Guest Author - Lorna London Sloukji
In October of 1990, a drama series began airing, featuring promising young stars and heavy issues. That drama series has become one of the most popular shows of all time. Created by Darren Star and produced by Aaron Spelling, Beverly Hills 90210 elicited an enormous fan base, complete with dolls of the characters among many other memorabilia.
The show’s characters dealt with various topics such as teenage pregnancy, date rape, gay rights, drugs, violence, and AIDS.
The world’s favourite zip code was also known for the drama between characters, both on set and off set. More specifically, the drama between Shannen Doherty (Brenda) and Jennie Garth (Kelly) made headlines and resulted in even more stories about Doherty’s attitude towards the rest of the cast.
Years later, Gabe Sachs, executive producer of The CW’s new 90210 is still surprised by the scene Doherty and Garth just shot together, as they are both going to be featured in the new series, Doherty for at least four episodes, and Garth is on a more long-term basis.
But Doherty assures the media that the drama is behind the two women.
“There was almost a comfort in knowing that I was getting to work with somebody who had been on the original with me and gone through the same experiences,” she told Radar magazine. “Like, ‘Okay we’ve been through the war together already.’ I never even gave any thought to it being awkward. I know how much I’ve grown up since then. I would assume that she’s grown up the same amount.”
Now in their mid-thirties, the actresses seem as though they have emerged from high-school behaviour, into cooperative professionals.
Garth states, “No crazy drama’s going on.”
So, what’s the new show all about? The 90210 spin-off has a new all-star cast, seemingly close in comparison to the originals. For example, we’ve got the Wilsons from Kansas who move to Beverly Hills, much like the Walshes did from Minnesota.
What’s changed? For one thing, parents in the spin-off actually have three-dimensional lives that reveal conflict, making them much more real and honest. This time around, we will also be seeing more cultural diversity on campus. Instead of simply giving ethnic minorities “background” roles, they have more prominence in the new show.
Beverly Hills, 90210: The Next Generation will air on September 2, 2008.
The new cast includes:
Tristan Wilds, Lori Loughlin, Dustin Milligan, Jessica Stroup, Michael Steger, Anna Lynne McCord, Jessica Walter, Shenae Grimes, Ryan Eggold, and Jennie Garth, reprising her role as Kelly Taylor.