Thanks to a multicultural background that helped him land a variety of roles, actor Michael Steger graduated from guest appearances on television to become a star as the charming, but politically-char...
Five years after we met West Beverly High's newest generation of rich kids, the time has come (again) to say goodbye to the most famous zip code in the world. The CW's 90210 might have been conceived as a reboot of the '90s teen drama Beverly Hills, 90210, but after midwestern transplants Annie and Dixon Wilson adjusted to California life it quickly became its own show.
The final episode of the drama felt very retro — the Goo Goo Dolls performed, proving that it might actually still be the '90s in Beverly Hills — but it also tied up plenty of loose ends for some happy and not-so-happy endings. Can you guess the Jen Linley of this bunch?
Let's take a look back at where the gang began, and where they ended up:
Annie (Shenae Grimes) She might've started out as a goody-goody drama kid — the Anne Hathaway of West Bev — but Annie's story took a dark turn into rebellion, vehicular manslaughter, and prostitution. Interestingly enough, Annie managed to snag the only straight-up happy ending of the bunch: She and Liam finally got engaged.
Dixon (Tristan Wilds) Dixon went through plenty of trauma in a five-year span, including the David Silver Memorial Aspiring Musician Drug Problem and a terrible car accident, but interestingly enough, he seemed the most unchanged out of the group. Good ol' smiley Dixon.
Naomi (AnnaLynne McCord) Once a straight-up bitch, Naomi Summer Roberts'd herself into the position of intimidating, confident friend who's actually a softie at heart. When her family lost their fortune she learned humility, and came out on the other side with just as excellent a wardrobe, a newfound urgency to do good in the world, and much straighter hair.
Navid (Michael Steger) Navid always had it bad for Adrianna, and although he got trapped in a collapsing building and nearly died in the finale, it was because he ran in after his love and saved her life. Typical Navid. Those two ended up happily ever after as well, but in a less-than-ideal setting: the back of an ambulance.
Silver (Jessica Stroup) Poor Erin Silver was not dealt an easy hand in life. After struggling with bipolar disorder and losing her mom to breast cancer, Silver learned in the finale that she'd developed cancer too. Can the poor girl catch a break? At least she has some truly supportive friends surrounding her. (And Adrianna.)
Adrianna (Jessica Lowndes) Once a pregnant teenage former child star, Adrianna morphed into a crazy, slightly older teenage music star. For some reason all the nice dudes on the show put up with her, but thank goodness she and Navid stuck it through — his not-awfulness managed to rub off on her, at least a little.
Liam (Matt Lanter) Liam went from the guy from the other side of the tracks to a bar-owning major movie star, earning himself a much-needed attitude adjustment before finally pleasing Lannie shippers everywhere and getting down on one knee. Annie and Liam forever!
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Now that The CW has canceled 90210 after five seasons, a question hangs over the heads of the actors who comprise the drama's hot, young ensemble: What next?
With their show's series finale airing Monday, May 13, the talented 90210 cast members have plenty of options ahead of them — especially since the decision to axe the show came in the thick of pilot season. The biggest (and best) idea at this point would be to capitalize on their CW fame and hop onto another show on the same network, either joining a recurring series or a new pilot. The CW loves to keep its actors in the family and recycle them across its different series (for which we are eternally grateful: If not for Cult, how else would we see the amazing Matt Davis every week after Alaric left us with tear-streaked faces following his Vampire Diaries death?). With that in mind, we've brainstormed some dream roles for each of the displaced 90210 kids. Here's what we came up with:
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AnnaLynne McCord has both the looks and attitude perfect to play a young, successful Manhattan woman in the '80s on The Carrie Diaries. Perhaps Carrie Bradshaw will need another mentor now that her first one is her boss at Interview magazine. Shenae Grimes has the sweet country girl act down pat (Annie was a nice girl from Kansas transplanted into Beverly Hills at the start of 90210), so maybe she can head to Bluebell, Alabama and befriend Hart of Dixie's Zoey Hart — the doctor's going to need a pal after her recent heartbreak thanks to Wade's infidelity. Matt Lanter's got the build and bravado to go up against Arrow's Oliver Queen in an action-packed fight, one that we are more than glad to witness. Especially if it's shirtless. But would he be a friend or foe to our favorite archer?
Jessica Stroup bears a certain family resemblance to Dillon Casey's Sean Pierce on Nikita, so she'd be perfect as one of the sisters he had to leave behind after he faked his death last week. Jessica Lowndes has the perfect dark looks to portray a vampire (either good or evil) on The Vampire Diaries — or the potential spin off series, The Originals. Michael Steger would be great in Greg Berlanti and Julie Plec's pilot The Tomorrow People, about young people who represent the next stage in human evolution. Tristan Wilds could check out Sera Gamble's pilot Company Town, a drama revolving around a scandal at a Naval base in Virginia.
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There are also other networks, though that's sometimes easy to forget between all the shirtlessness — why would you click anywhere else? Trevor Donovan has already signed on to guest star for three episodes on ABC Family's Melissa and Joey (in fact, his stint was announced mere hours after 90210's cancellation... now that's speedy, even by Hollywood's standards). Joining a show on a different network would give the actors a chance to build their fan base outside of The CW's target demo.
Of course, there's always the option to leave acting behind and fade away into obscurity... but something tells us these beautiful people will choose to stay on our TV screens one way or another. And that's right where we want them! What do you think the 90210 alums should do next?
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90210 actor MICHAEL STEGER will put his clean-cut image to the test with a guest appearance in vampire series TRUE BLOOD - as a gay prostitute. The star will join the hit TV show for one upcoming episode, with the possibility of returning for further appearances.
Cast as the lead in the Tim Burton directed music video for the song "Bones," by popular rock band The Killers
First acting role was an appearance on the children’s adventure show, "V.R. Troopers" (FOX Kids)
Appeared in an episode of "Hannah Montana" (Disney) as a hot young tennis superstar
Film debut was the independent release "3 Girls and the Golden Cocoon"
Featured in the Disney movie "The Cheetah Girls: One World" as a young, aspiring Bollywood movie director
Cast as high school journalist Navid Shirazi in the CW spin-off series "90210"
Landed a recurring role as Miguel in "The Winner" (FOX)
Thanks to a multicultural background that helped him land a variety of roles, actor Michael Steger graduated from guest appearances on television to become a star as the charming, but politically-charged high schooler Navid Shirazi on the teen-centric reimagining of "90210" (The CW, 2008- ). Prior to his success on the remake of the popular 1990s series, Steger started his career in commercials before making his small screen debut as a child on the short-lived action series "VR Troopers" (syndicated, 1994-96). Several years later, he guest starred as a sniper on the perennial hit "NCIS" (CBS, 2003- ) before finding himself on the tween set with an episode of "Hannah Montana" (Disney Channel, 2006-2011). From there, he finally earned a main role as Navid on "90210" while branching out with episodes "Covert Affairs" (USA Network, 2010- ) and "True Blood" (HBO, 2008- ), making Steger a true star on the rise.