Beverly Hills 90210 Not a Reboot in the Works, Rather a Mockumentary
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Daytime alums among primetime soap opera cast.
Updated January 2: Soaps.com has learned that there have been a few changes to an earlier report surrounding the 90210 reboot. TVLine is reporting that while a’90s teen drama inspired by 90210 is currently being shopped to various networks, it will not feature its original characters such as Donna Martin, Kelly Taylor and the rest of the gang. In fact, the project in question is an hour-long mockumentary-style dramedy with Jennie Garth, Jason Priestley, Tori Spelling, Ian Ziering, Brian Austin Green and Gabrielle Carteris playing themselves in an attempt to revive another version of the series. So far, Shannen Doherty and Luke Perry have not been connected to the project.
On December 21, 2018, Soaps.com heard that a reboot of the popular Beverly Hills, 90210 series, which surrounded a group of friends living in Beverly Hills, California making their way from their high school days into adulthood, is being shopped to networks and streaming services, and features members of the original cast. Deadline is reporting that 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) have all signed on for the new edition. Spelling first teased the reunion in March in an Instagram post, which teased her having a great creative day with Garth. Further news of a possible reboot came after TMZ photographers saw cast and writers between meetings.
While General Hospital alum Vanessa Marcil was not mentioned among the cast members returning, she did play Gina Kincaid on the show from 1998 – 2000. Other stars with daytime pasts include Ziering, who was Cameron Stewart on Guiding Light in 1987, and Gabrielle Carteris, who appeared as Another World’s Tracy Julian in 1988. Luke Perry (Dylan McKay), who played Kenny on AW and Ned on Loving, is currently airing as Fred Andrews on Riverdale and also wasn’t named for the reboot as of yet.
The pitch for the new Beverly Hills, 90210 series came from writers/executive producers Mike Chessler and Chris Alberghini, who worked on the CW’s 90210 reboot and on Spelling’s series So Notorious, along with CBS’s Ghen Maynard, who would executive produce the new series. Reportedly, multiple parties are interested.