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At Saturday's 90210 session, executive producer Gabe Sachs gave new details about Shannen Doherty reprising her role as Brenda Walsh on the new CW spin-off.Walsh will return to West Beverly as get this the guest director of the high school musical. So I guess that Brenda-is-studying-drama-in-London-now write-off storyline came in handy. (I pray to Joe E. Tata that she has a Madonna-like British accent.) Co-executive producer Jeff Judah emphasized that Doherty's appearance is not a cameo, but rather a multi-episode arc. (For those keeping tabs: So will be the storylines of Donna, Kelly and Nat when they return.)Sachs and Judah also mentioned that they were open to including appearances by other West Bev alums as long as their stories made sense within the context of the new show. Mickey O'ConnorRelated:Fall TV Press Tour: More 90210 Deets
Luke Perry, out promoting Hallmark Channel's A Gunfighter's Pledge (premiering Saturday at 9 pm/ET), stopped by on Thursday to shoot an on-camera Q&A with me. In addition to covering his turn as an Old West lawman, we of course talked about the new 90210 being put together by the CW. "It's that 90210 time of year," Luke joked on our walk into the video studio.Earlier this week, Perry went on record as saying he won't be reprising his role of Dylan for 90210. In this video, he goes into some detail as to why not, explaining that the CW revisiting his former series is not the same as Aaron Spelling himself doing it.I also asked Luke for his take on the report that Shannen Doherty is open to an encore, as Brenda. Did that news surprise him? "Nope, nope," he said. "I think if Shannen wants to work, that's a good a place for her."Watch the complete interview below. Matt MitovichMore News-0210: Luke Perry Says No to 90210 Nuevo Spelling's 90210 Reprise Hits a Baby...
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Is the ultimate 90210 reunion threatened already? Wednesday morning, EW's Ausiello reported that Shannen Doherty might be bringing the sass back to town for the CW redux leading us BH fans to start fantasizing about the original ladies together again (on speaking terms or not).But by Wednesday afternoon, Tori Spelling (who already signed on to revive her role as an older Donna Martin) said she's stepping off West Bev turf, at least for the first few episodes. The BH alum told People, "I'm looking forward to returning to 90210 in a later episode, but I just had my baby three weeks ago via C-section. So right now I have to focus on recuperating," she added, "and my first priority is my family."Think there's more to it? Or was it simply a newborn reality setting in? Anna DimondMore 90210 Goings-on: Tori Spelling Confirmed for New 90210 Does New 90210 Have Doherty's Digits?
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She who brought a really big B to Beverly um, Brenda, that is is in talks to return to 90210 in the CW's reboot of the retro sudser. According to EW's Ausiello, Shannen Doherty is considering reprising her role as witchy Ms. Walsh, provided she can OK the story arc beforehand as well as command bi-i-i-ig bucks. Another potential hitch to this hook-up is Doherty's famously rocky past with some of her BH90210mates, a couple of whom are already lined up for their own CW encores. While one source tells Oz, "There's still some animosity" 'tween SD and Jennie Garth (whose Kelly is now a Bev Hills guidance counselor), Garth herself counters, "A lot of time has passed, and I'm a big girl. I'd have no problem with [Shannen] coming on the show."What's your take? is Brenda too much for the nascent 90210 to handle? Or is it not the Peach Pit without the brassy brunette? Matt Mitovich
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ABC Family has greenlit Christmas Caper, a TV-movie starring Shannen Doherty as a Grinch-like cat burglar out to "steal Christmas" from her sleepy hometown, Variety reports. Doherty also has been tapped to play the old friend of a gay spy in here! Network's Kiss Me Deadly: A Jacob Keane Assignment, the first installment in a series of espionage thrillers.... Tom Brokaw is collaborating with History Channel on an examination of 1968, a year that featured the riots at the Democratic Convention in Chicago, the launch of Apollo 8, and the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr and RFK.
Question: I feel compelled to write to you in defense of Shannen Doherty. I understand that her new show, Oxygen's Breaking Up with Shannen Doherty, isn't exactly what you'd consider great TV, so I have no problem with you expressing your disdain for the premise. I can also see your point that if Shannen wants to change people's perception of her, then she should stop playing along with her public image by taking jobs like this. I guess I would have appreciated it if you made an effort to acknowledge that she has done good work in the past. I've been a fan of hers since Our House, and I watched 90210 faithfully until she left the show. The same thing with Charmed — once Shannen left, so did I. Both shows lasted many years after she left, but they were never as much fun. She's also been in some decent TV-movies. I remember one with her and Kevin Dillon as a couple who were accused of killing their daughter. It was a great role for her, and completely unlike anything I'd seen her in ...
Question: I've heard rumors that Sophia Bush is not returning to One Tree Hill next season. Is that true?
Answer: Haven't heard that. It would surprise me, since she was one of only three Tree stars at CW's upfront last month. Not that an appearance at upfronts is any barometer of job security, as Shannen Doherty would be the first to tell you.
If Tori Spelling's said it once, she's said it a thousand times: She has no beef with her former Beverly Hills, 90210 costar Shannen Doherty. Well, her “true life” VH1 comedy So noTORIous begs to differ.
In this Sunday's episode, a terrified Tori hides inside a sex shop to avoid a run-in with her nemesis, er, bestest friend. Later, she flashes back to her 90210 days and Doherty — I'm quoting directly from the script here — appears as a "gigantic, towering shadow" and talks like “Linda Blair in The Exorcist.”
Spelling declined to comment, but a source close to So noTORIous insists the bit merely "plays off the joke that everybody thinks they don't get along. The show is all about poking fun at rumors." But will Doherty be laughing?
Her publicist, Leslie Sloane Zelnik, says her client would be "very, very hurt" by such a monstrous portrayal, especially after Spelling personally invited her to make a cameo. "Tori
Question: Can you please tell Brad Kern to get off his butt and invite Shannen Doherty back for the Charmed finale?
Answer: Let it go, people. It ain't happening. If it's any consolation, Prue will get a shout-out in the finale.
Question: Is Shannen Doherty going to come back for the series finale of Charmed?
Answer: I have it on good authority that she will be back… once hell freezes over. "There's no shot [of her returning]," insists executive producer Brad Kern. "I just don't think… [Hesitating] I just… [Nervous laughter]… in the abstract, it would be fabulous to try to get Shannen back for the last episode, but it just doesn't seem — for a lot of reasons — that it's something that we could ever pursue."