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Melrose Place: Then and Now
The formula: Attractive young people live together in a Los Angeles apartment complex. There are good guys, bad girls and at least one person with a juicy secret. Sure, it's been a decade since the original Melrose went off the air, but the CW remake (which debuts Tuesday, Sept. 8, 9/8C) shows us that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Meet the new cast of pretty faces, and see which '90s vets they evoke.
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THE POWER BITCHElla Simms (Katie Cassidy) and Amanda Woodward (Heather Locklear)
While Amanda was technically a successful advertising exec, she's better known for messing with peoples' lives. Mega-flack Ella, a "dust-busting" publicist, is more deft at cleaning up messes than creating them. Bonus points: She's bisexual!
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THE WORKING GIRLLauren Yung (Stephanie Jacobsen) and Jo Reynolds (Daphne Zuniga)
Jo was an ambitious photographer on the run from her abusive husband; Lauren is a gifted medical student who is trouble paying the bills. How will she ever get out from under the crushing mountain of debt? (Hint: This is Hollywood.) Bonus points: Zuniga will cameo on the remake.
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THE VIXENViolet Foster (Ashlee Simpson-Wentz) and Sandy Harling (Amy Locane)
Both Sandy and Violet are aspiring actresses. Sandy got a job on a soap opera and moved to New York City when Locane was written off the show. Violet's stay promises to be longer, as it's reported that she has a direct tie to the first season's big mystery.
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MR. SNOOZEVILLEJonah Miller (Michael Rady) and Billy Campbell (Andrew Shue)
Jonah is a filmmaker, which is encouraging, since it implies that he has a discernible talent, unlike Billy. That said, here's hoping that Jonah blazes new nice-guy territory as he navigates the shark-infested waters of Hollywood.
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THE GUY WITH A SECRETAuggie Kirkpatrick (Colin Egglesfield) and Matt Fielding (Doug Savant)
In the late '90s, Matt's quaint secret — at least initially — was that he was gay. (Later we learned he was also annoying.) Auggie, a recovering alcoholic chef, has bigger fish to fry. His connection to Sydney has made him a target of someone's insidious plan.
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MR. RIGHT NOWDavid Breck (Shaun Sipos) and Jake Hansen (Grant Show)
Jake flirted dangerously with the underage Kelly Taylor on Beverly Hills, 90210 — edgy! David likes 'em older too, as he's currently sexing Sydney. Bonus points: Michael Mancini (aka Sydney's ex) is his dad!
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THE COUNTRY MOUSERiley Richmond (Jessica Lucas) and Alison Parker (Courtney Thorne-Smith)
Alison was just a mild-mannered receptionist before Amanda et. al. totally corrupted her. Which trajectory will Riley, a schoolteacher, follow? Will she be seduced by the bright lights of the big city? More importantly, will she accept Jonah's proposal?
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DOCTOR FEELGOODDr. Michael Mancini (Thomas Calabro) and Dr. Peter Burns (Jack Wagner)
Melrose's love is like bad medicine. Peter was the ethically dubious chief of staff at the local hospital — and Michael's chief nemesis. In the remake, Michael returns to rule the roost, both as David's dad and as Sydney's chief tormentor.
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THE DESPERATE HOUSEWIFESydney Andrews (Laura Leighton) and Jane Mancini (Josie Bissett)
Jane started off as a sweet, trusting wife. Being married to Michael cured her of her naivete pretty quickly. On the new show, Sydney takes over for Amanda as the building's landlady, and her loneliness is palpable.