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The 'Hills' Are Alive

''Beverly Hills, 90210'' stars reunite for Fox special. Shannen Doherty comes back, but Tori Spelling and others sit this one out

Shannen Doherty | WONDER TWIN POWERS Both Priestley and Doherty (above) will participate in a ''90210'' reunion
Image credit: Shannen Doherty: Robert Mora/Getty Images
WONDER TWIN POWERS Both Priestley and Doherty (above) will participate in a ''90210'' reunion

It's been only three years since ''Beverly Hills, 90210'' went off the air, but Fox is already planning ''Beverly Hills, 90210: 10-Year High School Reunion,'' a retrospective that will air May 11. OK, the show did run for 10 years; maybe that's what the title means. As for the ''reunion'' part, at least three primary cast members aren't planning to come. But Shannen Doherty, whose bitter departure from the show in 1994 made headlines, and who was blurred out of a 1996 retrospective like Trotsky from a Soviet newsreel, will be attending.

Doherty and other Peach Pit regulars, including Jason Priestley, Luke Perry, Jenny Garth, and Gabrielle Carteris, will be filming the special, which will consist largely of interviews, this Friday. ''90210'' producer Aaron Spelling is behind the reunion show, but apparently even he could not convince daughter Tori to come -- or Ian Ziering and Brian Austin Green, for that matter.

Spelling's absence is sparking Doherty-like tales of behind-the-scenes rancor. An insider tells the New York Post that Spelling is sitting out because ''Fox has passed on two of her TV pilots. They haven't given her a job since '90210' and she is furious.'' But Spelling's manager, Joan Green, told the Post, ''That's preposterous. There is no feud. She's just moved on. She's done [with '90210']. ... She loves her dad and they discussed it. He is fine with her decision.'' Spelling's publicist, CeCe Yorke, also denied rumors that Spelling and Doherty were feuding. ''Tori loved her time on the show. She loves the cast, but has since moved on,'' Yorke told E! Online. "It's nothing personal, just that times have changed.''

Originally posted Apr 23, 2003