"It was a way for us to all be together during an incomprehensible painful time," Garth said.
"The timing was something that seemed horrific, but in a weird, sort of universal way, it was a way for us to all be together during an incomprehensible painful time," Garth said.
"And I think that that was really good for all of us, actually, and he was with us every second of the time," she continued.
Spelling said the reboot subtly pays tribute to Perry.
"We didn't want to do anything big that would take away from the horrible thing that happened just to do it, so we wanted to do it in a nice way," she said.
“The timing was something that seemed horrific, but in a weird sort of universal way, it was a way for us all to be together during an incomprehensible, painful time.” @torispelling & @jenniegarth talk about Luke Perry's passing pic.twitter.com/7Xmyn7mp1e— TODAY (@TODAYshow) August 5, 2019
While Perry, who portrayed Dylan McKay on the original series off-and-on from 1990 to 2000, was not expected to participate in the summer series due to his commitments to "Riverdale," the show nevertheless is determined to find a way to honor his memory.
"BH90210" will be "inspired by [the cast's] real lives and relationships" and reportedly contain "a healthy dose of irreverence." The stars will play "heightened" versions of themselves, not their original characters.
"Jason, Jennie, Ian, Gabrielle, Brian and Tori reunite when one of them suggests it’s time to get a 'Beverly Hills, 90210' reboot up and running," said Fox in a press release. "But getting it going may make for an even more delicious soap than the reboot itself. What will happen when first loves, old romances, friends and frenemies come back together, as this iconic cast ... attempts to continue from where they left off?"
The six-episode "scripted, reality" show "BH90210" is set to premiere August 7 on Fox.
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