Jack Perry exclusively sat down with ET to talk about honoring his late father, Luke Perry.
Mark Consuelos opened up about the upcoming tribute to the late Riverdale star Luke Perry on The CW series' season 4 premiere, telling Andy Cohen on Radio Andy that the episode will deal with the death of Perry's character, Fred Andrews.
Consuelos, 48, said that the episode will be a "tribute and [will address] the loss of the character Fred" and confirmed that Fred will die.
"It's heavy, particularly for [series star KJ Apa, who plays Archie Andrews, Perry's character's son]... They were very, very, very close. So I think to put it behind you a little bit and have some distance from it and then obviously having to deal with it now, it was interesting," Consuelos shared.
"His legacy is gonna live on in the lives around him, that he worked with, you know?" Apa previously told Entertainment Tonight in April. "I'm never gonna forget him and I think it's still very fresh and we're all still dealing with it."
ET was on the set of the highly anticipated Beverly Hills, 90210 reunion series, BH90210, earlier this month and the 48-year-old actress revealed why she decided to return to her iconic role of Brenda Walsh following Perry's death in March.
"I wasn't attached [before Perry's death]... and it wasn't long after he passed that I finally was like, 'OK, yes,'" Doherty revealed of joining BH90210. "I thought it was going to do well with or without me, to be honest. For me, replaying Brenda was something I said I wouldn't do twice and I've replayed her now twice, so I guess I could never say I'm never going to do something again because I end up doing it."
Doherty -- who's set to guest star on Perry's other project, Riverdale, in honor of the late actor -- also spoke of Perry's impact on the hit '90s series, proclaiming that "he was one of the most important parts of 90210."
"For me, I felt like it was honoring him and his memory and what he meant to the audience and the fans and to all of us," she said of returning to the role. "As his on-set family, I felt like it was an important time for all of us to come together to honor him."
As for how the new show plans to address Perry's absence, Doherty revealed that it will "definitely" be spoken about in the series' first episode.
"The first episode very much deals with it," she said. "Luke was such a sort of quiet, subtle, yet dynamic human being that he had a very strong and lasting impact on people. So, naturally, we would have to deal with it."
ET also caught up with Doherty's co-stars, Jennie Garth and Christine Elise, both of whom spoke about Perry's absence and the show's response to it.
Original "Beverly Hills, 90210" Cast Members Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green, Tori Spelling, Shannen Doherty to reunite in iconic show's return home to FOX. Premieres Wednesday August 7th. Subscribe to tvpromosdb on Youtube for more BH90210 season 1 promos in HD!
"Since we wrapped [the original], we've kicked around the idea of getting the band back together," says Spelling, who spearheaded the six-episode BH90210 with Garth. "90210 is kind of [always] in your back pocket when you have that [level of] success."
Despite the oft-mentioned (and long-resolved) discord covered ad nauseam by the tabloids back in the day, Spelling and her fellow West Beverly grads "wanted to work together," she says happily. "We like each other."
The original cast gives the scoop on their comeback, which also includes plans to pay tribute to Luke Perry.
It's fitting that the daughter of Beverly Hills' late executive producer, Aaron Spelling, is one of the driving forces behind BH90210. In fact, Spelling and Garth had been trying to hatch some sort of reunion since joining Priestley and Perry at a '90s-themed fan convention in 2016.
"We found that we all had a nice time reconnecting and spending time together," Priestley recalls between takes on a late Friday-night shoot in Vancouver, where he's busy in his trailer finalizing a cut of Episode 3, which he directs. "Then everyone went their separate ways. When Jennie and Tori got back to L.A., they realized that maybe there was something to all of us being together.
"We were thinking of ideas, and we wanted to do comedy," Spelling explains. "And then we were like, what if it's something around 90210 but not a reboot?" That's right, Donna Martin has graduated to creative genius. She and Garth had an outside-the-box pitch: The ex-castmates would play scripted versions of themselves trying to mount a revival of the series that made them household names.
For anyone trapped in a pop-culture dead zone at the end of the 20th century, Beverly Hills, 90210 was the show during the '90s. Stylish and socially conscious, the series swirled around transplanted Minnesota twins Brandon and Brenda Walsh (Priestley and Doherty) and their so-cool new SoCal classmates: queen bee Kelly Taylor (Garth), ditzy virgin Donna Martin (Spelling), awkward hip-hop kid David Silver (Green), valedictorian and later teen mom Andrea Zuckerman (Carteris), celebrity scion Steve Sanders (Ziering), and, of course, Dylan McKay (Perry), the brooding, alcoholic, poetry-loving loner. (It was inevitable that he would be torn between Brenda and Kelly.) They were all gorgeous and angsty and coming of age in the glitziest of neighborhoods.
It’s been almost 30 years since the original cast of “Beverly Hills, 90210” first walked the halls of West Beverly Hills High and dazzled our screens with their designer wardrobes, luxury cars and even . . . cellphones!
Now, the gang is back with a six-episode “limited series” dubbed “BH90210,” premiering at 9 p.m. Wednesday on Fox. The reportedly meta show will feature the “real” actors filming a reboot of the famed Gen-X soap. And since pop culture has long been obsessed with the ’90s, it only makes sense that the ultimate ’90s show, which ran from 1990-2000, finally gets its due with the reboot.
Besides the clothes (which you can go into any Urban Outfitters and buy right now) and other material aspects of the show, the characters in the teen sensation had adult attitudes,too. The actors, who were, of course, already adults, discussed issues like rape, drugs and even self-checking for breast cancer — topics usually reserved for movies and adult programming. This kind of writing paved the way for a slew of teen dramas that followed, such as “Dawson’s Creek” and “Gossip Girl.”
The entire core original cast is back, save for Luke Perry, who died in March. As Beverly Hills’ resident heartthrob, Dylan McKay, Perry played the bad boy and love interest of … well … everybody.
At the time of his death, Perry was starring in the popular CW teen drama “Riverdale,” a show that also wouldn’t exist without predecessors like “90210.” And although Perry wasn’t locked into the reboot yet, his passing is what inspired Shannen Doherty to return to the ZIP code, with plans to memorialize Perry through the show.
Riverdale's Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa had an almost impossible task on hand when it came to the season four premiere of The CW drama. The writers had to cap off the Fred Andrews story and pay tribute to the late Luke Perry. Details on how the show deals with Perry's sudden death are being kept under wraps, but Aguirre-Sacasa told a group of reporters that the episode was "really, really emotional."
"I think it's a real tribute to Luke. I think it's a real tribute to Fred. I think it's very cathartic to watch it and I think everyone really came together, specifically to tell this kind of story, the honor Luke and honor Fred…It's a really simple—it's one of our…just beautiful," he said at the 2019 Television Critics Association summer press tour while promoting spinoff Katy Keene.
Perry passed away in March 2019 following a stroke. His character was away on business until the show could properly address his passing. Riverdale drafted Perry's Beverly Hills, 90210 costar and longtime friend Shannen Doherty for the season four premiere. Details on her role are also being kept under wraps.
"I think the fun of that will be kind of experiencing it when you're watching it, but she plays a really important part and she plays it beautifully," Aguirre-Sacasa said. "Having seen the scene, I couldn't imagine someone else doing it, and it obviously resonates really deeply because it is one of Luke's friends."