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Jason Priestley reveals that new ‘90210’ reboot is a ‘show within a show within a show’ that didn’t want to exploit late co-star Luke Perry

By Karu F. Daniels • Jul 25, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Fans of the “Beverly Hills 90210” are counting down the days to see the much-anticipated reboot of the beloved 1990s prime-time soap opera, which reunites many of its original cast members.

According Jason Priestley, who played Brandon Walsh on the teen drama, they should be excited about “BH90210” when it premieres Aug. 7 on Fox.

But during a Tuesday interview on “Good Morning America,” the actor said that the new series is “very different from the original show,” but notes, “Fans of the original … will find it incredibly satisfying.”

Priestley said “BH90210” is multilayered but also following the current trend of reviving older shows like “Will & Grace” and “Full House” that were huge hits.

“Everybody’s rebooting a show, and the cast of ‘Beverly Hills 90210’ … all end up at a fan convention together,” he says, revealing its plot.

“Because of the reaction to all of us being together at this fan convention — as crazy as it is — we all decide maybe we should try to get a reboot of our show made,” he adds. “It’s … a show within a show within a show within a show. It’s very meta!”

Original cast members Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green and Tori Spelling all join Priestley for the show’s return.

He even revealed that Carol Potter, who played his mother, Sydney Walsh, will also return.

Sadly, Luke Perry, who played heartthrob Dylan McKay, died in March following a stroke — just as the series was getting underway.

Priestley said that Perry’s death was a “very, very difficult time” for the cast, who not only heavily grieved the loss of their longtime friend, but also struggled to move forward with the series.

“Luke was a big personality and a big part of that show, and the difficulty for us was to honor him in a way that didn’t feel exploitative,” he said. “Hopefully, we were successful in that.”

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