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What is it?
Come on - everyone has at least heard of Melrose Place, haven't they? This right here is a remake of the 1990s series, spawned from the Beverly Hills, 90210 franchise. Perfectly timed, since The CW has just revived 90210 as a trendy new series.
Heading up the cast is singer-turned-actress Ashlee Simpson-Wentz. Admit it - you're as curious as us to see her break away from Pete Wentz's arm and try her hand at acting. FYI: she's been cast as the charming Violet, who is also a "secret sex kitten".
Also on board is
Are any of the old cast returning?
The first original Melrose-r to sign up is Laura Leighton, who will return as the scheming Sydney Andrews. Lisa Rinna (Taylor McBride) is also said to be interested in making a reappearance on the show, and, as was the case with 90210, it's safe to assume more of the original cast will get involved shortly.
What about Heather Locklear?
Heather Locklear (Amanda Woodward in the original) has reportedly turned down a return to the show, and Marcia Cross - aka Desperate Housewives' Bree Hodge - claims she's "too busy" to reprise her role as Dr. Kimberly Shaw. Still, her character was killed off in 1997, so maybe it's not too much of a surprise that she won't be popping up again.
Any fan of teen dramas. There are strong comparisons between the Melrose remake and Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill and of course 90210. And let's not forget the huge trip down memory lane for first-time Melrose Place fans.
Anything else to sell it to me?
Well, The CW's president has promised the show will stray from the original (as much as remakes can). That means no more sensational blowing-up-buildings storylines - at least not in the pilot.
> Pilot Preview #1: Flash Forward
> Pilot Preview #2: The Gossip Girl spinoff
Check back in tomorrow for the next of our Pilot Previews!
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