Apparently two former teen sensations are reuniting for a
Sadly, the former teen sensations haven’t been popular since
the early 1990s.
Yes, it seems Jennie Garth and Luke Perry – Kelly and Dylan
from ‘Beverly Hills 90210,’ respectively – have decided they’re going to put
their considerable clout (that’s called sarcasm) together in a sitcom.
Yeah, that sound you just heard was the collective sigh of
everyone in their 30s.
It’s a little sad when former teen heartthrobs struggle to
regain the popularity they lost decades ago – but this rings particularly
pathetic to me.
First of all, I was never a Kelly and Dylan fan. Sue me. I
was a Brenda and Dylan and Kelly and Brandon fan. I found both of those
pairings infinitely more interesting.
And, yes, I was very into ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ back in the
day. The kids were meant to be exactly my age. I even graduated from high
school (and college) at the same time they did.
Still, it’s not like any of the actors involved with ‘Beverly
Hills 90210’ were exactly gifted – Hillary Swank notwithstanding.
In the years since ‘Beverly Hills 90210’ went off the air
none of the cast has really had an easy time getting roles.
Ironically, this isn’t the first time Garth has reunited
with her former co-stars. She had Perry and Jason Priestley guest star on her
dismal ‘What I Like About You’ – and recently the trio reunited for an Old Navy
ad that was uncomfortably cheesy.
It just seems a little desperate to me.
Garth is going through a divorce right now – and she
probably feels she needs to strike while she is still relatively young. Still,
you don’t distance yourself from an iconic role by constantly reuniting – in gimmick
form no less – with your former co-stars.
This move seems likely to fail – and it reminds me of the brothers
Corey (Feldman and Haim) constantly doing B-movies together to try and reclaim
the fame they had when they were teenagers. At least Garth isn’t going around
trying to sell her teeth for money – like Haim was towards the end of his life.
I understand that Garth wants to keep acting – but unless
she breaks from the ‘Beverly Hills 90210’ brand (and stars) she’s never going
to climb out of this career hole.
Does anyone honestly think this is going to be a hit?