Peach Pit shakes and burgers for everyone. We’re only months away from checking back into TV’s most popular zip code now that an official 90210 reboot has been green lit for this summer, and we admit we’re feeling pretty nostalgic. That’s right, the OG teen drama that ran from 1990 to 2000 is coming back in a really big — and delightfully surprising — way.
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Fox, which originally aired the series in the States, made the announcement on Wednesday afternoon with a release that confirmed the return of all but two key players: Dylan and Brenda.
Sadly, Luke Perry and Shannen Doherty won’t be joining former co-stars Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Cateris, Brian Austin Green and Tori Spelling when 90210 returns for a six-episode series this summer, and we can’t say we’re completely surprised. After all, Doherty’s reputation of not getting along with her castmates continued when she left the show and picked up a gig on Charmed. And ever since his motorcycle-riding days as Dylan McKay, Perry hasn’t really seemed interested in talking about the role that first made him famous, except for maybe that time two years ago (see video above).
Still, Doherty did guest star on The CW’s revival of 90210 when it aired from 2008-13 (along with Spelling and Garth). And to be fair, Perry is kind of locked up shooting Riverdale, where he has an important role as Archie Andrews’ father. What kind of a 90210 can we expect without Dylan and Brenda though?
According to the official announcement what we can expect is a pretty big twist. In this reboot the actors aren’t playing their former characters, they’re playing heightened versions of themselves. Which actually sets up the perfect scenario for Doherty and Perry to pop up as guest stars, at least
“Having gone their separate ways since the original series ended 19 years ago, 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,” the release says. “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?”
So basically, it’s like the Seinfeld reunion on Curb Your Enthusiasm, only with a bunch of former teen starlets and heartthrobs? Heck yes, we’re in. And can we just add a big old thank you to the creative minds behind this one for not trying to recapture the same dramatic series that maybe was better left in the nineties? We’re way more on board with this version, especially if we get to see cameos from people like Spelling’s hubby Dean McDermott or Austin Green’s wife Megan Fox. How fun would it be to watch Priestley try to convince the others that he should direct them all, given his rather extensive directorial skills? Maybe Garth will regale everyone about her time on Dancing With the Stars. Or perhaps Ziering will bust out a cool Sharknado prop. Whatever happens, with this format the sky really is the limit, and that’s what makes it so exciting.
Now the only real question is, will the gang congregate at The Peach Pit to talk about their revival dreams, or have they since graduated to Starbucks status?
We’ll just have to wait until this summer to find out. Until then, let’s work on getting the theme song back out of our heads. We’ll get you started: