Tori Spelling on the ‘90210’ revival: ‘It’s like family coming back together’

Donna Martin may have graduated, but Tori Spelling is ready to reunite at West Beverly with her former Beverly Hills, 90210 costars.

“We are all so excited to go back to work together because it’s like family coming back together,” the 45-year-old actress told Us Weekly exclusively on Wednesday, February 6, at Tapout Fitness in Woodland Hills, where her husband Dean McDermott teaches a boxing class. “It’s like going back to a high school reunion, but then like never leaving each other again.”

She added: “We all love each other very much and we’re excited.”

90210 reunion rumors surfaced in December 2018 after Spelling and former castmates Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Brian Austin Greenand Jason Priestley were spotted getting coffee with producers. The sTORI Telling author confirmed the “new 90210 during an appearance on Access Live earlier this month.

“It is the OG crew back together, and we’re playing heightened versions of ourselves,” she revealed. “The fans will be pleasantly surprised, though, because we will intercut that with scenes from the show. So it’ll be a whole ensemble cast.”

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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.


Spelling also noted that Luke Perry“will do as many [episodes] as he can do,” while balancing role as Fred Andrews on Riverdale, but Shannen Doherty’s availability is up in the air. “We would love to have her on. … There is no status right now.”

McDermott, for his part, is excited to see his wife play her iconic character again.

“Seeing the photos that I’ve seen in the press of everybody together, it’s just amazing to see them all together, because I used to watch 90210 because I had a crush on her!” the Slasher actor told Us on Wednesday. “I would show up late to my hockey games and the guys would give me a hard time ‘Oh you getting your Donna fix … Now I’m married to you, I can get my Donna fix all the time!”

With reporting by Nicole Pajer

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UNITED STATES - JANUARY 22: THE LOVE BOAT - Season Six - 1/22/83, Tori Spelling (Sarah) in the 'Doc's Big Case' episode of ABC's 'The Love Boat.', (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
Candy Spelling and Tori Spelling at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hilton, California (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
HOTEL - 'Barriers' - Airdate: March 11, 1987. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) L-R: SHARI BELAFONTE;TORI SPELLING;CONNIE SELLECCA
Tori Spelling, 1988. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Tori Spelling (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
SAVED BY THE BELL -- Pictured: (l-r) Tori Spelling as Violet Anne Bickerstaff, Dustin Diamond as Screech Powers (Photo by Alice S. Hall/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - 1990: Actress Tori Spelling poses for a portrait in 1990 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)
Brian Austin Green and Tori Spelling (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Jason Priestley, Tori Spelling, Aaron Spelling, Shannen Doherty and Luke Perry at the Universal Studios in Universal City, California (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Tori Spelling (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Tori Spelling & Brian Austin Green (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 647 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Tori Spelling during an interview with host Jay Leno on March 7, 1995 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Tori Spelling (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Tori Spelling at the Mann's Village Theater in Westwood, California (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Tori Spelling during Planet Hollywood Beverly Hills Grand Opening at Planet Hollywood in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Tori Spelling (Photo by Steve Granitz Archive 1/WireImage)
Brian Austin Green, Gabrielle Carteris, Joe E. Tata, Vincent Young, Ian Ziering, Jennie Garth, Luke Perry & Tori Spelling (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Tori Spelling (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Tori Spelling (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Tori Spelling (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Tori Spelling during Women With Heart Auction At Christies at Christie's in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Iris/WireImage)
Tori Spelling (Photo by Tony Barson/WireImage)
Tori Spelling during 'Sol Goode' DVD Release Party at Club 1650 in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
Jamie Kennedy & Tori Spelling during Jamie Kennedy Book Release Party at Shelter in West Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
Tori Spelling and Jason Priestley during 'Silver Spoon Dog and Baby Buffet Benefitting Much Love Animal Rescue - Day One at Private Residence in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage for Silver Spoon (formerly The Cabana))
Tori Spelling, engaged to Charlie Shanian, shows her new ring at the Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, California (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
Tori Spelling during CA Boom Opening Night Extravaganza at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California, United States. (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)
Tori Spelling (r) and husband Charles Shanian during 16th Carousel of Hope Presented by Mercedes-Benz to Benefit the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes - Arrivals at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 05: Actress Tori Spelling attends the Ann Bowen Fall 2005 show during Olympus Fashion Week at Bryant Park February 5, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images)
Tori Spelling during American Eagle Outfitters 'Live Your Life' Awards Celebration at American Eagle Outfitters Flagship Store in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jemal Countess/WireImage)
Tori Spelling during VH1 Big in '05 - Red Carpet at Sony Studios in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - MARCH 31: Tori Spelling (L) and Dean McDermott (R) attend Tori Spelling promoting her new VH1 scripted comedy 'So Notorious' at XL Lounge March 31, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
Tori Spelling (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Tori Spelling at Principessa during 2007 Silver Spoon Golden Globes Suite - Day 2 in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Matthew Simmons/WireImage for Silver Spoon (formerly The Cabana))
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 09: Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott arrive at the 2007 Out 100 Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on Novemeber 9, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Tori Spelling and daughter Stella at the launch of sponsored by Little Tikes and benefiting Generation Rescue at the Treehouse Social Club. (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 19: Actress Tori Spelling poses backstage at Christian Siriano Fall 2009 during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Salon in Bryant Park on February 19, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Tori Spelling arrives at the 19th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar viewing party held at the Pacific Design Center on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 16: Actress Tori Spelling attends the 29th annual Gay & Lesbian Film Festival's premiere of 'Hoarders: Untold sTORI' at John Anson Ford Amphitheatre on July 16, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 21: Tori Spelling attends the 17th Annual Los Angeles Times Festival Of Books - Day 1 at USC on April 21, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 10: Actress Tori Spelling and children Finn Davey McDermott (L) and Hattie Margaret McDermott attend The Helping Hand of Los Angeles' Annual Mother's Day Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel on May 10, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 24: Tori Spelling attends the 'Mystery Girls' Screening hosted by The Moms at Park Avenue Screening Room on June 24, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
CULVER CITY, CA - AUGUST 22: Tori Spelling attends the LG 'Fam To Table' series at The Washbow on August 22, 2015 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

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