Tonight's "Beverly Hills, 90210" episode largely departs from tales of dating, shopping and teen-age Angst to give its version of a disquieting event of a year ago that drew national attention: Banning High School's refusal to play a football game against Dorsey following shootings at Dorsey's stadium.
"The events surrounding Dorsey and Banning really saddened me," said Charles Rosin, the executive producer of Fox's popular drama (airing at 8 p.m., Channels 11 and 6). "The fantasy of high school sports plays into the psyche of Americana. We have trouble fulfilling that illusion here in Los Angeles County."
Last spring's civil unrest and "the whole disintegration of the whole multicultural city before our eyes" was a second reason to do the episode, according to Rosin.
He said that he, supervising producers Steve Wasserman and Jessica Klein, and Aaron Spelling, whose company produces the series, felt that "if we were going to be a contemporary show in Los Angeles, we have to address the feelings, anger and mistrust that seems to pervade our city."