Can you ever go back?

September 5, 2008

It is with great anticipation that I am awaiting the allegedly fast-tracked Aussie premiere of the 2008 version of 90210.  Last Tuesday the new series set at that old address debuted in the States.  To the relief of sweaty-palmed execs, itwas the most watched premiere in the CW’s history.  More people tuned in to see a new pair of fish-out-of-water teens than first watched Dawson’s Creek or Buffy and most stayed glued to the set for the full 120 minutes.


They say there’s no such thing as a new idea, but from the talk online, this is literally an attempt to fuse the nostalgic appeal of Brenda Walsh with Gossip Girl gloss.  Once again a family from the sticks moves to the big smoke and are overwhelmed by the sassy-ness of the city kids.   The modern twist is that the brother is adopted (made nice and obvious in the opening scene by his skin colour) and I predict a moment of sibling sexual tension down the track. 


In the 2-hour premiere neither Jenny Garth nor Shannen Doherty appear until the second half, but it’s sure to be worth the wait.  However, from the 5 minutes I managed to grab off youtube yesterday, the most masterful casting is Jessica Walters as the newcomers grandmother.  You’ll recognise her from her role as the Bluth matriarch in Arrested Development and we can only hope to see her boozier and brassier in this prestigious zip code.


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