Friday, March 14, 2008

9021 Oh No!

The CW is apparently working with Rob Thomas (creator of Veronica Mars) to put together a 90210 spin-off. 90210 was kind of groundbreaking in its 10-year-run because until that point no one had followed the lives of rich, young people in urban settings. It's been 8 years since the show ended, and since then everyone has jumped in the "Let's dish about angsty well-off teenagers" bandwagon...err Mercedes.

Let's make a short list:
- Rich Girls - Gastineau Girls - Keeping Up With The Kardashians - The OC - My Super Sweet 16 - Gossip Girl - Dawson's Creek - One Tree Hill

Yes, a fair number of those shows are reality but the song remains the same. Will a 90210 spin-off sink or swim in a sea full of imitators? I don't think the show has a fighting chance unless Rob Thomas can make it more compelling than the original without crossing the line between fantasy and batshit nuts. No drunk driving story lines, no battles with ecstasy or meth or whatever the young people are doing these days, no comas. I want character driven drama, and luckily Rob Thomas can pull it off.

And another thing: As of yet none of the original cast is planning on coming back for the spin-off and neither is Darren Star who created the original and the first spin-off Melrose Place. So no one is coming back, its been 8 years and the show may not even take place in California. What exactly makes this a spin-off? Is the main character someone's kid? I think there's a statue of limitations on this type of thing and I'm putting it at 3 years.

Alert the media.