90210's original cast unites, here comes Honey Boo Boo (whether you like it or not), and NBC's smart Olympics move
Old Navy teamed up with original 90210-ers Jason Priestley (Brandon), Gabrielle Carteris (Andrea), Jennie Garth (Kelly), and Luke Perry (Dylan) to create three 30-second spots for their back-to-school and fall denim campaigns. Both Tori Spelling (Donna) or Brian Austin Green (David) were notably absent -- but there's always spring. Here's our favorite below, but Fashionista.com has all three up for your full one minute and 30 seconds of viewing pleasure.
In other news of television stars trying to hold onto a good thing, Alana "dollah makes me hollah" Thompson's TLC show, "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," debuted this week with strong ratings. According to E! Online, "the premiere of their show attracted 2.2 million viewers last night and was No. 1 ... among all ad-supported cable in its time period among women 25-52/18-39/18-34." The show follows the 6-year-old "Toddlers and Tiaras" breakout star and her Georgia family through their day-to-day activities and her pageant pursuits, no matter how tragic they may be. Not hooked yet? To quote Thompson: "You better redneck-ognize!"
And finally, in other ratings news, NBC made a strategic pilot placement that may pay off in the long run (or at least it did this time.) The channel previewed Matthew Perry's new comedy, "Go On," immediately after their nightly Olympics coverage, resulting in a whopping 16.1 million viewers. (#NBCWin) The show officially premieres on Sept. 11.
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