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'90210' Is (Finally) Canceled
This shouldn't come as too much of a surprise: The CW is pulling the plug on '90210.'Deadline reports that the season finale in May will serve as the series finale, making the show's fifth season its last.
When the re-booted "90210" hit the airwaves back in September 2008, those of us who were fiercely devoted to the original "Beverly Hills, 90210" were filled with (dare we say?) glee.
Instead of giving us completely new people, the show had precious ties to its Aaron Spelling-created predecessor, thanks to the inclusion of characters like Kelly Taylor as the school counselor, her now-high school aged half sister Erin "call me Silver" Silver, and guest turns from familiar faces like the still-wandering Dylan McKay, fashionista Donna Martin, and queen bitch Brenda Walsh. The central storyline even featured a pair of siblings thrust into the glitz and glam of West Beverly Hills High after arriving from the midwest (this time Kansas) and trying to adjust.
We were there for the first season, faithfully tuning in to see where in L.A. they'd take poetic license week to week and how they'd pretty up a typical teen's life in la la land.
Revisit our '90210' debut season episode recaps in our archives of the 90210 Morning After Report.
The show decided to adjust, too, and Kelly Taylor disappeared, along with the patriarch and principal Mr. Wilson. Kelly and Silver's mom got killed off. Dylan, Donna, and Brenda were never heard from again. And, as best as we could ever tell, no one ever mentioned Silver's other half-sib, David Silver, or their philandering dentist dad, Mel Silver. (Silver seemed to live alone, before graduating high school, the lucky girl!)
Turns out the audience didn't stick by the show, which slipped in the ratings, but drew a mere 500,000 viewers in mid-February. Nowhere near as iconic as the original from which it came, the new '90210' managed to limp along longer than many may have expected.
So long, new '90210.' In the end, we still loved the og show better.