The "BH90210" stars also broke down their epic pitch strategy that got the reboot off the ground and which one of them has "Real Housewives" ambitions ... and who got asked!
With just a couple of days to go before the highly-anticipated "BH90210" revival series on Fox, co-stars Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth dropped by the "Watch What Happens Live" clubhouse to dish on all things "Beverly Hills" and beyond.
The long-time friends also serve as executive producers and developed the series alongside Mike Chessler and Chris Alberghini. In other words, it's clearly a passion project and one built out of the love and appreciation they had for the ten years they had together when "Beverly Hills, 90210" was one of the most buzzed about shows on television.
Andy Cohen poked and prodded at every bit of hot goss he could see in every sentence they said, pulling out a few precious nuggets, including the ridiculous reason Jennie Garth and Shannen Doherty had to "take it outside" over one of their infamous fights.
The ladies also dished on who was the best kisser during the show's original run, how things stand with Tiffani Thiessen, how involved Luke Perry was with the "BH90210" pitch process (which was brilliant in its own right), and which of them was invited to be a "Real Housewife" ... and which of them really wants to do it!
The Reason for No Thiessen
A prominent member of the cast for the latter half of the show's run, Thiessen is not among the returning cast-members announced thus far for the reboot, leading one caller to ask what the current relationship is between Spelling, Garth and Thiessen.
But the truth of the matter is there just isn't that much drama there anymore. For one thing, these women are all in their 40s now, and a lot of that youthful nonsense feels silly now. For another, like Luke Perry, Thiessen was already tied to another project.
"She has her Netflix series," Spelling said, " I know we had been talking to her people, but she’s committed to that. Our kids go to school together so I feel like it’s good."
Thiessen stars in "Alexa & Katie" as Alexa's mother. The popular series has been picked up for a third season by the streamer.
90210h Yes You Did
Thiessen also wasn't a part of the most recent "90210" series, though both Spelling and Garth were among the OG cast-members who did agree to appear in The CW teen soap.
Spelling hilarious called out Garth for saying she was barely involved in the series. "We were on it, I think. I never watched it, but I was on it," Garth said, but Spelling quickly shot back, "You were majorly on it!"
She tried to argue that while she'd only done two episodes, Garth was on the show for "seasons." "That is so untrue!" Garth said. But while Spelling tried to insist it was, Garth was right. That said, Spelling was also kind of right because it was nowhere near the "one or two or three" episodes Garth tried to argue she appeared in.
Did she really forget?
"90210" quickly moved away from OG guest stars after its first season in an attempt to forge its own identity on the network, but not before Garth's Kelly Taylor appeared in 20 different episodes from 2008-2009, according to her IMDb page. Spelling, meanwhile, appeared exactly twice, just as she said.
Shannen Ousside, Howbow dah
This was the moment where that gossip gleam glimmered brightest in Andy Cohen's eyes, when the women were asked about another on-set feud that dominated the tabloids of the time: the one between Jennie Garth and Shannen Doherty.
While she couldn't remember most of their "stupid" fights, she was able to recall the worst one because "that was when we took it outside."
According to Garth, "I’m a Midwestern girl and I spent some time in Glendale, Arizona, so that makes you tough." In other words, this offense was so grievous, she and Doherty headed outside to fight it out like true young, stubborn, bull-headed stars.
Meanwhile, Spelling admitted, "I stayed in my dressing room shaking when it was happening." In fact, despite being more than two decades ago, both women actually remembered what this particular fight was.
Garth was hesitant to bring it up "because it's so stupid," but Spelling had no such qualms. "You guys were teasing each other and she like pulled your skirt up," Spelling said.
"Yeah, and I didn't care for that," Garth said. "Like, who does that?"
As for the fight itself, it wasn't as exciting as Andy's pearly whites and shining eyes were hoping. "The guys held us back so we never actually [fought]," Garth said. Obviously, everything is good now, though, because Doherty is right there with her fellow co-stars in "BH90210," and apparently she's been with them through every step of this process.
Kiss and Makeup
On the opposite end of the spectrum, another caller asked the ladies who their best kisses were on the show. Perhaps surprising no one, Spelling went with Brian Austin Green, her on-screen boyfriend through much of that show's run.
"It was familiar and, yeah--" Spelling petered off, probably realizing her answer wasn't all that exciting.
Garth, however, even got a surprised reaction out of Spelling with her answer. " I think back in the day, I probably liked kissing Jason the best," Garth said.
"What?" Spelling replied, shocked.
"I’m just saying, he had-- It was mushier," Garth argued. But one look at her friend's face, and she clearly knew what Spelling was thinking.
"He ate my face, yes, it’s true," Garth added with no prompting. "Every time makeup completely ruined, but that makes a good kiss, I guess."
So now you know we're going to be watching this revival to see how Priestley kisses these days (if he gets to), and pulling up those old episodes to see if he really eats faces. That's a helluva description, Jennie!
Television shows get pitched all the time, and these days revival shows are all the rage so networks are getting those pitches constantly, too. But perhaps none of them have approached the networks with a pitch as compelling as Garth and Spelling did when trying to sell "BH90210."
"We pitched it to all networks but we had an incredible pitch," Garth said of how diligently they worked to get this revival back on the air. And she's not wrong, as their pitch strategy was absolutely ingenious when it came to pulling those nostalgia heartstrings.
"We had all of the cast attend every pitch meeting," Garth said. "And so when we paraded them all -- all of us -- through the office it was like, ‘What is happening?’"
Talk about a compelling way to not only pitch what this show is about, but show the level of commitment of the entire OG cast that's involved. Plus, what a commitment that was if they really brought this to that many networks across broadcast and cable before settling in at Fox for the six-episode revival.
Dial P for Perry
Like "Riverdale" in its upcoming season premiere, Luke Perry's sudden death is something that "BH90210" felt obligated to address. Even though this is a more light-hearted look as these actors play heightened versions of themselves trying to get a "90210" revival off the ground, it would be impossible not to involve Perry in some capacity.
Due to his commitments to "Riverdale," the ladies admitted that Perry, like Thiessen, was never going to be able to be fully involved in the project. But he was still committed to it in whatever capacity he could be.
"When we did the meetings and everything, he was on the conference calls from Vancouver doing it so he was in support of it," Spelling said of Perry making time while filming to help them get this off the ground.
Without teasing how they might handle his passing, Garth did acknowledge it will be touched on, though she admits it was an almost impossible task. "It was a delicate-- impossible to find the right way to do it," she said.
Beverly Housewives, 90210
In one of the funniest exchanges of the night, which could prove prelude to a major casting coup for Cohen, Spelling was asked if she really did want to be a cast-member on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," as tabloid reports have indicated.
"I don’t know, Andy’s never asked me," she said with a sly, side-eye.
Cohen laughed it off, saying, "I know, I read that you were offended that you’d never been asked." And so we have to ask, why did he not have a conversation with her. But even that wasn't the funniest part.
After admitted she was a "little bit" offended, Spelling then turned to Garth and said, "This one's been asked." And yet it was Spelling who grew up in Beverly Hills and is a superfan of the show. As for Garth? "She doesn't do reality TV," Spelling shot.
Andy seemed surprised -- or he was faking it -- that Garth had been asked before asking Spelling if she was already friends with anyone on the show. Is he interviewing her for the show right now?
"Denise [Richards], Lisa [Vanderpump], Kyle [Richards], Yup," Spelling rattled off quickly.
So the real question now might just be, WTH Andy Cohen and Bravo. Tori Spelling is Beverly Hills. From her famous father to being on an iconic show with that name in the title, she represents the city better than anyone. Seriously, someone needs to have jumped on this yesterday.
Plus, if Spelling is on the show, maybe she'll convince her friend Garth to come hang out with the gang ... and then they can have the "90210" alum they apparently wanted as well.
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