Friday, March 21, 2008

9021....Oh look, another Spin-off

If you grew up in the 90's I'm sure you'll remember this. The show about rich kids living in that prestigious zip code. Who could forget the ever-popular Dylan/Kelly/Brenda love triangle or the on again/off again relationship of David and Donna (who did marry each other in the series finale)? For those who didn't watch the show, here was the basic premise: The Walsh family (Parents Jim and Cindy and kids Brandon and his twin sister Brenda) move from Minnesota to Beverly Hills. I personally thought the show should have ended when the last of the Walsh family left good ol' 90210.

Now, it appears that 90210 is getting a full make-over, so to speak.

Spin-Offs and remakes are really nothing new. Popular shows from before such as Laverne and Shirley (Happy Days), The Jeffersons, (All in the Family), and The Ropers (Three's Company) were all spin-offs. There are now several versions of CSI. Law & Order has two successful spin-offs (I don't count Trial by Jury as part of the L&O franchise). But lately, there has been a resugance in spin-offs and remakes. There is a new Knight Rider series, where the new driver of K.I.T.T. is Michael Knight's son. David Hasselhoff even appears in the pilot episode Sadly, the distinguished voice for K.I.T.T. will not be William Daniels from the original series. Val Kilmer is the new K.I.T.T. The Office is based off the original UK version. There's also the Bionic Woman and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

There are big screen versions of Get Smart and Speed Racer that are set for release sometime later this year. Slated for June of 2009 is The A-Team movie. However, there is no cast at this time. John Singleton (Four Brothers) is set to direct.

So I guess if Rob Thomas (of Veronica Mars fame) and the CW want to give 90210 plastic surgery, more power to them. My only question is will the kids look like they are high school students or will the halls of West Beverly High be filled with twenty-somethings? (Gabrielle Carteris was 29 at the start of the original 90210)


Whitney A. said...

I was more into Saved by the Bell. It was a little more light hearted than some of the stuff on 90210.

Sam said...

Geeze, where are all the original ideas?

R.J. Mangahas said...

Whitney - Kind of funny how the actors from the shows appeared on the other ones. Tori Spelling was on a few episodes of Bell while Tiffani-Amber Thiessen moved in as the new resident bad-girl on 90210.

Sam - I guess there's only so many story lines out there.

davethemysteryguy said...

I hear that there's also a G.I. Joe live action coming in 2009.

R.J. Mangahas said...

Dave - I guess the appropriate response would be: YO JOE!