Saturday, August 30, 2008
Well, this week we will be plagued with the new 90201. According to this article, it will bring new elements and surprises.
For starters, they're sticking with what works. The premise of the two shows is nearly identical: A Midwestern family, whose last name begins with a W, relocates to Beverly Hills, California. The brother and sister are in the same class, and the family encounters a myriad of fish-out-of-water experiences.
The similarities don't end there. Nostalgic fans of the old show will be glad to know the original theme song is back (with less synthesizer, one would imagine), as is the Peach Pit, the gang's regular hangout, which has evolved from a diner to a trendy coffee shop. Also back: Peach Pit owner Nat, again played by Joe E. Tata.
Tata will be joined on the new series by original cast member Shannen Doherty, reprising her role as Brenda Walsh, who returns to West Beverly Hills High to direct a high school musical. And, in a possible bridge between old and new characters, rumor has it the character of Erin Silver (David and Kelly's infant stepsister) will return as a regular "all grown up" (read: promiscuous) cast member, with a YouTube-like Web series.
Okay, so basically...this is a waste. There's nothing new or exciting about another show that showcase rich, white, sex staved teens, and their flawed parents. I live in L.A., I see that stuff enough already.