Melrose Place News – Daphne Zuniga Returns!!! And other casting news…

Posted: July 29, 2009 in Amy Locane, Baywatch, Britney Spears, Brooke Burns, Daphne Zuniga, Days of Our Lives, Grant Show, Josie Bissett, Kelly Carlson, Kristian Alfonso, Laura Leighton, Melrose Place, Patrick Muldoon, Thomas Calabro

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So, another old fave is returning to Melrose…Daphne Zuniga is returning for a few episodes as Jo Reynolds.  You may all remember that Jo moved into the complex about half way through the first season replacing Sandy Louise Harling (Amy Locane).  Jo came on the scene as a photographer with a lot of baggage and was a total rebel.  She carried a gun and rode a motorcycle.  Total bad ass!  😉  Anywho, after a few seasons, Jo was softened beyond recognition and soon found herself always being the damsel in distress.  That said, her romance with Jake Hanson (Grant Show) was definitely one for the ages on Melrose.  They had great chemistry, but were always being broken up by other characters.  Jo found herself at odds with Jane (Josie Bissett) when Jo began dating Richard (Patrick Muldoon) who was Jane’s ex.  Jo left Melrose after some guy she was dating proposed to her and took her away.  Now, Jo will be returning to Melrose as a professional photographer.  No news yet on what her story will be.  But I’ll keep looking!  Daphne marks the fourth original cast member to return to Melrose, with Laura Leighton (Sydney), Thomas Calabro (Michael), and Jose Bissett (Jane) also set to return.

Daphne Zuniga returns as Jo Reynolds

Daphne Zuniga returns as Jo Reynolds

In other casting news, Brooke Burns of Baywatch fame, is also moving into Melrose.  Brooke will be playing Michael’s (Thomas Calabro) wife, Vanessa Mancini.  Apparently Michael will be up to his old antics and Vanessa will get caught up in it all.

Brooke Burns as Vanessa Mancini

Brooke Burns as Vanessa Mancini

Also, fans of the original series will remember when Sydney (Laura Leighton) worked for a famous Hollywood Madame, played by Days of Our Live’s Kristian Alfonso (Hope on Days).  Well, it looks like one of the new residents will be repeating history…and the new Madame has been cast.  She will be played by Kelly Carlson of Nip/Tuck fame.

Kelly Carlson as the new madame

Kelly Carlson as the new madame

If you’ve been watching The CW at all this summer, you’ve been seeing a few promos for the new Melrose set to the sound of Britney Spears.  Well, here are a few promo posters for the new series.  Looks like Melrose is going to be hotter than ever!!!!

Melrose Premiere Ad 1

Melrose Premiere Ad 2

Melrose Premiere Ad 3

Melrose Premiere Ad 4

All of this info came from TV Fanatic!  Enjoy!!!

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