Dylan's done gone. Luke Perry has confirmed that he will not be appearing on the CW's 90210, despite the reveal in Tuesday's episode that Dylan McKay is the father of Kelly Taylor's (Jennie Garth) son Sammy.
During a conference call today about his upcoming guest stint on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, where he will play a foster parent suspected of child abuse, he was asked about the possibility of appearing on the new series. Perry replied, shall we say, tersely...
Reporter: Now, the most recent 90210 episode had a reference to Dylan, does that mean that we'll see you there soon?
L.P.: They own the name and likeness.
Reporter: That’s a yes or no?
L.P.: That would be a no.
According to my sources at the CW network, executive producers have approached both Luke Perry and Jason Priestley repeatedly over the past several months. Both have declined to reprise their roles as Dylan McKay and Brandon Walsh, respectively.
Luke Perry is keeping up a busy schedule of other television guest appearances. In addition to his role on SVU, he will appear on Criminal Minds this season as a dangerously imbalanced polygamist cult leader who takes one of the BAU agents hostage. Former teen idol Priestley, for his part, has been directing television, including episodes of ABC Family's hit The Secret Life of the American Teenager.
As for another original 90210 guy, I spoke to Brian Austin Green last week about whether David Silver would be joining ex-stepsister Kelly Taylor, ex-stepmother Jackie Taylor (Ann Gillespie) and half-sister Erin Silver (Jessica Stroup) in his old ZIP code, and he told me, "I've talked to them, and it's really just a timing thing right now. I am kinda busy. I am on Terminator." (Green is a series regular on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, playing John Connor's cranky uncle-from-the-future, Derek Reese.)
So, do you think Sammy will be OK without a papa in the picture? Will Kelly carry on OK without her baby daddy? Post in the comments!
—Additional reporting by Natalie Abrams and Jennifer Godwin