The show, titled “90210,” will take a different tack from a typical reboot.
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.
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According to a network press release, the cast members will play “heightened versions of themselves in a brand-new serialized drama … inspired by their real lives and relationships.” The new show will include “a healthy dose of irreverence.”
It’s not technically a reboot, because I feel like everyone has seen the reboot. We don’t want to be the last ones like doing the reboot thing, and no one wants to see like old versions of ourselves, but they do want to see us playing our characters, so what we’re doing is the entire cast is playing heightened versions of themselves.
Think “Curb Your Enthusiasm” episodes, in an hour-long show, and we’re all playing heightened versions, so it could be fictional, it could be non-fictional, people will have to guess. And then we will have pop-ins, because we’re behind the scenes trying to do the reboot.