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Brenda Walsh is headed back to Beverly Hills.
Shannen Doherty will rejoin her Beverly Hills, 90210 co-stars in Fox’s reboot that is set to premiere in the summer.
The six-episode “event series,” with a truncated title of BH90210, is something of a meta-reboot: Doherty, Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green and Tori Spelling are all playing “heightened versions of themselves,” as Fox describes it, as the cast decides to attempt to mount a reboot of the iconic teen soap.
Doherty played Brenda Walsh for the first four seasons of Beverly Hills, 90210, departing the show in 1994, and reprised the role for several episodes of The CW’s 90210 sequel in 2008-09. She went on to star in Kevin Smith’s Mallrats and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and James Franco’s film Bukowski, as well as on the WB series Charmed. She recently reprised her role from the cult film Heathers on Paramount Network’s ill-fated series adaptation.
The newly independent Fox announced the revival in late February after the network won a bidding war over other outlets for the project.
Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier name-checked 90210 when he made his first public remarks about his direction for the broadcast network at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour. “[W]ith respect to all the IP in our history, if we could honor it, we take the legacy of Fox very seriously, from Melrose [Place] to 90210 to 24. All of these franchises, if we could do it right and with the support of great writing, we’d take a serious look at a lot of it,” he said.
At the time the project was announced, Doherty and Luke Perry were the only two members of the core cast not attached. Perry, who was a series regular on The CW’s Riverdale, died of a stroke in early March, prompting outpourings of love from his former co-stars.
Here is Fox’s logline for BH90210: “Having gone their separate ways since the original series ended 19 years ago, Shannen, Jason, Jennie, Ian, Gabrielle, Brian and Tori reunite when one of them suggests it’s time to get a Beverly Hills, 90210 reboot up and running. But getting it going may make for an even more delicious soap than the reboot itself. What will happen when first loves, old romances, friends and frenemies come back together, as this iconic cast — whom the whole world watched grow up together — attempts to continue from where they left off?”
All seven stars will serve as executive producers of BH90210, along with writers Chris Alberghini and Mike Chessler, who worked on The CW’s 90210 and conceived the idea with Garth and Spelling. Patrick Sean Smith is also an exec producer. The show is a co-production of CBS TV Studios, which produced the Darren Star-created original, and Fox Entertainment.
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