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Katie Cassidy named one of Entertainment Weekly’s breakout TV stars of 2009

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Melrose Place may have ridden a rocky road in the ratings, but Katie Cassidy is flying high playing resident bad girl Ella Simms. After receiving numerous shout outs from TV Guide for her multifaceted portrayal of an ambitious Hollywood publicist with a glossy exterior and a hidden soft side, Cassidy ended the year on a high note when pop culture bible Entertainment Weekly named her one of the year’s breakout TV performers (see scan below).  What’s not to like? With a bright, mischievous grin and a lithe body boasting legs that go on forever showcased by a killer wardrobe, Katie lights up the screen in every scene she’s in. Best of all, she’s got the acting chops to deliver pitch-perfect line readings. Amanda Woodward knockoff? We think not. Katie’s made Ella an original. Congratulations to her and here’s hoping the show’s new tone boosts the ratings when it returns in early March.

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December 28, 2009 at 10:18 pm

Heather Locklear arrives to save Melrose Place.

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Heather in EWEntertainment Weekly has a shot of Melrose Place veteran Heather Locklear in costume as the famously miniskirted Amanda Woodward on her first day at work on the new Melrose. Nervous executives at the CW Network are eager to get the word out that Heather is dusting off her Amanda broomstick to stir things up just like she did on the original show back in the ’90s. Her magic touch is sorely needed to boost ratings in the wake of the abrupt cancellation of fellow CW soaper “The Beautiful Life,” which was yanked after only two showings that averaged a measly 1 million viewers. Melrose isn’t doing much better according to TV Guide, which reported its audience at 1.8 million in a recent article on how the new season’s shows are faring. Heather’s on-set photo is making the rounds of the Web and she looks trim and perky as ever. Her scenes, which begin airing November 17, should be interesting if only to see if she shows any wear and tear acting alongside the new cast members. At 48, her appeal among the CW’s young target audience is debatable. Nevertheless, her TV track record, save for the short-lived airport drama LAX, is pretty solid. Getting back to work is just what she needs given the rough times she’s had lately what with the DUI and the whole Denise Richards thing with her ex Ritchie Sambora. Maybe Heather can channel her frustrations into making Amanda’s return as ferocious as possible, giving Katie Cassidy’s Ella a true role model to emulate. November can’t come fast enough.

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

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