Is the new 90210 a reboot, a sequel, or something brand-new? We still can’t tell, but we do have more details about the cast, release date, and more.
Fox announced that the series–called BH90210–will premiere on August 7. There will be just 6 episodes in total, which means that even if it’s bad, it’ll at least be over soon.
Most of the original cast has agreed to return, but in a strange twist, they won’t exactly be playing grown-up versions of Brenda, Kelly, Brandon, and the rest of the gang. Instead, they’ll be playing themselves as the actors reunite to revive the show.
BH90210 isn’t a reality show–but it’s not NOT a reality show, either. The official line is that the actors will be “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.”
So far, Jennie Garth, Jason Priestly, Tori Spelling, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, and Brian Austin Green have all agreed to return to the show. There was some question about whether Shannen Doherty, who was infamously fired from the original show, would be involved, but she confirmed that Brenda is back.
When Luke Perry unexpectedly passed away shortly after the revival was announced in March, fans wondered how the show would deal with his loss. According to Gabrielle Carteris (who played Andrea Zuckerman, the “teenager” who was inexplicably 10 years older than everyone else), BH90210 will play tribute to Perry in “a very respectful way.”
She assured fans that the revival won’t capitalize on his death or use it to sensationalize the show. Carteris explained that the cast came together and decided to “dedicate this story to him… We love Luke and it was really hard. It’s a sad thing.”
The first teaser trailer for the series debuted yesterday, and it didn’t give away much. Just the original cast members getting together for a table read. There’s a group hug, but not much else.
But according to Tori Spelling, who helped develop the idea for the revival, the show is closer to a mockumentary reality series than the trailer makes it seem. “We wanted to do something that would cause noise and be groundbreaking just like our original show was back in the ‘90s. And that’s when together we came up with this version,” Tori explained.
If you didn’t grow up in the 90s, then you can’t understand how big Beverly Hills: 90210 was at the time. It was like Game of Thrones, but with fewer dragons and zombies. Everybody tuned in, and even when the show was bad, it was still a hot topic of conversation around the ol’ watercooler.
They already rebooted 90210 in 2008. The drama ran for a respectable 5 seasons and 114 episodes, although it never reached the same heights as the OG flavor. A few of the original cast members made guest appearances in the early seasons, but the show didn’t really try to be a sequel.
Will the revival deliver? Or will it be super awkward? Either way, we’re definitely watching on August 7th to find out!