‘90210’ reboot sounds meta & confusing: ‘The first season’s about getting to the reboot’

Entertainment Weekly has a new interview with Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth in which they try to explain the 90210 reboot. They’re playing “heightened versions of themselves,” and are drawing heavily from their lives. They’re playing fictional versions of themselves playing the characters on 90210. It’s not a continuation of the show where we see those characters grown up with families. If you are having trouble following this intro, imagine how I felt reading this very confusing interview. It all sounds very meta and like they have no idea what they’re doing yet. EW explains it better in another interview, with Jason Priestley, as the “Beverly Hills, 90210 cast play[ing] themselves in a meta dramedy about making a 90210 revival.” Jason is so much more coherent than Tori and Jennie, although that’s truly not saying much. I’m opening with some of his quotes. I had the disadvantage of trying to understand what the hell Tori and Jennie were talking about before seeing Jason’s interview.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How would you explain the concept of the show in your own words?
JASON PRIESTLEY: [Laughs] Yes, that is a challenge all unto itself. The show is not unlike Episodes or Curb Your Enthusiasm. This show is following the lives of all of us — so Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling and Jason Priestley and Ian Ziering — as we all attempt to get a reboot of 90210 off the ground. Which is incredibly funny — the prospects of a bunch of fictionalized versions of ourselves trying to get this 90210 reboot off the ground, we’re telling this is in a very comical way. I think the opportunity to satirize the situation is something we all found very appealing.

How would you describe the heightened versions of yourselves vs. your actual selves?
SPELLING: Mine was actually I think the hardest character to write for everyone, because there is so much public fodder, tabloid fodder about my life. I think definitely everyone was wanting to poke fun at themselves and poke fun at the image that other people have of them. We do want people to question, like, “Wait, is that based on a story from real life or is that something fictionalized?” I’m married on the show, I have a lot of kids. This is so heightened, right? [laughs]

Are you incorporating your real family members into the show?
GARTH: No. We’re fictionalizing everybody’s home lives to a certain degree.

Ah ok. So “Tori Spelling” is married with a lot of kids, and does she also have tabloids chasing her all around as well?
SPELLING: I think they all do… It’s something that the press is fascinated with, so we’ll definitely be doing the whole financials of it all, because I know that’s something that the press loves to post stories about. We’ll take a look into that.

SPELLING: I think if we’re hesitant at all to describe the characters, we’re still in the process of writing it, so we’re kind of fleshing it out daily. We definitely have a story and what’s going to happen and the reconnection with all the cast, but it’s definitely a work in progress with each of our characters.

[From two stories on EW]

Listen to Tori making it all about her and like she’s the biggest victim when she’s been sued by multiple creditors for nonpayment of seven figures of debt. This is actually a decent idea for a show, but given how these two numbnuts describe it I’m not hopeful it will be watchable.

Tori and Jennie were asked if they considered scrapping the reboot after Luke Perry passed away and they both said “no comment” basically. The Fox 90210 reboot premieres in August. Is anyone besides the cast excited for this?

Here’s a new teaser trailer where they’re doing a table read:

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  1. escondista says:

    Almost all of them look terrible. My coworkers and friends in their 40s and 50s look so much more natural and beautiful than this weird, puffy, filled, contoured mess of people.

  2. S says:

    When Jason Priestly says it’s going to be “tragic and funny” I don’t think he means that in the way I, a 42-year-old woman (thus firmly in the original 90210 demo) feel confident this is going to be tragic and funny.

    • elimaeby says:

      You just made me spit out my tea. That comment wins the internet for today.

  3. KBeth says:

    Sounds like a hot mess.

  4. Shannon says:

    Are they the ones writing this? ‘Cause that’s kind of how this interview reads. OMG this is going to be a dumpster fire.

  5. Miss M says:

    I am here for Brenda Walsh. That’s all.

    • SK says:

      Yup! Stopped watching the original show after she left. She was always the star and I hope they’re smart enough to realise that with this show!

  6. Digital Unicorn says:

    I will only watch it for the Walsh twins and no one else.

  7. lobstah says:

    I might tune in to one ep, but Tori’s face makes me uncomfortable. Also, I CAN’T BELIEVE THEY GOT BRENDA!!!

  8. Ann says:

    As a huge fan of the OG 90210 I am not keen on this. I was hoping for some continuation of the characters as adults with families. I want to see what happened to Brenda Walsh, not some meta version of Shannen Doherty. So far Tori Spelling is giving/getting the most press for the reboot, which obvs because chica needs the money, but for Pete’s sake, Donna Martin needs to shut it!

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  10. Sarah says:

    Lord, they are all puffy and odd looking…I can’t wait until this period of plastic surgery/non-surgical “look” comes to an end…it is flattering on no one.

  11. Nicole Robinson says:

    Oh god – if they can achieve James Van Der Beek playing himself on Don’t Trust the B – this could be really good.

  12. Yes Doubtful says:

    I will watch because I love Jennie Garth, but this all feels so weird and wrong now that Luke has passed. Plus, I don’t understand the premise of the reboot. It’s not really 90210 then, it’s a whole new show using the 90210 brand for ratings… I think this will end up being an epic failure.

    I don’t agree with some of these comments about their appearance. Jason looks rough and Tori is botoxed up, but I think everyone else has aged beautifully.