Shannon Doherty Returns to 90210

7 07 2008

One of the biggest stories in Hollywood this week was the news that Shannon Doherty is considering reprising her role of Brenda Walsh. This fall, the CW is bringing back the old teen drama “Beverly Hills, 90210.” For months, people have been wondering if their old favorites, like Kelly Taylor (played by Jennie Garth), Donna Martin (played by Tori Spelling), and Dylan McKay (played by Luke Perry) would be signing on.

So far, Shannon is by far the biggest star from the show that is (probably) coming back. Luke Perry has already said he has no intention of returning to the show. Other than Shannon, the biggest name back on the roster so far is Spelling.

But even if Perry had signed up for the new series, he would have been overshadowed by Shannon Doherty. She was the “bad girl” of the group, both on the show and in real life. And we know how Hollywood works: the badder the star, the brighter the attention.

So is it a good thing that Doherty is back? Let’s take a look at some of the good points and bad points.

Good Thing: Well, the CW producers will not have to worry about what they are going to put on their poster printing projects now. Shannon will be the focal point of all of their advertising from here on out. She is the most visible and intriguing member of the cast, by far.

Bad Thing: There is no assurance that she will really follow through on this. There are already rumors running around that she wants more money than other cast members. She is also reportedly saying that she will not sign on for sure until she sees the final script. This is all typical Shannon Doherty, which means the chances of her actually being on the show are no better than 50/50.

Good Thing: For anyone who was a fan of the show during its first run, they are in for a treat if Brenda Walsh’s character returns. Everyone wants to know what happened to her, and what she is up to now. Most wouldn’t be surprised if she was in prison, or on the lam. The bottom line is that this show would not have been as much of a success without Shannon.

Bad Thing: On the other hand, she is almost certain to dominate the show now, no matter how much airtime she gets. She has a way of taking over everything relating to the show she is on, mostly because of her constant presence in the tabloid. All of this is going to make it really tough for the writers to develop a good, likeable show.

So the jury is still out on this one. We will just have to wait and see how things turn out.




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