Tori Spelling Ditches '90210'
Tori Spelling Ditches '90210'
Glenn Diaz
Glenn Diaz
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
A happy reunion at the zip code? Doesn't look like it.

Towards the end of May, it was reported that Tori Spelling has become the latest star to join the cast of the 90210 spin-off to reprise their roles from the original series.  Created by her father Aaron Spelling, Beverly Hills 90210 was an iconic '90s show, that saw Spelling's character Donna marrying her sweetheart David Silver, played by Brian Austin Green when the show bade farewell in 2000.

Spelling even excitedly told People, "Donna loved designing and wanted a career in fashion. It'll be fun to explore that storyline.  And I'm sure fans will be dying to know if she's still married to David!  It's going to be so fun to work with Jennie [Garth] again and see where Donna is today. When they say you can't go home again, it's not true. I'm headed back to the zip code I know best and couldn't be happier!”

As Spelling was set to reprise her role on 90210, she found out that her fellow cast members Jennie Garth and Shannen Doherty will be earning around two to three times more than her per episode, prompting her to rethink her decision.  While Spelling was allegedly promised $10-20,000 per episode, Garth and Doherty will reportedly get $35-50,000.  Understandably, as the actresses get the same billing, Spelling demanded that she get equal pay, which the network refused.  Out of options, Spelling bailed out of the series, despite her giddy anticipation.

The question, then, is will 90210 be as nostalgic and complete without Spelling?  She, after all, shares the honor of appearing in the most number of episodes on the show, with Jennie Garth.  When the spin-off returns, Spelling's character Donna was supposed to own a boutique in Beverly Hills.

The “edgy, contemporary spin-off” to 90210 is to premiere on September 2nd with a two-hour special on the CW.

-Glenn L. Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
(Image Courtesy of The CW)

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