For the fans of the phenomenal ’90s drama, ‘Beverly Hills’, announcement of ‘BH90210’ came as a pleasant surprise. The OGs are back, afterall! The comedy-drama television series, officially branded as the sixth installment of the popular 90210 franchise, is developed by Mike Chessler, Chris Alberghini, Tori Spelling, and Jennie Garth.
BH90210 Cast: Who’s in it?
The lead cast of ‘BH90210’ comprises most of the main actors from the original title. However, here, they play fictionalized versions of themselves — inspired by actual incidents from their real lives.
We meet Gabrielle Carteris as herself (Andrea Zuckerman in the original series), Shannen Doherty as herself (Brenda Walsh from the parent title), and Jennie Garth as herself (who portrayed Kelly Taylor in the original show). Joining them are Brian Austin Green, Jason Priestley, Tori Spelling, and Ian Ziering, all playing themselves.
All the main cast members are expected to return for season 2, if and when it happens.
BH90210 Plot: What is it about?
Since the debut of ‘Beverly Hills: 90210‘ in 1990, we have witnessed multiple reboots and spin-offs that have kept the spirit of the show alive. But most of the titles are focused on building up on and recirculating the same content. The approach for ‘BH90210’ is, however, a tad different. It is not entirely about the gang coming back together and getting on with the series. The story, in fact, follows the lead roster of cast members in the tweaked versions of their actual selves — inspired by their real lives and relationships. Yes, the zip code may be the same, but the premise adopts a fresh concept.
After the original series ended, Shannen, Jason, Jennie, Ian, Gabrielle, Brian, and Tori had each separated and gone their own ways. On ‘BV90210’, they get together for a reunion — with the aim to get a reboot up and running. The cast decides to reconnect and start afresh from where they left off. But revived old flames, friends, and frenemies soon feature in the picture to cause more havoc and drama.
The series begins with the cast coming together for a 30th-anniversary reunion in Las Vegas. Tori Spelling pitches in the idea of a ‘90210’ reboot because her reality show is over and she is in urgent need of cash. On the other hand, others from the gang are also dealing with their own problems, challenges, and crises. Each character’s story has a hint of real-life ingredients. For instance, Gabrielle Carteris is actually the elected president of the Screen Actors Guild. In the show, she is depicted to run the Actors Guild of America. Again, Brian Austin Green who plays himself, in reality, is married to Megan Fox. But on the series, he is given a slightly different intro. Green is in wedlock with an R&B superstar named Shay (portrayed by Power‘s La La Anthony). So, you get it right? The plot gathers its inspiration from actual events — but in the form of their exaggerated counterparts.
As the episodes progress, we witness the backstories of the other actors as well. Most of them might have experienced stardom back then but they are now struggling (up to an extent). They also face multiple problems, ranging from financial woes to extramarital escapades. To cite an example, Jason Priestley faces rejection from a young actor, who describes him as “a one-time pin-up boy for horny teenage girls.” Again, when Brian Austin Green is asked if he misses being in the limelight, he replies, “Even if I did, nobody misses me.”
BH90210 Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘BH90210’ season 1 premiered on Fox on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 and came to an end after six episodes on September 11, 2019.
The unique concept of the show does offer loads of promises. This “untraditional take on a reboot with some of the original cast” may not be what we expect from a revival, but it does bring in a whiff of the 90s nostalgia. So, for diehard fans of the franchise, the show turned out to be a golden opportunity to bring back memories from a series that had defined their childhood!
As far as next season goes, Fox has not made any announcements yet. If renewed, ‘BH90210’ season 2 could premiere sometime in August, 2020.
While we wait for season 2, here’s the official trailer for season 1 of ‘BH90210’. Head over to Fox if you wish to check out more clips from the show.
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