7:12pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'BH90210' Exodus Sees Showrunner Among Creatives to Depart
Raise your hand if you've heard this song before: There are issues behind the scenes of Fox's new 90210.
The Fox reboot, called BH90210, has replaced showrunners amid an exodus that includes several members of the show-within-a-show revival's creative team. Showrunner Patrick Sean Smith has departed alongside several senior members of the writing team. Paul Sciarrotta (Jane the Virgin, The Fosters, The CW's 90210 revival) has been upped to showrunner and will serve alongside series creators Chris Alberghini and Mike Chessler. Sources say the production has also beefed up the writing staff following multiple departures. It's unclear what caused the friction among the show's creative team.
Paul was already a member of the BH90210 staff and has an overall deal with producers CBS Television Studios, who had shopped the project for nearly a year before it landed at the new Fox Entertainment.
The revival features original stars Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green, Tori Spelling and Shannen Doherty returning to reprise their roles. The project is being billed as a six-episode limited series that will premiere Aug. 7. The original Beverly Hills, 90210 was not without its drama, as Doherty was famously fired from the show.
Most of the actors — who will play heightened versions of themselves — took the stage Tuesday at Fox Entertainment's first upfront presentation as a studio-free broadcast network. Doherty was not present.
Fox previewed the new 90210 with a brief teaser featuring the returning stars, which has already collected more than 18 million cross-platform views since its debut.
Variety was first to report the news.