Variety says that multiple sources claim the showrunner and several writers of the 90210 reboot called BH90210 just up and quit. And it happened on Tori Spelling’s birthday. It’s a mess, which is saying something, considering the idea of a 90210 reboot/revival/mockumentary thing already sounds pretty messy.
As far as anyone knew, it was full steam ahead on Fox’s 90210 reboot. Only a mere four days ago, the teaser trailer was released ahead of its August 1st premiere. Variety claims 90210’s showrunner Patrick Sean Smith, as well as several senior writers, quit the six episode series. It’s not completely known why, but Variety says it might have something to do with cast and crew drama.
Speculation #1: One of Variety’s sources claim that the writers were unhappy with one of the executives in charge of 90210.
Speculation #2 (and the much more juicy and scandalous option): One of Variety’s sources say the staff bailed due to “interference from two of the show’s lead actresses.“
The show’s lead actresses are Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling, and Gabrielle Carteris. Hmmm…I wonder which two actresses could possibly have it in them to team up and act like bitchy mean girls with an agenda. No really, I’m not sure; the presence of head bitch always in charge, Shannen Doherty, has thrown off the algorithm. And of course, sources say it was totally Shannen. A source that spoke to Radar Online claims that Shannen was afraid the show would be “embarrassing,” and was always giving feedback to producers and writers. Rumors that Shannen is a terror on the 90210 set? The show really is a throwback to the 90s.
It would be helpful if Fox would release a statement to clear things up, but until then, some of the cast will do the talking for them. Jennie Garth wished Tori Spelling a happy birthday on Instagram, and may have alluded to the drama that went down.
Shannen took it upon herself to attempt to set the record straight. After the news broke, Shannen explained that petty rumors and tabloid drama was part of the reason why she was dragging her feet in the first place. She denies that there’s any drama, and that any stories about her being difficult are lies.
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Being a part of tv history is an honor but it also comes with some massive backlash. There has been many stories floating around about this show and me. One of the reasons I hesitated to say yes was for this crap. The only thing I’m a control freak over is my health. Trying to stay healthy and positive. I realized this morning, that I have a fear of doing what I love because of headlines like this. Not only because there is zero truth to it but because it lessens me and my journey, battle, experience with cancer. Why should I be scared to work? And why aren’t people held accountable for their fabricated stories? I refuse to be cast in the same villain role because “journalists” lack imagination and I certainly refuse to be cheapened as a survivor and as a woman by them. Yes, i am a strong woman. I have been thru hell and back. I am compassionate and caring. I’m multi faceted and not someone to be pigeon holed. I am a woman with my own story. Please stop trying to tell your wildly inaccurate, exaggerated story of me. I promise… you don’t know me.
I really don’t think it’s anyone’s fault for why those writers and show runner allegedly quit so abruptly. Okay, maybe it was Tori Spelling’s fault. I could totally see them packing their bags after her 200th attempt at roping them into some blatant sponsored Instagram post. “Come on, all I need is a sound bite that says you can’t type your sTories unless you’re using a Microsoft Surface Go, available at Best Buy!”