The return of “Beverly Hills 90210” airs tonight on the CW (which airs locally as a subchannel of KHSL-TV 12). There has been a lot of hubbub made over the fact that the CW didn’t release a preview copy for media review.
I think this move will backfire on the part of the network. Although I’m not a TV critic, I can easily imagine that critics have a lot of TV to watch before the fall season starts. By not releasing the “90210” preview, I think the CW execs are doing critics a favor.
The network basically handed writers a gift-wrapped story by not releasing the preview. Basically all writers have to do is cover the fact that they won’t be able to see the show before tonight and they’re spared from actually having to watch the show. Well, at least until tonight.
Personally, I don’t know if I’ll watch the show. I’ve skipped a lot of shows that have a similar premise and maybe the show isn’t for me.