60 SECONDS WITH 90210'S JOE E. TATA

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Got a minute? Joe E. Tata, better known as the Peach Pit's lovable proprietor Nat, speaks out about returning to Beverly Hills for the new 90210 and what we can expect the revamped crew to serve up.

Q: How do the new actors compare with the original cast?

A: It's tough to say that yet, because everybody smiles and everybody is nice. And when we first met back then, everybody smiled and everybody was nice.

Q: So we don't have any gossip-column divas yet?

A: Oh, not yet. Give 'em a chance to make some money. I used to say I was the Tony Curtis of the show—you know, the old guy. Then, after the third year, they were telling me what to do. They were explaining to me what the situation was.

Q: What can we expect from the new Peach Pit?

A: I have no idea. Everything has been a mystery to me. We shot at this restaurant. They made it the Peach Pit—upscale, a little more restaurant-ish, if you will.

Q: What's happening with the Peach Pit's infamous nightclub, After Dark?

A: After Dark is now going to just be called the Pit. Now, that's the only scoop you get, sweetheart. I can hear Aaron Spelling's voice: "Joey, be careful what you say, now."

Q: How did it feel running around with a bunch of high-schoolers?

A: I was just the oldest kid in the group. Instead of being just the guy that owned the restaurant, the writers made me the hub of everything. I was the surrogate everybody: the brother, the uncle, the father they didn't have or see. It was really aces.

Q: Who was a better match with Dylan: Brenda or Kelly?

A: I don't know. I was the only person on the show that never got laid. Does that help? So therefore I don't know Brenda, Kelly, or, you know, Tori or whatever. Pick one—whoever was there. I wanted to raise my hand during the press tour—put my hand up and ask a question. I was gonna say, "I want two questions answered: Am I really gonna run the Peach Pit? And do I get laid this time?" Ruth Baron



Brenda says goodbye to Nat and the Peach Pit.


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