Rob Thomas Leaves Beverly Hills Behind

The upcoming 90210 spinoff just became a little less awesome. Rob Thomas, creator of the dearly (oh so dearly) departed Veronica Mars, has announced that he is stepping down as show runner of the new series. Thomas, who in addition to the 90210 pilot on The CW, has two other pilots in development at ABC, is citing a time crunch as the reason for his departure, saying, “I'd do the additional pass [of the pilot script], but I'm swamped with the two other projects and ABC has me in first position.”

Although Thomas is leaving his show runner position, sources say he will continue to be involved in the project as a consultant. Production, however, has been pushed back until summer while the network looks for a replacement.

Thomas’ two pilots for ABC are a remake of his short-lived 1998 series Cupid and an as-yet-untitled dramedy about a family of thieves. Veronica Mars star Kristen Bell has mentioned that there have been talks of her appearing on the latter show, but Thomas further breaks our hearts by basically telling us that’s not going to happen: “Kristen wants to pursue movie interests, though we'd love to work with each other again.”

Talk about a double disappointment. I wasn’t really a fan of the original 90210 back in the day, but a Rob Thomas-produced version definitely had my interest peaked. I’ll probably still give it a chance, but my hopes for it aren’t nearly as high at this point. It’s also a shame about Kristen Bell not appearing on the ABC show. She’s apparently only signed on for a few more episodes of Heroes, and while I’m excited to see her on the big screen (I can’t wait to see Forgetting Sarah Marshall), I kind of feel like she belongs on television. Preferably on an ongoing, weekly basis.