When the new class at West Beverly High School heads to campus in the fall, they will be tackling issues their predecessors never had to deal with.
According to Jennie Garth, who will reprise her role as Kelly Taylor, the new “90210” will push the envelope.
“[The executive producers] were telling me what they were going to do with the show and I was [like], ‘Wow! Is that what it is really like out there for teenagers?’” she told Access Hollywood at The CW upfronts earlier this week. “It’s just a different world and there is just so much accessible to young people now, so there is a lot to talk about now, [a lot] to deal with.”
Though she was surprised by some of the themes the spin-off will entertain, Garth said it made her reflect on some of the topics the original cast covered – teenage sex, underage drinking, drug abuse, alcoholism, gambling addictions, rape, eating disorders, violence against women and interracial dating, to name a few.
“When I was talking to the executive producers and getting their take on what they were going to do with the show, I realized that our show, when it was in its original form, was very cutting edge and provocative,” Garth said. “[It] dealt with a lot of really great, great issues that needed to be dealt with for teens at that time.”
As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, Garth will return to West Beverly HS as a member of the school’s faculty, but the specifics are still being worked out.
“I think I am going to be like a guidance counselor at the school or something,” she said. “I am not a 100 percent sure yet. There is no script. They are like just show up and do what ever you want to do.”