Lynette Rice
August 18, 2008 AT 12:00 PM EDT

TV critics will have to wait to see the CW’s highly-anticipated new 90210 series just like everybody else. The network announced today that it won’t be sending out customary press screeners to generate reviews — and ideally, good buzz — for its new drama, which debuts Sept. 2. “We’re not hiding anything… simply keeping the lid on 90210 until Sept. 2, riding the curiosity and anticipation into premiere night, and letting all our constituents see it at the same time,” the CW said in a statement.

90210 isn’t the only new fall show that critics have yet to see. Since the 100-day writers strike postponed production on many freshman series, most of the networks (with the exception of CBS) haven’t been able to issue screeners to the press for review.

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