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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 11:41 am    Post subject: Melrose Place tonight at 9PM The CW Reply with quote

Here is a review from NY Post about Melrose Place tonight at 9pm on CW.
Morning shows here in NY made mention of 90210 & Melrose a lot because it's like it was in the 90's with the two shows next to each other on same night. One bakery in NY is giving away Melrose cupcakes this afternoon.


The kitsch is back
New 'Melrose Place' fills the shoes of old soap

Last Updated: 1:35 AM, September 8, 2009

BACK when Buddha was a baby, I loved cuddling up to the easy sleaze of "Melrose Place." The affairs, the secrets, the relentless criminal activity among that group of insanely good-looking tenants always did my nasty little heart a world of good.

So, I was not happy to know that, A: A new group of tenants was living in the joint, and B: that some upstarts had the nerve to try to recreate that old black magic. But C: I was wrong. Dead wrong.

The new "Melrose Place" is as good and sometimes better than the old "Melrose Place." Think of it as a renovation, or in LA terms, a facelift.

In fact, the new tenants actually made me forget the old tenants rather quickly. Well, I didn't forget all of them, because two of them are back but in a new format. Now the series is an ongoing whodunit.

Remember Sydney Andrews (Laura Leighton) from the original series -- the one we loved to hate so much? Well, she's baaaack -- or make that back from the dead, as she gets killed in tonight's episode, but not killed off. The show's writers somehow managed to keep all the cheese we love so much, while supplying us with a solid mystery that's fun to try to solve.

Told through flashbacks, we learn the backstory -- and it's quite a story. In fact, it turns out every one of the tenants had a reason to kill the belovedly-hateful Sydney.

The tenants with a motive include PR whiz Ella (Katie Cassidy); chef/AA buddy Auggie (Colin Egglesfield); intern/escort Lauren (Stephanie Jacobsen); wannabe-filmmaker Jonah (Michael Rady); first-grade teacher/Jonah's fiance Riley (Jessica Lucas); and new tenant, 21-year-old Violet (Ashlee Simpson-Wentz). Adding to the list of black hearts is larcenous David Breck (Shaun Sipos), who, it turns out, is the son of one of my favorite (and still insanely good-looking) characters from the old show! Delicious. I'd tell you who it is, but then it would ruin the surprise when the door of the Lamborghini opens and we see him.

So, who done it? I don't know, but I did, in fact, suspect each and every one of them as the for-sure killer at some point.

Terrific fun, and much classier than the old show, but still with plenty of cheese. If you're wondering how they turned this old package of individually-sliced cheddar into a fresh slab of brie, you'll be interested to know that the new producers are from "Smallville," and tonight's pilot was directed by Davis Guggenheim -- the Oscar winner for "An Inconvenient Truth." Geez. I hope cheese doesn't pollute the environment!

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

New York Daily News review.


Sleazy still does it on CW's 'Melrose Place' remake

David Hinckley

Tuesday, September 8th 2009, 7:10 AM

This isn't the main reason "Melrose Place" returned, of course, but before we start, let me just say what a pleasure it is to watch deliciously sleazy drama performed by professional actors, instead of the amateurs on "reality" shows.

That said, television's campiest prime-time soap of the '90s faces at least two tough challenges in the contemporary resurrection that kicks off tonight after "90210" (naturally) on the CW.

First, it must compete with the ghost of itself. The original "Melrose" started to drown in its own suds after a couple of years, but when it was young and fresh, it got nastier and juicier every week.

Second, it will be compared to years of those cheap "reality" shows, where just by sheer force of numbers a few contestants have had the amorality or simple bitchiness to play in the "Melrose" league.

But most "reality" shows require a lot of watching for a modest payback, while a good scripted drama gets to the good stuff fast.

It can fine-tune the conniving behavior. It can make its characters superrich. Heck, it can make characters die, which would be a major buzz-kill on a "reality" show.

What's still not clear is whether the new "Melrose Place" will become a good scripted drama.

Much of tonight's episode introduces the cast and sets up the first mystery. It also spends time featuring contemporary songs and contemporary pop-culture references, just to be sure no one thinks this is your older sister's "Melrose Place."

It does, however, wisely retain some of the elements that worked in the original, like characters who are interesting without being deep. We watch them because of what they do, not because we think there's a lot there.

Katie Cassidy plays Ella Simms, assuming some of the old Heather Locklear role as the prima bad girl. Ella will say and do almost anything, sexual or otherwise.

Laura Leighton's Sydney Andrews returns from the original, this time playing the cougar and not having grown any scruples. Confronted after doing something bad, she purrs, "I can do a lot worse. Just ask the people who used to live here."

The other major returnee is Thomas Calabro as Dr. Michael Mancini, who still does bad things to maintain his good life.

On the less intrinsically wicked side, budding filmmaker Jonah Miller (Michael Rady) is shooting a wedding and gets unintentionally gets some footage that turns out to be really, really valuable.

Multiply that sort of drama by the number of cast members, and you've got the new "Melrose Place." If you're sensing that everyone's sense of right and wrong is frequently tested, you're onto something.

You might also guess which side of that dilemma most of these folks come down on.

We expect no less. I mean, no more.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

'Looking forward to it (right after "Ruby & The Rockits", of course! Wink )! I was a real fan of the original from the beginning! I think Katie will be GREAT stepping into Heather Locklear's Manolo Blahnik's as Melrose Place's resident Bad Girl! And I really look forward to the return of Laura Leighton as wicked Sydney Andrews, and Thomas Calabro as Evil Dr. Michael Mancini! Let the nasty games begin! Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Twisted Evil
I wouldn't have missed it for the world.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I too was a 90210/Melrose Place Junkie in the 90's. So I am looking forward to both the new cast - esp. Katie - and seeing Sydney and Michael...and whoever else from the old cast that joins up as time goes on.
Saw in a preview that Sydney is having an affair.....with Michael's son!!!!!!!!!!

Here is the E! review of the show.

Melrose Place (CW)

Premiere: Tuesday, Sept. 8, 9-10 p.m.
Time-Slot Competition: Big Brother, NCIS: Los Angeles, Dancing With the Stars, The Biggest Loser
Cast: Katie Cassidy, Colin Egglesfield, Stephanie Jacobsen, Jessica Lucas, Michael Rady, Shaun Sipos, Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, Laura Leighton, Thomas Calabro
Status: We've seen the first two episodes.

Should you watch the new Melrose Place? Read on...

Whee! It's here! The CW's delicious, prime-time drama remake of Melrose Place premieres tonight, and we'll go so far as to say that it's already better than the original. The first Melrose Place always seemed like a wobbly drunk
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2009 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Katie seems to get all the good lines:

"Unclinch and let me do my job" Very Happy
"I' m as serious as a shoe sale at Barney's" Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 12, 2010 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Didn't quite match up to the hype of the 1992-99 FOX original, so we won't be seeing it next season... :?

But then, remakes rarely do... Rolling Eyes
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