Late last year we learned that The CW was planning to produce a redux of the famed 90′s hit TV drama Melrose Place after their redux of Beverly Hills, 90210 did so well in its first season. In March, we learned that Ashlee Simpson was the first name attached to the new project and then, subsequently, learned that both original MP castmembers Laura Leighton (Sydney Andrews) and Thomas Calabro (Michael Mancini) signed on to reprise their roles (after we learned that Marcia Cross and Heather Locklear both decided to pass … for now). Today, we get our first look at the new crop of tenants moving into Melrose Place … whose drama we’ll be subjected to come this Fall … behold:
Well, there you have it, The CW’s cast of the new “Melrose Place” … What happened to the good old days when co-stars would lie on top of one another for photo shoots? In more exciting news, it’s Sydney Andrews! Yes, here is your first look at Laura Leighton reprising the role that earned her legions of loyal leopard-ear wearing fans back in 1993! But it appears that she’s traded leopards for cougars, as she digs her claws into Shaun Sipos’ nubile flesh. His character, David, is reportedly the son of OG “Melrose Place” character Michael Mancini, who Sydney spent many seasons schtupping, making this pairing all the creepier. In a good way! Here’s hoping producers don’t declaw Sydney and allow her to drag some unsuspecting simpleton into the pool for a good old catfight. Someone point her towards Ashlee Simpson, m’kay? Two more pictures lie under the cut, so make like Kimberly Shaw and blast this sucker open!
HMMMMMM … I still dunno … it’s way too early for me to be gettin’ too excited about this show. I’m curious to see how it all comes together so I’ll deffo be watching but at this early stage, judgment must be reserved. After the jump, check out the two photos mentioned in the article — yes, Sydney Andrews Mancini Andrews is featured …
I like that most of the new cast are unknowns … with the exception of Ashlee Simpson. I may have a hard time seeing her as anything but Ashlee Simpson but, again, it’s way too early to make that determination. Just seeing Sydney stare down the new girl (Katie Cassidy who plays Ella) with arms folded makes me squeal with delight on the inside. I have high hopes for this new version of Melrose Place … I hope they don’t eff it up.
UPDATE: Here is a short clip from the Melrose redux that features a boozy Sydney (with cocktail in hand) trying to seduce Michael Mancini‘s son David:
LMAO!! It looks so trashy … HAHAHAHA! My fave part is when Sydney sits on the chair in seductive repose … brills! There may be hope for this show yet.