The original stars had hoped to see the show-within-a-show run for "multiple seasons."
Fox's BH90210 revival will officially remain a limited series.
The network has opted to cancel the summer revival that featured the original Beverly Hills, 90210 stars in a show-within-a-show after one low-rated season.
"We are so proud to have reunited in a very special summer event one of the network's legacy series and casts with 90210 fans across the country," the network said Thursday in a statement. "Profound thanks to and respect for Brian [Austin Green], Gabrielle [Carteris], Ian [Ziering], Jason [Priestley], Jennie [Garth], Shannen [Doherty] and Tori [Spelling], who, along with the entire crew and everyone at Fox andCBS Television Studios, poured their hearts and souls into this truly inventive and nostalgic revival."
Picked up straight to series as a six-episode "event series," BH90210 was co-created by Garth and Spelling, who executive produced alongside co-creators and showrunners Mike Chessler and Chris Alberghini. The show averaged a 1.4 rating in the all-important adults 18-49 demo and 3.6 million total viewers — with three days of delayed viewing factored in after getting off to a hot start as summer's highest-rated premiere.
BH90210 suffered creative issues before its premiere, with a showrunner change and multiple writers quitting over the course of the short season as Spelling and Garth were said to want the revival to have a tone similar to Curb Your Enthusiasm. Sources say 13 writers quit the show throughout its run.
The revival of the teen soap, in which the original stars all played ened versions of themselves, was relatively inexpensive to make, even though Fox paid a licensing fee to producers CBS TV Studios.
Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that original stars Garth, Spelling, Carteris, Doherty, Priestley, Green and Ziering were making $70,000 per episode for BH90210. That translates to a $420,000 base salary for the six-episode project. Sources note that Garth and Spelling also received an additional $15,000 per-episode fee for co-creating the new take. Priestley, who helmed one episode, earned an additional $46,000 for his work behind the camera. That's the basic DGA primetime network directing rate.
The new salaries were a far cry from what many industry insiders anticipated for a pseudo-reboot of a beloved series with nearly the full cast participating. "I thought they would have made at least six figures," said one prolific talent agent.
The cancellation arrives after the original cast had hoped that BH90210 would run formultiple seasons. "We have so many stories to tell that this could keep going on season after season," said Spelling, who, with Garth, had beenshopping the new takefor nearly a year before the newly independent Fox Entertainment came through with theseries order.
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EXCLUSIVE: 20th Century Fox TV is developing an adaptation of Michael Arceneaux's memoir I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyonce with Jerrod Carmichael, Lee Daniels and Marc Velez.
Deadline understands that the project is set to hit the cable and streaming market as a half-hour series.
The book, which was published by Simon & Schuster in July 2018, is a collection of 17 autobiographical essays from Arceneaux. The deal comes as Arceneaux’s second book, I Don't Want to Die Poor, an essay collection which chronicles his struggles with private student loans and economic anxiety, is published today April 7 by Simon & Schuster.
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Arceneaux will adapt and executive produce alongside Carmichael, and Lee Daniels and Marc Velez of Lee Daniels Entertainment. UTA brokered the deal on Arceneaux's behalf.
The book looks at life in today's America with Arceneaux learning to embrace his identity when the world told him to do the opposite, leaving no bigoted or ignorant stone unturned. He discusses coming out to his mother, growing up in Houston, Texas, being approached for the priesthood, his obstacles in embracing intimacy that occasionally led to unfortunate fights with fire ants, and the persistent challenges of young people who feel marginalized and denied the chance to pursue their dreams.
Arceneaux is represented by UTA, Jermaine Johnson at 3Arts, attorney Loan Dang, and Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich & Bourrett. Carmichael is represented by UTA and attorney PJ Shapiro at Ziffren Brittenham. Daniels is represented by WME, Alex Kovacs at Untitled Entertainment, and attorney Matthew Levy at Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman.