So, for my first blog, I must write about something that is coming up that I’m VERY excited about…the new Melrose Place that’s being developed for The CW.
Now, to start off, I was a HUGE fan of the original 90210 which lead to the spinoff, Melrose Place. That show, to this very day, is one of my fave shows of all time. It was so juicy, and it featured some of my fave TV characters of all time: Sydney (played by Laura Leighton), Kimberly (played by Marcia Cross), Amanda (played by Heather Locklear), Jane (played by Josie Bissett), Michael (played by Thomas Calabro), Jake (played by Grant Show), and Peter (played by Jack Wagner).
Fast forward to 2008, a new 90210 is introduced. While the show is subpar in stories, I’ve LOVED watching it to catch the retuns of Jennie Garth, Shannen Doherty, Tori Spelling, and Joe E. Tata. Now we find out that this new 90210 is getting a spinoff…Melrose Place! I’m ecstatic. So, I’ve been trying to keep up on all the casting news, so here is what we know so far…
First off, Ashlee Simpson-Wentz (sis to Jessica Simpson and former star of her own reality show and 7th Heaven) has joined the cast. Many people are complaining about it, but I don’t really understand why. I’m not a fan of her’s, but I wasn’t a fan of half of the original cast prior to the show starting. So, I’m looking forward to see what she’ll offer the new show.
Laura Leighton has signed on to play Sydney Andrews again! This is the MOST exciting news about the new show for me so far, since she was my fave character on the original. I hated it when they killed her off, but I did love that she married Craig (which is my name). Now she’ll be the new owner of the building that all the residents live in, so she’ll be Amanda 2.0. Very cool!
Thomas Calabro has also signed on to play Michael Mancini again! WOO HOO!!!! So far I only see that he’ll be in the pilot, which doesn’t guarantee he’ll be recurring or that we’ll even see him again after the pilot, but still VERY cool news! Maybe Syd is still after Michael.
Heather Locklear will NOT be returning…at least not yet. It has been said that she couldn’t think of a good reason why her character would return. I tend to agree. While I did LOVE Amanda Woodward, I just don’t think she’d fit in with this new 20/30 something crowd unless she were to play someone’s boss at D&D Advertising (but from what I’ve seen and heard about the new cast, I don’t think any of them are working at D&D).
I also hear that the teacher on the new 90210, the one dating Kelly, will be the character that has connections to the new Melrose cast, so that’s where the spinoff will spring from.
I’m definitely excited that we’re getting a new Melrose. My hope is that it will start off much much better than the new 90210 has. (I do hear things will be getting fixed on the new 90210 though, but that’s another blog).
So, what do you all think of the new Melrose? Which original cast members would you like to see make a return?