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Jennifer "Jen" Lindley
Pacey J. Witter
Josephine "Joey" Potter
Evelyn "Grams" Ryan
Ms. Tamara Jacobs
Kim Williamson named her dog Dawson just before the pilot got picked up.
Dawson's Creek's credits font is called Annifont.
In the words of television experts Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh, Young Americans is Dawson's Creek's semi-spinoff. The protagonist of Young Americans, Will Krudski (Rodney Scott), was introduced in three episodes at the end of the show's third season, as a former ate of Dawson, Joey, and Pacey, who had moved away some years before and had returned for a visit. He was never referred to or seen before or since.
The theme song, I Don't Want to Wait, was written and performed by Paula Cole. For the first season, international broadcasts used Run Like MadElsewhere, performed by Jann Arden, but switched to Cole's song for the remainder of the run.
The producers originally planned to use Alanis Morissette's Hand in My Pocket for the theme (it was actually used in the original Pilot) but she would not grant them permission.
Starting with season 3, I Don't Want To Wait was dropped from the DVD releases, to be replaced by Jann Arden's Run Like Mad. However I Don't Want To Wait still featured when played using non-English language. I Don't Want To Wait was also the theme in the series finale on DVD.
Dawson's Creek was particularly successful in Australia, where it rated number one in its timeslot for every episode covering seasons one to four.
Its incredible support extended out into the music industry too when Songs From Dawson's Creek, released in 1999 on Sony Music, reached #1 on the Australian Album Chart. It remained in the top spot for six weeks and was certified 3 times Platinum and was the fifth highest selling album of the year.
Subsequently in 2001, when Songs From Dawson's Creek - Volume 2 was released, it debuted at #1, and became the show's second soundtrack to achieve platinum status, praised by critics and fans.
When Dawson's Creek ended in 2003, the news was reported on the front-page of Wilmington's daily newspaper, The Morning Star.
Wilmington, the show shooting location, benefitted greatly from the show. It brought a lot of money into the community and alos attracted attention to the city as a filming location and boosted tourism. The visitors' bureau distributed a special guide to filming locations used in the show.
Many of the filming locations, including those not included in the visitor's bureau guide, can be found on the Dawson's Creek's fansite Ghosts of Wilmington.
Dawson's Creek was nominated for fourteen awards, including ALMA Awards, Casting Society of America Awards, Golden Satellite Awards, TV Guide Awards, and YoungStar Awards.
Joshua Jackson won the Teen Choice Award for Choice Actor three times and the show won the Teen Choice Award for Choice Drama once.
The series also won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Drama Series.
Most of the songs that aired in the original broadcasts, and that are used in the syndicated reruns, were replaced in the DVD edition of the show due to the producers' failure to secure the rights when the shows were produced and did not wish to pay for them later. This upset Dawson's Creek's fans, since the music of the show became iconic for most of them.
In the Pilot, Capeside High School was filmed at New Hanover High School. For the rest of the seasons, the outside of Capeside High is filmed at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
There's actually a city called Dawson Creek in the Canadian province of British Columbia. It is named after the river of the same name that runs through it.
The actual place of filming, Wilmington (North Carolina) was founded in 1815, has a population of 35,000 and is located between Providence and Boston. Its bays and coastlines are similar to those found along the coast of Massachusetts.
The houses used for Dawson Leery's and Jen Lindley's homes are located on Head Road, while the house used for Joey Potter's home is located on Pine Grove Road.
Dawson's Creek achieved huge rating success between the younger demographic it targeted and became a defining show for the WB Network.
Dawson's Creek generated a high amount of publicity before its debut due to several television critics expressing their concern about the racy dialogue and plots. The controversy even drove one of the original production companies, Procter & Gamble Productions, away from the project.
However, other critics praised its realism and intelligent dialogue.
Dawson's Creek initially aired from January 20, 1998, to May 14, 2003, on The WB Television Network. The lead production company was Sony Pictures Television. Reruns of the show are currently seen in syndication.
Kevin Williamson describes the some as: Some Kind of Wonderful meets Pump Up the Volume, meets James at 15, meets My So-Called Life, meets Little House on the Prairie.
Dawson Leery, the lead character, was based on Williamson himself: obsessed with movies and platonically sharing his bed with the girl down the creek.
U.S. ratings (millions of viewers):
Season 1 (1998) 6.6 millions. Network Rank #125.
Season 2 (1998-1999) 5.4 millions. Network Rank #118.
Season 3 (1999–2000) 4.0 millions. Network Rank #122.
Season 4 (2000–2001) 4.1 millions. Network Rank #120.
Season 5 (2001–2002) 3.9 millions. Network Rank #134.
Season 6 (2002–2003) 4.0 millions. Network Rank #134.
Michelle Williams declared that she often needed to check a dictionary while reading the scripts.
Meredith Monroe beat out Tamara Braun for the role of Andie McPhee.
The different characters in the show represent the different parts of who Kevin Williamson was or how he saw himself: Dawson, the filmmaker and dreamer; Joey, the angry cynic with his same roots and upbringing; Pacey, the joker; Jen, the rebel and Andie the overachieving. Jack was added to represent Kevin Williamson's sexuality.
Dawson ends up being a producer/writer for his own show, loosely based on his life, perpetuating the cycle of Kevin Williamson's story.
Karen Brigman is the stunt double of Michelle Williams.
It took seven full days of shooting to make one episode of Dawson's Creek.
Dawson's Creek was the last TV series to be dubbed to Portuguese in Portugal. All following foreign TV series were subtitled.
William Katt was one of the many actors who tested for the part of Mitch Leery, who would be finally portrayed by John Wesley Shipp.
Dawson's Creek is one out of three WB shows to say the word shit. The others are Everwood (2002), where the sound was muted, and One Tree Hill (2003).
The inscription on the back of Dawson's watch reads: If you will, it is no dream, a quote of Theodore Hertzel, prognosticator of Israel.
Dawson's necklace, that can be seen in almost every episode of the first 4 seasons was actually made by James Van Der Beek's mother. The wardrobe people centered every outfit Dawson wears around it.
Dawson's Creek was originally a project at FOX but it was rejected. However, The WB was eagerly looking for some programming to fill its new Tuesday night lineup.
The character of Joey is inspired by a long-time friend of Kevin Williamson called Fannie Norwood. According to Kevin Williamson: If Fannie watches, she will know exactly where I got some stuff. It's nice because only she will know.
The producers were in the unusual position of having all 13 episodes of season 1 done before the pilot even premiered.
Rosemary Forsyth tested for the part of Grams, who would be finally portrayed by Mary Beth Peil.
Almost 500 actors tried out for the part of Dawson, who would be finally portrayed by James Van Der Beek.
Dawson's bedroom set was constructed in a warehouse only for the Unaired Pilot Presentation. It was never used again after that.
During her first introduction, Tamara was wearing a more conservative outfit of black that covered her body a bit more. A much sexier dress was used for the aired version.
The two alternate scenes filmed with a different actor in the role of Mitch were the only ones filmed in the real house that will be used as the Leery's house.
Gale's appearance on the News as watched by Dawson and Joey on tv was filmed at an actual local TV station. Gale's co-anchor, was an actual weatherman. When he speaks at the very end of the scene, it isn't the actor's actual voice, it was dubbed.
The Unaired Pilot ended with both Joey and Dawson seeing Gale kiss Bob. There was an alternate ending filmed for the original Unaired Pilot Presentation in which Dawson sees his mother kissing the anchorman. However, it was decided not to use that ending and let Dawson oblivious of his mum's affair to carry on with the storyline for more episodes.
Since Grams character wasn't cast yet, two scenes were shot using a stand-in. Both in the scene where Jen is in Dawson's bedroom for the first time and Gram's calls for her and in the scene where Dawson and Jen are standing outside of Grams' house, that woman is not Mary Beth Peil. There were no scenes betweeen Jen and Grams in the unaired pilot, explaining most of the missing minutes.
A different actor played the part of Mitch Leery. The scene where Dawson and Pacey walk in and find Dawson's parents making out in the living room was shot with a different actor playing Dawson's dad. They recast the role once the show was picked up by the Network to be made a series and John Wesley Shipp got it.
The set for Capeside High School is different to the one used in the aired Pilot. Capeside High School as first introduced in the Unaired Pilot Presentation was shot at the actual High School in Wilmington but it was never used again. Also, several of the classroom scenes including Ms. Jacob's English class with Pacey, and the science lab with Jen and Joey.
The set for Screen Play Video is different than the one used in the aired pilot. Tamara's first appearance was originally filmed at an actual video store located in Southport, about 50 miles away from Wilmington, NC. However, once the show was picked up for a series, they needed a video store location that could be easily used every week, so the scene was reshot in a smaller video store in Wilmington.
The unaired pilot's opening credits featured Hand In My Pocket by Alanis Morissette. Shortly before the series premiered Alanis decided she did not want the song used.
The entire Unaired Pilot Presentation was filmed in 6 days. It wasn't a complete episode, but a series of scenes running for approximately 34 minutes and designed to sell the show as a series to a network. The aired Pilot run time is 44 minutes (without commercials).
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