Though August’s The Unauthorized Full House Story drew only tepid ratings as Full House fans eagerly await a more genial return to clan Tanner in Netflix’s upcoming Fuller House, Lifetime has given two popular ’90s nighttime soaps the same kitschy teleflick treatment. The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 Story and The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story bow on back-t0-back Saturdays this month and feature The Simpsons‘ Dan Castellaneta as uber-producer Aaron Spelling (see below).
According to the network, The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 Story “will show the roller-coaster ride of the program’s first four seasons, highlighting the drama between cast members and producers both on and off set, including the series’ journey from several near-cancellations to its massive success and [the] lasting impression it has made on millions worldwide to this day.”
Populated by newcomers who bear vague resemblance to original cast members Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, Luke Perry, Tori Spelling, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green and Tiffani Thiessen, The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 Story also features seriously awesome ’90s hairdos (these poor male actors!) and excellent mall fashions. Memories!
A week later, Lifetime debuts The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story, crafted from material gleaned from “true stories and anecdotes from interviews with the original cast and crew,” including dish on early casting decisions, Heather Locklear’s arrival and other cast members begging for juicier storylines to steal the spotlight from her.
I still love Andrew Shue (Billy!) too much to make fun of this one. Or, you know, watch it. How about you? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 Story premieres Oct. 3 at 8pm on Lifetime.
The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story premieres Oct. 10 at 8pm on Lifetime.