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That's Rich: 9021-Old News...

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It made very little sense for The CW to remake Beverly Hills, 90210.

When the original series premiered in 1990, the concept of a primetime soap opera based around rich teenagers was novel. By the time 90210 aired, however?

Bravo was focusing an entire franchise around wealthy families and the genre was so played out that another CW series (Gossip Girl) essentially served as a parody of it.

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At first, 90210 clearly didn't know what to do with itself. It tried catering to fans of the original by bringing back Jennie Garth (as a guidance counselor, logical enough), Shannen Doherty (for no valid reason) and Tori Spelling (truly, for no valid reason).

After a season, it ditched any connection to the original series and tried focusing on its new, core characters. There was just one problem: none were particularly interesting, and all were just horribly-acted.

On season three, the show has attempted to depict more current, buzz-worth storylines (one character is coming to grips with his sexuality, another is a burgeoning celebrity who often makes references to the paparazzi), but it's also taken a page from the Fox version.

A handful of pages, actually.

Any fan of Steve Sanders and company must have noticed that 90210 is simply stealing material from its predecessor at this point. I'm fine with that. It's what the show should have been doing all along: airing essentially the same storylines for a new generation, tweaked a bit based on changes to society, technology, etc.

Consider these examples:

  1. Annie and Dixon's cousin, Emily, arrived in town this week. She'll soon grow obsessed with Annie and try to steal her identity (See Beverly Hills, 90210, season six, Tara/Kelly.)
  2. Liam injured himself in a fight a few episodes ago, leading to him crashing in Dixon's room and hooking up with Annie. (See Beverly Hills, 90210, season two, Dylan/Brenda.)
  3. Navid is cheating on his girlfriend with one of her best friends. (See Beverly Hills, 90210, season three, Dylan/Brenda/Kelly.)
  4. The show just got rid off all its adults. (See Beverly Hills, 90210, season five, Jim and Cindy move to Hong Kong.)

Over the last few weeks, it's been fun to watch former storylines come back to life. I'm looking forward to the episode in which all of West Beverly chants: "Erin Silver graduates! Erin Silver graduates!"

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I am a big fan of the Original 90210 and i am 19 years old, i started watching it on Sony every day and animax, and i started watching this show at fiste season and then some episodes of season 2 and then just 0 episodes of season 3 because its to boring, i realy dont mind if they dont know how to act but at least give them some good stoylines, and for wath it mathers they dont even look or live like rich ppl. And you are going to say that if i dont like the show why em i in this seccion? i open TVFANATIC.Com and i just could not resist to tell how do i see this show and iven i can give them some good new storylines just ask and il give them FOR FREE. This show just got boring at all, i am a fan of Gossip Girl and the show got a little boring to but at least some characters are intence on the episodes, but this show its just the twilight zone and the wors of all? they are going to have a season 4 :s ... --!

Matt richenthal

@PeterW: Didn't I say I actually LIKE the idea of copying old storylines? I think this is the angle the show should have taken from the start, offering nuggets to former viewers while coming across as fresh to new ones.
I backed up my argument with some facts/references, so please try to do the same in a coherent rebuttal instead of just cursing me out. I appreciate any and all disagreement, as long as it's respectful.

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what a pile of bullshit if u haven't got anything positive to say then just shut up some people love 90210 and are not as old as to to remember the old one and its like brain austin green said people who watched the old one shouldn't be watching a TEEN drama !!!!!!!

Maggieh10

cindy and jim left after season 5

90210 Quotes

Don't mock the abs.

Liam [to Dixon]

I'm very possessive when it comes to balls.

Naomi