Bwahaha, the ’90s will never die! So far, six of the original Beverly Hills, 90210 stars have signed on for a reboot-of-sorts. The scripted project is currently being pitched to both broadcast networks and streaming services, with multiple buyers reportedly showing interest.
Deadline reports that original cast members returning at this point include Jennie Garth (Kelly Taylor), Tori Spelling (Donna Martin), Jason Priestley (Brandon Walsh), Ian Ziering (Steve Sanders), Brian Austin Green (David Silver), and Gabrielle Carteris (Andrea Zuckerman).
Four of those six — Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling, Ian Ziering, and Brian Austin Green — are the only ones to appear across the entire 10-season run of Beverly Hills, 90210 from 1990 to 2000 on Fox.
The new CBS TV Studios production is said to not be a traditional reboot. The only other hint on what it will be is an apparent connection to that 90210-related series Tori Spelling and Jenni Garth mentioned earlier in 2018, with the two stars reportedly playing over-the-top versions of themselves.
TMZ paps just recently shared photos of the stars getting coffee together between pitch meetings with suits at Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu. The group was joined by some writers and producers, ostensibly to pitch bringing back Beverly Hills, 90201 almost 30 years after its premiere.
But, based on Deadline’s report and the Tori Spelling/Jennie Garth pitch from several months ago, it sounds like it won’t be a traditional reboot or revival.
The Beverly Hills, 90210 franchise — yes, franchise — includes five shows at this point: the original, Melrose Place, Models Inc., the 90210 reboot, and another Melrose Place. These trend-setters were creating reboots long before the current craze took off.
Whatever happens with this new reboot/revival/whatever, it really needs Shannen Doherty (Brenda Walsh) and Luke Perry (Dylan McKay) to jump on board. Otherwise, they’ll have to pull a Fuller House and frequently reference their absence — like Michelle Tanner/the Olsen Twins.