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The Doctor Is In! Thomas Calabro Signs On for New Melrose

Thomas Calabro

It appears that Sydney's checkered romantic past with former brother-in-law Michael Mancini might not necessarily be in the past.

On the heels of Laura Leighton becoming the first original Melrose Place resident to join the CW's reboot, sources tell TVGuide.com that Thomas Calabro also has signed on for the pilot.

Calabro will reprise his role of Dr. Michael Mancini. As for how exactly the morally gray Michael will ... read more

Leighton 'Lords over New Melrose Pilot! Plus: Meet Jake's Son

Laura Leighton, Shaun Sipos

Heather Locklear may have passed on the chance to be a part of the CW's Melrose Place reboot, but Laura Leighton — who played sassy schemer Sydney Andrews on the original Fox prime-time sudser — has said yes.

Leighton will reprise her role in the pilot and then continue on as a recurring player, "if" the new Melrose gets ordered to series, says the Hollywood Reporter. Sources tell the trade that Sydney will serve as the landlord of the titular apartment complex/den of iniquity.

For those not familiar with Leighton's character, I — as someone who used to "blog" recaps for Melrose in another age of man, before this Internet thing met its promise — can sum up Sydney as ... read more

Pilot News: Terminator Toughie Turns Tricks on Melrose

Stephanie Jacobsen, Colin Egglesfield

Apartments are filling up fast at the CW's new Melrose Place, so get your first month's rent (plus security deposit) to Amanda Woodward (or her current stand-in) pronto!

Stephanie Jacobsen, who this season has been appearing on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, has joined the soapy pilot in the role of Lauren, a med student by day, high-end call girl by night. (You can't ... read more

Heather Locklear Not Moving Back to Melrose Place

Heather Locklear

Casting for the CW's reboot of Melrose Place is in full swing, but one star won't drop in: Heather Locklear.

Locklear, who played Amanda Woodward on the original Fox series, has turned down an offer to bring her character to the update, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Unlike the recently rebooted 90210 — which found success in bringing back original cast members Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling — a source tells EW, "there wasn't a way to bring [Locklear] back that made sense."

Meanwhile, the show ... read more

Simpson-Wentz's Reason for Moving to Melrose Place: Baby Bronx

Ashlee Simpson

Melrose Place fans are divided over the casting of Ashlee Simpson-Wentz in the show's upcoming CW reboot, but those who are angry have one person to blame: Bronx Mowgli.

The singer-actress took the gig to remain close to her three-month-old son, according to People. "She wanted something stable so she could be close to her baby," a friend of Simpson-Wentz said. "She was specifically looking for something in television as her next step, that filmed in Los Angeles, so she wouldn't have to be away from Bronx."

So is Ashlee giving up music for good? read more

Who Would Make You Watch the Melrose Place Remake?

Mischa Barton

We're starting to see the new Melrose Place lineup take shape, but the powers that be need your help! The CW has recently green-lit the pilot, to be directed by Oscar winner Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth — yes, you read that correctly).

First up, Swingtown's Michael Rady (he has also appeared on Greek) has signed on to fill the new "Billy" slot as an aspiring filmmaker. Next: Katie Cassidy, Supernatural's demon Ruby and a cast member of CBS' upcoming Harper's Island (which, if you've read anything about the horror-mystery drama, chances are she dies, so don't worry), is playing a character that sounds a lot like Amanda Woodward.

Rumors persist that the producers are actively pursuing Grant Show and Heather Locklear to reprise their roles from the original. Then there is that pesky Mischa Barton rumor.

But before things get out of hand, let's offer them our two cents, shall we? Read on to see who we think should join the new Melrose cast...

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Michael Rady Is First to Move to New Melrose Place

Michael Rady

It's pilot casting, Six Degrees of Separation-style.

Michael Rady, who, like Grant Show, starred on CBS' short-lived Swingtown, is the first actor to call the CW's new Melrose Place home.

(For those young whippersnappers who need me to "connect the dots," Show starred on the original Melrose.)

Rady, says the Hollywood Reporter, will play ... read more

Melrose 2.0 Gets Greenlight

Melrose Place

The original Melrose Place was never a very high-minded place, but the CW is giving its reboot not only the greenlight but a green-minded director: Inconvenient Truth Oscar-winner Davis Guggenheim.

Like the 90s original, the new Melrose will follow a group of twentysomethings living in a trendy section of Los Angeles, according to The Hollywood Reporter. But with Guggenheim helming the pilot, they may recycle and drive Priuses this go-round.

Guggenheim, who also directed the Barack Obama bio film played at the Democratic National Convention, has a bit of history with Melrose: his brother-in-law is original cast member ... read more

Is Another 90210 Reunion In Store?

Grant Show

Kelly Taylor definitely had her share of men during her original 90210 days. There was Dylan, Brandon, Colin, Matt — she even dated Steve in the early years. But one of her short-lived ex's, Jake Hanson (played by Grant Show), may be making a return to the 90210 reboot for a long-overdue reunion.

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It's Grant Showtime on Private Practice ... and Melrose 2.0?

Grant Show, Private Practice

This week on ABC's Private Practice (Wednesdays at 9 pm/ET), Addison feels the brotherly love when Grant Show begins a stint as her studly sib. In this TVGuide.com Q&A, Show previews Archer Montgomery's first Oceanside Wellness hook-up, ponders why Swingtown couldn't keep it up, and reveals whether Jake Hanson might turn up on the CW's "new" Melrose Place.

TVGuide.com: What brings about this surprise visit from Archer?
Grant Show: I come into town because I miss Addison. When she was living in New York we were real tight, so I try to get her to come back to New York with me. In the meantime, I start a little somethin'-somethin' with Naomi — just to piss off my sister, I think! [Laughs]

TVGuide.com: What is the dynamic between Addison and Archer?
Show: I don't know if you've ever hung out with rich siblings, but they have very strange relationships. Almost incestuous ... read more

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Premiered: July 08, 1992, on FOX
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: Slinky lingerie, rampant lunatics and loves usually gone wrong added up to many a soap fan's favorite campy pleasure. Early ratings were limp until executive producer Aaron Spelling spiced up the proceedings by bringing Heather Locklear and her wicked Amanda to the party, followed by plenty of bed-hopping, backstabbing and cliffhangers to go with the cheesy melodrama. As the show wrapped, Locklear said that `Melrose' gave her a character who `had sex more than anybody I have ever known.'

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