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No Tori Spelling for the new 90210?

by Kona Gallagher, posted Aug 11th 2008 5:20PM
tori spellingThe CW's new version of 90210 isn't premiering until next month, but there's already behind-the-scenes drama. The new series, which is said to basically be the CW's last chance of survival, has been a hot topic since it was announced back in March. Soon after news of the spinoff broke, came the chatter of original cast members coming back to Beverly Hills High. However, one previously confirmed cast member may not be making it back for the reunion. Tori Spelling is said to have dropped out of the production.

Spelling was originally slated to reprise her role as Donna Martin (who is now a boutique owner) in the pilot but dropped out, ostensibly because she was giving birth to her second child. Now, despite publicly saying that she would probably appear later in the season, Spelling looks to be completely out. According to sources, it's not diaper duty that's keeping her away, it's cold hard cash.

Unsurprisingly, Spelling's problems can be traced directly back to original 90210 troublemaker Shannen Doherty (okay, and Jennie Garth). Apparently, producers lured Spelling back at a rate of $10,000-$20,000 per episode. However, it took more in the neighborhood of $35,000-$50,000 per ep to secure Doherty and Garth. Once Spelling found out about this, she demanded parity..but apparently didn't get it.

Spelling's point of view makes sense to me. She has the highest-rated show on Oxygen right now and is a best-selling author. This, at the very least, puts her more in the public eye than say, Shannen Doherty and her role in ABC Family's The Christmas Caper. Of course, there's a very good chance that the CW is using this dispute purely as a ratings grab, as there is talk of Spelling actually being brought in for November sweeps.

I didn't watch the original 90210 very often, so news of a new version did nothing for me. However, the addition of original cast members makes it into something I want to check out. I'd like to see how they meld the stories of the original crew with the new kids. I was especially excited to hear that Doherty was coming back, since she was fired from the original and her character was never heard from again, but I like Spelling. I watch her show sometimes, and like a lot of people, I find myself rooting for her. CW should be doing everything they can to get her back on, because frankly, they need all the help they can get.

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strickslady

Her Dad created the show! She should be paid way more than the others especially Shannon D.

August 28 2008 at 2:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Katie

Tori should be given equal pay - the show ended centered around her character's wedding, that's tells you how popular she was.

Sign this petition by a fan for Tori to get equal pay & be treated fairly, not discrimated against BECAUSE of who she is.
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/equal_pay/

August 13 2008 at 5:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
yourstarla

West Beverly High.

Pathetic, aren't I? :)

August 12 2008 at 4:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lemon Lyman

And nothing of value was lost.

August 11 2008 at 10:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Anita

You know, I'm kind of glad. When announcements for the show (including guest spots) came out, Spelling wasn't anywhere in the mix (until she started talking out in the media about how she'd love to join). Since I wasn't a fan of her acting in the first 90210 I was happy they hadn't considered her, became sad when they did and am now happy again. Compared to Doherty (as an actress), Spelling isn't worth as much - regardless of D's reputation (come on, now, Jude Law - Colin Farrell anyone?). Plus, even JG has matured as an actor while Spelling stays the same. If they want to use her to narrate old school 90210 eps, go ahead, but keep her out of the new -

August 11 2008 at 9:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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