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Should TV Series Reboots Bring Back Original Characters?

If nostalgia for Donna, Kelly, and the rest was what got you to tune into the CW's 90210 remake last Fall, you might be keeping the show on your schedule for a while longer: Jennie Garth will be back on the show in season two for at least several episodes. And she's not the only '90s character set to appear on CW shows this Fall: over on the network's Melrose Place reboot, Daphne Zuniga has agreed to guest-star on the show, alongside Laura Leighton, Thomas Calabro, and Josie Bissett.

But after 90210's rocky first season, I'm wondering if Melrose is relying too heavily on its old cast members to build buzz. Before 90210 premiered last Fall, many of you said you were much more excited for the old cast than the new, and I'm not sure if the new characters ever generated the kind of excitement that a Tori Spelling or Shannen Doherty cameo could bring.

Do you think it's wise for these shows to get old cast members on board at the start? Or does it just take attention away from the new cast members and storylines that will have to hold our interest going forward?

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juliarose23 juliarose23 8 years
seeing as its all about the money, the more people these networks can get to watch the better.
Zivanod Zivanod 8 years
Only if having old cast members on the show made sense. Seeing how 90210 is about a high school then having the original cast on makes no sense. One became a counsellor there fine but how many people do you know who frequent their old high school?
blondie829 blondie829 8 years
only if the shows completely focus on the old characters.
Briandiesel Briandiesel 8 years
I think the idea of bringing back a show and keeping the original name would really have made me mad if none of the original characters were back on. If Jennie Garth had not been on the show this go-round, I wouldn't be watching it at all.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well i have to say that it's the ONLY reason why i bother to tune in to some of the shows. having jennie in the show was really the saving grace for me and the episodes that i tuned in for were the ones with shannon and tori...
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
yes and they should make the shows about the old characters.
LadyLiLa83 LadyLiLa83 8 years
I don't do remakes...
cg130 cg130 8 years
I don't really care either way...
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