There's a lot of chatter today about this Entertainment Weekly item that Shannen Doherty is in talks to join the new 90210, reprising her role as Brenda Walsh and theoretically joining Jennie Garth as the second original cast member to appear in the show's new generation.
The deal is far from done: Doherty has reportedly told the show's producers that she's interested, but 1) she wants to know what the story is first, and 2) she wants more money. There's also the little issue that she and Garth weren't exactly BFF back in the day, but Garth told Michael Ausiello that "A lot of time has passed, and I'm a big girl. I'd have no problem with her coming on the show." But it's interesting to contemplate: How would 90210 work Brenda into the story? And would you want to see it?
Also, is anyone else starting to think that all this focus on the old 90210 is the wrong tactic for promoting the new show? They've got Garth. They've got Jason Priestly directing a few episodes. They might have Doherty. They even have the Peach Pit. So what's going to make this 90210 different or worth watching? Will it all just feel like a rehash of the original, but with older cast members at (let's face it) worse times in their careers? I hope we get some signs of the new show's personality soon.