90210 by Frank Ockenfels/ The CW
Okay, so we know that
Brenda is coming back
. What else do we need to know about
" The show will kick off with a two-hour "event" (read: episode) on Tuesday, September 2.
" The show's tagline is awesome - and makes me giggle because it's so ridiculous: "If you wanna live in the zip, you've gotta live by the code." (Editor's note: BWA-HA-HA-HA!)
" Tori Spelling's Donna Martin Silver is now the owner of a chic boutique.
" Jennie Garth's Kelly Taylor is now a guidance counselor at West Beverly High School.
" The Peach Pit is back, as is Nat (Joe E. Tata) as its proprietor. But it's now kind of a cool coffeehouse instead of a diner. Plus, says executive producer Jeff Judah: "It's not going to be like the old show, where they're like, 'Hey, it's Color Me Badd!'"
" The producers remained coy about how these new characters are related to the original cast. That said, one of the main characters has the surname Silver. Also, they revealed that Harry Wilson (Rob Estes) grew up next door to a character from the original series, but declined to mention which.
" They've changed the surname of the "new Walshes" from Mills to Wilson. Let the conspiracy theories begin!
" The CW brass emphasized that this show is not a remake, but rather "a completely original show based on an existing series." (Note to CW: We actually don't care what you call it; just make it good.)
" Estes and Lori Loughlin are the most impossibly attractive parents ever.
" Will Jeff Judah and Gabe Sachs, perhaps previously best known for producing
Freaks and Geeks
, bring any of those comedic impulses to their new zip codes? "Yep," they said in unison, showing off matching smirks.
" Shenae Grimes (who plays Annie, aka "the Brenda") is the resident fan of the original
Beverly Hills, 90210
, despite the fact that she was 1 when it debuted. "My mom raised me with it," she chirped, as this reporter's bones let out one final creak and then soundlessly dissolved into the mortal dust of the ages.
" When the producers announced that the show would explore themes of same-sex relationships, AnnaLynne McCord perked up and nodded, clearly excited at the prospect. "No, Anna, not you - this isn't
," cracked Sachs, in reference to McCord's pansexual Eden on the sex-and-surgery series.
" McCord also confirmed that Eden is not gone from the
world just yet. "But I can't talk about that in front of these guys," she said, indicating her
" Tristan Wilds says the transition from
was not as abrupt as you'd think. "Michael and Dixon are somewhat alike," he said. Mmmmmkay! I shall reserve judgment for now.