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Jaimie Trueblood

8-9 PM · The CW · Debuted Sept. 2

The sideburns are gone. The Peach Pit is shuttered. And those Walsh parents — who knows where they’ve taken their G-rated life lessons? 90210 undeniably has some powerful lineage. Taking an iconic show of yesteryear and making it relevant to young viewers in 2008, while also paying homage to the past and the now thirtysomething fans who made it so popular the first time around, is not going to be easy. Especially when you lose your showrunner before filming even begins. Especially when major script revisions cause episodes to be filmed out of order. Especially when some of the famous former faces returning to the show used to engage in on-set screaming matches (we’re looking at you Jennie Garth and Shannen Doherty). Welcome to the new 90210, where drama is, once again, never in short supply.

At the center of the storm are not the Walshes, but rather the Wilsons, who move to Beverly Hills from Kansas City after dad Harry (Rob Estes) scores the job of principal of West Beverly — all the better to look after his gin-swilling former-actress mom, Tabitha (Arrested Development‘s Jessica Walter). Along for the ride are Harry’s photographer wife, Debbie (Summerland‘s Lori Loughlin), all-American daughter Annie (Degrassi: The Next Generation‘s Shenae Grimes, who won the role after Hilary Duff turned it down), and adopted son from the wrong side of the tracks Dixon (The Wire‘s Tristan Wilds). Within the zip, they meet a familiar cast of archetypes — rich bitch Naomi (Nip/Tuck‘s AnnaLynne McCord), heartthrob jock Ethan (Dustin Milligan), wild child Silver (Reaper‘s Jessica Stroup), and cub reporter Navid (Michael Steger), who prove to Annie that she isn’t any Kansas any more.

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