Is the new 90210 dishonoring its veterans?
90210 will be missing some of its old-school cred next fall: Jennie Garth is not expected to appear at the outset of the show’s upcoming second season, and her involvement beyond that remains a question mark.
Although a 90210 spokesperson insists ”the intention is to have Jennie back next season,” the fact remains that the show resumes production in a little over two weeks and Garth has yet to be approached about returning. She shouldn’t take it personally, though. Fellow vets Shannen Doherty and Tori Spelling will also be MIA as 90210 enters the final phase of its reboot under new boss, executive producer Rebecca Rand Kirshner Sinclair, who recently admitted that season 2 would rely less on nostalgia and more on the Peach Pit’s modern clientele.
”The center of the show lies with the generation of kids that are in high school now,” Sinclair told EW last April. ”I’m not interested in casting people for stunt value.”
Garth’s rep, meanwhile, says the actress’ relatively informal arrangement with 90210 remains unchanged, adding, ”Right from the beginning, the [understanding] has been that the show would come to her when they developed story ideas. And if everyone was in agreement, she would join the show for a certain number of episodes. We believe that continues to be [the case].”
Claire: Lost and found
After sitting out last season, Emilie de Ravin will return to Lost as a series regular for its sixth and final season. ”[We’re] very excited to bring Claire back to the show,” says executive producer Carlton Cuse, ”and even more excited for people to experience just how she will return.” Okay, I’ll bite: How will she return? Hello? Carlton? Where’d you go?
One Tree Hill shows Green the money
Brian Austin Green is close to being named the beneficiary of at least a portion of the nearly $2 million Chad Michael Murray allegedly turned down to return to One Tree Hill next season. At press time, the Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles star was nearing a deal to join the season 7 cast as Nathan’s Jerry Maguire-esque sports agent, Clayton.
Cagney, Lacey together again
A Burn Notice insider confirms that producers are courting Tyne Daly to appear opposite her former Cagney & Lacey partner, Burn matriarch Sharon Gless, for an episode to air in early 2010. Details on her character are still up in the air. Daly most recently guest-starred on Grey’s Anatomy as McDreamy’s mom.