It’s the end of the road for The CW’s reboot of “90210.”
The CW has announced that the series will come to an end this year after five seasons on the network, with the series finale airing Monday, May 13 (with Michael Jackson’s eldest son, Prince Michael, appearing — for reasons I couldn’t begin to explain).
“The CW has had five great seasons with America’s favorite zip code, 90210,” said CW president Mark Pedowitz. “I’d like to thank the talented cast, producers and crew for all their hard work and dedication to the series. We are very proud of the West Beverly High alumni.”
Debuting on The CW in September 2008, ’90210′ was as a modern update of the original “Beverly Hills, 90210,” which lasted 10 seasons from 1990-2000. The series stars Shenae Grimes, Tristan Wilds, AnnaLynne McCord, Jessica Stroup, Michael Steger, Jessica Lowndes and Matt Lanter along with several vets of the original 90s series.
The series hit an all-time low of a 0.2 rating among adults 18-49, with only 550,000 viewers for the Feb. 18 episode. Some blame the ratings collapse on a series of changes to the show, including the departures of several castmembers, and the changing of showrunners. Ultimately, the passion of its small audience wasn’t enough to save it from its dwindling numbers. “90210″ is far from the only cancellation expected at The CW. While the network as granted early renewals to “The Vampire Diaries”, “Supernatural”, and freshman series “Arrow”, several other shows remain on the bubble, including “The Carrie Diaries”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Nikita”, and the recently-debuting “Cult”, which has been moved to Fridays.
With this news, I’m beginning to wonder how much of it is the show’s fault, and how much of it is just an unfortunate side effect of being on The CW.