Alas … the time has come to say goodbye (once again) to the kids from West Beverly High on the tween CW drama 90210. Yes, after 5 seasons of marginal entertainment, The CW has decided to pull the plug on the series and bring to a close the on-going story of Annie, Dixon, Naomi, Silver, Teddy and the rest of the gang on 90210. As you may know, 90210 is a sequel series of sorts that picked up many years after the end of the hugely popular series Beverly Hills, 90210 ruled the TV airwaves. This May’s season 5 finale will also be the series finale as 90210 says goodbye … for good.
The current fifth season of 90210 will be its last. The CW series has been doing very poorly in the ratings this season in its Monday slot, especially this midseason when it has been paired with The Carrie Diaries. February 18, 90210 drew just 500,000 viewers. Now the series’ May 13 season finale will also be a series finale. Seven episodes remain. “The CW has had five great seasons with America’s favorite zip code, 90210,” CW President Mark Pedowitz said in a release announcing the move. “I’d like to thank the talented cast, producers, and crew for all their hard work and dedication to the series. We are very proud of the West Beverly High alumni.” At the TCAs in January, Pedowitz suggested that 90210 could return, possibly for a final hurrah. “I am a big believer in giving fans a very satisfactory conclusion,” he said. “It’s something that we as a television industry need to do.” But, after some dismal ratings performances this month, such a closure turned out not to be in the cards for the reboot of the hit Fox series. Still, the early cancellation allows the producers to tweak storylines and give the fans some closure with the finale.
Honestly, I’m a tiny bit bummed by this news. I’ve watched 90210 since its debut and altho the stories have gotten really ridiculous over the years, I remained invested in the characters and have stuck with the show. Some people never believed that 90210 would last more than one season but last year, the show celebrated it’s 100th episode so … they stuck around much longer than many other shows. The CW tried to replicate 90210’s initial success with a reboot of Melrose Place (which was a sequel series to the original Melrose Place … which was originally a spin-off of the original Beverly Hills, 90210) but that show didn’t last more than one season. While I can’t say I’m surprised that 90210 is getting cancelled at the end of this season, I’m kinda sad about it. Ah well, we still have 7 more eps to enjoy before we say goodbye … forever (or until the next reboot in 10 years).