Bottom line, TV reboots aren’t going anywhere. As long as the studios feel that they can use an old title to engage the modern audience, they’re planning on doing so. The latest example is confirmation that a new version of Beverly Hills 90210 (simply called 90210) is going to be premiering this summer on Fox as a six-episode limited series, and that it will feature original cast members Tori Spelling (Donna Martin), Brian Austin Green (David Silver), Gabrielle Carteris (Andrea Zuckerman), Jennie Garth (Kelly Taylor), Ian Ziering (Steve Sanders), and Jason Priestley (Brandon Walsh). No word on Shannen Doherty or Luke Perry, but one probably shouldn’t hold their breath for them.
According to Variety, “The event series comes with a twist, however. The actors will not be playing their characters from the show, but rather heightened versions of themselves. Having gone their separate ways since the original series ended 19 years ago, Jason, Jennie, Ian, Gabrielle, Brian and Tori reunite when one of them suggests it’s time to get a Beverly Hills 90210 reboot up and running. But getting it going may make for more drama than the reboot itself.”
Michael Thorn, president of entertainment for Fox, commented, “Beverly Hills 90210 left an indelible impact on pop culture and an entire generation. Its powerful legacy is an important part of our network’s DNA — bold stories not told anywhere else and bigger-than-life-characters and we’re honored to bring back the beloved original cast members for 90210.”
This version is sounding different from the one that People described last March under a headline heralding a new show featuring Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth. Noted the site, “Years after starring together on Beverly Hills, 90210, [we] can share that the 44-year-old actress and longtime pal Jennie Garth are working on a new show based loosely on the series, which ran from 1990 to 2000, and was later rebooted as 90210 from 2008 to 2013.”
Obviously, and unlike shows like Roseanne, Will & Grace, and Murphy Brown, this will not just be picking up the fictional characters years after the show finished its original run. But, hey, given the flood of reboots, it would be nice to get a fresh approach.
Executive producers/writers on the show are Mike Chessler and Chris Alberghini, both of whom had worked on a 90210 reboot that aired on the CW as well as Tori’s show So Notorious.