Hit 1990s teen drama Beverly Hills, 90210 is staging a comeback. A reboot featuring a number of original cast members including Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling, Jason Priestley, Ian Ziering, Brian Austin Green and Gabrielle Carteris is being pitched to broadcast and streaming networks with multiple buyers interested, sources said.
I hear the scripted project from CBS TV Studios features most of the original cast but is not a traditional reboot. 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.
It was Spelling who first let slip in March that a Beverly Hills, 90210 reboot was in very early stages of development at CBS TV Studios. She teased the news with an Instagram post, in which she unveiled that she had partnered with Garth on a 90210-related project, with a #donnaandkellyforever, a reference to the actresses’ Beverly Hills, 90210 characters.
At the time, it was reported that Spelling and Garth would be playing “exaggerated versions of themselves.”
Nine months later, the project has been taken to the marketplace, with word getting out when a TMZ photographer caught a glimpse of the actors and writers in-between meetings.
The original 1990-2000 series on Fox, created by Darren Star and produced by Aaron Spelling, featured Spelling, Garth, Priestly, Shannen Doherty, Luke Perry, Ziering, Green, Carteris and others as students living, loving and spending at West Beverly Hills High School. It spawned multiple spinoffs including Fox’s fellow pop culture hit Melrose Place and the less successful Models, Inc.
More recently, the CW did a rebooted 90210 series, from CBS Studios, in which Spelling, Garth and Doherty reprised their roles during the first season. It aired for five seasons and ended in 2013.
Spelling and Garth also co-starred on 2014’s then-ABC Family comedy series Mystery Girls, which lasted one season.