Consumers of 2019 love them some reboots, or at least they like the idea of them. Not every revival sticks. For every Twin Peaks: The Return or perhaps improbably Hawaii Five-0, there’s a Lethal Weapon or, due to unpredictable reasons, Roseanne. Now another one bites the dust: As per Deadline, BH90210, which exhumed the Aaron Spelling Fox classic, has been given the axe only one season in, and a mere few months after hitting the air.
Granted, the Beverly Hills 90210 sequel was never a traditional revival. It was a six-episode limited series, and one that swapped out the original’s teen-focused prime time soap for wink-winky self-referential comedy. Did you think Sharkando’s Ian Ziering was going to play it straight again? The original now fortysomething cast returned in bulk, save, of course, the late Luke Perry, who passed before shooting commenced.
BH90210 arrived nearly 30 years after the original program, which launched in 1990 and stuck around for 10 seasons — long enough for the Steven Sanders-approved The Flaming Lips to go from guest stars to rock gods. The revival drew from its ensemble cast’s real lives, and it even ended with our heroes’ selling a show to a major network, only for it be dramatically retooled by meddling execs.
Will that be the end of Brandon and Brenda and David and Carly, the character played by two-time Oscar-winner Hilary Swank, who was not on BH90210? Perhaps, perhaps not. Still, it is sad that the revival, unlike Donna Martin, did not graduate.
HBO’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Outsider turned out to be a ratings hit for the premium cable network. So, it’s a wise move that they engineered a wide open door for season two, with Holly Gibney’s fate left ambiguous and another possible El Cuco host in the mix. These wrinkles arrived courtesy of screenwriter Richard Price, who not only engineered a damn watchable take on a complex novel to adapt, but he also pointed the story beyond King’s original vision and chain of events.
Jason Bateman, who directed the first two episodes and sporadically appeared as accused murderer Terry Maitland, recently spoke with Collider and confirmed that HBO’s definitely considering a second swing at El Cuco. Furthermore, Price is exploring some steps to get the story running again. Finally, some good news:
“I know that they’re talking about it and Richard Price is playing with some ideas and taking some first steps as to what that second year might and feel like. Obviously, it’s a complete free-ball because the first season exhausted 100% of [Stephen King’s] book, the IP. So, it’s really all up to him. I never like to step on the lawn of the writers. It’s something that I’ve always stuck with on Ozark. I leave Chris Mundy completely alone and I do my job as a director once I get the script. I chime in every once in a while and offer my opinion, but it’s always for the writer to take if they want and discard if they want.”
Hell yeah, that sounds like a promising update, even if there’s no actual confirmation from HBO yet. I think it will happen! Even horror icon Robert Englund couldn’t stop raving about this show, and the ratings eclipsed that of Watchmen and True Detective, so the public demands it. Of course, the public also wants to make sure that a followup is just as good as the first round, but if Price is in charge of the story, it’s in solid hands.
We probably shouldn’t expect Bateman to be too involved, however. Following the stunning ending to Ozark‘s third season, he’ll surely be in the thick of starring in and directing a fourth season of the Netflix show soon. He told Collider that he’d have loved to direct more of The Outsider, but it’s just impossible to do it all on both shows. Clearly, his work on the HBO show made for one heck of a launch, and the rest of the team took it from there.
As for Price, he previously suggested to IndieWire that HBO was open to a sophomore run: “There’s no such thing as a series that, if it does well, they’re not going to want a second season.” Again, this sounds like they’re inching toward an announcement, eventually, although things are obviously on hold in many places with the world’s current situation. Fingers crossed.
Several protests have been filed challenging the validity of SAG-AFTRA's recent presidential election, in which incumbent Gabrielle Carteris handily defeated opponents including runners-up Matthew Modine and Jane Austin.
One of the challenges, filed Tuesday by Brian Hamilton, a founder of Membership First, claims that Fox’s current series BH90210 was “a not-so-subtle national commercial” for Carteris' re-election campaign. The series, which premiered August 7 — nine days after election ballots were mailed to union members — is a reboot of the original Beverly Hills, 90210 featuring cast members, now all grown up, playing fictionalized versions of their real-life selves struggling to get the reboot produced.
The election challenge notes that Carteris, one of the show's executive producers, plays the “hard-working and concerned” president of the fictionalized “Actors Guild of America.” She and the other leading characters all go by their real-life first names — not the names of the characters they played in the original show.
Carteris, however, had no say in when the show would air, and all of the show's fictitious leading characters — not just hers — were loosely based on the actors' real-life selves. “We're confident that Gabrielle and her campaign scrupulously adhered to the law,” her Unite for Strength campaign said in a statement Wednesday. “It is preposterous for Membership First to continue fabricating issues to distract from their own election violations, which have been well documented in the LA Times. Legal experts agree that Matthew Modine and Membership First have violated federal law.” Modine vehemently denied the allegation.
Election challenges are not common, but in 2002, the U.S. Department of Labor forced SAG to rerun its presidential election after it was discovered the union had sent out incorrect ballots to members in New York. Melissa Gilbert, who defeated Valerie Harper in the first race, defeated her again in the rerun.
Presidential candidate Abraham Justice also has filed a protest over last week’s election results, as have the leaders of a group called the Background Artists Coalition, which claims the exclusion of Justice and Queen Searles from participating in the August 15 town hall meeting of the top three presidential candidates violated their rights to “equal treatment.” That town hall, however, was not sponsored by SAG-AFTRA, but by an outside group called UnionWorking.
Modine, who ran at the head of the Membership First ticket, has not decided whether he will file a challenge, according to a spokesperson for his campaign. Protests must be filed with the union 14 days after an election. After internal remedies are exhausted, protesters can...