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Brenda Who?: Doherty in Talks for "90210" Spinoff

Shannen Doherty is in talks with CBS Paramount and the CW to reprise her role as Brenda Walsh on the updated 90210 spinoff series launching this fall.

Doherty's lack of reluctance to join the cast comes as a bit of a surprise, given her well-publicized fallout with executive producer Aaron Spelling back in the day (and her subsequent firing) and the allegedly , um, chilly relations between her and fellow 90210 alum Jennie Garth, who--along with Tori Spelling--has been cast in the spinoff.

Personally, I think bringing back all of the former characters from the mothership seems slightly cheesy, especially as they'll be second--nay, third--fiddles to the teen leads. Do we really need to see Donna open a boutique? Or Kelly counsel students?

What do you think? Are you dusting off your Sophie B. Hawkins albums, thrilled to see Kelly and Co. pop up on the new series? Do you wish they'd all just stay in the past? Or are you completely averse to this reinvention of the 90210 franchise? Discuss.

What's On Tonight

8 pm: Million Dollar Password (CBS); Last Comic Standing (NBC; 8-10 pm); Smallville (CW); Ugly Betty (ABC); Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? (FOX)

9 pm: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS); Supernatural (CW); Grey's Anatomy (ABC); So You Think You Dance (FOX)

10 pm: Swingtown (CBS); Fear Itself (NBC); Hopkins (ABC)

What I'll Be TiVo'ing:

10 pm: Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List on Bravo.

Okay, I know, I know, but I find her acerbic overeagerness somehow calming. On tonight's episode, Kathy likely does something hilarious or deeply embarrassing. Or both.

10 pm: Swingtown.

On tonight's episode ("Go Your Own Way"), Susan attends a free-speech fundraiser for the legal defense of an actor in a controversial movie, against the wishes of husband Bruce.

Comments

Anonymous said…
I saw this news last night and immediately called a friend of mine so we could squeal together.

I am such a nerd.
Anonymous said…
I'm glad you haven't stopped watching Swingtown. It's so much fun!
I'm not surprised that Doherty was so quick to sign on. What else has she got to do now? (Ouch.)
Anonymous said…
She's had a lot more to do than most, if not all of the other originals of 90210 in the years since she left. It's not like she mouthed off about wanting to go back (hello Ian Ziering), Dawn Ostroff wanted her and she was approached. I don't think she was exactly "quick to sign on" either.

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