Consumers of 2019 love them some reboots, or at least they like the idea of them. Not every revival sticks. For every Twin Peaks: The Return or perhaps improbably Hawaii Five-0, there’s a Lethal Weapon or, due to unpredictable reasons, Roseanne. Now another one bites the dust: As per Deadline, BH90210, which exhumed the Aaron Spelling Fox classic, has been given the axe only one season in, and a mere few months after hitting the air.
Granted, the Beverly Hills 90210 sequel was never a traditional revival. It was a six-episode limited series, and one that swapped out the original’s teen-focused prime time soap for wink-winky self-referential comedy. Did you think Sharkando’s Ian Ziering was going to play it straight again? The original now fortysomething cast returned in bulk, save, of course, the late Luke Perry, who passed before shooting commenced.
BH90210 arrived nearly 30 years after the original program, which launched in 1990 and stuck around for 10 seasons — long enough for the Steven Sanders-approved The Flaming Lips to go from guest stars to rock gods. The revival drew from its ensemble cast’s real lives, and it even ended with our heroes’ selling a show to a major network, only for it be dramatically retooled by meddling execs.
Will that be the end of Brandon and Brenda and David and Carly, the character played by two-time Oscar-winner Hilary Swank, who was not on BH90210? Perhaps, perhaps not. Still, it is sad that the revival, unlike Donna Martin, did not graduate.
The gang at BH90210graduated from the first season of their revival on a decent note Wednesday, ticking up from last week with a preliminary 0.7 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic and 1.91 million viewers. Despite last night's gain, the series' numbers gradually declined from its series premiere, which started off strong 1.5, 3.84M.
NBC's singing competition Songland 0.8, 3.85M finished off its debut season on a good note, holding steady last night after wavering since its May launch. It was renewed this week for a second season.
The summer reality shows saw little to no change from last week in last night's primetime, with America's Got Talent 1.2, 8.44M holding steady with its live results show. In the same time slot was CBS' Big Brother 1.1, 4.55M , which dipped a tenth, and Fox's MasterChef 0.8, 3.23M, which matched last week.
NBC finished off its Wednesday lineup with Hollywood Game Night 0.5, 2.18M, which saw a boost. On the CW, Hypnotize Me 0.2, 570,000 ticked up, while the season finale of Bulletproof 0.1, 600K slipped.
Several protests have been filed challenging the validity of SAG-AFTRA's recent presidential election, in which incumbent Gabrielle Carteris handily defeated opponents including runners-up Matthew Modine and Jane Austin.
One of the challenges, filed Tuesday by Brian Hamilton, a founder of Membership First, claims that Fox’s current series BH90210 was “a not-so-subtle national commercial” for Carteris' re-election campaign. The series, which premiered August 7 — nine days after election ballots were mailed to union members — is a reboot of the original Beverly Hills, 90210 featuring cast members, now all grown up, playing fictionalized versions of their real-life selves struggling to get the reboot produced.
The election challenge notes that Carteris, one of the show's executive producers, plays the “hard-working and concerned” president of the fictionalized “Actors Guild of America.” She and the other leading characters all go by their real-life first names — not the names of the characters they played in the original show.
Carteris, however, had no say in when the show would air, and all of the show's fictitious leading characters — not just hers — were loosely based on the actors' real-life selves. “We're confident that Gabrielle and her campaign scrupulously adhered to the law,” her Unite for Strength campaign said in a statement Wednesday. “It is preposterous for Membership First to continue fabricating issues to distract from their own election violations, which have been well documented in the LA Times. Legal experts agree that Matthew Modine and Membership First have violated federal law.” Modine vehemently denied the allegation.
Election challenges are not common, but in 2002, the U.S. Department of Labor forced SAG to rerun its presidential election after it was discovered the union had sent out incorrect ballots to members in New York. Melissa Gilbert, who defeated Valerie Harper in the first race, defeated her again in the rerun.
Presidential candidate Abraham Justice also has filed a protest over last week’s election results, as have the leaders of a group called the Background Artists Coalition, which claims the exclusion of Justice and Queen Searles from participating in the August 15 town hall meeting of the top three presidential candidates violated their rights to “equal treatment.” That town hall, however, was not sponsored by SAG-AFTRA, but by an outside group called UnionWorking.
Modine, who ran at the head of the Membership First ticket, has not decided whether he will file a challenge, according to a spokesperson for his campaign. Protests must be filed with the union 14 days after an election. After internal remedies are exhausted, protesters can file their complaints with the Labor Department.
Hamilton's protest, filed with the SAG-AFTRA Elections Committee, claims Carteris “was given what amounts to a nationwide, prime time, broadcast TV ad by her employer. These episodes aired during our union's election period while thousands of members had voting ballots in their possession. This is about Gabriel Carteris receiving something of extraordinary value directly from an employer FOX which clearly gave her candidacy an unfair advantage in the election.”
The protest notes that Title IV Section g of the Labor-Management Reporting & Disclosure Act, which governs the election of union officers, states that: “No moneys of an employer shall be contributed or applied to promote the candidacy of any person in an election subject to the provisions of this title.” The protest notes that “The law prohibits both direct contributions and indirect financial support by a union or employer to a candidate for union office.”
Two clips were included in his protest coming from the first two BH90210 episodes, which feature Carteris portraying herself as president of the “Actors Guild of America”. See the clips below.
The first episode, titled “The Reunion,” aired on August 7 — nine days after election ballots were mailed to SAG-AFTRA's 145,692 members on July 29. The scene shows Carteris riding in a bus, talking on her cell phone, when she has to take an incoming call.
“Oh, I gotta go,” she says. The camera cuts to her cell phone, which says “Actors Guild of America.”
“Gabrielle, here,” she tells the caller. After listening briefly, she tells the caller: “Impartial? Of course I can be impartial. That's my duty as president of the Actors Guild of America. I gotta protect actors when they make a complaint.” She listens for a moment and then says, “Are you kidding? Who's the director?” She then sighs and slumps in exasperation. “Ahhh. I'm gonna kill him.”
The director she is talking about is Jason — played by cast member Jason Priestley — who had punched an actor on the set of another TV show.
The second episode, titled “The Pitch,” aired August 14 — the night before the town hall meeting of the top three SAG-AFTRA presidential candidates Carteris, Modine and Austin. A scene in this episode shows Jason asking Gabrielle to “pull some strings” for him with the “Actors Guild” to get him out of the jam he's gotten himself into for punching the actor.
“I don't pull strings,” Gabrielle tells him. “But I do set up mediations.”
All this, Hamilton wrote in his challenge, “describes evidence of violations of the election provisions of the SAG-AFTRA Constitution, the Union's election rules, and of Title IV federal guidelines established by Congress for labor union elections.”
On July 15, prior to ballots being mailed, the SAG-AFTRA National Election Committee issued a statement that said that “Federal law prohibits any employer, including employers who are agents, managers, casting directors or producers, from contributing anything of value to candidates for any SAG-AFTRA elected office.”
During the election, Carteris accused Modine of violating federal law and the union's election rules by allegedly receiving in-kind campaign contributions from the New York Film Academy in the form of three short videos the school produced that he repurposed and linked on his campaign's website. Modine, who sits on the school’s board of directors, denied that the public service announcements were in-kind campaign contributions, but Carteris told the Los Angeles Times that “These aren't just flagrant violations of our union election rules, but of federal labor law as well.” Her camp said that if she were to lose the race, she may challenge it. “President Carteris and Unite for Strength will consider all available options,” a spokesperson said.
Hamilton also claims that Carteris received “inside, preferential treatment” from the union when she devoted a third of her official candidate's statement to the new deal she'd helped negotiate with Netflix — a deal that wasn't officially announced until three weeks after the deadline for submission of candidates' statements.
The Netflix deal wasn't approved by the guild's national board until July 20, but there was nothing in her campaign statement that wasn't true — she had helped negotiate the deal, even if that wasn't commonly known until she disclosed it in the statement. But Hamilton's challenge says it’s an indication that “something is very wrong here.”
BH90210 slipped a little bit more in Wednesday's ratings, coming in under 2 million viewers for Fox. Big Brother and America's Got Talent tied for the adults 18-49 lead.
Fox's meta-revival of the '90s teen soap scored a 0.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 1.98 million viewers, vs. 0.8 and 2.19 million a week ago. The show has declined each week since its strong Aug. 7 premiere. Lead-in Masterchef, on the other hand, improved on last week in both adults 18-49 0.8 and total viewers 3.21 million.
The America's Got Talent results show on NBC was the most-watched program in primetime by several million people, with 7.89 million tuning in, but it was off from 8.11 million a week ago. It matched the 1.1 adults 18-49 rating for the past two weeks which ties the show's all-time low in the demo. Songland 0.7 in adults 18-49 and Hollywood Game Night 0.4 were both steady.
On CBS, Big Brother's 1.1 and 4.2 million viewers is in line with the show's average for the night but down from 1.3 and 4.52 million last week both of which were Wednesday highs for the show this season. The CW's Bulletproof and Hypnotize Me each drew a 0.1 in adults 18-49.
Fox led primetime in the 18-49 demographic with a 0.8 rating, narrowly beating NBC's 0.7. CBS was third at 0.6, and an evening of reruns on ABC averaged 0.5. Univision and Telemundo tied at 0.4, and The CW's 0.1 trailed.
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It seems that audiences aren't really clamoring to be reunited with the Beverly Hills 90210 gang, as Fox's BH90210 continues to dip.
The nostalgic and super-meta revival of the classic primetime teen soap saw a decline to 0.8 in the adults 18-49 demographic and drew 3.05 million viewers. That's a huge hit from its series premiere on August 8. Meanwhile, it seems that whenever Big Brotherairs, it usually comes out on top — and Wednesday night was no exception. The CBS unscripted series continues to hold court during the summer, climbing in ratings with a 1.3 and drawing 4.48 million total viewers, matching its season high.
ABC took a step back last night and aired a slate of reruns, while NBC's America's Got Talentmanaged to hold steady 1.1, 7.95M. Freshman Songlandalso managed to stay on par with last week 0.7, 3.68M, and Hollywood Game Nightrounded out the evening 0.4, 1.95M.
Fox's cooking series MasterChef lost some flavor as it fell one-tenth 0.8, 3.05M. Over on the CW, Hypnotize Me received a little boost 0.2, 700K and Bulletproof continues to hold steady since its premiere 0.1, 620K.
fter a strong debut last week, BH90210 took a fall Wednesday night with a 0.9 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic and 2.57 million viewers. Fox’s revival of sorts of Aaron Spelling’s soapy teen primetime drama dropped six tenths from last week’s premiere.
Fox’s MasterChef 0.8, 2.96M also slipped a tenth in rating at 8 PM. Still, the network won the night overall in the demo.
NBC won in viewers behind America’s Got Talent 1.1, 7.72, which aired a live results show and was the night’s top-rated and most-watched program. That led into the return of the network’s music competition Songland 0.7, 3.66M, which held steady after its six-week hiatus.
Over on CBS, Big Brother 1.0, 4.28M saw a slight dip, but nothing too drastic. The same story goes for the CW’s Bulletproof 0.1, 640,000 , down a tenth from last week’s premiere.
Holding steady week to week: ABC’s Card Sharks 0.5, 3.23M season finale and Match Game 0.5, 3.07M, the CW’s Hypnotize Me 0.1, 500K, and NBC’s The InBetween 0.4, 2.38M.