Heather Locklear to return to ‘Melrose Place’


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Earlier today Celebitchy had me watch the first ten minutes of the new Melrose Place, and I’m embarrassed to admit I sorta liked it. I watched the original back in the day, but that normally involved sneaking up to the rec room and keeping the volume so low I could only catch every third word, all in an attempt to evade my mother. Nine times out of ten she caught me and got pissed, but it was worth it for the drama. I did the same thing with 90210 and Silence of the Lambs when it was on TV. Sometimes you have to be willing to take the consequences for really trashy and/or cannibalistic television. And boy did I.

Anyway, it had to be genuinely entertaining for me to risk all that, and Melrose Place always delivered. I didn’t have high hopes for the new version but it was actually very good in that slick, entertaining way. They’re not totally trying to rehash the first version, it’s more like a jumping off point. Which doesn’t mean they won’t bring back old characters. And finally, (finally!) the original Melrose b*tch, Heather Locklear, has been confirmed to return to the new version.

As Us Weekly previously reported, Heather Locklear is returning to Melrose Place, it was announced Tuesday.

Locklear, 47, will reprise her role as scheming ad vixen Amanda Woodward on the new CW version of the show. She will make her debut appearance Nov. 17.

“We’re ecstatic to have the chance to bring Amanda Woodward back to Melrose Place,” executive producers Todd Slavkin & Darren Swimmer said in a statement. “Heather’s involvement in the show is something we’ve been working on for some time as we couldn’t imagine creating and producing this show without the iconic character’s inclusion.”

An insider told Us Weekly that Locklear saw a pilot of the show — which stars Ashlee Simpson-Wentz — and “was surprised at how much she like it.”

The source said the role is a “a great comeback” for the actress, who faced a DUI charged that was later dismissed and sought treatment for anxiety last year. Said the source: “She is in great spirits and good shape. This is a perfect time to show everyone how well she is doing.

Details are mum on Locklear’s role. She was last seen with Peter (played by real-life love Jack Wagner — who’s not expected to return) faking her own death on the 1999 finale.

Original cast members Josie Bissett, Thomas Calabro, Laura Leighton and Daphne Zuniga have also signed back on for the show.

[From Us Weekly]

I think Heather Locklear and I had the exact same reaction. I mean redoing this particular show just sounds like it’s going to be nothing but cheesy. Not that the first one was anything so epically wonderful, but it was fun in that trashy way. And it looks like the new version is the same thing, but fun in its own, 2009 trashy way. I think it’d be a mistake for them to focus too much on the original plots and characters – not enough time has gone by. But putting their own spin on it seems to be working.

From Us’ phrasing, it sounds like Heather had probably previously turned down the show not just because of money (she supposedly wanted $100,000 an episode) but worries about quality. She was definitely the most popular character and getting her back is the biggest score for the new show. I have complete confidence that if anyone can play Amanda Woodward as bitchily as ever, it’s Heather. And she’ll definitely add some legitimacy to the new Melrose too.

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  1. LolaBella says:

    Gah, recycled shows, recycled villains; what’s next, a re-tooled Knots Landing where they bring back Joan Van Ark??

    Give it a rest Hollywood, stop bringing back old shows and trying to pass them off as ‘new’. Those of us who watched and loved the original shows are not impressed by your blatant lack of creativity.

  2. Firestarter says:

    Good God! Why did they ever cancel the show in the first place if they are going to drag up all the old characters?

    I am so tired of Hollywood revamping, redoing and regurgitating movies and t.v shows from the past. If they are so desperate for ideas, maybe read one or two of my pilot ideas!~

  3. AlaskaJoey says:

    Hope she’s over her drug problems now, and ready to go back to work, and is healthy.

    Man, I was so mad I spent so many years watching Melrose Place after the series finale. I was really hoping Peter and Amanda would wind up in jail, and instead they take the money and run to a tropical island? I was so pissed about that.

  4. Neelyo says:

    I hope she slaps Ashlee Simpson!!!

  5. maddie says:

    Good shows are canceled right and left why shows like SMelrose and 90210(666) are brought back, unbelievable.

    Pushing Up Daisies, the show where the cop, hit by the car is transported back to the 70′s, Amazing Grace (up in the are) The Dresden Files.

    But anything that supports the moral decay of today’s kids gets green lighted by Hollywood.

  6. kim says:

    Why?

    no really why?

    Why is hollywood continuing to give us bland ass recycled bullshit.

  7. Jen says:

    What in God’s name did she do to her face???

  8. AlaskaJoey says:

    @Jen – I think she looks pretty good actually- actual lines around the eyes, like women her age will have. If she’s had work done I think it’s subtle and good

  9. Hieronymus Grex says:

    You can never ever go back home. Its never the same after you leave.

  10. Bam Bam says:

    I find the show cheesy, and Sydney – terrible overacting, but that being said, I still watch and enjoy it, some characters are good, and seeing some of the old characters seems “comforting”.

  11. cc says:

    Love Melrose Place.
    Watched it back in the day and love it now. Brilliant to bring it back and some of the old characters…truly brilliant!!

  12. Rod says:

    LOVED the old MP and so far, LOVE the new one! I can’t wait for Heather’s return! I’m SO hoping it’ll be what the show needs to boost those ratings and keep it around!!!