Melrose Place Episode Recap: “Pilot”

Melrose Place Episode Recap: “Pilot”

Melrose Place

On the series premiere of the Melrose Place reboot, we meet the chic residents of 4616 Melrose Place, the Spanish-style apartment complex with the familiar-looking pool.

Filmmaker Jonah (Michael Rady) and Riley (Jessica Lucas) are headed toward marriage. Recovering alcoholic and chef Auggie (Colin Egglesfield) is a quiet type… so far. Country girl Violet (Ashlee Simpson-Wentz) is clearly not that innocent. David (Shaun Sipos) has some daddy issues, but wouldn’t you if your dad was Michael Mancini (Thomas Calabro)? Power publicist Ella (Katie Cassidy) is an opportunist, sexual and otherwise.

Overseeing all this drama is the landlady of the house, eternal hot mess Sydney Andrews (Laura Leighton), who has complicated relationships with each of her tenants, and for one person, it will lead to tragedy… more

The CW Fall Schedule

The CW’s Official Fall 2009 Schedule Listed

Source: Ace Showbiz TV News
The CW is leaning more into the women demographic with the inclusion of fashion-oriented ‘Beautiful Life’ and the 2.0 version of ‘Melrose Place’.

The CW's Official Fall 2009 Schedule Listed
See larger image The CW’s presentation of the Fall 2009 line-up makes it official that “” spin-off will not be picked up anytime soon and “” is formally dismissed. Instead, the network opts to add up to the list, three brand new series ““, “” and ““.

The spin-off dubbed as “Lily”, was already previewed in an episode of the original series but there were rumors floating that it would not be picked up at all. This is apparently not true. CW President Dawn Ostroff said that this is “the toughest year” they ever had because the selection of pilots is “really, really good”. She continued, “We do have room for another midseason show. We have some reality, and we’ll probably have another scripted drama. We’re just going to take a beat and see where we are. In all honesty, I think the Gossip Girl spinoff is the show that we would love to be able to find a place for as the season goes on.”

Meanwhile, “Vampire”, “Melrose” and “Beautiful” are paired with the network’s established series which have the same tone. “Melrose” is taking the Tuesdays slot with “” which is also a refurbished version of ’90s series. “Beautiful”, which is about fashion models, is put on Wednesday with the lead-in from “” while “Vampire” is going to precede “” on Thursdays.

With the excluding of “” and ““, the fall schedule subsequently is packed with dramas and no comedy. But Ostroff defended that it is “the most cohesive lineup” they’ve ever had. The slogan they would like to opt this time around would be, “TV to Talk About”.






CW upfront notes: ‘Smallville,’ ‘Supernatural,’ ‘90210’-‘Melrose’ crossovers

Source: Zap2It’s Korbi TV

The news coming out of The CW’s upfront wasn’t just about the new shows. Click through for notes on “Smallville,” “Supernatural” and more.

“Smallville” is moving to Friday nights in the fall, but that shouldn’t be taken as a sign that the network’s longest-running current series is on its way out.

“No,” CW Entertainment president Dawn Ostroff says. “First of all, it’s way too early” to talk about at the moment, as the show’s producers haven’t yet mapped out the storyline for season nine. “But no, it’s not the last season,” she adds. “Hopefully not.” (For what it’s worth, star Tom Welling has reportedly signed on for two more seasons.)

“Smallville’s” former Thursday-night companion, “Supernatural,” is entering its fifth season in the fall — and according to creator Eric Kripke’s original blueprint for the show, five seasons would tell the whole story of the Winchester boys. As with “Smallville,” Ostroff says it’s too early to make a definitive statement on whether the show could go on longer.

“We’ll see how the season goes,” she says. “But they did a really good job creatively this year, and I think it really paid off in the ratings.” “Supernatural” really was in a groove this season, but last week’s finale basically set up the coming of the apocalypse. After Sam and Dean battle Lucifer, are there really any other demons to slay, so to speak?

Another veteran show, “One Tree Hill,” is dealing with the departures of Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton from the cast. Ostroff is sorry to see them go, but she also thinks their leaving represents an opportunity to freshen up the series.

“We tried to get them to stay, and we would have been thrilled if they wanted to,” Ostroff says. “I think the show moving into its seventh year was very open to sort of reinventing itself. One thing I have to give [creator] Mark Schwahn a lot of credit for is he’s kept the show fresh all these years. … I think Mark is excited about maybe bringing on a few new characters, which is what we’re going to do now that we’re finishing the pilot process.

“If you look at shows like ‘ER’ and [others] that go on for many, many years, a lot of these casts go through different people, and it really helps to keep shows fresh. So we’re said to see [Murray and Burton] go, and grateful for everything they did for the show, but excited about moving on and seeing who else is going to join the cast.”

The original “Melrose Place” was spun off from “Beverly Hills, 90210,” and since the new “90210” takes place in the same world, we were wondering if there’s a possibility for characters from that show to pop up on the new “Melrose,” or vice versa. Answer: Very possibly.

“We actually have talked about character crossovers,” Ostroff says. “It’s not in the pilot, but I think there will be a lot of opportunities for us to do it.”

That could pose a paradoxical problem, though, if Rob Estes ever comes near the apartment complex. Estes played Kyle McBride for much of the original “Melrose Place’s” run, and he now plays West Bev High Principal Harry Wilson on “90210.” So if Harry ever showed up at Melrose Place in search of, say, his daughter Annie (Shenae Grimes), the entire fictional universe could collapse on itself.

The CW’s fall 2009 schedule, night by night

The CW didn’t tinker much for the fall, adding just three new series (“The Beautiful Life,” “The Vampire Diaries” and the new “Melrose Place”). For its final season, the Superman story “Smallville” moves to Fridays, presumably because its audience will tune in no matter the night. Oh, and don’t look for original programming on weekends; The CW got out of that game.

8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
Mon Gossip Girl One Tree Hill
Tue 90210 Melrose Place
Wed America’s Next Top Model The Beautiful Life
Thu The Vampire Diaries Supernatural
Fri Smallville America’s Next Top Model encore

First Look: ‘The Beautiful Life’, ‘Vampire Diaries’ and ‘Melrose Place’

Source: Ace Showbiz TV News
Jump into the excitement of The CW’s upcoming new series with the just-released stills that introduce the main characters.

First Look: 'The Beautiful Life', 'Vampire Diaries' and 'Melrose Place'
See larger image The first look of The CW’s” has been shared, showing the main characters which are bound in one occupation, models. Also released are the promotional pictures of fellow newbies “” and ““. The pics are outed in advance of the network’s presentation of Fall 2009 schedule on Thursday, May 21.

“Beautiful Life” is starring , , and among others. The drama produced by revolves around a group of young models living the upbeat life of New York City together. It will air every Wednesday at 9 P.M. in Fall.

“Vampire Diaries” is an adaptation of LJane Smith’s novel series which tells about two vampire brothers, one good and one evil, fighting the passion for the same girl, Elena. Nina Dobrev will play Elena while the good brother, Stefan, will be played by Paul Wesley. The evil brother, Damon is played by Ian Somerhalder. It airs Thursdays at 8 P.M. before ““.

Melrose Place” is the refurbished version of the ’90s series of the same name. It presents a batch of fresh cast such as , , and Stephanie Jacobsen who will play a group of young adults living in “an elegant apartment building”. It airs Tuesdays at 9 P.M. after ““.

  • The Beautiful Life

  • Vampire Diaries

  • Melrose Place

Dawn Ostroff says ‘Gossip Girl’ spin off could still get a spot on The CW schedule

Source: Zap2It’s Korbi TV

Brittanysnow The “Gossip Girl” spin off is still breathing? CW president Dawn Ostroff informed reporters at Upfronts this morning that the pilot revolving around Serena’s mom circa 1980s is still in contention for midseason: “In all honesty the “Gossip Girl” spin off [is something] we’d like to find a place for as the season goes on. But we have to wait a minute and see where we are.”  Ostroff said the network was in a very fortunate position, having produced just six pilots, all of which were strong candidates for pick up. “It was the toughest deal we’ve ever had, figuring out what to cut, because they all were really, really good,” she shared.  Ostroff went on to explain that The CW will reevaluate later in the year, but will likely pick up a reality series for January launch, as well as another scripted show. The possibilities of course include, among others, the “Gossip Girl” spin off and “The Body Politic,” a D.C. based drama starring Brian Austin Green, Jason Dohring and Minka Kelly. “Parental Discretion Advised” — formerly titled “Light Years,” about a foster kid that finds her biological parents who haven’t spoken since the one-night-stand which produced her — has already made the midseason schedule. So what are the chances the “Gossip Girl” spin off is a go? Word is, “The Body Politic” pilot turned out really well, but I don’t know that it fits with The CW’s vision of itself as well as the “GG” brand does. Plus, Ostroff seems pretty happy with the “GG” spin off, saying producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage did an incredible job with it and that it doesn’t need a lot of development, it’s absence from the fall schedule was really just a matter of not yet having enough room for it.

Fall TV: Smallville Leaps to Fridays in a Single Bound

Source: TV Guide Online

The CW isn’t officially showing its hand for the 2009-10 until its Thursday morning upfronts event — and I’ll be there on the red carpet chatting up the young ‘n’ fab talent! — but one piece of not-entirely-super news looks for certain: Smallville is being shuttled to Fridays at 8, for its ninth (and perhaps final) season, sources tell   The Smallville move serves two purposes. For one, it clears the way for the new Vampire Diaries blood-sudser to lead into Supernatural on Thursdays.   Also, it gives the CW a Friday show with an audience of 3 million-plus, where in seasons past it was lucky to drum up 2 mil (with Everybody Hates Chris or The Game, neither of which is likely to make the cut for the fall).  Airing after Smallville on Fridays will be an encore showing of that week’s America’s Next Top Model.

CW picks up ‘Beautiful Life,’ ‘Melrose Place,’ ‘Vampire Diaries’ …dumps ‘Privileged’

Source: Zap2It’s Korbi TV

Well, it’s a sad day for “Privileged” fans. Sources say the network surprised many by making the last-second decision to let the Rina Mimoun drama go quietly into the night earlier this week. So I guess we’ll never know what happened with Will and Megan after she woke up in bed post-“we were on a break” sex… Feel free to express your condolences/catty complaints in the comments section. And if you have questions for Ms. Mimoun, please let me know. On a brighter note, I’m hearing really good things about the Ashton Kutcher-produced “Beautiful Life,” which insiders say is a sure thing for fall. Word is, the drama about young models in the city will film in New York, instead of Canada where the pilot was shot, because the network has high hopes for it. And, no surprise, “Melrose” and “Vampire Diaries” will get an official pick up on Thursday too, as has long been rumored.

The CW will not be renewing Privileged for a second season. There was talk of a possible midseason berth for the much-loved dramedy, but, ultimately, the show was a casualty of the network’s strong development. “It’s truly heartbreaking,” series creator Rina Mimoun said via e-mail. “I’m so grateful to everyone out there who supported our little show and fell in love with Megan Smith. She was the most delightful character I’ve ever had the pleasure to write and watching JoAnna Garcia bring her to life every day was a gift I will never forget. I’m incredibly proud of the work we did and forever indebted to all the fans, critics and to Warner Bros. for being so wonderful and supportive. I will miss this more than you know.” Class act, that one.

Among new shows, The CW has picked up Melrose Place 2.0, Beautiful Life, and Vampire Diaries. Oh, and the Gossip Girl spin-off is officially dead Source: The Ausiello Files

New Melrose Place Remake: Casting Who Will Mischa Barton Play?

Mischa Barton Reportedly Testing for ‘Melrose Place’ Remake

Source: Ace Showbiz TV News
There’s a speculation that Mischa Barton is aiming for an adult genre by enrolling herself in the spin-off to ‘Melrose Place’.

Mischa Barton
See larger image © Sylvain Gaboury/PR Photos

The pilot has been given a thumb up, first few actors have been cast, the remake of “Melrose Place” just lacks a bit of spice. The producers may be ready to fill in that with a negotiation with former “” star, .

In its recent casting scoop, Zap2It Korbi claims that an insider informs her that Barton is trying for a role in the refurbished TV series. The CW which will air the show, is reportedly excited in having her. No information however, on which character Barton most likely take over.

Should the rumor contains truth, then Barton will join two actors which have been confirmed to be on board. who had a role in ““, will play an ambitious publicist by the name of Ella Flynn. Michael Rady meanwhile, will portray Jonah Miller, a filmmaker.

reportedly is also in talks to reprise her famous role in the original “Melrose Place” series, Amanda Woodard. But no confirming statement has been published regarding this.

One Tree Hill Spoilers & News: New Melrose Place Deal Sealing Fate of One Tree Hill

Source: Kristin on E!Online

Melrose Place Fox

Inside sources confirm: One Tree Hill boss Mark Schwahn is in talks to write the pilot for the CW’s new Melrose Place.

According to one well-placed CW insider, Schwahn is “the biggest name” and “top candidate” available for the remake of the ’90s spinoff to Beverly Hills, 90210.

“The deal is not done yet,” another reliable network source tells me. “But it looks like it’s going to happen. I would be surprised if it didn’t go through.”

So what does this mean for the future of One Tree Hill?

Hilarie Burton, Chad Michael Murray, One Tree Hill Fred Norris/The CW

All good things!

According to insiders, CW president Dawn Ostroff and her team have been so pleased with the creative direction of One Tree Hill, they are planning to pick up the series for at least another season or two. (Say it with me, fans: Holler!)

The CW suits also are making sure Schwahn will stay on as OTH executive producer even if he also works on the new Melrose.

What’s that they say about the cake and the eating of it?

Schwahn has asked that the network make a decision on season seven of Tree Hill before Jan. 1 (in order to plot out the final episodes of the current season), so news of a seventh-season pickup should come very soon.

Given his Tree Hill track record, Schwahn certainly seems a good man for the job. And as long as he doesn’t spread himself too thin, this is all fantastic news for fans. Agree? Disagree? Share your thoughts below…

The CW To Remake Melrose Place

From Cinema Blend:
By Kelly West,

The CW To Remake Melrose Place Well, with the return of 90210, I suppose it was only a matter of time before there was some buzz about a possible remake of the Beverly Hills, 90210 spinoff, Melrose Place. From the looks of things, there’s a good chance that the MP remake might actually happen.

Entertainment Weekly’s Ausiello reported the news, stating, “A spokesperson for The CW confirms what has been buzzed about for months: The network is developing an update of Melrose Place. Details remain sketchy, but it’s believed Melrose 2.0 would launch next fall.”

It’s hard to remember the original Melrose Place as a spinoff of 90210. Jake (Grant Show) was in the original 90210 for all of about two seconds before his relationship with Kelly (way too young for your Jake!) Taylor ended. It’ll be interesting to see if they try to spin the MP remake off from the new 90210 in an effort to share at least some of the audience. And speaking of which, since we’re dealing with The CW, I’m wondering if the target audience will be their usual batch of tweens and teens or if they’ll try to aim for an older crowd like the original series.

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