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Jane gives the cops incriminating evidence against Ella on Melrose Place.

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Blonde Ambition: Jane blackmailed Ella for a red carpet moment that didn't happen.

Blonde Ambition: Jane blackmailed Ella for a red carpet moment that didn't happen.

Movie Madness

It’s said that Los Angeles is a one-industry town. Last night’s episode of Melrose Place dramatized this theory by interweaving everyone’s storylines around the big premiere of a romantic comedy. Ella (Katie Cassidy) of course handled PR for the film’s female star. Jonah was the screenwriter’s college buddy. Auggie’s restaurant hosted the premiere’s after party and David, looking for a way to earn an honest buck (for a change), nabbed a gig at Coal working the party. The big premiere became a game of one-upmanship when Sydney’s formerly sweet sister Jane (Josie Bissett) showed up, introduced herself as the complex’s new owner and wasted no time in demanding that Ella outfit her star client for the red carpet in one of Jane’s designs in exchange for Jane’s silence about some incriminating emails Syd sent her about Ella just before her death. At first Ella caves to Jane’s threats, but ends up giving her one-shouldered horror the heave-ho for another dress. Luckily for Ella, David (Shaun Sipos) dug up some equally damning dirt on Jane and the suspicious fire that decimated her boutique. Unluckily for Ella, however, Jane’s thirst for revenge proved stronger than David’s threats and she snitched to the cops about Syd’s emails after all. Ella has some explaining to do! Violet, meanwhile, admitted she swiped cash from her adoptive parents back in Oregon when she ditched them for L.A. Playing for sympathy, she hinted she had been molested. Riley was sympathetic. Jonah wasn’t buying it and he’s got bail money riding on Violet’s dependability to boot. 

Lauren learned that being a call girl can be risky business.

Lauren learned that being a call girl can be risky business.

Working Girls

Lauren, the only Melroser without a stake in the big movie premiere, had a very bad night. Waiting for her bespectacled regular customer at a swanky hotel, she gets hit on by a seemingly cleancut guy. When her john gets stuck in Chicago, a frustrated Lauren (Stephanie Jacobsen) accepts the guy’s offer for a freelance gig, only to get ripped off when he refuses to pay for services rendered, roughing her up in the process. Her bad night takes a turn for the worse when the hotel security guard nearly arrests her for prostitution. A sexy blonde (played by Nip/Tuck’s Kelly Carlson) intervenes, rescuing Lauren with some friendly advice to not infringe on her “territory.” The next day a bruised Lauren realizes she needs the safety of professional representation and calls the woman up to discuss career opportunities. I wonder if a benefits package is included.
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Josie Bissett returns to Melrose Place as Sydney’s sister Jane

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Jane in TV GuideTV Guide has a great shot of Josie Bissett, who returns to Melrose Place next week as a tougher version of Sydney’s sister (and Michael’s ex-wife) Jane. The 38-year-old blonde, who’s looking hot as ever, reminisces about her years on the original Melrose and shares tidbits about her storyline in the September 29 episode. Seems Jane is going to come up against Ella and David. She has some incriminating information about Ella that Syd sent her just before her murder, but David has his own dirt on the newly devious designer. I guess this means Ella won’t be publicizing Jane’s fashions anytime soon. Josie is set for another guest shot in the future, but the  TV Guide article doesn’t indicate that Jane will get any reunion scenes with Michael in this coming episode. What a shame! I guess we’ll have to wait for her return engagement. In the meantime, here’s a blast from the past from YouTube showing the warm and cuddly relationship Jane and Syd shared back in the good old days. Will Jane be making another splash this week? Tune in Melrosers!

What do Michael Mancini’s computer files contain on Melrose Place?

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Did Sydney blackmail Michael once too often?

Did Sydney blackmail Michael once too often?

Daddy Dearest 

 

David’s campaign against his dastardly dad Michael Mancini is heating up. Convinced that the good doctor killed Sydney, he shadows his pop and plants a device on his work computer, almost getting caught in the act by a Lauren, who’s angling to win a spot on Michael’s surgical team. Michael (Thomas Calabro) is at first chilly to Lauren, questioning her financial predicament, but when she inadvertently spills the beans on David’s unannounced visit to his office, he realizes she may be the perfect spy to keep an eye on his vengeful offspring. David won his own round in the father-son war when he downloaded some folders on daddy’s computer with the names of some current and former Melrose residents. What’s Michael up to? David may hate Michael for abandoning his dying mom (just how low can this detestable doc get?), but his suspicions could still prove valid. We now know that Michael helped Syd fake her death to escape someone who was threatening her on the original Melrose (loved the cheesy flashback rug, Michael!). He could have lost everything if Syd, understandably peeved after serving a six-year stint in the big house, reported his role in her felony to the medical board. If he killed Sydney, he may have her sister (and his former doormat wife) Jane to contend with when Josie Bissett shows up next week as the new landlady. Expect fireworks! 

Auggie (Colin Egglesfield) wants to get cooking with Riley.

Auggie (Colin Egglesfield) wants to get cooking with Riley.

Sex, Lies & Videotape

 

Ella’s latest plot to boost Jonah’s career – and possibly rescue him from a life of boredom with the ambivalent Riley – involves getting him a directing gig on a music video by a Lady Gaga-type pop star with a serious case of paranoia. Jonah not only does a head shrink on the gun-toting Gaga wannabe, but his brilliant changes to the original video concept, and his sensitive-guy charms get practically everyone on the shoot itching to jump his bones. He of course remains true blue to Riley, leaving Ella to stew in her guilt when her boss Caleb swipes the director credit away and returns it to his famous client. Riley, in turn, reveals she may not be as impervious to temptation as he is when she empties a bottle of wine and shares a kiss with Auggie, who lends a well-muscled shoulder for her to lean on while she sorts out her feelings. Riley stops herself, this time. Who could blame her if she hadn’t?

Violet (Ashlee Simpson-Wentz) raided Sydney's closet for the perfect dress to woo Auggie.

Violet (Ashlee Simpson-Wentz) raided Sydney's closet for the perfect dress to woo Auggie.

Violet, meanwhile, continues her campaign to cozy up to Auggie at Coal. When he rejects her gift of pricey designer shades, she sulks. She may do more if she realizes Riley is the one who truly warms Auggie’s oven. She’s lucky Lauren didn’t catch her wearing momma Sydney’s green sausage dress. Perhaps Lauren can borrow it on her next “date?”

 

 

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Katie Cassidy named a standout on Melrose Place by TV Guide.

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Ella TV GuideIt’s always the bad girls who have the most fun.  Just ask Heather Locklear. The heir to her former throne as Melrose Place’s resident troublemaking blonde, Katie Cassidy, just got the seal of approval from TV Guide, which gave her a resounding Cheer in its “Cheers & Jeers” section this week. Katie received high praise for her seamless transformation from victimized bride in the canceled murder-mystery series Harper’s Island to the self-possessed, ambitious publicist Ella Simms on the new Melrose. Congrats to Katie and keep those killer lines coming!

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September 20, 2009 at 8:52 pm

Is Violet Sydney’s nutcase daughter on Melrose Place?

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Ella has her eye on more than Jonah's career.

Ella has her eye on more than Jonah's career.

Agent Provocateur

That Ella is some kind of publicist. She really shone in this week’s episode, sending bad vibes to Jonah and Riley’s engagement and bluffing her way into winning a major new PR client. Katie Cassidy is really good in this role and her lines are hysterical. I wonder how Josh Hartnett felt about her dig at him when she was pitching the British actor at the party? Let’s hope her new boss Caleb stays around for a while. The twist of him wanting to come to an “oral agreement” with the actor after Ella had refused to, um, “go there,” was priceless.  Caleb is played by the superhot Victor Webster, who sci-fi TV fans may remember from the syndicated show Mutant X. His character threw lightning bolts. He certainly jolted me! For fans of the original Melrose, the scenes where Jonah and Riley argue are eerily similar to those between Billy (Andrew Shue) and Allison (Courtney Thorne-Smith) when Amanda (Heather Locklear) first came on the scene to cause trouble between them. This could mean that they’re destined to be Melrose’s most boring couple. Hopefully there’s truth to the rumors I’ve heard that Riley is gonna loosen up and have a fling with Auggie.

Like Mother, Like Daughter?

Auggie, meanwhile, has his hands full grieving over Sydney’s death, although we don’t know whether it’s because he misses his former AA mentor-with-benefits or he’s remorseful for having killed her. While dodging the cops’ investigation into Syd’s murder, he seems pretty genuine in his desire to help out Violet, who may be her long-lost daughter. Violet’s much-anticipated reunion with her mom didn’t pan out quite like she had hoped and she got a bit Fatal Attraction on Syd, which makes me think she’s telling the truth because it was a reaction I would totally expect of Sydney herself. Auggie may have a cloud of death hovering over him what with the fatal stabbing of his girlfriend during his fight with another patron at a club, but we might need to worry more for his well-being if Violet, who nabbed a hostess job at Coal thanks to a sexy “Queer Eye” makeover courtesy of Ella, is stalking him. That last scene where she dives into the pool again showcased her creepy smile. Something’s rotten with that redhead!

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Melrose Place gang gets a two-page spread in Entertainment Weekly!

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The sweet young things from The CW Network’s new Melrose Place are still the darlings of the media, scoring their third consecutive two-page spread in a major magazine. Entertainment Weekly’s Fall TV preview issue features the cast, including original Melrose stars Laura Leighton and Thomas Calabro, in a fun-loving pose uncorking Champagne. Although nicely decked out, as usual, they appear more spontaneous and happy to finally be on air. Here’s the scan (in two parts so you can see how cute they all are up close) and tune in on Tuesday!

Melrose in EW 1

 

Melrose in EW 2

Melrose Place returns and, yep, Sydney’s dead.

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TV Guide featured Laura Leighton and Ashlee Simpson-Wentz on its Fall Sneak Preview issue.

TV Guide featured Laura Leighton and Ashlee Simpson-Wentz on the cover of its Fall Sneak Preview issue.

Hello, I Must be Going

So the rumors were true. Laura Leighton returned to her role of Sydney Andrews on the new version of Melrose Place only to be killed off in the first ten minutes of the premiere episode. Luckily the new show’s premise works in flashbacks of Syd giving the cast ample reasons to off her. Flashback Sydney blackmailing her tenants left and right while hittin’ the sauce is better than no Sydney at all, we say. We’re also happy to see that the new Melrose residents are an interesting group independent of the murder mystery. The new Amanda, publicist Ella Simms (Katie Cassidy), is arguably the most fascinating of the new players. Like Amanda before her, Ella talks tough and has a voracious lust for life, not to mention hotties of both genders, but she showed a soft side when she learned of good-guy filmmaker Jonah Miller’s proposal to good-girl teacher Riley (Jessica Lucas). A visibly disappointed Ella was quick to point out that it wasn’t a good sign that Riley hesitated to accept his proposal. When Jonah (Michael Rady) later melted Riley’s heart by refusing to sell out to a movie mogul after accidentally filming him cheating on his Hollywood wife during his kid’s lavish birthday party, Melrose’s cutest couple celebrated in grand romantic style while Ella distracted herself with a hot nightclub hookup with a sexy girl. Michael Mancini’s son David (Shaun Sipos) is definitely a chip off the old Mancini block. We’re introduced to him while he’s hooking up with a gal and gets called away by Syd, who of course was hitting the sheets with him as well as with the still married Dr. Mancini. Next thing we know she’s sucking pool water face down while fellow redhead Violet (Ashley Simpson-Wentz) screams her head off. Violet is supposed to be an innocent, but when she gives cash-strapped med student Lauren (Stephanie Jacobsen) advice about swapping sexual favors for money, the devilish glint in her eyes suggested that she may indeed be Syd’s daughter. Her swiping Syd’s photo at the end lent credibility to this theory. Auggie, the sexy chef played by Colin Egglesfield, burned somebody’s bloodied shirt in the final scene. Who’s he protecting? Tune in next week, Melrosers! Overall, I like this new Melrose, even though there’s no cool theme song. Guess you can’t have everything.

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