The Beverly Hills, 90210 reunion series will end its run after season 1, as Fox has declined to renew BH90210 for a second season. Spanning six episodes, the limited series brought back nearly all of the primary cast members of the original show and was critically well-received. However, while noting they were proud of the series, Fox has now confirmed in a statement that the revival series has run its course. "Profound thanks to and respect for Brian, Gabrielle, Ian, Jason, Jennie, Shannen and Tori, who, along with the entire crew and everyone at FOX and CBS Television Studios, poured their hearts and souls into this truly inventive and nostalgic revival," the statement adds.
BH90210 premiered on Fox with strong numbers, though as the summer event progressed over the course of its six episodes, the series would see those numbers decline. The first episode drew a 1.52 rating in Live+Same Day viewership, though that number would drop by 38% for episode two, followed by another 18% drop for episode three where it leveled out for the remaining three episodes. While lowering ratings likely played a factor into keeping BH90210 as a one and done deal, some big drama happening behind the scenes certainly didn't help matters; during production, showrunner Patrick Sean Smith and multiple senior-level writers all quit as part of a mass-exodus as the apparent result of major creative differences.
What was interesting about BH90210 was that it was set in the "real world," rather than the fictional world of Beverly Hills, 90210. This meant each of the cast members - Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green, Tori Spelling, and Shannen Doherty - all played heightened versions of themselves as opposed to their TV characters. Sadly, Luke Perry was not able to be a part of the project as he passed away back in March, though the show did some heartwarming references to the late actor such as showing a clip of his first appearance as Dylan McKay. Carteris, Garth, Green, Priestly, Spelling, Doherty, and Ziering all also executive produced alongside showrunner Paul Sciarrotta and creators Chris Alberghini and Mike Chessler.
Created by Darren Star, the original Beverly Hills, 90210 ran on Fox from 1990 to 2000. It followed a group of young friends living in Beverly Hills as they transition from high school into college and adulthood. The series was incredibly successful, popularizing teen soap drama series on television. It also spawned the successful spin-offs Melrose Place and 90210, each of which were set in the same universe while primarily following new characters.Several novelizations based on episode screenplays were also produced.
BH90210 was fun while it lasted, and getting the short-lived reunion series was a nice treat for fans of the original series. Similar reboots of classic '90s shows are also in the works, and time will tell if something like the new Saved by the Bell series will fare better with more longevity. In any case, we'll always have our memories of the original show. This news comes to us from Variety.