New Beverly Hills, 90210 Series Isn't a Reboot or Revival

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Fans of Beverly Hills, 90210 were shocked late last month when it emerged that a new project with the cast members of the once-hot Fox series could be gearing up to work together once again. 

At the time, there was no word about what the series would actually be about, but the consensus was that it would serve as a second revival of the series. 

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However, TV Line is now reporting that this new entry to the franchise would be more like a mockumentary featuring former 90210 cast members Jennie Garth, Jason Priestley, Tori Spelling, Ian Ziering, Brian Austin Green, and Gabrielle Carteris as themselves. 

It would follow these actors in their efforts to get a second revival of the series on the air, and we're willing to bet there will be some jabs thrown in about The CW's 90210 which followed a largely new cast. 

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It did have some connections to the original, with Jennie Garth appearing, and some other OG actors stopping by in the first two seasons. 

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That show only lasted five seasons and had a rush job of a series finale because The CW opted to cancel it as ratings cratered during its final season. 

The decision to have these actors playing heightened versions of themselves could be a recipe for disaster, or it could serve as a comedic look at how the public perceives these actors to be. 

In these days of reboots and revivals, this is certainly a different approach to take, and time will tell whether one of the streaming or cable destinations apparently interested will actually produce the series. 

For now, however, Shannen Doherty and Luke Perry are not attached to appear. It could be difficult to get the latter to sign on the dotted line because of his series regular status on The CW's Riverdale

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The original series aired on Fox from 1990-2000, and while the ratings were initially low, Fox aired a special summer season that helped the show rise dramatically in the ratings. 

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