Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Beverly Hills meets Maryland (again)

Beverly Hills 90210 will always have a special place in my heart because the characters were roughly my age (on screen, at least), and the show's creator went to the next suburban Maryland high school over from mine, and allegedly based the show on his experiences there.

There will be a new generation of 90210 coming out soon, and unless this trailer is lying it will be "cooler, sexier and more provocative" than the original.

But beyond recycling an old show, 90210 2.0 is also recycling the streetwise-black-kid-adopted-into-privilege theme that made hits out of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Different Strokes.

Fans of The Wire will notice this time around the color will be provided by Tristan Wilds, the actor who portrayed doting-older-brother-turned -remorseless-hitman Michael on the critically acclaimed Baltimore-based crime drama.

So will this career step put Wilds on a Will Smith-trajectory towards 100 million dollar Fourth of July movie openings, or a Gary Coleman-trajectory towards having to sell really embarrassing things on Ebay?

Or does it mean a revenge-minded Marlo will overcome his agoraphobia, take a trip across the country, and wreck havoc in West Beverly?

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