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Entertainment 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.
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!
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, 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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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!
Photo: Copyright 2009 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
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!
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.
The wait for the new Melrose Place is almost over! The PR machine for the eagerly anticipated update of the classic ’90s potboiler is in high gear, with the hot new Melrose cast members posing prettily for magazines like In Style and TV Guide. Below is the “exclusive” two-page spread featured in this month’s In Style. I’m not sure how exclusive it is since TV Guide ran shots of the cast on set in its August 24 sneak peek at Fall’s new shows and the cast is also featured in the TV issue of Nylon. Not that I’m complaining. The more the merrier when it comes to Melrose Place I always say! In Style gave the Melrosers the Gap treatment in comfy white tees and jeans while Nylon opted to style the cast in individualized trendy looks. See the scans below and tune in tomorrow!