The hills are alive again with 90210

TORRANCE, Calif. — “Gutter balls only, please!” someone yells during a rehearsal at the Lucky Strike bowling alley for the CW’s new series “90210.” So co-stars Jessica Stroup and Shenae Grimes downplay their bowling skills.

Shenae Grimes stars as Annie

TORRANCE, Calif. — “Gutter balls only, please!” someone yells during a rehearsal at the Lucky Strike bowling alley for the CW’s new series “90210.” So co-stars Jessica Stroup and Shenae Grimes downplay their bowling skills.

The spin-off on the fabled ’90s teen drama premieres Sept. 2 (6 p.m.). If the show mimics the hot bodies, hip fashion and angst-ridden affluence of “Beverly Hills, 90210,” it will also play edgier and less preachy, says co-executive producer Gabe Sachs.

“Look, we’re not stupid,” Sachs says. “We know people are probably expecting a cheese fest and that’s just not what we do.”

Sachs and partner Jeff Judah cut their teeth as producers on the quirky yet short-lived teen series “Freaks and Geeks” and “Life as We Know It.”

CW tapped the duo to produce its rich-kids reprise after Rob Thomas, creator of moody teen drama “Veronica Mars,” dropped the project.

“The truth is, Jeff and I write how we write,” Sachs says. “Everything’s got to come out of real emotion. We want to deal with issues and show consequences, but not the issue of the week and pound you over the head.”

“But I can never ever knock the original ’90210,”’ Sachs says of the series that ran from 1990-2000, trading on youth issues from addiction to pregnancy and amping the fortunes of the fledgling Fox network.

The original hooked a generation of viewers on trendy teen melodrama honed by creator Darren Star and executive producer Aaron Spelling.

To help spin the spin-off, original cast members Shannen Doherty, Jason Priestley and Jennie Garth will reprise their roles as special guest stars on “90210.” Joe E. Tata will return as Peach Pit cafe owner Nat.

But despite her announced participation, Tori Spelling (yet another star in the original series as well as daughter of the late TV mogul) isn’t expected back.

“Earlier in the summer we anticipated that she was going to appear in the show, but those plans were postponed for personal reasons on Ms. Spelling’s behalf,” CW spokesman Paul McGuire said Monday. In June, Spelling gave birth to her second child with husband Dean McDermott.

There currently are no plans for the 35-year-old actress to be part of the new series, according to McGuire and Spelling’s publicist, Meghan Prophet.

Heading into its third season, CW is aiming “90210” straight at its advertiser-coveted target audience, cool-conscious female viewers from 18 to 34 who buzz about CW’s “Gossip Girl.”

Like the original, “90210” is a fish-out-of-water tale about a Midwestern family transplanted to Los Angeles, the land of freeway jams and perpetual tans.

Although the original series’ core family, the Walshes, were from Minnesota, the Wilson clan hails — with shades of Wizard of Ozian irony — from Kansas. Like siblings Brenda and Brandon Walsh (Doherty and Priestley), Annie Wilson (Grimes) and adopted brother Dixon (Tristan Wilds of “The Wire”) are gorgeous, yet more grounded than their classmates at West Beverly Hills High School.

Among Annie and Dixon’s new best friends are bad little rich girl Naomi (AnnaLynne McCord of “Nip/Tuck”) and top jock Ethan (Dustin Milligan). There’s Silver, a “Gossip Girl” type (Stroup), who produces her own tell-all video series on YouTube, and dirt-dishing, high-school newscaster Navid Shirazi (Michael Steger).

The Wilson parents (Rob Estes and Lori Loughlin) seem hip and handsome in ways the Walsh parents (Carol Potter and James Eckhouse) were not.

“This has the glitz of an Aaron (Spelling) show, but at the same time Gabe and Jeff have taken it and given it a sense of humour — they really flip it on its ear sometimes,” says Estes, who starred on Spelling’s “Melrose Place” from 1993-1999.

“And they’re also like 12-year-olds, you know?” Estes says. “They completely understand the electronic world, like texting.”

The CW network is a joint venture of CBS Corp. and Warner Bros.

———

On the Net:

http://www.cwtv.com

Just Posted

Blackfalds firefighter battling cancer

A volunteer firefighter in Blackfalds for 15 years, Dave Sutherland now battling… Continue reading

Red Deer transit users are concerned about the future

But recreation centre users are glad facility hours were maintained

Community cardiac awareness dinner and show to be held

Continued focus to bring cardiac catheterization lab to Red Deer

Red Deer businesses react to 2.02 per cent tax increase for 2018

Chamber would prefer zero increase, while DBA thinks it’s reasonable

Bring on the rodeo says Red Deer County mayor

Canadian Finals Rodeo’s move to Red Deer good for whole region, says Red Deer County Mayor Jim Wood

WATCH news on the go: Replay Red Deer Jan. 21

Watch news highlights from Red Deer and Central Alberta

RDC chosen to host 2019 men’s volleyball national championship

Sports enthusiasts in Red Deer will have more to look forward to… Continue reading

Police is still looking for Second World War army passport owner

No one has claimed a rare Second World War German army passport… Continue reading

DJ Sabatoge and TR3 Band kick off Sylvan Lake’s Winterfest 2018

Central Alberta’s youngest DJ will open for TR3 Band kicking off Town… Continue reading

Two Canadians, two Americans abducted in Nigeria are freed

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, especially on the Kaduna to Abuja highway

WATCH news on the go: Replay Red Deer Jan. 21

Watch news highlights from Red Deer and Central Alberta

Liberals quietly tap experts to write new paternity leave rules

Ideas include creating an entirely new leave benefit similar to one that exists in Quebec

Insurers say Canadian weather getting hotter, wetter and weirder

Average number of days with heavy rain or snow across Canada has been outside norm since spring 2013

Are you ready for some wrestling? WWE’s ‘Raw’ marks 25 years

WWE flagship show is set to mark its 25th anniversary on Monday

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month