The lives of the rich and over-privileged have always fascinated us, especially when we find out they're just as screwed up as the rest of us. It's what made the original Beverly Hills, 90210 such soapy, addictive fun, and appointment TV in the '90s. This fall, the CW is hoping lightning will strike twice with its new version of the series, a spinoff featuring a new cast but following a familiar new-family-in-town formula– with a few familiar faces.
Jennie Garth will reprise her role as Kelly Taylor, now a guidance counselor at her high school alma mater. Shannen Doherty will recur as the director of the school musical, and although negotiations broke down with Tori Spelling, producers hope she and other original cast members will agree to appear on the show later in the season. Joe E. Tata will be back as the owner of the Peach Pit, now a hip hangout and music venue called the Pit.
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Meanwhile, buzz is has been intensifying about the new cast members, a uniformly beautiful bunch, ever since the show's pickup was announced in May. Among them are several viewers will recognize from other shows, including Rob Estes (Melrose Place) and Lori Loughlin (Summerland) as Harry and Debbie Wilson. Newly hired as the principal at West Beverly High, Wilson moved his family from Kansas City back to his old neighborhood and into the mansion owned by his mom, a fading, alcoholic actress (Arrested Development's Jessica Walter). According to Estes, these parents will have a lot more to do– and show– than the peripheral Jim and Carol Walsh did in the original series