Executives at The CW network, which giveth 90210 and taketh away The Beautiful Life, believe the only way to carry a remade series is to bring back its original cast members. This generates buzz, and opportunities for mothers and tweenage daughters to share quality time together in front of a glowing screen. Which is why folks like Laura Leighton, Thomas Calabro, Josie Bissett, Daphne Zuniga, and Heather Locklear all returned to the remade zip code program. But Doug Savant, who played Matt Fielding, says he won’t be accepting producers’ invitation to return to the show. Which sucks.
Not because we’ll miss Savant (who’s a Desperate Housewives regular, which is the reason he cites as why he can’t do Melrose), but because his character is just as relevant today as it was then.
Fielding was fired for being gay. Gay bashed. Victimized by homophobia. Nevermind that Fielding was killed off the show (car accident!), but if somehow he could have returned from San Francisco to visit La La Land, we could be introduced to the guy who, twenty-some-odd years later, is a strapping self-confident success.
In the meantime, how does a tween show like 90210 get by without a gay character? Who writes these things?