A reboot featuring many of the original cast members including Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling, Jason Priestley, Brian Austin Green, and Gabrielle Carteris will hit FOX this summer.
Originally airing from October 4, 1990, to May 17, 2000, Beverly Hills, 90210 was a teen drama television series that quickly became a cult classic amongst teenagers in the '90s. The show addressed lots of tough topics like sex, date rape, homophobia, alcoholism, drug abuse, domestic violence, eating disorders, racism, and teenage suicide, which made it equal parts relatable and real to its viewers. Now, an announcement has been made that the show will be rebooted with its original cast. Though the show did inspire four different spin-offs in the past, this is the first time a reboot with the original cast is being produced. Therefore, fans are rightly excited to see all their favorite characters back together for another run of one of the greatest series to ever air on the small screen. Hopefully, ratings won't take a drastic hit as the original show once did in its later seasons.
According to People, the reboot will feature a number of the original cast members that viewers had once come to know and love, including Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling, Jason Priestley, Ian Ziering, Brian Austin Green, and Gabrielle Carteris. The source reported that FOX, the television network that aired the series for a whole decade, announced plans for a six-episode revival of the iconic 1990s hit. The first season is already under production and is expected to hit television sets across the United States in the summertime.
The show is expected to highlight the once-beloved characters as “heightened versions of themselves in a brand-new serialized drama – with a healthy dose of irreverence – that is inspired by their real lives and relationships.” The show allegedly takes an approach akin to those utilized by reality tv shows, wherein the stars will be followed as they reunite for the first time in twenty years in order attempt to get a 90210 reboot going. This sounds very meta and unlike the original television series, but fans are excited to see what is in store for them nonetheless.
FOX asked, “What will happen when first loves, old romances, friends and frenemies come back together, as this iconic cast – whom the whole world watched grow up together – attempts to continue from where they left off?” Notably, however, Shannen Doherty and Luke Perry will not be making a reappearance during the reboot. Recently, news broke that Riverdale star Perry, who starred in Beverly Hills, 90210 from 1990 to 1995, was hospitalized in California on Thursday after suffering a "massive" stroke at his home in Sherman Oaks. He has since been released.
This was not Perry's first major health scare. In 2015, precancerous growths were found in his body. The growths were discovered following a routine colonoscopy. The experience inspired the actor to raise awareness about colorectal cancer. In an interview with FOX News, he stated, "When I heard that this was the most detectable cancer that we know of yet it’s the second most lethal, I just couldn’t figure out why that was and I wanted to get out there and tell people about it." According to news.com.au, he said, "Right now, there are 23 million Americans who haven’t been screened that need to be screened. If I had waited, it could have been a whole different scenario."
Perhaps this, paired with his busy shooting schedule for hit teen drama Riverdale, is why Perry will not be joining the original cast for the 90210 reboot. The news of the reboot and who would be part of it was accidentally confirmed by Spelling, who played the role of Donna Marie Martin on the television show. Her character is portrayed as ditzy and sweet and was a fan favorite during the series' run. “We were having coffee in between meetings with networks,” she explained to Entertainment Weekly when asked about a recent paparazzi photo of the cast together. “It’s confirmed. We’re doing a new 90210.”
In a separate interview with People, Spelling opened up about what it was like to get the gang back together for the reboot. "We’re all really excited to get back to work with each other every day," she revealed. "We’ve come full circle and it feels really great. This is the ultimate high school reunion and we’re going to be back together every day and I’m so excited." She further added, "The fans will be pleasantly surprised, though, because we will intercut that with scenes from the show. So it’ll be a whole ensemble cast playing a heightened version of themselves. Almost everybody."
In light of the announcement, many fans took to social media platform Twitter to express their excitement. Apricotpeach11 stated, "So exciting! It would be so great to revisit the cast and see where the characters are today. I would do anything to be involved (as an extra or anything!) despite living so far from LA. Beverly Hills, 90210 is timeless and my favorite series of all time! I trust #DarrenStar to make it wonderful." "OMG! I can’t believe it! This was my favorite TV show back in the day! Ahhhhh! My favorite character was Shannen as Brenda Walsh and then, of course, Jason Priestley as Brandon Walsh," mentioned Laurabaileytv.