Fox has pulled the plug on the summer revival that featured the original Beverly Hills, 90210, stars in a show-within-a-show after one low-rated season
The summer event series starred the original core Beverly Hills, 90210 cast as heightened versions of themselves as they attempted to get a 90210 revival off the ground.
The 6-episode series, which first debuted on Aug. 7, 2019, had Brian, Gabrielle, Ian, Jason, Jennie, Shannen and Tori playing themselves in a heightened version of reality inspired by their real lives and relationships, in which they dealt with launching a reboot of the 1990s TV series, Beverly Hills, 90210. Having parted ways 19 years after the original series ended in 2000, they reunited to get a reboot up and running, and were forced to reconcile their new lives with the complications of their histories together. The premiere was the summer’s most-watched program, but viewership declined with each episode that followed. FOX did not say whether or not ratings inspired their decision to not continue with the reboot series — rather, they claim that BH90210 was always intended to be “a limited comedy event series”. However, the cast had previously expressed interest in continuing to “work together … season after season”.
“We are so proud to have reunited in a very special summer event one of the network’s legacy series and casts with 90210 fans across the country,” the network said in a statement. “Profound thanks to and respect for Brian [Austin Green], Gabrielle [Carteris], Ian [Ziering], Jason [Priestley], Jennie [Garth], Shannen [Doherty] and Tori [Spelling], who, along with the entire crew and everyone at FOX and CBS Television Studios, poured their hearts and souls into this truly inventive and nostalgic revival.”
The series suffered creative issues before its premiere, with a showrunner change and multiple writers quitting over the course of the short season as Spelling and Garth were said to want the revival to have a tone similar to Curb Your Enthusiasm.
The Hollywood Reporter published that sources informed them that original stars Garth, Spelling, Carteris, Doherty, Priestley, Green and Ziering were making $70,000 per episode for BH90210. That translates to a $420,000 base salary for the six-episode “event series.” Sources note that Garth and Spelling also received an additional $15,000 per-episode fee for co-creating the new take. Priestley, who helmed one episode, is earning an additional $46,000 for his work behind the camera. These numbers were considered low for a reboot of this calibre.
The show ended its six-episode run in mid-September, garnering just 1.9 million total viewers and a 0.7 rating for its finale.