‘BH90210’: This Ex-Girlfriend is Coming Back
The reboot of the infamous ‘90s hit Beverly Hills 90210 is premiering later this summer on Fox Network with most of the original cast on board including Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling, Ian Ziering, Brian Austin Green, and Gabrielle Carteris. This week, fans also learned of the return of a character who had a recurring role on the show. Think “Brandon and the bad girl…”
She’s back …
The notorious Emily Valentine, played by Christine Elise, just signed on for the reboot BH90210, according to the Today Show.
“It’s official — Christine Elise has joined the cast! Welcome to the #BH90210 family,” the show’s Instagram message stated in the Monday post. Elise expressed her gratitude in the comments, saying “I could not be more humbled or happier!!!”
Priestley and Elise were a couple on and off-screen
Elise’s character Emily first appeared on the show in season 2. She was assumed to be from the “wrong side of the tracks” and soon became involved with both the straight-laced Brandon Walsh as well as tough guy Dylan McKay (played by the late Luke Perry). Though she eventually won Brandon’s heart, the rest of the gang was not happy with her negative influence on their favorite good guy. Some of her antics included her drugging Brandon via a drink, which ended up causing their breakup and Emily’s subsequent emotional meltdown.
Elise would appear on the show throughout its run, coming in and out of Brandon’s life and still pulling on his heartstrings. After leaving the show, Elise went on to appear in shows including ER, Charmed, and L.A. Firefighters, according to TV Line.
Priestley and Elise had a relationship away from the cameras. Priestley spoke about their involvement in a 2014 Hollywood Reporter interview, calling her his “first full-fledged adult relationship.” According to the article, Priestley recalled how the tabloids saw Elise as trying to tame his hard-partying ways that he said were motivated by a need “to prove that I was nothing like the sanctimonious Brandon Walsh.”
What to expect
Not much has been said about the plot of the six-part series, set to debut on August 7, except that the cast will play heightened versions of themselves, including Elise. TV Line reported that Vanessa Lachey is cast to play the wife of Priestley’s character, so her interactions with Elise should be interesting.
It appears that former cast mate Tiffani Thiessen, who played Valerie Malone for six seasons, is one of the few who won’t be returning for the reboot. “I’m actually shooting season three of Alexa and Katie right now. So I am working at the moment and busy,” Thiessen told Entertainment Tonight. “My shoot schedule sadly won’t allow [me to be apart of it], but I wish them well. I’m sure it’s going to be great.”
The cast is still mourning the tragic loss of Perry, who passed away in March from a stroke. Perry was the only member of the original cast not signed on for the reboot due to his commitments with the CW show Riverdale. “He was going to be one of the few who was not going to be in it, because he was committed to Riverdale,” CBS TV Studios president David Stapf said, according to Good Housekeeping. Stapf also said that they were still deciding on how to honor Perry in the show.