I have been a fan of both Beverly Hills, 90210 and the remake 90210. The original series made it through ten seasons, which is such a huge accomplishment in the world of TV. While the remake hasn't been nearly as popular as the original show, the plots, characters, and fashion is amazing! I personally love 90210 and am very proud that the show has made it to 5 seasons and reached the milestone of 100 episodes on December 3, 2012. However, there is much speculation that the show might be reaching its end very soon.
This past weekend, Mark Pedowitz, President of the CW network, was interviewed at the Television Critics Association press tour. When asked about 90210, this is what he had to say:
"I’m a big believer in giving fans, as you can tell by what we did for One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl, of giving fans a very satisfactory conclusion between a retrospective and a satisfactory ending. It's something that we as a television industry need to do."
I completely agree with that statement in general. I love that the CW endeavors to give fans a good ending to a show. That is something that I wish other networks would do, particularly FOX. The show Reunion (2006) just ended with a huge cliffhanger! And Terra Nova did the exact same thing. So I must give the CW credit for pleasing their fans. But I am sad that his statement was in connection with 90210. And I am not alone.
Since this statement was made, people have been blowing up fan sites with rumors that season 5 will be the final season, or that there will be a short 6th season. And the majority of people are not happy with this! Gossip Girl ended with a short 6th season, which was good because there was not much more to be done with the characters. It seemed to be the same story line again and again. But with 90210, there is so much more to be explored with the characters!
I think there are a few problems with the show that could easily be fixed. So Lara Olsen and Patti Car (executive producers), listen up!
The first problem is the drama. The show's ratings were highest in the second season when there was so much drama between the main characters. Although it is nice as a long time fan to see everyone getting along, I think that if there were drama among the main characters again, then the show would be much more entertaining. Those intense moments between Annie and Naomi (seasons 1 and 2), Silver and Adriana (seasons 3 and 4) and Navid and Teddy (season 2), those moments are the memorable ones. So bring back the backstabbing- at least for a little while.
Another problem is the fast pace of the show. The past two seasons have been very fast paced regards story lines, which makes it a little unrealistic. Rebecca Sinclair (former executive producer) did a fantastic job with making the pace realistic. The way that the characters fall in and out of love so fast is not something that I enjoy. It is fun to watch someone fall in love, and then also to see their heartbreak at a realistic, relatable pace.
One aspect that I have really enjoyed with this current season is the recycling of old characters. In the season 5 premiere, Debby (played by Lori Loughlin) made a very necessary return. In the episode "902-100", Jasper (played by Zachary Ray Sherman) and Emily (played by Abbie Cobb) returned. It was exciting to see what these characters have been up to since their departures. And everyone is looking forward to the return of Ty Collins (played by Adam Gregory) later this month. All of the fans like seeing the old characters, so keep up the good work in that regard. My suggestion is to try to bring back characters from the original series again. In the first season Tori Spelling, Shannen Doherty, and Jennie Garth all returned. Bring them back again for another episode or two, along with the other original cast members like Ian Ziering, Brian Austin Green, and Gabrielle Carteris.
Other than that, my only suggestion is to bring Sean Faris on as a regular cast member. I can see him being a good love interest for Naomi, because honestly, I don't like her with anyone on the show at this point. And also bring Grey Damon on the show. I think he would be good. And they are both actors who have been on other CW shows, so I'm sure it would work out well.
Let me know what you guys think in the comments section below. And don't forget to take the poll to the right. If you don't watch 90210, then check it out this Monday at 9:00 p.m. on the CW.