Beverly Hills, 90210 — Full House and Summerland veteran Lori Loughlin has signed on for the CW’s 90210 spin-off. She’ll play Celia Mills, the former Olympic athlete who relocates to Beverly Hills with her husband and two teens. It’s rumored that pop star Hilary Duff was offered the role of Annie, the theatre-loving daughter of the Mills family. For whatever reason, it didn’t work out and Shenae Grimes of Degrassi: The Next Generation has landed the role.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer — There’s been little news about the Ripper spin-off since it was announced last year. It may have stalled but Anthony Stewart Head (Buffy’s Giles) says it’s not dead. He tells Digital Spy, “The latest is that I was over in LA last year at about this time. I bumped into Julie Gardner from BBC Wales who said ‘has anything ever happened to that?’ And at the same time I had just been speaking to Joss [Whedon] saying that there are a lot of people who keep asking about it. He said ‘Is there anybody at the BBC I can talk to about it?’ so I introduced him to Julie Gardner and they got on very well? and then the writers’ strike happened and FOX picked up an idea of his called Dollhouse that he’s doing with Eliza Dushku. So the answer is that there is a possibility of something happening… the story that he’s written could adapt to being a one-off story not necessarily related to Buffy. All that means that there is the will and there is the means. It’s a question of how, when and if it [comes together] through the next year or so.” As to the story details, Head says, “All I can say is that it’s a ghost story. But a ghost story with a real Joss Whedon difference. It’s got such a twist to it. But I wouldn’t want to give it away. It would be the worst spoiler of all time.”