Steve Sanders, Gladiator!

While his former “90210” co-stars all sign beneficial deals (well, all but Tori – who has pulled out because Jennie and Shannon were getting greater capital) to reprise their long-forgotten roles on the series’ revamp, Ian ‘Steve Sanders’ Ziering basks in the glory of – heh – winning a role in a new National Lampoon’s spoof.

Now if this was 1984, and we were talking about the National Lampoon of “Vacation” and “Class Reunion”, then this’d be quite the coup for Ziering – who’s barely worked since flattening Sanders’ perm at the end of the series run. But it ain’t ’84, and these days, National Lampoon would pretty much slap a sticker bearing their name on a hot steaming turd if it was cool enough to touch. It’s all about the back-end points bitches!

Ziering’s big comeback? “National Lampoon’s The Legend of Awesomest Maximus,” a spoof on films like “300”. Um, but didn’t we just see that? Wasn’t it called “Meet the Spartans”?

Not that Ziering, Sophie Monk (“Date Movie”), Will Sasso (TVs “Mad TV”), Kristanna Loken (“Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines”) and the frighteningly thin Rip Torn (has the dude dropped some pounds or what?!) care – after all, its paid work, not something a lot of them see much of.

We wait. Anxiously.