I just knew that I should know better than get overly excited about a 90210 remake helmed by Rob Thomas. The big buzz that's been going around this AM (even on my local morning news) is that Jennie Garth is rumored to have left the pilot she was working on to make tracks back to West Beverly. Garth would be reportedly playing a fashion design teacher -- naturally, because every high school has one of those -- named Kelly Taylor. Oh, fun! But nothing is set in stone yet. So while I'd be thrilled to have Kelly as a mentor to all these newbies (I can already hear her saying, "I understand, I joined a cult once too! Now let's look at swatches.") I'm a little bummed because there are also reports that Rob Thomas is leaving the project to focus more of his briliant brainpower on Cupid. Damn it. He was seriously my only hope that this spin-off had potential. Now I'm worried. Very worried. And today started out as such a good day.
Actually, it might not be. I'm not really sure what extortion is exactly, but I do know the 90210 writers are trying to persuade Luke Perry to return to the show, against his very publicly stated will, by writing Dylan McKay into the show as a deadbeat dad. A deadbeat dad! That's one of the worst things you can be! You see, Jennie Garth's character, Kelly Taylor, has a four-year-old son on the show whose father it will be revealed is Dylan McKay. So basically, either Luke Perry comes to claim this fictional kid he had through no fault of his own, or the character that made his career is a toddler-abandoning bastard for all eternity.
And by "might," I mean she definitely will, because the only contingencies are reportedly storyline and cash, two things the show's producers would be out of their minds not to give her. Brenda Walsh returning to 90210 would be ratings gold, and I have to admit, I am dying to see her square off with Kelly Taylor again (she's got it coming!), as well as with the new characters played by Lori Loughlin and Jessica Walter (a Brenda vs. Gangy fight would make Dynasty's epic Alexis and Krystle battles look like Wall-E holding a basket of kittens!). That is, at least for the four of five episodes Doherty will last before she starts fighting with the other cast members and has to be written off the show a la the original 90210 series and Charmed. Sigh.