90210, New and Improved?

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008 — 9:09pm PST
Comments 8

I don’t usually watch much prime time television (and I’m still saving myself for the new season of Rescue Me) however growing up in the 90s I was obviously curious about the new 90210 so I have compiled some notes below.

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– The morning news reporter at the high school has the hyphenated last name of Zuckerman, I can only assume that’s Andrea’s daughter.

– “Aunt Becky” Katsopolis is the new Cindy Walsh.

– “Silver” is Erin Silver, the half sister of Kelly Taylor and Brian Silver whose mother and father had a child in the original series.

– “How many times are we going to talk about this blog of yours? All it does is cause problems,” says Kelly to her little half sister. “That is what a blog is supposed to do,” the edgy Silver replies.

Here are some thoughts from around the blogopshere and Twitter this evening:

John Bollwitt (from across the room): They’ve managed to cram the entire soundtrack of every OC episode in the first 10 minutes of the show.

@TheMarina “OMG! Everything happens so fast in Beverly Hills! I’ve almost had enough”

@nissarose: “The teacher in 90210 is kinda hot. Now I like the teachers, I’m old!”

@Bullevard73: “90210 is more consequential than the Republican convention”

@TheMarina: “”Real people” = surfers. How Beverly Hills”

@robotangel: “90210 next gen- this time around they chose 20 year olds instead of 30s — but clearly made them lose 30 lbs”

With drug problems, cheating boyfriends, sex in cars, musicals, midday alcohol, and illegitimate love children revealed, 90210 sure has packed a punch in the first hour of episode one. In hour two (which is actually week two) you can stay tuned for more campy drama and video blog posts that include popsicle stick figures.

Hour two notes:

– After Naomi brags to her friends about slapping her cheating boyfriend one remarks, “you should SO write a relationship blog.”

– Brenda makes an appearance.

– Annie is played by Shenae Grimes of Degrassi: The Next Generation. [Dose]

– The LA Times talks about the use of personal technology in the show.

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  1. Air says:

    I could do without the car-sex right in front of the school. I don’t really like my kids to see that (my own kids, and my students) It’s not real-life. Or is it? I don’t think so.

    The music is great. I wonder if the soundtrack is on iTunes yet???

  2. Miss604 says:

    The music is one thing I did like about the OC although I only saw a few episodes. Many independent artists were able to get exposure thanks to Adam Brody and his love of Death Cab for Cutie and the like.

  3. Marina says:

    It wasn’t quite as bad as I thought it would be but overall, it was disappointing. I had hoped to see more of Brenda and the fact that she had all of 2 short scenes was disappointing. Lots of drama, drugs, sex, relationships – all in the first 2 hours. It’s more like a poor man’s The O.C. than anything else. Not sure I’ll tune in next week. We’ll see how well it settles.

  4. Jennifer says:

    I watched it. I think the male teachers are hotter than the students now. I think that means I’m getting old.

  5. Paige says:

    Show was… entertaining but weak. Like every possible high school drama cliche wrapped up in one badly-styled package. And the music, yes good but utterly predictable hits. All songs which were in their prime months ago–at least the OC introduced us to new artists instead of just repeating what appeared in season one of Gossip Girl or was heard last month on The Hills…

  6. Rob says:

    I just don’t get what motivated this comeback. I mean, I’m as interested as anyone to see whatever became of Brenda and Kelly, and the obligatory comeback of Dylan (which is bound to happen – Luke Perry can’t sponge off of his half-brother Krusty the Clown forever…). I was a regular viewer of the original show when I was in university, possibly to my shame as a man. But, what with the OC, Gossip Girl, and the Hills, I’m not sure how far this thing is going to fly. Maybe they’re counting on Gen-X nostalgia? I don’t know. I missed the show (so thanks for everyone els’s views and for this post, Lady604). I had to bathe my daughter and put her to bed when this thing was on. How’s that for demographical info?

  7. @ air, car sex right in front of school happens more often than you think, well actually just mainly oral sex. Was it needed in the first few minutes of the show, I don’t think so, its just to push boundaries that’s all.

  8. kim says:

    90210 scared me the first time around- I mostly just found myself wanting to punch half of the characters. I didn’t understand the hype back then and am completely baffled by it now.

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