GOLD IN THEM THAR HILLS
The contracts for the gang at Fox's Beverly Hills, 90210, which this year is scoring its highest ratings ever, run out at the end of the season. Which of the remaining original cast members, all of whom signed five-year deals in 1989, will be back next year?
We hear that Ian Ziering (Steve), Brian Austin Green (David) and Jennie Garth (Kelly) will all return, having agreed to one-year extensions. Jason Priestley (Brandon) signed for another year too, but next season he will also be listed (and compensated) as a producer, which means, among other things, that he'll be attending 90210 writers' meetings.
Gabrielle Carteris (Andrea) will apparently show up only on a recurring basis because she will be spending most days as the host of her own syndicated talk show, The Gabrielle Carteris Show, which Fox is hoping to launch in the fall. Her representatives are still discussing her 90210 status, but her manager promises "she will do a number of episodes."
As for Tori Spelling
(Donna), whose father, Aaron Spelling, is 90210's producer, her representative will say only that she's coming back next year.
And what does the future hold for Luke Perry (Dylan) as far as 90210 is concerned? There is no clear word yet. His manager says that discussions with the show regarding Perry's return are still ongoing.
No sooner had we read reports that Jerry Seinfeld had rekindled his romance with his college student love, Shoshanna Lonstein, 19, than word came that the two were spotted, along with a gal pal of Lonstein's, window shopping for diamonds at Cartier's in Beverly Hills. His rep offered the usual "no comment."
FINDER, NOT KEEPER
The good news for Antonio Sabato Jr., the well-built star of NBC's Earth 2, was that he found a $1 million emerald during a dive for sunken treasure in the waters off Key West, Fla. The bad news is that he doesn't get to keep it.
The dive for the Atocha (a Spanish galleon that went down in 1622) was made under the direction of sunken-treasure salvager Mel Fisher as part of an NBC special, The Hunt for Amazing Treasure, airing March 1. Sabato will serve as host of the special, but it is Fisher, by contract, who gets to keep the goods.