Jennie Garth tells Access Hollywood she’s “not really doing” 90210 anymore, which makes me sad for Kelly Taylor but kind of happy for Jennie Garth. And, well, in the grand scheme of things, it’s better to be happy for the real person rather than the pretend person in any given scenario, right? I’ll be sad to see West Bev’s guidance counselor/Silver’s older sis go – if we actually see her go, say, run off with Dylan, though I’m guessing she’ll sort of just fade out. (All the better to return for a ratings-boosting catfight with Brenda.)
But my sadness at a Kelly-less Beverly Hills stems only from nostalgia, not because her presence brings anything to the show. When it comes to these remakes, I have always advocated for less reliance on old characters – nostalgia is fun for us old Gen Xers, but it does little to gain a new young following or forge a show’s identity. If you want a reunion, have one, I say, but don’t make an entire series out of one. Perhaps even more to the point, the adults’ storylines have proven dismal on the 90210 reboot – poor Kelly has been forced to date wannabe-heartthrob teacher Ryan and exhibit ambiguous signs of a possible crush on Principal Wilson, ostensibly because she’s incapable of meeting a male human outside West Beverly High, but more because the writers didn’t seem to know what to do with her (or any character over 20). And for that reason alone, I salute her escape.
But what do you think, PopWatchers? How do you feel about the possibility of a Kelly Taylor-less existence? How do you think she should make her exit?
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