Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Jason Priestley Talks 'Mom Jeans' and '90S Style Ahead of Meta '90210' Spinoff

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Jason Priestley Talks 'Mom Jeans' and '90S Style Ahead of Meta '90210' Spinoff

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Jason Priestley talks 'mom jeans' and the meta 'BH90210'


TORONTO - Jason Priestley has been watching his 1990s sideburned-self on "Beverly Hills, 90210" and he's not thrilled about it.

Ahead of next week's debut of the show's tongue-in-cheek spinoff, "BH90210," the Vancouver-born star says his 12-year-old daughter has been catching up on the original and "thinks it's hysterical to watch them with her daddy."

"It's been traumatic, to say the least," Priestley deadpanned in a recent phone interview.

"I have had to sit through all the fashion and all the hairstyles and all the bad music.... The fact that mom jeans are making a comeback, I don't think I'm OK with that."

Debuting Aug. 7 on Global and Fox, "BH90210" reunites many of the gang from "Beverly Hills, 90210," which ran from 1990 to 2000 and had teen hearts in a tizzy every week with its electric guitar-charged theme song and soapy look at affluent adolescence in Los Angeles.

But this version is not a reboot. Rather, it's a scripted, fake reality show in which the cast members play heightened versions of themselves trying to get a new version of "Beverly Hills, 90210" made.

"We're living in strange times, and that's why we thought to do a show that was very meta," said Priestley, who starred in the original as big-hearted Brandon Walsh alongside Shannen Doherty as twin sister Brenda.

"Instead of just doing a reboot of our show, why not make the reboot about the actors trying to get a reboot made of their show?"

"BH90210" also includes Doherty as well as original cast members Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Tori Spelling and Gabrielle Carteris.

Priestley said it was emotionally tough reuniting without Luke Perry, who was also a "90210" star and died in March after suffering a massive stroke.

"Luke was a huge part of our cast, Luke was a huge part of all of our lives, and to reconcile his loss and his not being a part of the show was difficult for all of us and difficult for the show," he said. …

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