'90210' same-sex shocker: Rumer Willis to romance (spoiler alert)!

90210-kiss_lWhy should Gossip Girl be the only primetime soap having a gay ‘ol time experimenting with its characters sexuality? This January, 90210 will embark on a major same-sex storyline that will pair the show’s token lesbian, Gia, played by Rumer Willis, with another major (and heretofore straight) female character.

“This isn’t a fling,” insists executive producer Rebecca Sinclair. “We’re coming at this [relationship] from a genuine place and not going, ‘Let’s do a titillating story that will grab some promotion.’ This is a real aspect of teenager life that’s interesting… And there’s been a real void in the 90210 universe in terms of gay and bisexual characters.”

Yeah, yeah… let’s get the big question: Who will Demi’s daughter coax out of the closet and into her loving arms?

Nope, it’s not Naomi — it’s teenage mom Adrianna!

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For more scoop on this story, including surprising details on how the romance unfolds and an exclusive interview with Adrianna’s portrayer, Jessica Lowndes, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly (on sale tomorrow). In the meantime, what are your initial thoughts on a Gia-Adrianna pairing? Head to the comments!

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  • Yawn

    “Two girls making out” has become the saddest ratings stunt of the year. Wake me up when an actual, heartfelt gay storyline happens.

    • Melissa

      Watch One Life to Live. Their gay storyline is awesome.

      • JB

        I agree. Obviously soapy but a good storyline.

      • Sly

        I absolutely agree…OLTL has the best gay storyline going so far

      • Javabooknut

        Actually One Life to Live had the first gay storyline on Soaps way back if I remember correctly. Ryan Phillipe before he was famous played a young gay teen with Aids. Now at the time I don’t remember him having a boyfriend but it was a big deal then.

      • lagitha

        Donna Pescow played a open lesbian on All My Children in the early 1980s. She didn’t have a partner, either, as I far as I can remember, but the story line dealt with how she had a crush on her longtime friend Brooke, and how they would deal with it. It seemed to ring more true, dealing with the social and societal issues with coming out in the 1980s, rather than feeling like a stunt of trying to lure viewers in to trying to get a thrill seeing girls mking out.

    • Laura

      Yeah no kidding – and funny how it’s always the shows with the SUCKY RATINGS (Gossip Girl, 90210, Melrose) that resort to these sort of stunts.

      • Pulpo

        Don´t forget Heroes

      • Frank Anderson

        You know what else is funny? All the shows you mentioned are run on the CE, which is owned by Warner, just like EW is.

        That is why EW covers Gossip Girl, 90210 and melrose Place despite their ‘sucky’ ratings.

      • Mark

        Do they own TVGuide? How about E!? EW doesn’t cover these shows any more than those publications do.

        Simple fact is that they have sizable internet audiences in the target demographic.

        I do agree with the sentiment about this particular instance being a ratings stunt. It could be more, I guess. People said that about Willow on Buffy and it wound up being one of the better LGBT plotlines in primetime television history.

        Though I wouldn’t call anything Gossip Girl does a “ratings stunt”. It’s entire show is one big ratings stunt in a way. There are no lines to cross, it’s hedonistic and unapologetic about it.

        Nothing wrong with a good ol’ threesome in a show like that.

      • Steve

        Yeah because a show with big ratings like Grey’s Anatomy would NEVER do anything like THAT! Stop blaming the little guys. If you don’t like it, don’t watch!

      • RowellE

        The new Melrose Place introduced Katie Cassidy’s character as bisexual from the pilot so you can’t really say that shows do this to help their ratings when MP did it from the get go.

    • Ally

      Watch Brothers&Sisters. The gay couple is the most normal, together couple on the show. They deal with issues you would expect from any couple.

      • Krystina

        So true! I love that couple.

      • Caitlin

        True, but the show is dull and they get very little screen time.

    • rodo@aol.com

      Rumer Willis + gay storyline = art imitating life

    • laura

      skins is one of the few shows i’ve seen do the gay/lesbian story well. series three on earlier this year, did a major storyline about emily and naomi getting together. it wasn’t done in a sleazy way, it was done with so much heart, great writing and beautiful acting. they treated it the same way they treated every other couple storyline on the show-everyone could relate to their story, gay or straight

      • Gina

        Yes! I 100% agree. Emily and Naomi was the highlight of the series for me.

    • Nick T

      Grey’s Anatomy…yay!

  • Melissa

    Wow, I totally thought it would’ve been Silver.

    • jenn

      Both Silver and Adrianna can do better than Rumer Willis!

    • Kaley

      I thought it would’ve been Silver too.

    • Kate

      Yeah, that was my first thought too. However, remember a scene a few weeks ago in the newspaper office with these too…it was all being set up.

    • Kendra

      Wow. I thought it would be Silver as well. Who would want to watch a mom (not to mention teenage mom) have a relationship with another girl? That would be too much like Friends; except Carol wasn’t the main character and we couldn’t see a play by play of her realtionship. Yea she doesn’t technically still have a baby to care about, but she’s already a mother, a drug user, and now a lesbian???? That’s too much. Is it going to be good though? I guess I’ll just have to see. =|

  • Caro

    I thought it’d be bipolar Silver

  • Moht

    “We’re coming at this [relationship] from a genuine place and not going, ‘Let’s do a titillating story that will grab some promotion.’”

    Somehow I’m really doubtful of that.

  • Angie

    Love it. Poor Navid is going to have a neurotic break.

  • Ryan

    I was expecting Silver too.

  • Samantha

    Lame. Adrianna is supposed to be with Navid.

  • Manu

    Maybe NOW I can bring myself to watch this show.

  • jim

    Last season i was hoping Liam and Ethan were hooking up. Didnt happen. Im not watching this year.

    • Carol

      Not every show needs a gay couple… well it is the new century and I’m “pro gay” but there is no need to show it everywhere… I don’t want to see guys kissing on every f*cking show!!!!!!!

      • Chichimus

        ‘Not every show needs a gay couple’? That is like me saying not every show needs a straight couple! Gay people are a part of life and it is about time we see gay people represented on network TV. Although most attempts at representing gay characters are stereotypes (with the odd exception here and there)at least it shows gay people represented. Furthermore, you say you are ‘pro gay’ then you make the rude comment about not wanting to see guys kissing. That is pretty sad. Straight people kiss all of the time in movies and on television and nobody makes a big deal about that. It is about time they do show some gay couples on TV actually kissing because most of the time they don’t, so your comment baffles me. I watch a lot of daytime TV and evening TV and the only gay couple I have seen kiss, other than the couple on “Brothers and Sisters”, is Luke and Noah on “As The World Turns”. I’m sure if you did a survey, gay people would probably get 1/2% or something like that of the kisses on TV. Usually the networks introduce a gay couple on a network TV show and they get to kiss once, maybe twice, and from then on the camera cuts away at the embrace before they even kiss. It is ridiculous and totally unfair and I don’t know why more people don’t complain about that. The reality is that gay people are way under-represented on TV period, and as for them kissing, well, in the big scheme of things that is virtually non-existent.

      • lagitha

        Feel free to say that not every show needs to have a stright couple–I’m straight, and I’m fine with that. It’s saddened me that over the last thirty years in TV, everything has to be relationship/sexually based. I would still love The Office (and might even love it more) if the Jima nd Pam storyline and all the other interoffice sex was eliminated and it ws jsut a focus on workplace. I stopped watching Friends when it shifted from the life of young 20somethings starting their life, into a combinatorics problem of which castmembers have not hooked up and hwo to get them coupled. I love a good romance, but it doesn’t have to be the only story.
        I would also be bothered if a show that focused on a gay couple threw in a straight couple just for the heck of it.

  • Laur

    That’s some good scoop! I’ve really enjoyed 90210 so far this season. I love no-brainer TV. After a long day at work, I don’t need a show that will make me think or change my life!

    • Jaime

      I’m with you on that one! I have to think enough all day long and it’s nice to have some guilty pleasure TV watching!

  • Brenda DuBois

    Can a show please have the balls to have a same-sex male relationship? Having Chuck kiss some dude for 1 second does not count. Why can’t one of the male leads on any of these shows fall in love with a guy or at least experiment/have an open mind. Have some balls, showrunners.

    • Samantha

      seriously! Everyone was all “ZOMG CHUCK KISSES A DUDE” and it wasn’t even a 2 way kiss!

    • tom

      If you want to see how a true male same sex relationship is handled then I suggest that you check out Kevin and Scotty on “Brothers and Sisters”. They are by far the best that have ever been written.

      • Lisa

        I agree. I ♥ Kevin & Scotty!

      • Brenda DuBois

        Yea but that’s a much different situation than this sort of same-sex experimentation and first-time relationship. It would be great if sort of unexpected yet powerful male same-sex experiences were shown on TV just as nonchalantly as the female variety is. What if Dan for instance started to have feelings for a gay guy in his class for instance? This would be a very helpful and realistic situation to put on TV and would help millions of males out there to be more open with how they feel with no shame.

      • Brenda DuBois

        sorry for the extra “for instance.” lol

      • Tamara

        Do you watch Greek? One of the main-ish characters is gay and in a fraternity, and it shows the real struggles he goes through. Some of the other characters are in the “coming out”/experimentation phase as well.

      • Pulpo

        Six Feet Under was the best attempt to gay men

    • Zoe

      Brothers and Sisters.
      Also Six Feet Under (though not current).
      Both shows have long-term, supportive same-sex male relationships.

    • Zoe

      Also Modern Family.
      And Marc on Ugly Betty had a long-term boyfriend for about year, I think.

  • davidsask

    I say as well why always just a temporary thing and why always women not men!

    • @TweedleV

      Cause girls are more accepted.. on Gossip they brought Eric out of the closet and now hes all but dissapeared. One of these CW shows needs a Brian Kinney (QAF) who bangs everyone with no guilt involved. It would be awesome to see a tenn version of Brian Kinney. I think Melrose may go for it. But they need to actually go for it and stop p*ssying around with same sex pecks

  • TL

    It seemed to me that the producers are forcing the storyline… It’s like they need a gay character to make the show look good… Pathetic! I don’t mind gay characters but hate it when they force the issue… Then again, it’s California! They should’ve made one of series regulars gay from the very beginning.

    -TL

    • mscisluv

      Exactly. Why do they have to “turn” gay or experiment briefly? If you’re going to have a gay character, just have a gay character.

  • Leigh

    And like that I add 90210 to my TiVo.

    • monica

      I’m right behind you Leigh!

  • CeCE

    I expected Naomi for some reason. The OC already did this story line marissa and 13(olivia wild) at least gossip girl tried to switch it up using guys. The only show that did this well was south of nowhere with ashley and spencer.

    • sandman

      OMG! I loved Spashley! They were so volatile, but in a good way. Nice shout out!

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