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90210 Shocker: Dustin Milligan Not Returning!

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Rebecca Rand Kirshner Sinclair, the new woman in charge of 90210, told Michael Ausiello a few days ago that the show's second season would be "significantly" different than the first.

This just in: she wasn't kidding!

Sources have confirmed that Dustin Milligan, who plays lead character Ethan, won't return as a regular cast member in the fall.

The decision is reportedly 100% storyline driven, an insider told Ausiello.

"Everyone loves Dustin. There was just a feeling that the character had run its course."

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The news comes days after TV Fanatic was one of the first outlets to report that Matt Lanter will be promoted to a series regular next season.

Sinclair also said she'll rely less on 90210 veterans such as Jennie Garth, Shannen Doherty, and Tori Spelling to increase ratings.

"The show tried to be a lot of things to a lot of people in its first season," she said. "I think the center lies with the generation of kids that are in high school now. I'm not interested in casting people for stunt value.

"The advantage of having one person - me - [in charge] is that scripts, what happens on the set, casting... it all speaks in one voice."

What do you think of what that voice is saying so far, fans?

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thank god! i hated ethan! please kill him off! and liam is 10000 times better and hotter than ethan! can u bump annie while on the track? she sucks major too!

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Wow. Does she know what she's doing? The Ethan thing doesn't really bug me as much as the fact that she won't be relying on the old series stars. I think that Jennie Garth is still an integral part of the show, seeing how Silver is LIVING WITH HER and she's the GUIDANCE COUNSELOR. I don't really care about Shannen and Tori, but I would at least like to get Brian Austin Green back on the show...
I think the show will end nup losing ratings because the older 90210 crowd still watches in addition to the new crowd. She will lose the old crowd and the show will die.

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OOOKKKAAAYYY WRITERS, good move with your storyline. Expect to lose some viewers. I swear, they clearly DO NOT know what kind of hole they're digging... Ethan isn't Luke from The OC. He's not someone you can just toss out after a season. Jerks. I don't mind Liam... But what the hell is the point of taking away Ethan? Idiots.

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OOOKKKAAAYYY WRITERS, good move with your storyline. Expect to lose some viewers. I swear, they clearly DO NOT know what kind of hole they're digging... Ethan isn't Luke from The OC. He's not someone you can just toss out after a season. Jerks. I don't mind Liam... But what the hell is the point of taking away Ethan? Idiots.

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Bad plan. This show is already not so hot, I can definitely take it or leave it, so if you get rid of Ethan (who is one of my favorite characters) and then keep the originals off, see yaaaa. The original show was soooo much better

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Seriously, why would you remove a major character just like that? Maybe a short break will do but to totally wrap him up and remove him? That kind of leaves everyone bummed out. Everyone got used to seeing him with everyone else. Too late for a new major guy role in my opinion.

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OH GREAT. Ethan is one of the best characters on the show, I mean this whole Rhonda thing is lame and if they bring him back we can have more lacrosse, popular, jock Ethan.

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OMG THIS IS A HUGE MISTAKE! Dustin/Ethan is like the main character and he is good looking. Why get rid off him?! This makes me not want to watch it. He and Anne make such a cute coupe on the show. Total disappointment! ;((

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I'm not going to watch if the Donna, Brenda, and Kelly aren't back.

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BIGGEST MISTAKE EVER! you don't take a main character that everyone loves and adores and remove him from the show...it's common sense! The show will SUCK without him and the original beverly hills 90210 girls like Brenda and Kelly

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