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With The CW bringing Dynasty back for this most recent TV season, audiences likely aren't far from an entire swath of primetime soaps getting rebooted and revived. Prime candidate Beverly Hills 90210 isn't up for contention (again) just yet, but former stars Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth are reuniting once more for a new CBS project that is loosely based on the hyper-dramatic SoCal series. And though details aren't plentiful, it already sounds more appealing than another by-the-books reboot.
Having been longtime friends following Beverly Hills 90210's successful run on Fox, Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth just recently shared the screen together again as guest judges on RuPaul's Drag Race, and it's entirely possible that gig led to the actresses looking for a more longterm project to work on. The new dramedy doesn't have a name yet, but according to People, it will feature Spelling and Garth playing over-the-top versions of themselves, which is a tactic that usually leads to enjoyably cringe-worthy laughs, although it's not clear what the ratio between comedy and drama will be here. It's also not immediately obvious where the "loosely based on 90210" part comes in, but perhaps the show will involve them signing on for a fictionalized reboot of a 90210-esque series.
Things are getting off on the right foot, even though it's all just starting to come together. Both Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth were recently on hand at the CBS Studio Center lot attending development meetings for the show. Spelling took to Instagram over the weekend to talk about the great fun she had, though it wasn't clear at the time what she was teasing.
Though Beverly Hills 90210 went off the air in 2000, it lived on with the next generation through The CW's quasi-reboot 90210, which both Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth appeared on. They'd previously starred together in ABC Family's Mystery Girls, which unfortunately only lasted one season. Both actresses followed that show up with applause-worthy jobs, too, with Spelling starring in Lifetime's baffling remake of Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? Garth, meanwhile, recently showed up for another as-herself appearance on Fox's bawdy comedy The Mick. Hopefully this new show will be somewhere in between those two projects. And hopefully everything is all good elsewhere in Spelling's life, since she'd recently made headlines over a pretty disturbing home situation.
There's no telling when we'll hear more about this in-development project, but for now, hum the Beverly Hills 90210 theme song loudly to yourself while peeping out our midseason premiere schedule.