Tuesday, September 8, 2009


MELROSE PLACE Pilot : An updated version of the popular 1990s series, the lives and relationships of a diverse group of 20-somethings intertwine to form a close-knit surrogate family. Heading up this group is landlady Sydney Andrews (Laura Leighton, the original MELROSE PLACE), still beautiful and a central figure in the lives of all her tenants, especially handsome and rebellious David Breck (Shaun Sipos), the estranged son of her former lover Dr. Michael Mancini (Thomas Calabro, the original MELROSE PLACE).

Other tenants include up-and-coming publicist Ella Simms (Katie Cassidy), Auggie Kirkpatrick (Colin Egglesfield, ALL MY CHILDREN), a successful sous chef at the trendy restaurant Coal with a dark past, Lauren Yung (Stephanie Jacobsen), a medical student in desperate need of money to pay her student loans, and Jonah Miller (Michael Rady, SWINGTOWN/GREEK), an aspiring filmmaker who has just proposed to his live-in girlfriend Riley Richmond (Jessica Lucas), a first-grade teacher. The newest tenant, wide-eyed 21-year-old Violet Foster (Ashlee Simpson-Wentz), has just arrived in LA and is horrified to find a bloody body floating in the courtyard pool. Suddenly everyone is a suspect.

Davis Guggenheim directed the episode written by Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer.


  1. I was excited to hear about the remake until, they announced Ashlee Simpson would be in the cast.

  2. Did they really have to make the Asian (Eurasian) woman a prostitute? It's so original! Jeez! At least they didn't name her Suzie Wong!

    On second thought, they could have made the African-American woman a prostitute also.

    Really. Why go there? Med students have loads of student loans. Those loans don't come due until after a student finishes school.

  3. Will WLS be covering 90210 and Melrose Place in the weekly podcasts along with the daytime soaps? It would be cool if you did.