Of the many lessons we’re learning during the 2013 Bikini Awards, the latest is this: Don’t underestimate the power of the geek vote. That is our educated guess as to how Attack of the Show vet Olivia Munn edged out bikini model Claudia Romani in the last round of voting. After that tough victory, will Olivia’s fans have the strength to stand up against the nostalgia power of Jennie Garth supporters? Here’s hoping they’ve been icing their “refresh” fingers (just as Olivia’s icing her shoulder after “swinggate”). Angela Simmons learned the hard way what a tough competitor Jennie can be.
The best thing about the VH1 Bikini Awards, well, besides all the hot photos, is how absolutely unpredictable they can be. In the Past and Present Teen Queen category, for instance, pretty young things like Nina Dobrev and Jennifer Lawrence were destroyed by Beverly Hills 90210 legend Jennie Garth, who actually has a teenage daughter of her own. Now she goes toned abs to toned abs with Famous Daughter victor Angela Simmons, who basically cleaned the floor with those Jenner girls.
It’s going to take a lot more than this to convince us that Jennie Garth and Luke Perry aren’t totally and completely in luuuuv. After a couple of “they’re just friends” statements from the Beverly Hills, 90210 stars’ publicists earlier this week, Jennie’s rep tried a different tactic. They’ve been together all the time because they’re working on something!
“They have been spending a lot of time together recently because the two are working on developing a TV sitcom together,” the rep told RumorFix.com. “It will be a multi-camera half-hour show, currently we have producers and writers and are meeting with networks.”
This sounds like both an excellent idea AND a great excuse for those two to spend a lot of time “writing.”
What will this show be about? We kind of think their real-life story is made for adaptation. Much the same way James Van Der Beek plays a caricature of himself on Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, Jennie and Luke could be actors who made their names in a teen soap, and despite their undeniable chemistry, never had their timing right to hook up in real life … until now, when they’re divorced and more mature. But still wacky and fun, naturally.
Kelly Taylor and Dylan McKay hooked up, broke up, reunited, had a kid together, broke up again … and most recently, she chose a Old Navy jeans over him. Through it all, Beverly Hills, 90210 stars Jennie Garth and Luke Perry have remained nothing but close friends, as far as we can tell. Their friendship even led to Perry’s cameo on Garth’s sitcom What I Like About You. So when we heard from Perez Hilton and the National Enquirer that the newly divorced Jennie, 40, and Luke, 45, might have taken a step beyond just-friends after reuniting for those Old Navy ads, it warmed our fangirl hearts.
“Since seeing Luke again, Jennie has fallen in love with him and Luke feels the same,” a source told the Enquirer, via the New York Post. “There is an electricity between them that has been revived after all these years. It just happened.” Read more…
OK, so I work for VH1, which is basically the home of the instant-nostalgia machine. (Gosh, do you remember last week? Don’t you miss it?). Far be it from me to knock anyone else’s attempts to prey on our generation’s capacity to go weak in the knees at the mere hint of a cast reunion from one of our favorite shows or movies. (Wow, remember two days ago, when we got excited over a Dawson’s Creek reunion on Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23? That was awesome.) It’s more than just a chance to see some great characters again, it’s a chance to bond with all of our peers over how much we love that thing. But when I saw the new Old Navy ads, starring Jennie Garth, Jason Priestley, Luke Perry and Gabrielle Carteris, I wondered if maybe we’ve had our fill… at least of 90210 nostalgia.
We saw a few photos of Jennie Garth this week looking really good for someone who’s currently going through a divorce — maybe a little too good around the eyes, if you know what we mean. Of course, that made us wonder how the rest of the original flavor Beverly Hills, 90210 gang is doing these days. They’ve certainly gone through a lot of changes since the first episode of aired in October 1990. Some, like Garth and Shannen Doherty, went on to have other successful series on TV (What I Like About You and Charmed, respectively). Others, like Luke Perry and Jason Priestley, didn’t exactly see their careers take off like we expected. Gabrielle Carteris and Tori Spelling have had a good run as moms, both on and off the air. And we’re still waiting to see when Brian Austin Green and wife Megan Fox will announce her bun in the oven. Regardless of where their careers are these days (where is it, Ian Ziering?), we are pleased to report that most of the former residents of that famed zip code are still looking their sunny, attractive selves. And since we began writing this post, that guitar riff has not left our heads, so we’ll always have that. Anyway, check out this gallery of the kids from Beverly Hills High School both back in the day and now.
According to TVLine.com, on tonight’s episode of Glee, “The First Time,” both Rachel and Finn, and Kurt and Blaine will have sex for the first time. Given the way the show has been hit-or-miss this season, we’re crossing our fingers the episode lives up to the buildup, kinda the way young couples cross their fingers about losing their V-cards. And as we wait for the big moment, we thought we’d bide our time by looking back at all the other great “losing it” moments in TV teen history.
Beverly Hills, 90210: Brenda loses it to Dylan in “Spring Dance” (Season 1)
“How many girls get to have sex for the first time with someone they love?” Brenda asks Dylan, before they do the deed in a hotel room while the dance is still going on. His smooth reply: “I don’t know. I’ve never really taken an opinion poll.” Read more…
Good news for the world’s richest Beverly Hills 90210 fans: The house where Donna Martin lost her virginity is for sale, and it’s only going for $9 million! Donna Martin, played of course by Tori Spelling, lost her v-card to David Silver, played by Brian Austin Green after years of withholding her precious flower. It was a tender, candlelit moment in a four-poster bed that ends up looking like a condom PSA, but it was a milestone for old Donna, and for anyone who grew up watching the show. The building where Donna (and best friend Kelly Taylor) lived is actually located in Hermosa Beach, CA, and is being marketed as “the 90210 house.” So if you have a spare $9m lying around and want to be known as the crazy super-fan who bought the 90210 house, this might be the thing for you. Personally, we’re holding out for Jim and Cindy Walsh’s Spanish-style ranch to come on the market.
Just for old time’s sake, you can watch the video of Donna and David doin’ it in the beach house after the jump if you can handle/stomach it.
For those of you who have yet to look at a calendar this morning, today’s date is September 2, 2010. Or, if you’re the type who prefers both brevity and decimal points, 9.02.10. In honor of such a momentous date, we thought we would pay tribute to the all-star cast of one of the greatest creative achievements of our lifetimes, Beverly Hills, 90210. (After all, it’s now or never; most of us won’t be around to celebrate the next time this date rolls around!)
It has been nearly 20 years since the show debuted on the (then fledgling) Fox Network, and it’s fair to say that none of our lives have been the same since. Dylan McKay and Brandon Walsh taught young men everywhere that nothing is more attractive than the combination of brooding glares and bitchin’ sideburns, and Brenda Walsh, Kelly Taylor and Donna Martin (Graduates!) proved to be some of the era’s biggest fashion icons (even if we laugh at their sundresses and chokers now).
So, won’t you join us as we take a trip down memory lane and through the halls of West Beverly High as we investigate how the show’s core cast members and impressive roster of guest stars (Hilary Swank! Ryan Seacrest! Um, Jamie Walters?!?) looked then and what they look like now. May the bridges we burn light the way!
Tori told Seacrest “[Tiffani Thiessen]Ã‚Â doesn’t talk to me anymore” and then said “All my cast members hate me. People say, ‘Do you mean duringÃ‚Â 90210?’ I say, ‘No, we were great friends during90210. We were friends afterÃ‚Â 90210.’ They all came to my first wedding.Ã‚Â All of a sudden I marry Dean [McDermott], and I don’t know what happened, I lost all my cast members.” Seacrest then tells her that he doesn’t get that vibe from Thiessen, saying “[she]Ã‚Â never said anything bad about you Ã¢â‚¬â€œ I think she likes you a lot,” Tori’s response was “It’s my perception, and nonetheless, it’s a fun story.”
Now, look, as much as we’re fascinated by Tori and all her sTories she tells to pad out book after book, we’re a little less than convinced about this one – sounds to us like it’s just being used to sell copies ofÃ‚Â Uncharted TerriTORI. And it sounds like if Tiffani Thiessen didn’t have a beef with Tori before, Tori’s flippant “fun story” perspective about talking smack about her co-stars might just lead to one.