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90210-poster_174x261If any of you have been watching the new 90210 on The CW, you know that the show has kind of been all over the place this season.  It’s not that the show has been bad, it just hasn’t really found it’s place yet.  The production team has kind of been all over the place and has changed so many times I’ve lost count. 

Several original cast members returned, but were given pretty poor storylines.  Jennie Garth returned as Kelly Taylor, and was missing for many episodes b/c she took her son to visit his father, Dylan McKay.  Otherwise, Kelly has just had a “sort of” romance with West Beverly High teacher, Ryan Matthews.  Shannen Doherty returned as Brenda Walsh, and her first story was to direct a high school musical, while her second story was that she found out she couldn’t have children.  Tori Spelling returned as Donna Martin-Silver, and while her story is still going, it appears she returned so we could find out that her and David are having marital problems.  Joe E. Tata returned as Nat and wasn’t given a story.  Anne Gillespie returned as Jackie Taylor, and we learned that she is still divorced from Mel Silver, and has returned to drinking and sleeping around.  Not really the best storylines for the show’s vets, but it was really cool to see them return.

Shannen Doherty as Brenda Walsh

Shannen Doherty as Brenda Walsh

As for the main cast, we’ve already seen some changes, and it’s only the first year.  First off, the worst change in my opinion, was the show deciding to get rid of the hysterical Tabitha Wilson (played brilliantly by Jessica Walter).  However, that was counter balanced when the show took the character of Adrianna (played by Jessica Lowndes) from being a recurring character to a main character. 

Farewell Tabitha, Welcome Adrianna

Farewell Tabitha, Welcome Adrianna

Then came the news the the hunk of the show, Ethan (played by Dustin Milligan), will not be returning next season.  Rumor is that he’ll be killed in the season finale b/c the character has run his course.  However, new character, Liam Court (played by Matt Lanter), will become a main character in season 2. 

Bye bye Ethan, Hello Liam

Bye bye Ethan, Hello Liam

The stories of the main cast have really bounced all over the place, and several of them didn’t even make sense.  However, all of that is about to change (supposedly) in season 2.   Newly crowned series queen,  Rebecca Rand Kirshner Sinclair , plans to make the newer cast much more interesting and really create a solid show.  However, she admits that the original actors have been brought on for rating boosts, and she doesn’t plan on using them as much (if at all) in season 2. 

So, with every bit of bad news, there is some good news.  I can only hope that the new 90210 will finally live up to the original.  It would be great if the show took on a Gossip Girl of the west coast feel, but with Gossip Girl getting it’s own spinoff this year, I guess we’ll get that type of show anyway.


So, for my first blog, I must write about something that is coming up that I’m VERY excited about…the new Melrose Place that’s being developed for The CW. 

Now, to start off, I was a HUGE fan of the original 90210 which lead to the spinoff, Melrose Place.  That show, to this very day, is one of my fave shows of all time.  It was so juicy, and it featured some of my fave TV characters of all time: Sydney (played by Laura Leighton), Kimberly (played by Marcia Cross), Amanda (played by Heather Locklear), Jane (played by Josie Bissett), Michael (played by Thomas Calabro), Jake (played by Grant Show), and Peter (played by Jack Wagner).

Fast forward to 2008, a new 90210 is introduced.  While the show is subpar in stories, I’ve LOVED watching it to catch the retuns of Jennie Garth, Shannen Doherty, Tori Spelling, and Joe E. Tata.  Now we find out that this new 90210 is getting a spinoff…Melrose Place!  I’m ecstatic.  So, I’ve been trying to keep up on all the casting news, so here is what we know so far…

First off, Ashlee Simpson-Wentz (sis to Jessica Simpson and former star of her own reality show and 7th Heaven) has joined the cast.  Many people are complaining about it, but I don’t really understand why.  I’m not a fan of her’s, but I wasn’t a fan of half of the original cast prior to the show starting.  So, I’m looking forward to see what she’ll offer the new show.

Laura Leighton has signed on to play Sydney Andrews again!  This is the MOST exciting news about the new show for me so far, since she was my fave character on the original.  I hated it when they killed her off, but I did love that she married Craig (which is my name).  Now she’ll be the new owner of the building that all the residents live in, so she’ll be Amanda 2.0.  Very cool!

Thomas Calabro has also signed on to play Michael Mancini again!  WOO HOO!!!!  So far I only see that he’ll be in the pilot, which doesn’t guarantee he’ll be recurring or that we’ll even see him again after the pilot, but still VERY cool news!  Maybe Syd is still after Michael.

Heather Locklear will NOT be returning…at least not yet.  It has been said that she couldn’t think of a good reason why her character would return.  I tend to agree.  While I did LOVE Amanda Woodward, I just don’t think she’d fit in with this new 20/30 something crowd unless she were to play someone’s boss at D&D Advertising (but from what I’ve seen and heard about the new cast, I don’t think any of them are working at D&D).

I also hear that the teacher on the new 90210, the one dating Kelly, will be the character that has connections to the new Melrose cast, so that’s where the spinoff will spring from. 

I’m definitely excited that we’re getting a new Melrose.  My hope is that it will start off much much better than the new 90210 has.  (I do hear things will be getting fixed on the new 90210 though, but that’s another blog).

So, what do you all think of the new Melrose?  Which original cast members would you like to see make a return?