Tra­di­tional ri­valry

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Front Page - ALICE WASLEY

IT’S not of­ten a show that hasn’t been to air stokes the ru­mour mill with such fer­vour. But we’re not talk­ing any old show. This is Bev­erly Hills 90210 for a new gen­er­a­tion.

Much of the re­cent gos­sip cen­tres on the orig­i­nal cast mem­bers who are re­turn­ing to the post­code made fa­mous when the show first screened in 1990.

Shan­nen Do­herty, who played Brenda Walsh, and Jen­nie Garth (Kelly Tay­lor) will reprise their roles.

Do­herty played Brenda from 1990 to 1994 but was al­legedly fired from the se­ries af­ter re­ported on-set clashes with co-stars, in­clud­ing Garth. It seems time hasn’t healed old wounds.

‘‘I don’t get the feel­ing they like each other, but they’re both pro­fes­sion­als and they both do their jobs and at the end of the day it’s about the fin­ished prod­uct,’’ cast mem­ber Rob Estes says. Does the ten­sion cause prob­lems? ‘‘Oh, I don’t think so. Know­ing there’s that in the room, peo­ple are like, ‘Ooh, what’s go­ing to hap­pen?’ ’’ he says.

Ryan Eg­gold, who plays new West Bev­erly High teacher Ryan Matthews, has 90210, M Chan­nel 10, Mon­day, 8.30pm Amer­i­can su­per soap’s come­back Du­ra­tion: 1 hour also found things can be a bit icy be­tween Do­herty and Garth.

‘‘You know I think any ten­sion that ex­ists be­tween those par­tic­u­lar two is prob­a­bly some­thing that has been there for ages and ages and we haven’t had to deal with any of it on set,’’ Eg­gold says.

Tori Spell­ing, daugh­ter of the orig­i­nal show’s pro­ducer Aaron Spell­ing, played Donna Martin, and was slated to re­turn to the show. But she is said to have pulled out af­ter dis­cov­er­ing Do­herty and Garth were re­ceiv­ing twice her salary.

The Peach Pit will re­turn as a new and im­proved han­gout for the kids, as will Joe E. Tata, repris­ing his role as the owner, Nat.

Along with the orig­i­nal char­ac­ters Estes, 45, is also on fa­mil­iar ground. He joined Spell­ing’s Bev­erly Hills 90210 spin-off Mel­rose Place in 1997 as chef Kyle.

His ex-wife Josie Bis­sett— they di­vorced last year — played Jane on the show and they have two chil­dren to­gether, Ma­son, 9 and Maya Rose, 6.

‘‘I have two kids and I re­ally have been wait­ing a long time to get to be a fa­ther on a show . . . just be­cause I have so many ex­pe­ri­ences that I think I can bring to the role,’’ Estes says. ‘‘I couldn’t be more ex­cited about this.’’ Estes’ char­ac­ter, Harry Wil­son, is the fa­ther of An­nie Wil­son (Shenae Grimes) and her adopted brother Dixon Mills (Tris­tan Wilds). The fam­ily moves from Kansas to Bev­erly Hills to keep an eye on its al­co­holic grand­mother Tabitha (Jes­sica Wal­ter). Harry be­comes the prin­ci­pal of West Bev­erly High.

Though many view­ers will tune in to watch 90210 for a dose of nos­tal­gia, the tar­get au­di­ence was in nap­pies when the first se­ries aired. It will need to draw on more than fond mem­o­ries to se­cure strong rat­ings.

‘‘You know what’s so funny is that a lot of th­ese kids (in the show) had par­ents who watched 90210,’’ Estes says.

‘‘If I look at the dif­fer­ence be­tween what 90210 was and what it is now, there’s a sense of hu­mour in a lot of sit­u­a­tions that wasn’t there be­fore. My mother Tabitha is a re­cov­er­ing al­co­holic. The one-lin­ers she gets are hi­lar­i­ous, so it doesn’t feel like a night-time soap opera.’’

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