Ian Ziering’s Idea For 90210 Spinoff: Steve Sanders’ Evil Twin
In the pantheon of television evil, we have J.R. Ewing, Dr. Kimberly Mancini and perhaps one day soon … Steve Sanders’ evil twin brother.
This previously unheard of evil force could emerge, Ian Ziering — who played Sanders on the original Beverly Hills, 90210 — playfully suggests, when the spinoff launches on The CW.
“I’d like to see Steve’s twin brother show up on the show,” Ziering told PEOPLE at the Dancing With the Stars 100th episode celebration. “If you think Steve was bad, well Steve was tame compared to his twin.”
This premise could work, Ziering says with a sly smile, since Steve Sanders was famously adopted on the original show (90210 fun fact: he found out when he was 16).
“As it turns out he has a twin who was adopted to another family — a less solvent family. He was from the other side. His name is Ben Sanders and he didn’t drive a Corvette like Steve. He got his smarts from the street.”
While he would not comment on whether he’d don the usually mandatory big mustache for the evil twin part, the light-haired Ziering said he would dye appropriately. “I’d go all dark — the hair, the eyebrows. And I’d cap my teeth.”
Evil twins aside, Ziering says his initial take to the news of 90210 redux was slight skepticism. “My first reaction was, ‘often imitated, never duplicated,'” says Ziering. “They picked up the reins on an iconic show. It takes a lot … But I wish them the best. I want the show to succeed.” –Bryan AlexanderJason LaVeris/FilmMagic; John Shearer/FilmMagic