With the fisher price kids playing grown-up on 90210, I felt it necessary to bring us back to where it all began. Last year’s premiere of a Beverly Hills, 90210 remake on The CW caused West Bev fans to teeter between eager anticipation and doubt. In the end, we were defeated. The show did its best to pay homage to the original cast (appearances by Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling and Shannen Doherty), but the writing and plots were more fluffy riff-raff than a candid look into the not-so-rosy lives of privileged teens.
Six months ago, I was given the opportunity to interview Charles Rosin, showrunner and executive producer of Beverly Hills, 90210 from 1990-1995. After picking his brain about the greatest love triangle of our time, I asked Mr. Rosin what he thought of the new series. He too saw the substance scraped out to make room for the new era of teenage drama.
“To do a show called 90210 and not allow your young characters to have any socio-political context in an age of Obama speaks to the cynicism and cowardice of commercial broadcasting.”
Whilst updating myself on the comings-and-goings of David, Donna, Dylan, Brandon, Brenda, Kelly, Steve and Aundrea, I came across Aundrea’s facebook page and, OMFG. The pictures. The print advertising. It’s all so real, as if prom was yesterday. Donna Martin Graduate!
Updates and Facts:
Gabrielle Carteris: Not much to update about the old gal. Though I did learn that when she started the show at 29, she was 6 years younger than Jim Walsh (James Eckhouse). In 2006, Carteris also suffered facial injuries and paralysis on the set of a movie after a particularly physical scene. Since leaving the zipcode, Carteris launched her own talk show (lasted one season) and was on the first season of The Surreal Life in 2003. Carteris will always be the girl Brandon just wanted to be friends with.
Brian Green (He dropped “Austin” when his one and only cd dropped): Young David won the sodding lottery when he hooked up with Megan Fox back in 2004. Green proposed to the saucy minx, she said yes, then broke it off, but they’re still dating. Green was in the tv series, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles until its cancellation in 2009 and has had guest spots on shows like Smallville and CSI: Miami.
Jason Priestly: Brandon, my Brandon. My one constant in a sea of corruption, moral hangovers and legacy keys. Priestly, originally from Canada, became an American citizen in 2007. He’s had his plate full of with acting and directing gigs over the years. Priestly lurrves race car driving, but in 2002 he was in a serious accident while driving one. Luckily he was able to recover and pull it together for Jim and Cindy. And his real life family.
More cast updates after the jump.
Luke Perry: Dylan McKay, as I live and breathe. After leaving the show to pursue bigger roles, Perry found mostly small potatoes. He starred in short-lived dramas like NBC’s Windfall and HBO’s John From Cincinnati and guest-starred on Will & Grace and Spin City. Fun fact: Perry originally auditioned for the role of Steve Sanders. Ian Ziering: Twinkle Toes Sanders was a celeb contestant on season four of Dancing With The Stars, then hosted a dancing competition on Lifetime entitled Your Mama Don’t Dance. Jazz hands!Shannen Doherty: Doherty left Beverly Hills, 90210 after season four and a little piece of me died. In 1997 she appeared in the most rockin’ of TV movies, Friends ‘Til The End. Every time it airs on Lifetime, I stop what I’m doing. Doherty also reprised her role of Brenda on 90210, sublty reassuring her fans that, yes, she still loves Dylan even though Kelly had his love child.Tori Spelling: Perhaps the “Most Likely To Succeed” of the group, Spelling has two books under her B belt, sTORI Telling and Mommywood. She also stars in her own reality show with husband Dean McDermott. For the past four years, Spelling’s ups and down have been documented by media, especially the fued with her mother that reportedly ended over the holidays. I can’t get enough of the Spelling-McDermotts. Spelling’s third book, tentatively titled Uncharted TerriTORI, is scheduld for release in June. It’s essentially a recap of her life as a Hollywood fixture and mom to two.
Jennie Garth: The bitch who stole Dylan starred in What I Like About You with Amanda Bynes and is married to Twilight‘s Peter Facinelli. Garth has been doing guest-spots on the new 90210, but announced that she would no longer be on the show go-forward.Tah Dah!