The CW’s Melrose Place at TCA

Melrose Place
Tuesday 9:00 p.m.
-The Premise:
The over-the-top serial returns with Thomas Colabro and Laura Leighton reprising their roles as scheming Michael and Sydney as a new group of 20something year olds inhabit a small apartment courtyard complex in West Hollywood. Katie Cassidy, Stephanie Chaves-Jacobsen and Ashlee Simpson also star.
-Lead-in: 90210
-Competition: Dancing With the Stars Results Show (ABC), NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS), The Biggest Loser (NBC), So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)
-Who Was on the Panel:
Colin Egglesfield, Michael Rady, Jessica Lucas, Katie Cassidy, Stephanie Jacobsen, Laura Leighton, Thomas Calabro and executive producers Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer.
-The Scoop:
You know the drill…a diversified mix of young adults (the naïve one, the slut, the best friend, the schemer; etc.) live…and love…at the trendy Melrose Place address.   
“We were huge fans of the original,” said Todd Slavkin. “But when we set out to do our version of Melrose Place, we wanted to pay tribute to the old show and really create our own show with our own group of characters that were inspired more from the experiences Darren and I have had. We grew up in Los Angeles and have known each other since sixth grade. So this city is special to us, and this was a great way to pay homage using the old show as a great backdrop and creating something new and exciting.”
As to the original cast members popping in on occasion (in addition to Thomas Colabro and Laura Leighton):
“The door is always open for Heather Locklear,” said Slavkin. “We are huge fans of hers and, you know, have a great way for her to come into the show. Josie Bissett is shooting as we speak, and she is great. She is coming back as Sydney’s sister so that felt organic to us bringing her back. And that’s really what’s important to us when bringing alumni back to the show is, “Does it feel organic? Does it not feel contrived?” Daphne Zuniga is coming up in a terrific role we are thrilled about and I think she will fit in very nicely in the storyline we have for her. Last night I got to talk to Grant Show and that was very exciting. So stuff is brewing, definitely.”
-The Reality:
The fit out of the revival of 90210 should certainly be flawless. But since season one of 90210 has not exactly taken off, why bother now?
-Chance of Survival for Melrose Place (Based on a scale of 1-1 to 10-1): 5-1
-Did You Know?:
Unless my mind is playing tricks on me, wasn’t Laura Leighton as Sydney mowed down (and killed) by a speeding car.  Is this Sydney’s equally evil twin sister?
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