11/13/2008 AT 05:40 PM EST
Even almost a decade after the original Beverly Hills, 90210
series finale – and before CW launched its 90210
remake – Aaron Spelling still had the famous zip code on his mind.
"Aaron talked about ... the idea of sort of doing a new 90210
," Jason Priestley told reporters in a conference call on Tuesday. "He was talking about it right up until the time that he passed away."
Although Spelling, who died
in June 2006, didn't get a chance to see the 90210
spinoff, Priestley said he's sure the TV mogul is "looking down on all of this and smiling very broadly."
Unlike his former 90210
costars Jennie Garth and Shannen Doherty, who have reprised their roles in the new series, Priestley, 39, said he doesn't plan on making any guest appearances. Instead, he'll get behind the camera to direct an upcoming episode.
"There really wasn't anything interesting for me to do as [my character] Brandon on that show," he explained. "I felt that I just had more to offer as a director."
In the acting department, however next for Priestley is a guest spot on Thursday's My Name is Earl
, where he'll play Earl's backpack model cousin.
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