Last night’s 90210 finale ended with — what else? — a shocking twist, but what’s even more shocking are the changes coming to West Bev next season. (SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t seen the episode, do not read on!)
Tag: 90210 Casting News! (1-10 of 17)
Sinclair, a onetime Gilmore producer, has tapped Scott Paterson to play Liam’s biological father in at least two episodes, sources confirm.
Which Gilmore alum should Sinclair pursue next? My vote: Liza Weil. That girl’s been away from my TV set for too long.
PHOTO CREDIT: Lanter: Michael Desmond/The CW
Stop the presses: 90210‘s school paper just got a hot new faculty adviser! The Ausiello Files has been told exclusively, and then of course ran right to you to blab, that Hal Ozsan has nabbed the high-profile recurring role. READ FULL STORY
Relax, it’s just Ann Gillespie. Sources confirm to me exclusively that Kelly and Silver’s train wreck of a mother has signed a deal to return for multiple episodes, the first of which airs in October. Per my 90210 mole, Jackie returns “to mend the broken relationships with her daughters, with several shocking surprises.” 90210‘s second season kicks off on Sept. 8.
The BH vet has inked a deal to return this fall for multiple episodes, sources confirm to me exclusively. Garth reappears in episode 3 when Kelly gives Harry advice on how to deal with his, ahem, situation with Annie.
Last month, I reported that producers had not yet approached Garth about returning for season 2, leading some to wonder how far new boss Rebecca Rand
Kirshner Sinclair was planning to scale back the nostalgia factor. At the time, a show rep insisted that ”the intention is to have Jennie back.” And gosh dammit, they weren’t lying!
Happy Kelly’s returning? Theories about Annie’s “situation”? Sound off below!
Question: Obviously the main focus of the House premiere will be House in the “loony bin.” But what will the rest of the cast be up to? –Rachel
Ausiello: Enjoying the rest of their vacation. No joke. I’m told the two-hour One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest-inspired season premiere will feature only two of the show’s main players: House and Wilson. Everyone else will show up the following week. “It is a bold move,” Hugh Laurie acknowledged to EW at last night’s Paley Center for Media event, Creating Great Characters. “We are moving into our sixth year and I suppose the writers felt that we couldn’t just reprise the same stories, the same sets, the same look, the same problems. We needed to go on an adventure, and this is it.” Speaking of House, click here to find out why series creator David Shore is (sort of) apologizing to Huddy fans.
Question: There’s a spoiler floating around that says Chuck is going to bring home a girl in the Gossip Girl season premiere. Does this mean that he cheats on Blair? Or, even worse, that they broke up over the summer? –Fernanda
Ausiello: While it’s true that Blair catches Chuck, ahem, connecting with a model in the Sept. 14 opener, all is not as it appears.
Question: Any news on Gossip Girl? What’s in store for Serena? –Sara
Ausiello: She’ll be motherless for the first batch of episodes due to Kelly Rutherford’s maternity leave.
Question: 90210 scoop, please? –Darren
Ausiello: As you may have heard through the ‘vine, the teens at West Beverly High will be given a hot summer hangout with the C-dub bringing back the Beverly Hills Beach Club. Much like the original — which was a favorite hangout of Kelly, Brenda and Co. — the new beach-side club will feature a bevy of hot new characters. I mean, it’s not really a beach unless there’s some skin to burn, right?
Question: Is Dustin Milligan not returning to 90210 at all next season? –Becky
Ausiello: Nope. We’ll learn in the Sept. 8 season premiere (via gratuitous exposition) that Ethan decided to stay in Montana with his pa.
Question: Please tell me you have some Smallville scoop! I am spoiler-dry and need some fixins’ on season 9. –Joel
Ausiello: The “s” word is being thrown around again. No, not Superman — I’m talking about spin-off. With next season likely the show’s last, rumor has it there’s chatter around Smallville about ways to extend the franchise. Meanwhile, my buddy Mitovich over at TV Guide is reporting that Brian Austin Green traded in that series regular gig on One Tree Hill for a two-episode arc on Smallville as DC Comics baddie Metallo.
Question: That Dominic Monaghan promo decoy thing really disappointed me. Is there any chance Charlie might be coming back to Lost as well, even for a couple of episodes? –Elle
Ausiello: I can confirm what my Frenemy reported on Monday: There is interest on both sides.
Question: Do you have anything on ABC’s V reboot? –Danny
Ausiello: Someone who we were led to believe was a series regular on the show is actually just a guest star in the premiere. At least that’s the impression I was left with after watching the pilot.
Question: Got any scoop for us fangbangers about True Blood? BTW, love that Lafayette is still alive… so far. –Rebecca
Ausiello: HBO just released the official titles and loglines for TB‘s July episodes and they contain some bloody good spoilers…
July 12: “Shake and Fingerpop”
With Jessica in tow, Bill and Sookie head to Dallas to carry out Eric’s vampire-reconnaissance mission — but a surprise awaits them at the airport. At the Light of Day Institute, Jason falls victim to a practical joke, but has the last laugh when the Newlins anoint him for a higher calling. Maryann throws Tara a birthday party at Sookie’s, attracting much of Bon Temps to its Bacchanalian revelry. Sam postpones his departure from town to attend the bash, connecting with Daphne in the process. Having barely escaped Fangtasia, Lafayette (finds himself reluctantly pulled back into Eric’s orbit.
July 19: “Never Let Me Go”
In Dallas, Sookie connects with one of her own, then joins Bill and Eric for a strategic summit at the lair of the missing vampire, Godric, attended by his lieutenants, Stan and Isabel. Meanwhile, Jason shows his mettle at a Light of Day boot camp, and is rewarded for his hard work with a gift from Sarah. Rebuffed by Tara in her relocation efforts, Maryann decides to cast her spell on the staff of Merlotte’s, softening Tara up towards her new “family.” Eric shares a little-known secret about his past with Bill, and Sookie makes a decision that might solve the Godric mystery — or get her killed.
July 26: “Hard-Hearted Hannah”
Accompanied by Isabel’s human boyfriend Hugo, Sookie embarks on a dangerous mission to locate Godric. Meanwhile, Bill is shocked when a vampire from his distant, more violent past resurfaces in Dallas. In Bon Temps, Daphne presses Sam to get comfortable in his own skin(s); Hoyt continues his unlikely courtship of Jessica; Andy interrogates Lafayette about his disappearance; and Tara and Eggs take a detour while on a road trip. At the Light of Day camp, Jason faces difficult emotional and physical choices.
Question: If Chris Diamantopoulos is playing Pres. Taylor’s new Chief of Staff on 24 next season, then where does that leave Bob Gunton (a.k.a. Ethan Kanin)? –Betty
Ausiello: Don’t worry about Ethan. He fares very well in the transition.
Question: As the fall schedules are being announced, would it be possible for you to make a matrix of the shows and when they are on each night? –Danielle
Ausiello: Little busy right now with Ask Ausiello, if you hadn’t noticed.
Question: I read that they are casting for a new female CSI on CSI NY. Any info on if this is a replacement or an addition? In other words, is someone not returning in September? –Kate
Ausiello: I can tell you that it’s not a replacement for either Anna Belknap or Melina Kanakaredes. Both are officially returning next season. Not sure about the rest of the cast.
Question: Can you give us any info on whether Jane Lynch will return to Party Down for the second season? Or will she be too busy with Glee? –Veronika
Ausiello: Let’s ask Party boy Rob Thomas: “It looks unlikely that we’ll be able to use Jane as a series regular next year,” he tells me. “We are hopeful that she can guest star for us at least once, but we’re not even able to lock that down at this point.”
Question: You interviewed Zach Levi! Spill the details, buddy! What can we expect from season 3 of Chuck? –Mena
Ausiello: Our little Ausiello TV sit-down is coming to an embedded video player near you very soon. Here’s another scoop to tide you over: Based on our convo, I am 99 percent certain The Orange Orange will morph into a Subway next season.
Question: What’s up with Ugly Betty next season? Maybe you can get some scoop from Becki Newton when you hang with her at Michael Urie’s play. –Kelcy
Ausiello: Unfortunately, Becki didn’t put out. [Beat] Any scoop. [Hold for laughs] Actually, that’s not true: She confirmed that both she and Michael have received their formal pickup letters from ABC, which means Amanda and Marc will be back next season. Oh, and here’s something else: You’ll never guess who was sitting next to us at the theater — Ed Norton! At least we thought it was Ed Norton. Turns out it was just some dude who looked like Ed Norton. Bottom line: Go see The Temperamentals — you never know what celeb look-alike you’ll see in the audience! (It’s also a really good play!)
Question: Got anything on the upcoming season of Ugly Betty? –Mei
Ausiello: This just in: Producers are adding a twentysomething African-American actress in a major recurring role, which makes me to wonder if Wilhelmina’s daughter is about to get an extreme makeover.
Question: There have been rumors that Danneel Harris is returning as Rachel on One Tree Hill in the season 7. Is this true? –Cameron
Ausiello: The rumors are true. Rachel will be back next season for an arc.
Question: Any idea what actress is slated to play the role of Haley’s sister Quinn on One Tree Hill? –Lila
Ausiello: According to this highly reputable journalist, relative newcomer Shantel VanSanten has landed the role.
That’s a wrap! Feed questions/comments/anonymous tips to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for playing! (Additional reporting by David Yi and Carrie Bell)
Dustin Milligan was conspicuously missing from Saturday’s 90210 event at PaleyFest ’09, but the actor — who was recently handed his walking papers — was on the forefront of his co-stars’ minds.
“I’m going to miss him terribly,” confessed Milligan’s leading lady, Shenae Grimes. “He is an amazing guy and an amazing actor. We would bounce ideas off each other and we could be straight up with each other. We could be like, ‘Chill with the mouth thing.’ It was nice to have that on-set camaraderie. But we will keep in touch.”
Ryan Eggold, who only just learned of Milligan’s exit, echoed those
sentiments. “It will be a bummer not to see him on set,” he said. “It’s
sad, but that stuff happerns. Shows end, they go in different
directions… I was loving doing Dirt and then the writers strike
buried us and we all got let go. You just have to accept that this will
happen from time to time. TV is a cruel mistress.”
Adding potential insult to injury for Milligan is the fact that
Milligan’s character may not even get a proper send-off; Grimes
confirms that the season’s final episodes fail to provide closure for
Ethan. “I don’t know exactly how they will explain it [next season].”
However, Milligan’s pseudo-replacement, Matt Lanter, hints that his
bad-boy alter ego will start to bring out Ethan’s dark side as
the season winds down. “[Liam] is going to start influencing the other
kids — specifically Ethan — and not in a good way,” he revealed. “We
have a Habitat for Humanity episode [coming up] and I take Ethan on a camping trip
and Liam gets Ethan into some trouble.”
(Additional reporting by Carrie Bell)
90210‘s new boss lady, Rebecca Rand Kirshner Sinclair, recently told me that the soap’s second season would be "significantly" different than the first, and, man, she wasn’t kidding.
Sources confirm to me exclusively that Dustin Milligan, who plays affable jock (and one half of 90210‘s central super couple) Ethan, won’t be returning to the show in the fall — at least not full time.
Reps for The CW and producer Paramount declined comment, but a 90210 insider confirms that Milligan’s contract option is not being picked up for next season. The source adds that the door is being left open for the actor to briefly appear in the fall to wrap up Ethan’s story.
All indications are that Milligan’s exit was strictly a creative decision. "Everyone loves Dustin," maintains the insider. "There was just a feeling that the character had run its course." (Curiously, the news comes just days after Milligan’s newbie co-star,
Matt Lanter — a.k.a. bad boy Liam — confirmed that he was being promoted to a series regular next season.)
The departure of one the show’s most high profile leading men is the clearest indication yet that Sinclair’s ongoing reboot of the reboot will be anything but minor. Viewers will get their first taste of the Gilmore Girl alum’s new vision when 90210 returns from its winter hiatus this Tuesday with a hilariously campy outing that features the primetime soap trifecta: stalkers, street-racing, and scenery-chewing!
Looking ahead to season 2, Sinclair said last month that she wants to "reconceive things visually. There are opportunities to embrace California culture visually in terms of fashion and style; I want it to be more contemporary.
"If Gossip Girl is about youth in New York," she elaborated, "I want to [make 90210] about youth in L.A. and Beverly Hills."
The writer-producer also plans to rely less on 90210 vets such as Jennie Garth, Shannen Doherty, and Tori Spelling to boost ratings. "The show tried to be a lot of things to a lot of people in its first season," she conceded. "I think the center lies with the generation of kids that are in high school now. I’m not interested in casting people for stunt value."
Sinclair, who replaces original show-runners Jeff Judah and Gabe Sachs, said the show will benefit from having a singular vision. "The advantage of having one person — me — [in charge] is that scripts, what happens on the set, casting… it all speaks in one voice."
Thoughts on Sinclair’s new 90210? Waiting to pass judgment until you see this season’s remaining episodes? Is the loss of cute-but-boring Ethan a step in the right or wrong direction? Sound off below!
I’d love to say I hate to say “I told you so,” but who are we kidding? I love to (and I think perversely, you kinda like it when I do, too). And back in November I told you that by the end of 90210 V. 2.0′s freshman year Tori Spelling would likely be back among the fold as former virgin Donna Martin. Now, a show rep confirms that Spelling is in “final negotiations” to return for multiple episodes, adding that her deal could close as early as today.
Reportedly, a big point of contention for Spelling, who’s currently in Vancouver shooting her big Smallville return, was the threat of crossing paths again with sworn frenemy Shannen Doherty. But since the artist formerly known as Brenda Walsh has wrapped for the season, the set will be a Shan-free zone when La Spelling reports for duty on the last few eps.
So whad’ya think, folks? Are you psyched that Donna will once again be walking the halls of West Beverly High? Or are you just bummed that David Silver (the notorious BAG) won’t be joining her? Sound off below! (Additional reporting by Andy Patrick)
Color me gobsmacked: Tori Spelling is appearing on a CW show, and it’s not 90210. At least not yet anyway. (More on that in a sec.)
Sources confirm to me exclusively that Spelling has finalized a deal to return to Smallville as The Daily Planet‘s incredibly liquefying gossip columnist Linda Lake. The camptastic character, first introduced in a Jan. ’07 episode, is unique among Smallville‘s long line of villains in one very significant way: She knows Clark’s secret.
Now for the other piece of this story: My Peach Pit mole confirms that after numerous false starts, Spelling is once again engaged in “preliminary talks” to reprise her role as everyone’s favorite ex-virgin, Donna Martin, on 90210: New Flavor.
As you’ll recall, Aaron’s little girl was all set to head back to her former zip code earlier in the season, but she backed out in an alleged dispute over moolah. Or was it because she just had a baby? Depends who you ask!
If the 90210 deal materializes, and that’s still a big if, I’m told Spelling would likely show up in the spring. Her one-episode Smallville return, meanwhile, is set in stone for early ’09.
What say you, Smallville fans? Excited to see Clark’s liquid nightmare back? Are you, like me, hoping it’s a precursor to a 90210 return later in the season? The comments section awaits your feedback!
It looks like 90210‘s martini-swilling granny may be headed for another stint in rehab. Sources confirm to me exclusively that Jessica Walter has been dropped as a series regular.
That’s the bad news.
The good news is that the MVP won’t be leaving the show. Not yet, anyway.
A 90210 insider says while it’s true that Walter’s contract option was not picked up for the second half of the season, the Arrested Development grande dame has agreed to appear on a recurring basis, her schedule permitting.
“Fans have not seen the last of Tabitha,” assures executive producer Gabe Sachs. “We love Jessica.”
According to my moles, the decision to take Walter off contract was made purely for financial reasons. As the show continues to evolve, it didn’t make sense to, as one 90210 insider puts it, “pay her all that money to utter two funny lines an episode.”
Instead, 90210 will continue to invest in headline-grabbing vets like Shannen Doherty, as well as characters that drive story, such as Jessica Lowndes’ Adrianna (who was just made a series regular).
Ironically, Walter’s status change comes as 90210 is about to morph into a show more worthy of her considerable talents. Upcoming episodes under its new exec producer, Gilmore Girls vet Rebecca Kirshner, have been a “vast improvement,” raves a setsider. “The writing is sharper and the characters much more interesting.”
And with all the dough they’ll save on faux vodka — not to mention what already has to be a minuscule craft-services budget — maybe now they’ll be able to afford Luke Perry!
Thoughts? I know you have ‘em. So share ‘em. Below. Now.
Jason Priestley returns…and he’s not alone!
Beverly Hills’ original sideburned heartthrob is back! Sort of.
Jason Priestley has agreed to do an episode of The CW’s 90210 later this season, but you won’t see him — he’ll be behind the camera, working as a director. Sources confirm to me exclusively that Priestley will helm this season’s 18th episode, which is slated to air this spring.
Meanwhile, a 90210 insider also reveals that Priestley’s TV sis, Shannen Doherty, is nearing a deal to return for two more episodes later this season. Executive producer Gabe Sachs would only confirm that she’s “in talks,” but my 90210 spy insists “she’s coming back. The deal isn’t officially done, but it’s happening.”
Might one of Doherty’s two episodes be the Priestley-directed installment? Sachs says that’s TBD. “I think it would be a kick for Jason to work with any of his [former 90210 costars], and it would also add something special to that episode,” he says. “But we don’t know whether that will happen yet.”
A more likely scenario has Priestley bossing around his other leading lady, Jennie Garth, who’s back for at least six episodes — despite what the actress herself told me at EW’s pre-Emmy party last month. “That was a misunderstanding,” whispers a source.
For more on Priestley and Doherty’s comebacks, and to get the latest on efforts to lure Luke Perry and Tori Spelling back to the fold, pick up the new issue of EW, on sale this Friday. In the meantime, weigh in with your reaction to what’s shaping up to be quite the 90210 veteran logjam later this season.
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Sound bites from last night’s episode
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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