Lifetime is telling more unauthorized stories. After the success of last year’s “The Unauthorized Saved By The Bell Story,” the network will try to cash in on the ‘90s nostalgia again this fall. “The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story” and “The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 Story” will both premiere in October, but fans are already stirring about the pictures of the casts that were released.
The picture above shows the cast of “Beverly Hills, 90210” film. The show started in 1990, so the ‘90s wardrobe is definitely fitting. However, it’s the people wearing the clothes that are concerning the fans. While some of the actors resemble the original cast, Twitter didn’t seem thrilled with the choices for Shannen Doherty and Tori Spelling lookalikes. Some claimed they couldn’t recognize who anyone was supposed to be, while others were just against the idea of the movie all together.
omg lifetime did shannen doherty DIRTY w that 90210 casting. they did ok with heather's casting in the melrose place one tho
— austin (@rehabpromises) July 22, 2015
So much no to this cast. Can't even tell who most are supposed to be. http://t.co/zodV9Ibtkw
— Jay Shadix (@JayShadix) July 22, 2015
I can't even with these 90210 and Melrose Place Lifetime movies. Holy train wrecks Batman.
— Susan (@aurora_0811) July 22, 2015
The guy playing Ian Ziering in the Lifetime 90210 looks like such a goober so he's perfect pic.twitter.com/FbjiBGsphh
— Molly Eichel (@mollyeichel) July 22, 2015
This is very upsetting to me. I don't recognise Brenda. Only Dylan is sort of recognisable. Am traumatised. http://t.co/CGyX3knGHK
— Elaine L. (@LaineyGossip) July 23, 2015
The actors playing the “Melrose Place” cast, which originally included actors like Heather Locklear and Marcia Cross, didn’t fare much better. “General Hospital” actor Brandon Barash seems to have pleased his fan base. He is playing Thomas Calabro/Michael Mancini, and several soap opera fans seemed delighted to see him in the cast picture. However, the rest of “The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story” cast wasn’t so lucky.
— Mark Sinacori (@MARKSINACORI) July 23, 2015
That's some good casting. Brandon B as Michael for Melrose Place story. #samesmile
— Pinky (@twinks0216) July 22, 2015
'Melrose Place' is very sacred to me. I'm not interested in an unauthorized story/movie of the week.
— FiftyShadesofMaslow (@MaslowOnMyMind) July 22, 2015
OMG, how random is this? A TV movie about the making of Melrose Place?! Why?!!! @MichaelFairman
— SoapScholar (@SoapScholar) July 22, 2015
— Ⓜⓘⓚⓔ Ⓜa͞g͞n͞a͞n͞o͞ (@MikeTheMenace34) July 23, 2015
— Ellvis Pizzeria (@ohellvis) July 22, 2015
It's like if Melrose Place was a costume you bought at CVS at 9pm on Halloween. https://t.co/4J4cbD6WPd
— Emily Toffelmire (@klickitatstreet) July 23, 2015
The backlash isn’t actually surprising. Lifetime doesn’t seem to be aiming for critical acclaim here. They faced the same problem when they released photos of “The Unauthorized Full House Story” earlier this summer. They could face more backlash after the film’s premiere. Lifetime’s movies about Whitney Houston, Aaliyah and Brittany Murphy not only faced casting criticism, but some viewers question if the “unauthorized” stories are legitimate.
“The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story” will premiere Saturday, Oct. 10, at 8 p.m. EDT and “The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 Story” will premiere Saturday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. EDT on Lifetime. What do you think of the casts? Sound off in the comments section below!