Shannen Doherty is officially coming back to the new 90210!

Date July 19, 2008

Shannen Doherty is all set to reprise her role as Brenda Walsh on the CW’s 90210 remake. She is going to be the director of the High School Musical at West Bev. Read below and as always beware of 90201 spoilers!

From Kristen.

It’s official. Shannen Doherty is coming to the CW’s 90210 spinoff for multiple episodes this fall, and according to Executive Producer Gabe Sachs, “She’s going to direct our musical.”

But wait, before you 90-diehards start planning your trip to Broadway to see Steve Sanders in spandex with jazz hands, you should know he meant Shannen’s character Brenda, will play the director of West Beverly High’s musical–on the show within the show.

Still, pretty awesome, no?

Not to mention, this could mean that Katie Holmes won’t be the only TV guest star this season displaying her musical talents. I asked exec producer Jeff Judah if Shannen will be singing or dancing and he said, “It’s possible. It’s possible.”

So where has Brenda been since we last saw her heading off to London to study acting?

According to the See-Dub, “Brenda became a successful theater actress, splitting her time between London and New York….West Beverly Hills High School has approached Walsh to return as a guest director for the school’s musical production.”

According to producers, Shannen, Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth are the only ones who’ve been approached so far to return. “Those are the three,” says Sachs. “We’d welcome the others if there was something appropriate that organically fit in with our stories, but we haven’t spoken to them yet.”

And executive producer Jeff Judah says they do still have a deal with Tori. “She is exhausted from having the baby and when she’s up for it, she’ll be on the show.”

Also:

* The Peach Pit has transitioned into a “hip coffee house” like the Urth Café, and there is a club upstairs. As exec producer Jeff Judah joked, “It’s not going to be like [in the old show], ‘Hey it’s Color Me Badd!’ ”
* Per Judah, many of the show’s real-world lavish lifestyle locations (shopping on Robertson Blvd., etc.) will already be familiar to viewers by way of The Hills and the pages of Us Weekly. He told us, “The audience has become more sophisticated…from following celebrity gossip.”
* Quote of the Moment: “The difference between Lucille Bluth and Tabitha is that Lucille likes vodka and Tabitha likes Scotch.” — Jessica Walter, formerly of Arrested Development and now of 90210, on what distinguishes her two recent TV characters

Stand by for more 90 dish closer to the big Sept. 2 premiere. In the meantime, what do you think of Brenda’s latest turn and the possibility of others returning?

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