Little-known facts about 'Beverly Hills, 90210'

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Little-known facts about 'Beverly Hills, 90210'

Shannen Doherty’s drama on the set was no secret. She routinely argued with her co-stars and the production team, but what got her fired at the end of the fourth season was the fact that she cut her hair in the midst of filming scenes for the season finale. Producers were irate that she had messed up the continuity and decided it was time to let her go.

The brainchild of legendary Hollywood producer Aaron Spelling, 90210 wasn’t exactly a ratings boon for Fox when it debuted, but the network realized that they scored well enough with the highly coveted teenage audience and decided to stick with it.
Their hunch paid off, and by season two it was so popular that the network ordered 32 episodes instead of the traditional 24. The series even began airing special summer episodes, which further drew in audiences.
As their high school days ended, producers decided to keep most of the group together by having them attend the same college, which introduced new dramas, relationships and characters to keep things fresh.
When the last episode aired in 2000, many fans presumed we had seen the end, but in 2008, 90210 was resurrected on the CW network with Garth, Doherty and Spelling each reprising their roles.
Before Luke Perry played heartbreaking bad boy Dylan McKay, he originally auditioned for the role of Steve Sanders. When he was cast as Dylan it was only for a two-episode story arc, but Aaron Spelling liked his performance so he added him to the cast, against the wishes of Fox execs.

While all of the other girls in the zip code were hooking up with guys while they were still in high school, Tori Spelling’s character, Donna, had to wait until she graduated from college to do the deed. This was reportedly because her father, Aaron, didn’t want her character to be viewed as a slut.

Actor Douglas Emerson (Scott Scanlon) reportedly asked to leave the show, citing a desire to quit acting. Producers, who had been looking for ways to cut production costs, were reportedly quick to oblige, but decided to keep rolling the dice on his onscreen bff, Brian Austin Green.

Gabrielle Carteris was 29 years old when she first played 16-year-old Andrea Zuckerman.

In landing the role of Valerie Malone for season five, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen was reportedly chosen over Drew Barrymore, Alyssa Milano and Alicia Silverstone.

Not one member of the cast appeared in all 296 episodes of the original series, and in fact, Jason Priestley, Ian Ziering, Tori Spelling, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green and Jennie Garth were the only stars to appear in both the pilot and the series finale.


By Dre Weston

It's hard to believe it's been almost 25 years since Brandon, Dylan, Kelly and the rest of the gang from West Beverly High School captured the hearts of teenage audiences all around the world. As the stars of the immensely popular 'Beverly Hills, 90210,' Jason Priestley (Brandon Walsh), Luke Perry (Dylan McKay), Jennie Garth (Kelly Taylor), Shannen Doherty (Brenda Walsh), Tori Spelling (Donna Martin), Gabrielle Carteris (Andrea Zuckerman), Ian Ziering (Steve Sanders) and Brian Austin Green (David Silver) completely ruled the '90s.

The Fox show, originally conceived as a drama about a family from a small town in Minnesota who move to the lavish community of Beverly Hills, pivoted toward a teen vehicle full of sex, drugs, suicides, teen pregnancy and any other socially relevant topic that producers could cram into each week's episode.

As we remember the cast of the original show, DoYouRemember unearths a few interesting facts about Beverly Hills, 90210. Check them out in the gallery above!

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Little-known facts about 'Beverly Hills, 90210'

In the opening credits, the S.S. Minnow is shown leaving the harbor in Hawaii, where the American flag was at half-mast, due to the fact that the scene was filmed on the day of John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

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The lagoon set for 'Gilligan’s Island' was routinely drained when it wasn’t in use and operated as a parking lot.

The S.S. Minnow was named after former FCC head Newton Minow, who once called television “a vast wasteland.”

It was Schwartz’s way of getting back at him ...

When he was interviewing the child actors for roles on The 'Brady Bunch,' Sherwood Schwartz would place toys on his desk to see if the children became distracted by them or remained focused on the conversation. It was a way for him to see if they had the concentration necessary to work on the show.

In fact, things got so bad that Schwartz wrote him out of the final episode of the series, and nearly had him removed from the set, but changed his mind so as not to upset any of the younger cast members.

While it eventually went on to become a ratings giant in syndication, 'The Brady Bunch' was never renewed for a full season until its last. ABC only requested 13 episodes at a time.

While the Brady kids provided the vocals for the show’s theme song during the last four seasons and released a number of albums as a group, actors Christopher Knight and Maureen McCormick were featured on the 1973 album Chris Knight and Maureen McCormick, which was a huge commercial flop.

Both 'Gilligan’s Island' and 'The Brady Bunch' have a unique Lucille Ball connection.

Ball’s 1939 film Five Came Back was about 12 people whose South America-bound plane crashes in a jungle, leaving them marooned on an island inhabited by headhunters.

Meanwhile, the overwhelming box-office success of Ball’s 1968 film, Yours, Mine and Ours, convinced ABC execs that The Brady Bunch would be a hit.

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