Thomas down and out of Beverly Hills

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One of the big draws that kept the upcoming contemporary spin-off of Beverly Hills, 90210 from sounding absolutely stupid was the fact that the very capable Rob Thomas was attached to oversee things.

Thomas, who created Veronica Mars and Cupid, was brought on to write the 90210 2.0 pilot script and run the show. It would be his first major project since Veronica. But then a funny thing happened: Everyone (well, mostly ABC) wanted to work with Thomas. Within weeks of getting the gig on 90210, two of his pilots were picked up by ABC: a remake of Cupid and an adaptation of the New Zealand hit Outrageous Fortune.

With all of this on his plate, Thomas has decided to leave his main duties as head writer on the new 90210, says E! Online. Thomas will focus his attention on his new projects, but will still be involved with 90210 in some capacity.

In other 90210 news, actress Jennie Garth--who played Kelly on the original Beverly Hills--has abruptly quit her recently announced job as star in an upcoming CBS comedy pilot, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Now, rumors are flying that her departure is linked to her joining the cast of the new 90210. Producers had been saying that they wanted an original cast member to be featured in the spin-off.

Should Garth sign on, she'd join new cast member Annalynne McCord, who was recently cast as Naomi, the hot, rich, popular girl on campus. Also signed on to the show is actor Dustin Milligan.

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