Wednesday’s premiere episode dominated with 3.8 million total viewers, but the six-part series is still off to a rocky start, according to some fans on Twitter.
Many fans were expecting to catch up with old pals. Donna, Kelly, Brandon, Brenda, David, Andrea, and Steve, but instead were left watching a show about the actors themselves.
Other fans were just confused and was obviously unaware of the changes from the original show.
In the first scenes we find the old gang back together, but we quickly learn it was just Donna (Tori Spelling) dreaming about the old days. Tori and Jennie Garth who played Kelly are on the way to a 90210 reunion and there you quickly realize the show is not about the fictional cast from the original show.
“We are all playing fictional heightened versions of ourselves and everyone had a say in the show, as in this iteration we are all executive producers,” Tori Spelling, who played Donna in the original, told GoodHousekeeping.com.
The concept for the new series is that the original cast of the beloved high- school drama reunites 30 years later at a fan convention and then decides to mount a revival of the series to make money and help their careers. But we’re not seeing Kelly and Brendan, we’re seeing Jennie Garth and Jason Priestley discussing Kelly and Brandon. Except Garth and Priestley are playing fictional versions of themselves that they’ve invented for the show.
So that means Brian Austin Green isn’t with Megan Fox; he’s with a fictional pop star named Shay and Jason is directing a fake superhero TV series. Gabrielle Carteris is the head of the “Actors Guild of America,” not the real Screen Actors Guild. And Shannen Doherty, well, they all kind of hate her.
Tori Spelling apparently has no money. This Shannen Doherty rescues tigers; this Jason Priestley cheats on his wife and this Ian Ziering owns a workout empire.
After the panel, for which Shannen makes a slightly unwelcome appearance via livestream, the gang gathers at the hotel bar for a round of drinks, and the antics begin. Jennie almost sleeps with a hog farmer, but turns him down when he calls her “Kelly,” and she sleeps with Jason instead. Tori and Brian do shots. Gabrielle kisses a female fan. Ian’s wife accidentally video chats with him while she’s cheating on him. Tori drunkenly breaks into an exhibit holding her famous “90210” red prom dress, steals it, and puts it back on.
And it’s just more drama and comedy from that point on.
Is “BH” ever going to reach the heights of the original series? Absolutely not. But in a world in which revivals or remakes of popular stories is inevitable, at least this one is weirdly fun.