamenetzky Podcast. So, that makes him the perfect guest to analyze the gameplay in the KEΓ House flag football tournament at California University—just kidding, the trippy journey through Dylan’s psyche has always made this Andy’s favorite episode of the series.
Discussed on this episode:
The Space Jam website
The opioid receptor antagonist Naloxone (brand name: Narcan) was approved for opioid abuse treatment in 1971 by the FDA with opioid abuse kits being distributed by many states to medically untrained people beginning in 1996.
“Luke Perry’s Startling Vulnerability in the ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ Episode ‘The Dreams of Dylan McKay’” by Dan Piepenbring for The New Yorker, March 2019
To learn more about Piepenbring’s description of this episode as a “Boschian hellscape,” read: “How Hieronymous Bosch’s Hell Lives on Today” by Nathan Dunne for The Atlantic, April 2016
We’re very grateful that Kat is joined this week by our friend Anna to discuss the season five episode of Beverly Hills, 90210 in which Dylan’s substance abuse is confronted with a staged intervention and catastrophic consequences.
This episode features a frank discussion about mental health, addiction, and chemical dependency, and may be difficult for some listeners. The examples discussed in this interview are solely representative of the individuals speaking, and should not be generalized to apply to the vast diversity of lived experiences. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, a resource for local support groups can be found at tinyurl.com/90210help.
Discussed in this episode:
Substance Use and Abuse: Cultural and Historical Perspectives, Russil Durrant, Jo Thakker (2003)
Alcoholics Anonymous a.k.a. “The Big Book” (4th edition, 2003)
It’s so exciting for us to finally be joined by Beth and Amy, the sisters behind longtime supporter of the podcast, Greenwich Letterpress! It’s such a delight to discuss the Halloween episode of Beverly Hills 90210 season five with them. Discussed on this episode: the Día de los Muertos movie Coco, the podcast Running From Cops, and Courtney Stodden’s sexy pumpkin patch photoshoot, about which the Daily Mail notes, “The pair were eventually asked to leave the patch by security after they received several complaints from members of the public who found Courtney's attire offensive and her behaviour of a sexual nature.”
This episode is brought to you by The Cocoa Fondue Show. Watch the short before June 24 to help it win the Amazon Studios All Voices Film Festival!
This week on The Blaze with Lizzie and Kat podcast, we’re joined once again by our friend John Biersmith. Listen to his previous appearance on the show in the season four episode “The Girl from New York City.” Want to be a guest on The Blaze? Find out how by supporting the show on Patreon! Want to see some Shen Yun memes? Of course you do!
This week, Kat is joined by guest co-hosts Leeni Ramadan and Pallavi M. Yetur. You can hear Leeni and Pallavi’s previous guest appearances on the podcast: “Misery Loves Company” and “Highwire,” respectively. Listen to Leeni’s podcast The Snax of Life and check out her music under the moniker Prom Queen. Follow Pallavi on Twitter.
Watch the Diana Ross field goal fail from the 1994 World Cup opening ceremony discussed in the episode:
The Blaze with Lizzie and Kat podcast is coming back soon for season five! Can't wait for the first new episode after the hiatus? This week, Patreon supporters at all levels will receive a seriously-supersized preview clip. Supporters at the $5-and-up levels will also receive a bonus "Chuck's Corner," where Beverly Hills, 90210 Executive Producer Charles Rosin shares some memories of the time leading up to what would be his final season of the series. Sign up now at patreon.com/90210blaze.
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Join us for an XXL podcast episode discussing the Beverly Hills, 90210 fourth season finale, “Mr. Walsh Goes to Washington,” parts 1 and 2. We’re joined by the executive producer of 90210, Charles Rosin, for an in-depth Chuck’s Corner looking back at Shannen Doherty’s last season as Brenda Walsh on the series.
Keep up-to-date with us by subscribing to “The Blaze with Lizzie and Kat” on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or your favorite podcast app, and following us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. You can also follow Kat on Twitter! Discussed in this episode: we recommend the Truu Stowray podcast, and it’s not too soon to get your tickets to see Babyface and Boyz II Men at the LA County Fair! Many thanks to Prom Queen who made our theme song, Greenwich Letterpress for sponsoring the show, and to all of you for listening!
This week on “The Blaze with Lizzie & Kat” Beverly Hills, 90210 podcast, we’re joined by multimedia sports and entertainment journalist Jarod Hector. Jarod writes reviews, recaps, and interviews for Black Sports Online & BSO Entertainment, and describes himself as obsessed with men’s fashion and (most importantly) 90210.
We’re working to bring you the best podcast episodes as we approach the end of season four of Beverly Hills, 90210, which unfortunately means our recording schedule has been a little unpredictable. So this week we’re bringing you a fun update on one of this season’s most memorable guest actors, as well as some news about where you can see 90210 stars and friends of the Blaze on TV this summer!
This week on “The Blaze with Lizzie and Kat” podcast, we spoke with Jen Grisanti, an acclaimed script and career consultant, writing instructor, blogger, and the author of three books: Story Line: Finding Gold in Your Life Story, TV Writing Tool Kit: How to Write a Script That Sells, and Change Your Story, Change Your Life. Jen began her career as an assistant to none other than the Mister, Aaron Spelling himself, who served as her mentor for 12 years. She quickly climbed the ranks and eventually ran Current Programs at Spelling Television Inc., covering all of Spelling’s shows including Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place, and Charmed.
Stars of the #1 Ugly Christmas Sweater meme of 2008 (pictured), Jessica Aceti and Brian Kirk join us on the podcast this week, all the way from Seattle. Brian and Jess are game designers, and Jess is also the co-founder of Cap-Sac, the original fannypack for your head! You can even get your very own Blaze Cap-Sac from our merch site. For photos of Jess fangirling with cast members of Beverly Hills, 90210, click below the fold.
Discussed in this episode: this clip from actor Jason Majik’s demo reel featuring “SEGA CD Interactive for INXS: Design Your Own Video.”
“The Blaze with Lizzie and Kat” podcast is joined this week by screenwriter, Beverly Hills, 9210 [sic] fan, and thrower of astrological shade, @horoscopesbygil. We first heard about Gil Hizon when our previous guest Denise Hewett announced that his script Finding James had recently been optioned; you can read the screenplay on Scriptd. Gil will be teaching a workshop at Script Anatomy in L.A. on June 17, “The Business of TV Writing for the Emerging TV Writer.”
This week we’re joined by one of Kat’s oldest friends, who regrettably is brand new to Beverly Hills, 90210. But, with a Master’s degree in psychology and a lifetime of experience as a person who is blind, she offers some excellent insight into this episode. Donna is threatened as David develops an attraction to his piano tutor Holly, while Steve threatens the KEG President by outing him to the rest of the fraternity.
TV fanatic Pam, one of the generous donors to our fundraising campaign benefiting the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, and Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles, joins us for the grooviest episode ever of Beverly Hills, 90210. We first met Pam in person when she let us sneak closer to the stage to sit with her at an “I Love the ‘90s” throwback concert featuring Color Me Badd, Kid ‘n Play, Tone Loc, and Vanilla Ice - so you know she’s a kindred spirit.
Special thanks to Shaun Fisher for performing the winners of our “David Silver’s Best Rap of the 20th Century” contest!
Comedian, writer, actor appearing on the upcoming season of Twin Peaks, and host of The CrabFeast Podcast, Jay Larson is on The Blaze with Lizzie and Kat podcast this week! We talk about our Beverly Hills, 90210 journeys, the Santa Ana winds, and how to cheat at golf. Special thanks to Shaun Fisher for performing the first of two winners of our “David Silver’s Best Rap of the 20th Century” contest!
Joining us all the way from Chicago is Megan Rooney, one of the generous donors to our fundraising campaign benefiting the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, and Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles. Since Megan is on the Board of Directors for the Animal Care League, she’s the perfect guest to talk about Brenda and Donna’s involvement in animal rights activism. You can read The Baltimore Sun’s epic review of Beverly Hills, 90210′s 100th’s episode online.
This week on “The Blaze with Lizzie and Kat” podcast, we’re joined by Denise Hewett, the founder and CEO of Scriptd, a comprehensive database of original scripts that promotes transparency and visibility within the entertainment industry. We’re discussing the Beverly Hills, 90210 episode where “Power Feminist” Lucinda seeks independent financing for her documentary from none other than Dylan McKay.
“The Blaze with Lizzie and Kat” podcast took a trip to the premiere of Shannen Doherty’s latest film Bethany, and we got to interview its writer-director James Cullen Bressack. We pair our review of the film, and interview with Bressack, with our analysis of the Beverly Hills, 90210 season four episode “Addicted to Love.” Bethany also stars Tom Green and Stefanie Estes, and is playing in select theaters, as well as available on VOD on Amazon and iTunes.
Dan Curry is more than just the husband of last week’s podcast guest Margot Leitman, he’s also the head writer for The Eric Andre Show, and the author of the novel Kung Fu Lesbian. Dan has a lot to say about his own Beverly Hills, 90210 journey, and we all learn a lot about drug busts discussing this episode. Stay tuned for Dan’s upcoming science & comedy podcast “Science in Exile!”
The deadline to submit your entry for our “Best Rap of the 20th Century” contest is Friday, April 7.