As “BH90210” wraps its noisy little season, we’ll just shrug.
A great idea got so-so execution. The result was almost adequate by lowly, end-of-summer standards.
The finale is 9 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 11) on Fox, promptly rerunning at 8 p.m. Friday. Like previous hours, its self-effacing humor is often quite good; its drama is more-often quite awful.
There is one good drama moment in the finale – a flash of realization by Jason Priestley. The rest is sometimes sub-soapy.
But let’s not abandon the notion of reboots. Lately, we’ve had:
— Gems, using original stars and producers. “Roseanne” (and then “The Conners”) has been a delight; so has “Will & Grace.”
— A failure, despite having the original people. “Murphy Brown” was stiff and stagnant.
— Full reboots, with new casts. “One Day at a Time” has drawn strong praise. “Magnum P.I.” is slickly crafted; its only flaw is that its new star (like most of us on this planet) is no Tom Selleck.
— And fresh variations – the “Brady Bunch” actors, doing a rehab to re-create their old home … the “Beverly Hills, 90210” actors., playing fictional versions of themselves.
We need fresh ideas like that. We just need them to be done more skillfully than “BH90210.”