More details on the “Beverly Hills 90210” revamp that Rob Thomas is writing, some of them from Thomas himself. Among the details: they want to bring in one of the original cast members but they don’t know which one (“because we haven’t talked to any of them”) and one of the characters is a former movie star “who is once again going into rehab,” and her alcoholism is what forces the principal/dad character (her son) to relocate to Beverly Hills even though he’d much rather be living in the Midwest.
Veteran Rob Thomas watchers will notice this last detail as another chapter in his ongoing obsession with featuring aging movie stars as unsympathetic characters. Chapter 1 was Aaron Echolls on Veronica Mars. Though odds are this new character will be not quite so unsympathetic, but you never know. Anyway, it’s good to see that cult TV showrunners have their own favourite themes/characters that they like to repeat, just like cult movie directors.