This Just In: The CW Picks Up '90210,' Adds 'Gilmore' Vet!

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As I was perusing The CW’s just-released press release announcing the full-season pickup of 90210, I noticed the most peculiar thing: Those crazy kids buried their lead!

In the final sentence of the bulletin, the network quietly mentions that veteran Gilmore Girls scribe Rebecca Kirshner is joining the series as an executive producer.

And it gets better.

After I did some digging, a 90210 source confirms to me exclusively that Amy Sherman-Palladino’s longtime collaborator will not just be sitting in the show’s writers room, she’ll be running it. (And yes, contrary to speculation, the show does have one of those.) Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, meanwhile, will continue to serve as show’s day-to-day showrunners.

In announcing the 90210 pickup, CW prez Dawn Ostroff says, "The successful addition of 90210 has taken The CW another step forward in building a cohesive schedule that defines this network as a destination for young women with shows that get our audience talking — and watching. We’re very excited about the chance to watch this ensemble of newcomers and familiar faces coalesce and grow together as we move forward."

Exactly how many familiar faces will be sticking around 90210 remains an open question. As I reported over the weekend, Jennie Garth is denying that she has agreed to stick around beyond her initial six-episode stint. "Nothing’s confirmed at this point," she told me. "It’s still totally up in the air." (That noise you hear is Dawn Ostroff telling her assistant to get Tori Spelling’s reps on the phone.)

Is the infusion of some Gilmore blood the best thing to happen to 90210 since Shannen and Jennie agreed to bury the hatchet? I say, "Damn straight, it is!" But what do you say? Comment away!

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  • Valerie

    That is awesome news ! It might just bring a little sense to this show .

  • Tricia

    I miss Gilmore Girls . . .

  • ilana

    I don’t care a thing about 90210, please bring us a gilmore girls movie!!!

  • benedict

    Shanned needs to get a boyfriend on the show. she is desperate for kelly’s life.

  • Anonymous

    I’d rather have Gilmore Girls back…

  • Patricia

    Yes, she worked on GG, but she also wrote some great Buffy episodes too. I would associate her more with Buffy than GG.

  • Chase

    Great, just keep and eye on the delivery of the actor’s dialogue as it moves from normal to Benny Hill type, fast forwarding/machine gun rapid fire crap. Gilmore was great, but they blew by how fast they spoke to one another, it was just silly and unrealistic. Try talking like that to anyone…

  • Jen

    I, too, miss GG. Especially in the fall. It was such a warm and fuzzy show. However, 90210 isn’t exactly warm and fuzzy. More like a little icy. Can they steer the characters in a new direction without losing their original concept? I don’t know. That curly-haired girl who looks 40 but is playing 16 doesn’t seem like she’ll want to auction off a picnic basket any time soon. Might be a little beneath her.

  • Zach

    At first it sounded rude of the CW to force extra help on Sachs and Judas, even if I love Rebecca Kirshner (by the way, there’s no ‘C’ in her name), but then I realized that the three all worked together way back when on Freaks and Geeks and I got way pumped.

  • Zach

    Judah*

  • Rica

    Hi there, no way! Gilmore Girls was the most asinine show ever, the dialogue was so irritating to listen to, nobody talks like that in real life, like blah blah blah blah, and everybody in the show talked like a smart-a__ know it all, it’s like all the characters had that same oversarcastic tone, it was ridiculous, the point of having separate characters is that they’d all be different, but on that show, everybody talked the same in that too fast smart-a__ sarcastic dialogue, sooo annoying, what the hell were they thinking? Hopefully 90210 doesn’t become like Gilmore Girls.

  • Katherine

    Nothing can save this train wreck of a show except for more of the original cast JOINING instead of leaving.

  • svenska

    I tried to watch 90210 but soon realized that if I remembered 90210 1.0, the 2.0 edition isn’t for me. Second, I was too distracted by the skeleton actors — I noticed it even before it became headlines. And now this GG news…sorry; there will be only one GG for me. Plus at least Lorelai and Rory ATE. Please, someone stage an intervention on these actresses.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like good news to me. Here’s hoping RK she can bring some much needed life and drama to these not-so-interesting kids.
    And let’s hope the find a way to get Jenny to stick around. She’s fantastic, and is the reason most people are watching.

  • raprilc

    This is a good move for 90210, but the acting from most of the most is too awful to save the show long-term. It won’t get past this first season.

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