A potentially baffling comeback is in the works for a drama series that was a massive hit among teen viewers in the 1990s.
Nellie Andreeva reports on Deadline that “Beverly Hills, 90210” is being marketed by CBS TV Studios, which is betting that viewers will want to see how 40-something — and in some cases 50-something — versions of characters including Brandon (Jason Priestley), Kelly (Jennie Garth), Donna (Tori Spelling), Steve (Ian Ziering), David (Brian Austin Green) and Andrea (Gabrielle Carteris) have fared since the show went off the air almost two decades ago.
All of the above cast members are said to be attached — and multiple buyers are interested, Andreeva reports.
Created by Darren Star and produced by Aaron Spelling, the original show ran for 10 seasons on Fox, 1990-2000, and became a cultural phenomenon. The series spawned a number of spinoffs and reboots, most notably “Melrose Place.” A CW “90210” reboot ran for five seasons, wrapping in 2013.
“I hear the scripted project from CBS TV Studios features most of the original cast but is not a traditional reboot,” Andreeva writes. “I hear the new ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ comes from writers/executive producers Mike Chessler and Chris Alberghini, who worked on the CW’s 90210 reboot and on Spelling’s series ‘So Notorious,’ as well as CBS TV Studios-based Ghen Maynard, who has a relationship with Spelling and Garth and executive produces the new series.”
Andreeva notes that Tori Spelling first teased the project way back in March. “At the time, it was reported that Spelling and Garth would be playing ‘exaggerated versions of themselves,'” Andreeva writes.