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Series premiere: Melrose Place 2.0 Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET

In television on 09/09/2009 at 12:36 am

Series name
Melrose Place

Debuts
Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009 at 9 p.m. ET on CW (WGN)and Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009 at 10 p.m. ET on Global

Regularly airs
Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on CW (WGN) and Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on Fox and Global

Premise
Cool Spanish-style apartment complex inhabited by elegantly emaciated 20-somethings who live and love and … get killed?

Primary cast and crew
Jessica Lucas (Cloverfield, 90210 2.0) is Riley, teacher who is having second thoughts about here engagement.
Michael Rady (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2) is Jonah, a filmmaker engaged to Riley, poor dear.
Katie Cassidy (Harper’s Island, daughter of David) is Ella, wily publicist.
Thomas Calabro (the old Melrose Place) is Dr. Michael Mancini
Ashlee Simpson-Wentz () is Violet, a naif with a dark side.
Sean Sipos (Complete Savages, The Grudge 2) is David, Doc Mancini’s estranged son. Brad Pitt-alike.”
Colin Egglesfield (model and guest star on shows including Law and Order: SVU) is Auggie, a “sensitive sous chef”. But aren’t they all?
Josie Bissett (old Melrose) is once again Jane
Daphne Zuniga (old Melrose) is once again Jo

Buzz buzz
Will Heather Locklear join Melrose Place 2.0? Ashlee Simpson-Wentz tells MTV she sure hopes so. Rumours have flopped back and forth. Fingers crossed!

But what do I know anyway? After not having seen the pilot I say …
Ah, who cares. I managed not to watch it back in the 1990s (sorry, Heather Locklear) and won’t this time either. Although I’m sure if you like this sort of thing, it’ll be grand.

Other reviews
Apparently, says the L.A. Times, critics are divided: those who liked the original love the new one and those who didn’t don’t.

Official website
The CW site has photos, episode descriptions and a video player that proudly declares to us Canadian rubes: “Thank you for your interest in The CW. This service is currently available to viewers living in the United States”. The Global site looks like it’ll have video. Let the bells ring out.

Twitter
Character Twitter accounts, including one for chef Auggie (if you like cooking, check out who he’s following). Sample tweet: “A dolphin surfed with me for about ten minutes today. Wonder if I’ll ever see him out there again? Or her?”

Can’t wait for the next new-series preview?
The Vampire Diaries. Soon my sweets.

Wondering when the other new series and returning series are kicking off?
Click here for my select list of fall 2009 premieres and other important dates. Who am I to tell you what to do, but you could consider bookmarking it…

— Denise Duguay

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