Airdate: 90210

Hold the phone, and add it to your Facebook, 90210 is coming, fasttracked into September.

TEN will launch the series with a 2hr premiere on Monday September 8 at 8:30pm. The swift move onto the new CW drama series (it launches in the US on Sept. 2nd) comes despite TEN not indicating it would form part of its second-half line up last month.

TEN was also home to the original series Beverly Hills 90210, which also spun off both Melrose Place and Models Inc. In its early days, Beverly Hills 90210 actually tackled meaty teenage issues including date rape, alcoholism, domestic violence, gay rights, drug abuse, teenage suicide, AIDS, and teenage pregnancy. But as it wore on it neutered many of these themes in favour of romance, peer group pressure, and being rich kids.

Darren Star, who created the original series, is not involved with this sequel, and Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars), who created the original pilot, has since departed the project. But TEN is optimistic about the show’s prospects, and it is certainly garnering a lot of pre-show buzz in the US.

“It’s going to be a reflection of all the best elements from the initial series, but quite clearly it will have grown with the times also because television is a lot smarter now than it was in the early 1990s,” programming chief David Mott told the Daily Telegraph.

“It will be bolder than what it was and while we haven’t seen the pilot through reading the script, talking with producers, meeting the new cast and with some old cast, that Generation X will know, returning, it all speaks to the TEN brand perfectly.”

Press Release:
Network Ten today announces Australian audiences will see the hottest and most anticipated show out of the US this year, 90210, days after its overseas launch in a special two-hour premiere event, Monday 8 September, 8.30pm.

An edgy, contemporary spin-off of the iconic drama BEVERLY HILLS, 90210, the new 90210 looks at life through the eyes of Annie Wilson (Shenae Grimes, “Degrassi: The Next Generation”) and her brother Dixon (Tristan Wilds, “The Wire”), whose first day at West Beverly Hills High School leaves no doubt they’re not in Kansas anymore.

Generating global buzz like no other show in recent years, this fresh interpretation of 90’s iconic series BEVERLY HILLS, 90210, simply titled 90210, has already had the multimedia landscape in a tail spin with gossip, rumours and cast announcements (real and not) zipping around the ether.

Additional source: Daily Telegraph

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