Tonight's Fall Premieres: '90210,' 'Parenthood' and 'Ringer'
Tonight starts a parade of big network offerings for the fall season, and we've got two marquee offerings from the CW and one critically acclaimed NBC Series. "90210," "Parenthood" and the potential trash-classic "Ringer," starring Sarah Michelle Gellar (x2!) all kick off this evening, starting at 8:00 p.m. EST.
Check out the trailers and preview info on the season premieres below.
“90210” has been running long enough that there are probably a few younger folks out there who don’t even remember that there used to be a similar show with the words “Beverly Hills” before it. Sigh.
In the fourth season of the show, high school's over, and it's time for the trials, troubles and temptations of college. Will more grown-up challenges and possibilities bring "90210" the excitement (and audience) it needs to survive? Lori Loughlin (Deb) and Ryan Eggold (Ryan) are gone, and "90210" has new showrunners, who, according to TV Line, are putting the focus less on parents and teachers and more on the now (very rich) college-aged students, so we'll see.
Here’s the premiere synopsis from the CW:
“In the season four premiere, the gang from Beverly Hills have graduated from high school. Naomi has spent the summer dealing with the shocking news of her pregnancy and quickly discovers she doesn't have the status at college that she did in high school. Annie receives some unexpected news that keeps her in town, while Liam returns from his summer away ready to commit to Annie. Dixon finds himself without a roommate or a place to live, while an unexpected visitor tests Navid and Silver's relationship after they move in together. Adrianna comes back to town looking for redemption, which she soon learns will be hard to earn back. Ivy and Raj (guest star Manish Dayal) struggle to deal with Raj's health getting worse, while Teddy struggles with coming out to his family.”
Watch a trailer for the “90210” season premiere:
I think Yidio writer Morgan Glennon put it best when she said “basically, I would watch anything with Sarah Michelle Gellar - and this show has her TWICE.” I mean, SMG playing twins caught up in a twisted, deadly, sex-laden plot? Is it the good SMG or the bad SMG? Or maybe they’re both bad. Ooooooh.
Seriously, this has the potential to be one of the better trashy melodramatic series to come along in ages, and the trailers have only helped make us believers.
Here’s the synopsis from the CW:
“Bridget Kelly (Sarah Michelle Gellar, “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”) is six-months sober and starting to turn her life around when she is the sole witness in a murder trial. Despite the assurances of her FBI protector, Agent Victor Machado (Nestor Carbonell,”Lost”), Bridget knows her life is on the line. She flees to New York, telling no one, and reunites with her estranged twin, Siobhan Martin (Sarah Michelle Gellar). Wealthy, pampered and married to the strikingly handsome Andrew Martin (Ioan Gruffudd “Fantastic Four”), Siobhan lives what appears to be a fairy tale life – a life where no one knows that Bridget exists. The sisters seem to be mending their frayed relationship – until Siobhan disappears mysteriously, and Bridget makes the split decision to take on her sister’s identity. She discovers shocking secrets, not only about her sister and her marriage, but also about Siobhan’s best friend, Gemma Butler (Tara Summers, “Boston Legal”) and Gemma’s husband, Henry (Kristoffer Polaha “Life Unexpected”).
Watch the trailer for “Ringer”:
It was a bit of a tough year for “Parenthood.” The critically acclaimed NBC show was locked out of the Emmys, and in its second season, it experienced a dip in ratings from a solid first season. Plenty of critics and fans thought Peter Krause (of "Six Feet Under") should be nominated for his work on the show, and with solid support from “Gilmore Girls” alum Lauren Graham and Craig T. Nelson of “Coach” fame, plenty also thought the show deserved a shot at Outstanding Dramatic Series.
In the upcoming third season of the show, the Bravermans deal with the problems we all face: age, a bad economy and family drama. They've jumped ahead in time five months from the end of second season, and Jason Ritter is back as Mark Cyr.
Below is the premier synopsis from NBC:
“Sarah celebrates her 40th birthday and leans on Mr.Cyr for emotional support, while Amber strives for independence. Adam is now unemployed and struggles with the stress of providing for his pregnant wife and family and ponders a new business with Crosby. Meanwhile Julia gets frustrated with the adoption process and dreams up a bizarre scenario. Haddie's boyfriend Alex reveals hidden information to Julia.”
Watch the trailer for “Parenthood”: