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Does Sydney Andrews, played by the adorable Laura Leighton, have nine lives? Everyone who saw the previews of next week’s season finale surely noticed that Sydney has a scene, which presumably will be another flashback. Since the April 13 episode will bring the missing artwork storyline to a boiling point at the WPK offices, it stands to reason that Syd pops up in Amanda’s memory (or Ella’s) to shed light on where the damned piece of art was. Judging from the shot I found on the CW’s website, Syd’s looking very smug, like she’s rubbing salt in someone’s wounds. Maybe she appears to Amanda as a ghost to get in some digs about how Ella outsmarted her. Call me crazy, but I started thinking maybe the Melrose writers might throw us a zinger and reveal that Ms. Andrews is still alive. Hey, they already did it once to kick off the new show, so although it seems unlikely, I wouldn’t put it past them. Another reason this idea is buzzing in my head is because next week’s TV Guide is downplaying the season finale while ABC’s Ugly Betty, which is definitely signing off, got a full-page article. Now this could be good news, meaning not even TV Guide knows whether the show is gonna get axed or not. Maybe, just maaaybe, the CW is still contemplating renewing it (I hope! I hope! I hope!). On page 40, the Highlights section of TV Guide says: “At press time, it was still the ‘season’ finale, but that could change. Just like Sydney’s death status!” Was that a subtle hint? Maybe I’m overthinking it because I love Sydney. I always have. I guess we’ll find out next Tuesday. At least we know she’s gonna be wearing some killer shoes. Eat your heart out, Ella!
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TV Guide is usually pretty upbeat in its coverage of Melrose Place, but next week’s issue has a behind-the-scenes photo feature with commentary from cast member Stephanie Jacobsen (Lauren) that leads one to think the mood on the set was bittersweet during filming of the season’s final six episodes. The episodes, which begin their run March 9, include a reunion of original Melrosers Jo (Daphne Zuniga) and Jane (Josie Bissett) with the ever-rascally Michael (Thomas Calabro). I’m sure Amanda will come on the scene to offer a bitchy remark or two for old times’ sake. Let’s just hope there will be more Melrose alumni reunions to come next season. Meanwhile, here’s a scan of the article with shots of Melrose faves old and new. It’s on page 16.
Photos of Melrose Place MVP Katie Cassidy in TV Guide could be a weekly feature by now given the frequency with which she appears in the magazine. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, as Jerry Seinfeld might say. Katie fans should pick up the Jan 18-24 issue, which caught the more playful side of our Miss Ella Simms as part of its photo booth feature on TV celebs who presented at the recent People’s Choice Awards. Katie looks adorable and super approachable with an exaggerated grin that belies her cool image on the show. Style-wise, she’s as experimental as always and we’re digging the soft braid. Here are scans of the article and a closeup of Katie’s snapshot. It’s on page 19.
TV Guide got the dish on how producers of the new Melrose Place convinced Heather Lockear to return to her role as Amanda Woodward beginning in November. Unlike Laura Leighton, whose reprise of Sydney is played out in flashbacks, Amanda is going to be very much alive and ready to stir the pot, especially as it relates to Melrose’s new bad girl, Ella. Amanda dumped Dr. Peter Burns and his island (where the two had escaped to when the original show folded in 1999) and jumped from advertising to public relations in New York City. When Ms. Woodward shows up in L.A. it’s as Ella’s new boss. Does this mean WPK’s hunky honcho Caleb (Victor Webster) gets his walking papers? Hopefully not. Amanda always liked having a few good men under her well manicured thumbnail and she never minded if they were gay or straight, although we all know the straight ones provide her more perks.
Here’s a scan of TV Guide’s story on Operation Get Heather Back, which they made all the better by running side by side shots of Heather in her trademark miniskirts from 1993 and the present. Looks like Amanda’s still got it!
TV Guide can’t get enough of “Melrose Place” star Katie Cassidy, who plays the show’s deliciously ambitious publicist Ella Simms. Less than one month after getting a “Cheer” from the magazine’s Cheers & Jeers section for her outrageous performance, Katie got a full-page close-up, appropriately enough, as a “Scene Stealer” in the October 5-11 issue. The Melrose 2.0 bombshell will get a juicy opportunity to test her scene-stealing talents in November when original Melrose diva Heather Locklear arrives to reprise her classic role of Amanda Woodward. Expect a clash of titans. In the meantime, here’s a scan of a leggy Katie lookin’ mighty fine.
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.
It’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!