The Beverly Hills, 90210 reunion is officially happening, with one major twist. Fox announced today that the main stars of the iconic teen drama series are reuniting for a six-episode event series called 90210, including Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green, and Tori Spelling. The twist, however, is that the conceit of the new series finds these aforementioned actors playing heightened versions of themselves who are trying to get a Beverly Hills, 90210 reboot up and running.
Here’s the official description of the new event series:
90210 comes with a big twist: Priestley, Garth, Ziering, Carteris, Green and Spelling will play heightened versions of themselves in a brand-new serialized drama – with a healthy dose of irreverence – that is inspired by their real lives and relationships.
Having gone their separate ways since the original series ended 19 years ago, Jason, Jennie, Ian, Gabrielle, Brian and Tori reunite when one of them suggests it’s time to get a “Beverly Hills, 90210” reboot up and running. But getting it going may make for an even more delicious soap than the reboot itself. What will happen when first loves, old romances, friends and frenemies come back together, as this iconic cast – whom the whole world watched grow up together – attempts to continue from where they left off?
Chris Alberghini and Mike Chessler, who were writers and producers on the CW’s reboot series 90210, are writing and executive producing this new meta reunion series, which is expected to debut on Fox this summer.
This idea actually isn’t entirely new. It brings to mind Season 7 of Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, which was built around the idea of a Seinfeld reunion. The stars of that iconic sitcom appeared throughout the season as David’s character worked to write a reunion episode, and the season ended with the filming of said reunion episode. It was a brilliant workaround to the no-win notion of actually making a Seinfeld reunion.
Rumors of a 90210 reunion have been running rampant the last few months, and now we know what the cast were up to. This is actually a pretty smart idea. While reunions and reboots are all the rage, not every show should come back in a straightforward manner—especially given how significantly the TV landscape has changed. This meta take on the idea is a way to give fans what they want (i.e. seeing all the actors back together) while putting an interesting twist on it.