90210 debut SCORES in ratings and my REACTION to it!
Last nights highly hyped 90210 pulled in a very solid 4.9 million viewers for the CW and set a new record in the adult demo for the network (for a scripted program). The fledgling CW has a lot riding on its success or failure and it needs the show to do well as its long term future is shaky at best. While the program itself was not screened in advance for critics, most reviews the morning after called it a serviceable, if not tame, update of the original series which was a big hit in the 90’s. I would tend to agree. This two hour pilot was certainly watchable and had its moments if you’re into this type of show.
I thought the adult characters were fairly well cast with Rob Estes, Lori Loughlin, Jennie Garth and Jessica Walter giving the proceedings a solid presence. Shannon Dougherty’s appearance playing Brenda Walsh once again was somewhat brief and unspectacular. I still believe producers made a big mistake not spending the money Shannon’s being paid on putting Tori Spelling back into the zip code. While many poke fun at Tori Spelling just for being Tori Spelling, her Donna Martin character was the heart of the original series and her presence here would have gone to better use. As for the new cast of young teen characters, I would say the majority were fairly bland with one exception: the show’s lead, 18-year-old actress Shenae Grimes who plays Annie. She is solid as the center of this new universe. I was a big fan of the original and, while I didn’t really feel this new interpretation had the same feel and overall chemistry at least so far, I’m willing to watch some more as I think it has potential to get better as it goes on. I’ll give this premiere episode 5 out of 10.
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