Duh-nuh-nuh-nuh, duh-nuh-nuh-nuh, chh-chh!
Admit it, after reading that simple line of nonsense, you’ve now got the iconic Beverly Hills, 90210 theme song playing in your mind, where it’s likely to remain for the next few hours. That is, if it wasn’t stuck in there already, playing on a loop, since Fox dropped the adorable new teaser for BH90210, their six-episode event series reuniting original stars Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green and Tori Spelling that’s heading our way this August.
But with this not-quite-a-reboot taking that whole concept to an extra-meta level, featuring the actors playing heightened versions of themselves getting back together to—you guessed it—mount a Beverly Hills, 90210 reboot, we’ve got some delicious art imitating life to look forward to.
“It’s elevated versions of our real selves, so it’s going to be Ian, it’s going to be Brian, it’s gonna be Jason,” Ziering explained to E! News at Fox’s Upfront presentation on Monday. “And there’s gonna be hints of some of the things that occur in our real lives, but they’ll be exaggerated. The stakes’ll rise, the tensions will permeate through different storylines. We’ll bring together a lot of comedy, some drama, in a way that really it’s more assisted reality, heightened reality than a complete reboot. But it’s going to be us coming together to get the show back on the air.”
For Spelling, who’s celebrating a birthday on May 16, that means letting it all hang out. “It’s something that the press is fascinated with, so we’ll definitely be doing the whole financials of it all, because I know that’s something that the press loves to post stories about,” she told Entertainment Weekly recently, referencing her role as a tabloid fixture. “We’ll take a look into that.”
(One thing that remains to be seen? How the show will touch on the shocking death of Luke Perry, who passed away in March after suffering a massive stroke at the age of 52. “We thought long and hard about all of those things at every step of the way—even when Luke was with us and involved with the development of the show on some level,” Garth told EW when asked if they considered scrapping the project, announced the same day Perry suffered his stroke, and if they planned to honor him. “But I personally am just not going to comment on that.”)
So, while we count down the days until BH90210, which begins production soon, sees its stars make their grand homecoming on the Fox network, let’s take a look at everything the close-knit group of actors has endured since the seminal soap wrapped in 2000 that better make its way into the event series in some way, shape or form.
BH90210 premieres Wednesday, August 7 at 9 p.m. on Fox.