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July 19, 2008 9:05 AM

90210 TCA Panel

NEW LOOK "90210" Executive producers Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, along with the new cast members, described the progress being made on the new version of the show.

Weekends are for the weak as TCA rolls on through Saturday. We've got the "90210" panel coming up. In the lobby, there's a fake Peach Pit, offering peach Jamba Juice and booze.

What to expect in this panel:
—Questions about hair.
—Questions about how the original will tie into this version.
—Some smart-ass critic bringing up "Models, Inc."

9:29 a.m.: We're checking out some random clips of the cast talking about their characters. All these characters seem to laugh a lot and wear sunglasses.

9:30 a.m.: Shannen Doherty will be back on "90210," playing a drama teacher.

9:36 a.m.: Here's how this new series works: The Wilson family moves from Kansas to Beverly Hills, and must try to maintain their moral center within the extravagance. This sounds strikingly familiar...

9:41 a.m.: Critic puts the screws to the panel as to what show in the past that has been remade like this has been successful. The panel was stumped for the most part, but offhand "Degrassi" and "Star Trek" both had similar success. But, for every "Star Trek: TNG," there's like 15 "704 Hauser."

9:43 a.m.: Shannen Doherty is playing Brenda Walsh. So expect coy dialog like, "I've been in your shoes before" with this knowing look, and everyone at home will say, "OH...cause she was on the show before."

9:47 a.m.: Jessica Walter, who was on "Arrested Development" says her character on "90210" is different because Lucille drank vodka and her "90210" character, Tabitha, drinks scotch.

9:51 a.m.: Jeff Judah says this show is being made now is because "I think people are interested in the rich."

9:52 a.m.: "90210" will show teenagers doing weird teenage things, like kissin' and computer stuff. These kids nowadays texting each other, what will they think of next?

9:55 a.m.: The Peach Pit is now a cool coffeehouse. But Color Me Badd will not perform on random weeks.

9:59 a.m.: AFTRA represents "90210," making it strike-proof. Pure business decision, says producer Gabe Sachs, but a very nice coincidence.

10:01 a.m.: These kids watching television on their laptops, like "Gossip Girl," what will they think of next? Mr. Sachs says there might be a different edit of the show online.

10:09 a.m.: Diversity will occur in this show, and it will investigate gay and lesbian issues, too.

It's over. The CW's Paul McGuire points out that this is a SPINOFF, not a REMAKE. And "Battlestar Galactica" is considered to be in the "successful" column of spinoffs.

—Andrew Krukowski

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