According to a source, Spelling, 46, agreed to do only six shows during contract talks as part of a clever moneymaking strategy.
“The cast all took major pay cuts in exchange for executive producer credits and a slice of the backend,” explained the insider, noting, “That way, if it did well, they would have leverage to negotiate.”
“Now that it’s a rating success, she will rake in the cash,” continued the source, revealing the stars of the Fox Beverly Hills 90210 reboot “will ask for a massive raise” to reprise their roles for more episodes.
Sources have told The Hollywood Reporter that the show's original stars (Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling, Gabrielle Carteris, Shannen Doherty, Jason Priestley, Brian Austin Green and Ian Ziering) are making $70,000 per episode. Garth, 47, and Spelling are also receiving an additional $15,000 per episode for co-creating the reboot, but still, the cast's salaries are not impressive when compared to those of other TV stars.
But whether the show ever ended up making money or not, Spelling and her costars were determined to get their “passion project” shot one way or another.
“The cast did whatever they had to do to make it work, even on a shoestring budget,” said the source, confirming that “the network will have a Season 2.”