AFS History Of Television: Masters & Methods: Aaron Spelling Part 6: BEVERLY HILLS 90210 and MELROSE PLACE

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Mon, Jun 27

The final installment of the AFS History Of Television series about the work of Texas-born super-producer Aaron Spelling airs on Monday June 27 at 7pm Central Time. Author, podcaster and classic television expert Amanda Reyes will join AFS Lead Programmer Lars Nilsen in providing episode introductions and interstitial commentary about Spelling, his collaborators and the television production environment at the time these were made.

This month we will cover two of Spelling’s last really big hit shows, “Beverly Hills 90210” and “Melrose Place.” These series helped set the tone for the escapist television shows that followed on the WB Network and elsewhere.

“Beverly Hills 90210” is a teen, and later young-adult, soap opera about a group of friends who grow from their high school years into adulthood against a backdrop of – you guessed it – glamor, and melodrama. The series was an international sensation and made its stars Luke Perry, Shannen Doherty, Jason Priestly and the producer’s daughter Tori Spelling, household names.

“Melrose Place” was a spinoff of 90210 featuring even soapier and more mature stories about the residents of a Hollywood apartment complex. Originally designed as a woven-story anthology show, the series eventually settled into more of a standard night-time soap opera with more opportunities for controversial subject matter.

Note: this is not an on-site event. Here’s how to tune in:

  1. Tune in to Austin Public Channel 10, either on your Time Warner-equipped cable television or on Austin Public’s web stream here.
  2. Tune into AFS’ YouTube channel for the live stream.
  3. Watch on Twitch here.

About Amanda Reyes: Classic TV lover, slasher fanatic, soap opera addict, podcaster, and stuffed animal collector. Editor of Are You in the House Alone? A TV Movie Compendium: 1964-1999. Listen to Amanda’s podcast Made For TV Mayhem wherever you find your podcasts or click here.

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