Tristan Wilds is just been casted in the new spin-off show, 90210. The show is going to air in the Fall of 2008 with an all new cast and guest appearances from the original show. 90210 looks at life through the eyes of Annie Mills (an emo/theater kid) and her African-American adopted brother Dixon (a star athlete and scholar), whose first day at West Beverly Hills High School leaves no doubt they're not in Kansas anymore, especially since there Dad is now the new principal.
When I was a kid, I watched the Beverly Hills Gang every week, even getting my Mom into it. When my Mom was pregnant, if she was going to have a boy, she would have named him Brandon (since her name was Brenda, lol.) Donna Martin, the resident virgin, was a big inspiration for me to keep my "virginity" and be proud of it, even though she lost it way before I did! And of course we can't forget Brenda who defined the word, "High School Bitch!" Seeing how good of a friends they all were, really made me want to find the friends I have now.
Having one of the main characters as a Black male is big step for the franchise. Sure they have had there black characters (Vivica A. Fox was once Brandon Walsh love interest), and even touched on racial issues, but to see how this character will develop in a predominately/materialistic white school will be very interesting. Tristan Wilds played Michael Lee on the HBO series, "The Wire." You can also see him in Alicia Keys video for "Teenage Love Affair." Even though he is only 18, he is still a cutie in my book!
If you are a fan of the last show, it wouldn't hurt to check out the first couple of episodes to see if it is good. The character of Kelly Taylor is already part of the show, and others will be included like Donna and Steve. I have been watching the old seasons on DVD, and it is bringing back great memories! Lets see if Tristan Wilds can make history like the others!