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Kelly Blatz discusses making TBS’ “Glory Daze”

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith

HollywoodNews.com: “Aaron Stone” cutie pie Kelly Blatz is finding a welcome dividend in making TBS’ Nov. 16-debuting “Glory Daze” series about a group of fraternity pledges in the 1980s. The 23-year-old actor notes, “I backed out of college before I even went, and even though I visited friends in fraternities a few times, I kind of felt like maybe I missed out. Pledging this fraternity with these guys, I get to have all the fun and camaraderie without having to do the school work.”

Blatz is part of an ensemble including Tim Meadows and Drew Seeley (with interesting guest stars like Kevin Nealon, Teri Polo and Fred Willard). He reports that the show’s creators, Walt Becker and Michael LeSleur, informed them “They didn’t want to hit anyone over the head with the 80′s thing — this is inspired by their own college experiences — but they did give us a packet of things to work with. We do riff a lot, improvise, and we wanted to have a grasp of who the celebrities were at the time, the big athletes, the supermodels, so we’d say the right things. We wanted to use the right slang, and not talk about cell phones and things like that.”

He adds, “I’m so used to my wardrobe now, it feels like what I’d actually wear. I’m always wanting to tuck in my shirt.”

Then there’s the music aspect, of vital importance to college students of any generation, of course. The producers supplied their guys with “like, 12 full CD mixes — R&B, pop, rock. I definitely have a huge catalogue of 80s music in my brain now,” Blatz says.

As it happens, he’s working on his own music while finishing up the last few episodes of the first season’s worth of “Glory Daze.” He and his band, Capra have been developing a sound of their own for the last four years, he lets us know, and are now recording an album for Hollywood Records, to debut in 2011. “When you hear it you’ll understand,” he says. “It’s a fun, funky hip hop and rock.”

BAD MAMA: Daphne Zuniga’s been having a blast on “One Tree Hill” of late, what with her character, the notorious Victoria Davis, incarcerated over her dirty business dealings and her recent disowning of her daughter, Brooke (Sophia Bush), over her decision to sell the family company.

“I love the drama they’re bringing, but the possible dissolution of the company is, you know, kind of a big deal. I’m not sure what they have in mind for us.” She enjoys the fact the writers “are always surprising me. I love that they write for Victoria.” However, she admits, “It’s hard for me to do these scenes where I scream at Sophia. It’s hard to say these awful things to her face. We’re good friends.”

In fact, the one-time “Melrose Place” actress credits Sophia and cast mate Austin Nichols with being more open and mature than she was at their age. She enjoys their company, and, in fact, credits them with helping her get into the Twitter universe.

“I had someone post things for me for an environmental auction I had, but sitting around the set one day, I said, ‘I don’t even know how to tweet myself. I don’t even know my password.’” Bush and Nichols helped her out, and now, she says, she tweets them to stay in touch.

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