(FROM VARIETY) ? Although The CW hasn’t even greenlit the show yet, details have started to leak out on a new spin-off series based on Beverly Hills 90210, which is being written by Rob Thomas, creator of Veronica Mars. According to Variety, reports on casting breakdowns and TVTracker.com show that the new version will focus on the Mills family of Beverly Hills. Tabitha Mills, the matriarch, is a 60-something actress/alchoholic who was a major star in the 1970s. After her last stint in rehab, she is trying to live on her own at her Beverly Hills estate. Tabitha’s son Harrison ”Harry” Mills, a 1980s graduate of Beverly Hills High, moves back home after years in St. Louis to be with his mom. He brings along his wife, Celia, an Olympic athlete, who winds up working as a personal trainer, and their two 16-year-olds: Daughter Annie and adopted son Dixon. Annie is a theater kid desperate to fit in with the cool crowd, while Dixon is a smart bad boy who with social and behavioral issues. The breakdowns reportedly show that producers are open to all ethnicities for Dixon, making it possible that he’ll be played by a non-white actor.
Other characters listed by Variety include: Silver, aka Daphne Silver, a wannabe socialite who hosts her own YouTube series; Max Silver, Daphne’s 24-year-old brother, a working man who manages the family movie theater; Navid Shirazi, who produces the high school’s student-run video newscast; Ethan Ward, a jock who falls out of favor with the A-list crowd and ends up hanging with the ”90210” crew; and Naomi Bennett, Ethan’s super-hot, ultra-rich ex-girlfriend. (Variety)