Davis, Mason, '90210' set for fall consideration
Geena Davis is returning to TV, Marsha Mason is headed to the CW and Fox has greenlit another pilot.
Those were some of the developments Tuesday as the nets continued their shortened pilot season. In addition, a clearer picture of CW’s potential “Beverly Hills, 90210” remake began to emerge.
Among the details:
- “Goodbye Girl” Mason has said “hello” to a leading role in “How To Teach Filthy Rich Girls,” a one-hour drama from scribe Rina Mimoun and Alloy Entertainment. She’ll play a rich woman who becomes the guardian of twin granddaughters. Warner Bros. is producing the project.
- Davis will topline the just-greenlit CBS drama pilot presentation “Exit 19,” from scribe Jeff Bell. Thesp will play a quirky murder detective balancing her job as a Manhattan crimesolver with her role as a single suburban mom raising two kids on Long Island.
Bell will exec produce the project along with Gene Stein and Nina Wass; Davis will co-exec produce. CBS Paramount Network Television is producing in association with ABC Studios. Project is based on an original script by Michael Nankin.
Pickup comes just a few weeks after ABC Studios terminated its deal with Wass and Stein as part of a massive strike-related restructuring.
Eye entertainment prexy Nina Tassler has been trying to develop a project with Davis for several years.
- Fox has made a reservation with “The Inn,” greenlighting the half-hour comedy pilot starring Niecy Nash (“Reno 911”). Multi-cam sitcom comes from 20th Century Fox TV, and takes a look at the help at a hip New York hotel.
Abraham Higginbotham (“Back to You”) will write and exec produce the project. Also on board as EPs: Peter Principato, Paul Young, Brian Dobbins, and the folks from Reveille. Reveille and Principato-Young are also producers.
“The Inn” was previously set up at Fox as a put pilot. Higginbotham, who has an overall deal at 20th, has also worked on skeins such as “Arrested Development.” Nash currently supplies a voice in the theatrical “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who.”
- The CW still hasn’t greenlit its planned spinoff of “Beverly Hills, 90210,” but details of the script are starting to leak out.
According to reports on casting breakdowns and TVTracker.com, the new take on the Aaron Spelling-Darren Star sudser will focus on the Mills family of Beverly Hills and offer a lot more racial diversity than the original show.
Matriarch of the family is Tabitha Mills, a 60-something actress/alcoholic who was a major star in the 1970s and had been linked to everyone from Warren Beatty to Jack Nicholson.
Do-gooder son Harrison “Harry” Mills, a 1980s graduate of Beverly Hills High, decides to move back home to the 90210 after years in St. Louis. He brings with him his wife, Celia, an Olympic athlete who’s looking forward to living in California, and ends up working as a personal trainer.
The couple have two 16-year-olds: daughter Annie and adopted son Dixon. Annie is an emo/theater kid who’s desperate to fit in with the cool crowd. Dixon is a supersmart bad boy who has lingering social and behavioral issues — and not an ounce of nerdiness in him.
According to the breakdowns, producers are open to actors of all ethnicities for the Dixon role, leaving open the possibility that the character won’t be a white male.
More details on the new “90210” are on Variety.com.
(Michael Schneider contributed to this report).