The upcoming revival of “Beverly Hills 90210” is proving to have just as much drama behind-the-scenes as there often is on the show.
Variety reports that showrunner Patrick Sean Smith and several senior writers have quit the six-episode series titled “BH90210” and while the exact reasoning is unclear, there’s been suggestions by their sources of numerous problems from executive oversight to interference from two leading actresses.
In any case, Paul Sciarrotta has been named the new showrunner along with series creators Chris Alberghini and Mike Chessler. Sciarrotta is currently under an overall deal with CBS Television Studios which is producing the series.
“BH90210” sees original series cast members Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green, and Tori Spelling all returning as heightened versions of themselves trying to get a show reboot off the ground.
FOX’s trailer for the revival earlier this week was easily the most watched of the new network trailers with more than 18 million views across multiple platforms within two days.
The only original star not returning is the late Luke Perry who was starring on “Riverdale” before he passed back in March. The absence of Perry’s character in the final few episodes of the series wasn’t explained but is said to be addressed at the start of the show’s fourth season in the Fall.
“BH90210” premieres August 7th.