Gabe Sachs & Jeff Judah

90210

They might not get big ratings, but they’re going to be watched.

Entrusted with shepherding the CW’s “90210,” the remake of all-time guilty pleasure “Beverly Hills, 90210,” executive producers Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah encountered skepticism on multiple fronts.

Why bother? Don’t ruin it. Where’s Tori?

“I don’t think we have a clean slate,” Sachs concedes. “There’s such a huge fan base to that old show, there’s no way to avoid it — there’s no way not to acknowledge it. Hopefully, people will give it a chance.”

Though not as famous as the cast of the original series (two of whom, Jennie Garth and Shannen Doherty, are being seen in recurring roles at the outset, while Tori Spelling joins those on the sidelines for now), Sachs and Judah do have a pedigree that could turn any doubt on its ear. They worked on the beloved NBC series “Freaks and Geeks” and its half-brother, Fox’s “Undeclared.”

That respected sensibility will permeate “90210,” though Judah cautions it won’t take over.

“The show ain’t ‘Freaks and Geeks,'” Judah says. “We’re doing ‘90210’ on the CW, so make no mistake about that. But we’re going to try to (include) elements of that show and depth of character. … I think we’re taking that into consideration in the stories we tell.”

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