’90210′ set for chopping block after 5-year run
LOS ANGELES – It is hard to imagine a television season without a “90210″ rerun or spin-off on the air. But the CW network announced Thursday that the popular YA themed show “90210″ has been cancelled and will wrap in May after five seasons. The fourth series in the “Beverly Hills, 90210″ franchise created by Darren Star in 1990, a franchise which television viewers either loved, or loved to hate, has become a television programming fixture for many pre-teens and young adults.
“My nieces are sad to see it go,” says Bill Davis of Los Angeles. “I would watch it with them and explain life-lessons like my parents used to do with ‘after-school specials.’”
“90210″ revolves around several students at the fictional West Beverly Hills High School, including new Beverly Hills residents Annie Wilson and Dixon Wilson.
Their father, Harry Wilson, has returned from Kansas to his Beverly Hills childhood home with his family to care for his mother, former television and theater actress Tabitha Wilson, who has a drinking problem and clashes with his wife Debbie. Annie and Dixon struggle to adjust to their new lives while making friends and yet adhering to their parents’ wishes.
During its first two seasons, “90210″ featured cast members from the original series, including Jennie Garth, Shannen Doherty, Tori Spelling, Ann Gillespie, and Joe E. Tata.
The CW says seven episodes are left to air, with the finale set for 9 p.m. Monday, May 13.
Network President Mark Pedowitz says CW is proud of the “West Beverly High alumni.”