‘BH90210’: When Will the Reboot Premiere?
Get ready 90210 fans, they’re back! Jason Priestley, Jenny Garth, and Shannen Doherty are just a few of the original cast members returning to reprise their roles on the iconic show. Tori Spelling, Ian Ziering, Brian Austin Green, and Gabrielle Carteris are signed on to join the reboot.
Beverly Hills 90210 originally premiered on the Fox Television Network on October 4, 1990, and aired its final episode on May 17, 2000. The reboot, entitled BH90210, is scheduled to air on August 7 and appears to be one of the most highly anticipated programs of the summer. According to Deadline, the release of the reboot’s official trailer brought in more than 18 million views combined on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram, which makes the BH90210 trailer the most-viewed trailer among all new series for the 2019-20 season. The trailer also earned the strongest share rate among all new series trailers.
The show had an earlier reboot on The CW from 2008-2013, where a few of members of the original cast appeared throughout the series, though the focus of the program was on newer members.
Reports of revival drama on set
Fans of 90210 are most likely familiar with the reported drama on the set during its early days in the 90s, mainly between Doherty and Garth. “The tabloids make up stuff,” Doherty told People in 1992. “Somebody will call [the tabs] up and say, ‘They’re yelling at each other on the  set,’ and they will turn around and make it ten times worse…I’m a strong woman. There are still some people out there who can’t deal with that.” Doherty was fired from the show in 1994.
Now the rumor mill is swirling again, with claims that there is tension on the set and several writers have walked out. “Showrunner Patrick Sean Smith and multiple senior-level writers have quit the six-episode series,” Variety reports. “The exact reason for the exodus is unclear. One source said the dispute was over interference from two of the show’s lead actresses, while another noted that the writers were unhappy with one of the executives overseeing the project.”
According to Entertainment Tonight, Doherty chose Instagram as her forum to defend herself and the show against these allegations. “Being a part of TV history is an honor but it also comes with some massive backlash,” Doherty wrote. “There have been many stories floating around about this show and me. One of the reasons I hesitated to say yes was for this crap. The only thing I’m a control freak over is my health.” Doherty was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 and has been bravely open about her battle with the disease.
Despite the alleged turmoil, the show must go on, and it is with new showrunner Paul Sciarrotta and series’ creators Chris Alberghini and Mike Chessler.
Honoring Luke Perry’s memory
With Luke Perry’s tragic death on March 4 of this year, it’s hard to imagine 90210 without Dylan McKay. He remains heavily on the hearts and minds of the cast. “He’s been with us every step of the way,” the Chicago Tribune reports Garth said.
“Luke was a huge part of our 90210 family, and personally Luke was a very large part of my life,” Priestly said. “So, it’s obviously very difficult to do this without him.”
Carteris told Us Weekly that while Perry will be honored in the reboot, his early passing will in no way be exploited. “We don’t want to go and make a success out of the show based on that, so we’ll definitely tilt our head to that, but I think that we don’t want to go and in any way try to glorify that to make our show successful,” Carteris said. “And I don’t think Luke would want that. So, we’re going to do it in a very respectful way.”
Reboot has a twist
This cast is no stranger to twists. From Kelly joining a cult to Brandon’s affair with his college professor’s wife, this group has seen its share of plot-thickening storylines. The reboot is no different. According to the Los Angeles Times, the premise has each actor playing ‘heightened’ versions of their real-life selves, working together to launch a reboot.
“It’s elevated versions of our real selves, so it’s going to be Ian, it’s going to be Brian, it’s gonna be Jason,” Ian Ziering told E! News. “And there’s going to be hints of some of the things that occur in our real lives, but they’ll be exaggerated. The stakes will rise, the tensions will permeate through different storylines. We’ll bring together a lot of comedy, some drama, in a way that it’s more assisted reality, heightened reality than a complete reboot. But it’s going to be us coming together to get the show back on the air.”
Odds are in their favor that the original 90210 crew will be bringing in rating gold.