90210 (Tv Series) 2008

90210 is a teen drama developed by Rob Thomas, Jeff Judah and Gabe Sachs. It is the fourth series in the Beverly Hills, 90210 franchise created by Darren Star. The show premiered in the US on The CW on September 2, 2008 with a two-hour series premiere event. It also aired on Global in Canada on the same day.

90210 was the first series produced by CBS Productions (successor-in-interest to Spelling Television) under the company’s re-launch since the first season of Ghost Whisperer. On September 22, 2008, it was announced that 90210 had been picked up for a full season with 24 episodes. On February 25, 2009 The CW renewed 90210 for a second season.

Plot: Tabitha (Mills?), the matriarch of the family, is a 60ish actress (and alcoholic), who was very famous during the 1970s. Her son, Harrison “Harry” Wilson, a graduate of West Beverly Hills High, decides to move back to 90210; accepting a position as the principal at his old high school. His wife, Debbie Wilson, is a photographer.
Casting
On March 13, Kristin Dos Santos of E! confirmed that the series would be a spin-off with new characters, and not a remake. In order for the project to be ready for the network’s “upfront” presentations to advertisers in May, casting began before the script was completed. The first actor to be cast was Dustin Milligan, followed by AnnaLynne McCord. Actress and singer Hilary Duff was rumored to have been offered the part of Annie Wilson, but she told reports that it was “not true”. The role was eventually given to Shenae Grimes, who says she was raised watching the original series. Rob Estes was the last actor to join the series, who was sought by The CW to play the part of Harry Wilson. Estes was a previous cast member of the first Beverley Hills, 90210 spin-off, Melrose Place.
Following rumors of cast members from Beverley Hills, 90210 appearing on the spin-off, The CW confirmed that Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth,and Joe E. Tata would be returning in recurring roles as their original characters. Sachs was familiar with Garth, and talked to her about a possible role in the series. Garth agreed to star on the series without reading a script after brainstorming ideas with Sachs. The producers offered Garth a role as a series regular, but she opted to sign on as a recurring character. Sachs met with Doherty over dinner, and told her about the 90210 spin-off. Over the next few weeks, they established Brenda’s backstory and Doherty agreed to guest star in several episodes. Sachs described Tata’s casting as an accident; a friend told Sachs that he had seen Tata in a store, which led to the offer of a role in the series. Sachs said that Tata was ecstatic about the idea and agreed. After reading the script, Spelling expressed interest returning, and the writers decided to give Donna her own fashion line. Spelling was scheduled to appear in the premiere, but due to personal reasons and the birth of her daughter, she opted to appear later in the season. On August 11, it was reported that Spelling had pulled out of the series after discovering that she was receiving less pay than Garth and Doherty. Spelling asked for her salary of $20,000 per episode to be increased to match their salaries $40,000 to $50,000 per episode but when denied she left the show altogether. Allegedly, the real reason Tori backed out of 90210 is because Shannen Doherty was going to be in the episodes she was also supposed to be in and she later agreed to appear later in the season if Doherty was not in the episodes she was scheduled to appear in. Numerous guest have been cast since such as Kellan Lutz and Meghan Markle on July 7. Jessica Lowndes portrayed Adrianna Tate-Duncan, a theatre “goddess” who suffers a drug addiction, & was later upgraded to a starring role in Jessica Walters’ spot. Other guest stars include Maeve Quinlan as Adrianna’s mother Constance on August 6, Josh Henderson as Sean, Harry’s biological son with Tracy Clark on October 10, Lauren London as cheerleader Christina on October 31, & Aimee Teegarden as Rhonda, a West Beverley student on December 2. On November 11, 2008, TV Guide reported that Jason Priestley will direct a January episode of 90210. On January 7, 2009, it was reported that Tori Spelling committed to appear as her character Donna Martin for a multi episode story arc. Her first episode will be episode 19. Matt Lanter told PopStar he would be on the series for the remainder of the first season and that he would become a series regular.
Reception
“We’re Not in Kansas Anymore”, along with the following episode, averaged 4.9 million viewers throughout the two-hour broadcast on September 2. This gave The CW its highest-rated premiere ever in the adults 18-49 demographic. By comparison, the series finale of the original series was watched by 25 million viewers on its original broadcast in May 2000. As of January 20, 2009, 90210 has averaged 3.22 million US viewers for each episode of its first season (first-run airings). The show debuted strongly on E4 on its UK premiere on January 26, 2009 averaging 518, 000 viewers.




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