‘90210’: Donna Martin makes a triumphant return


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It’s almost official: Tori Spelling is this close to finalizing a deal to bring Donna Martin back to the 90210 ZIP Code.

After months of negotiations, sources say the actress will return for multiple episodes, which Spelling may be able to talk about should the deal come together before Monday’s planned Peach Pit party in L.A. (The event is part of the CW’s TV Critics Assn. winter press tour festivities, and both cast and crew are expected to attend.)

For now, however, we can only speculate ...

When we last left Donna, back in 2000, she had just gotten hitched to longtime love David Silver (Brian Austin Green), as in the older brother of the current cast’s Silver (Jessica Stroup). That would be a strange brother-sister reunion: Green remembers on the original ‘90210’ that his character, David, once lost kid sis at a park while he was off doing crystal meth.


Does Donna’s return mean we might see Green back on the show as well? ‘Never say never,’ the actor has said. Green, who is currently a regular on Fox’s ‘Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,’ told MTV that timing is the only issue: ‘It would have to be while we’re on break that I’d get over there to do it. But I have no issue with doing it or no issue with [90210].’

Spelling has long been a selling point for the CW’s ‘90210’ reboot. During July’s TCA session, the network handed out a release billing her return as Donna Martin, ‘now owner of an upscale boutique.’

That boutique never opened, of course. Just weeks after TCA, it was reported that negotiations fell apart when Spelling learned she wouldn’t be earning as much as fellow alumnae Shannen Doherty and Jennie Garth.

But Doherty and Garth rallied behind Spelling when they heard she would not be joining them.

Spelling’s Donna Martin will no doubt benefit from the arrival of executive producer Rebecca Kirshner, behind acclaimed teen shows ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and ‘Gilmore Girls,’ who has already helped juice the ‘90210’ drama.

— Denise Martin

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