Pop Culture

Don’t Call it a Comeback

Apparently, if you were on a successful television drama or sitcom in the 1990s, you are guaranteed a reality show. At least, that’s how it seems. But is it a guaranteed comeback? 

Recently, everyone from Tori Spelling to Roseanne Barr has let cameras into their homes, giving us a glimpse into their wedding planning business (in Spelling’s case) or macadamia nut farm (Roseanne). It seems to have helped Spelling get a book deal, open a store, and possibly get a talk show. Roseanne has also seen an upsurge in popularity lately, releasing a book and having a piece on the politics in Hollywood published in New York magazine (this all came before the show made its debut last week).

Now, it’s been announced that Shannen Doherty, Spelling’s Beverly Hills, 90210 co-star and ’90s bad girl is going to star in an unscripted show about her upcoming nuptials to a celebrity photographer. We’ll see it all; the planning, the decision making, and the walk down the aisle. Side note: maybe Tori and Dean will help her plan the big day!

I hated, HATED Brenda Walsh on 90210, and even though I know it’s stupid, sometimes when I dislike a character is carries over to the actor or actress. Surprisingly, that didn’t happen with Doherty. While she isn’t my favorite actress of all time, I had no qualms with her on Charmed (a show that I barely watched when it started) or her brief stint on Dancing With the Stars, and found her story the most fascinating when I saw the E! True Hollywood Story on 90210. I can see why fans of the show or anyone with an interest in “˜90s pop culture would watch her new show.

But is this a comeback for her? I’m not sure. You can’t really compare a hit hour-long drama with a reality show on WEtv. It would probably make a bigger splash if she joined the cast of the new 90210, or became the lead on a new show on one of the major networks. She could even join an established series; I can totally see her signing onto the about-to-be-revamped Law & Order: SVU, much more so than Jennifer Love Hewitt, who was rumored to be joining the cast (this has since been debunked). It’s also very possible that she doesn’t care if this propels her to bigger stardom; she just loves her fiancé and wants to share the details of her new life with the world.

Do you think this could be considered a comeback? Is anyone going to watch her plan her (third, I think?) wedding when the show premieres in January?

By Catherine

Catherine is a Southern California based freelance writer, whose work has appeared in everything from the New York Times to Entertainment Weekly. The highlight of her life (so far) was being featured on MSNBC for a story she wrote on Hello Kitty wines...she knew one day her love of all things HK would come in handy.

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