The iconic 1990s drama isn’t one to let it go! ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ had hopped on the reboot bandwagon before and regretted it. Could ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ be willing to take one last chance at a revival? Let’s find out!
For most of the 1990s, ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ held its ground strong in the television drama-scape for a decade. Soon after the show was taken off screens, it was picked up for a reboot by The CW. A few years later, CBS TV Studios took it up for yet another reboot, well, of sorts. While that didn’t stick, it makes us wonder if ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ could be looking at another revival or have too many cooks (reboots, in this case) already spoiled it?
- The weird reboot of ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’
- The ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ cast reunion
- Is a revival on the cards for ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’?
The weird reboot of ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’
You’ll realise why ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ is associated with all the TV greatness when we take two names associated with it – Darren Star and Aaron Spelling. Produced by the mastermind of Spelling and created by Darren Star, the show premiered in 1990 and did not hit a bump for its entire decade long run. Originally, the show was intended to follow the lives of the Walsh siblings, Brandon and Brenda, played by the incredibly talented Jason Priestley and Shannen Doherty.
The Walsh family moves into Beverly Hills, 90210 from Minneapolis and the show takes off from there. However, with time and especially after Doherty and Priestly quit the show, the FOX drama morphed into focusing on a group of characters. The show had taken on a big tribe of followers during its run, which is why The CW had rebooted it under the name ‘90210’, a few years after the final season of the original series.
Totally ignoring the already existing, rebooted version, ‘90210’, FOX decided to pull out another reboot, ‘BH90210’, last year. However, as most of us felt, ‘BH90210’ couldn’t exactly be called a traditional revival or reboot of ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’. In fact, the concept was pretty out there. Weirdly enough, the reboot had the actors playing fictionalized and heightened versions of themselves as they go about in a mockumentary fashion satirising their characters from the original show. The drama is drawn out of the real personal lives and relationships of the actors, between their real and reel selves. Confused yet?
The ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ cast reunion
It was the 30th anniversary of ‘Beverley Hill, 90210’ this year and the cast got together (virtually, of course) in October to celebrate it. Along with creator Darren Star, members from the original cast, Jason Priestly, Tori Spelling, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, and Brian Austin Green joined in to celebrate the show turning 30. The reunion event lasted for three and a half hours and in that time the audience got their hands on some great, interesting, and funny anecdotes. The members also made sure to remember Luke Perry, one of the cast members, who died last year.
The cast talked about the great memories and bonds that the show had formed for them. Jennie Garth, who played Kelly Taylor, said,
“It was so much fun doing our show. What a blast we all had, and such great memories, and so many beautiful friendships and bonds made that we’ll never ever, ever sever”.
Think that would guarantee another revival of ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’? Well, they did it twice, so, why not!
Is a revival on the cards for ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’?
The last reboot of ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ did not work out quite well and Fox decided to cancel the show before it could make it to a few more seasons. Michael Thorn, the president of Fox Entertainment, explained to TVLine the reason behind keeping the reboot short and snappy. He said,
“To sustain something that meta and heightened in the long-term is incredibly hard. We always kind of envisioned it as an event … So we felt like to do it as a short-term event where you could just catch up with these actors that you love and do something that was wildly different was a great way to honor the legacy of the show”.
However, Tori Spelling, a member of the original and the reboot cast had said earlier that they had originally expected the reboot to have lasted for a few more seasons. In fact, according to Spelling, the final episode of the reboot had an anticipatory note for a second season, which she believes would have taken the meta stuff up a notch. This, of course, gives hope that the mind and material definitely exist for a revival of ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’. However, there are no solid signs yet.
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