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'Melrose Place' on The CW - New TV Pilot Preview

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jul 23rd 2009 12:00PM
Melrose PlaceWhat should you expect from the new TV shows coming this fall? Read our first impressions of CW's 'Melrose Place,' starring Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, Katie Cassidy, Laura Leighton, Thomas Calabro and more ...

Premise: The CW is moving back into another familiar neighborhood for their second '90s show reboot -- and apparently, the tony Melrose Place apartments are still affordable for the struggling actors/filmmakers/rising stars of L.A.

Melrose Place

Note: This is not a review, merely our first impression of an unfinished product. A show can go through many changes between the pilot stage and its official broadcast debut.


'Melrose Place'

Premise: The CW is moving back into another familiar neighborhood for their second '90s show reboot -- and apparently, the tony Melrose Place apartments are still affordable for the struggling actors/filmmakers/rising stars of L.A.

Cast: Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, Katie Cassidy, Michael Rady, Colin Egglesfield, Jessica Lucas, Stephanie Jacobsen, Shaun Sipos, Laura Leighton, Thomas Calabro

What Works: Did someone say guilty pleasure? With seven sexy singles living around that courtyard pool, there's bound to be more steamy love triangles, one-night stands and bed swapping than sweet neighborly niceties, and the first episode kicks off with a little mystery (and a few blasts from the past) to heighten the suspense.

What Doesn't: Wow, there's really a lot going on here! With a committed couple (Lucas and Sipos), a fresh-off-the-bus newbie (Simpson-Wentz), a struggling med student working her way through school (Jacobsen), a bad boy with some serious daddy issues and, of course, some of our original 'MP' favorites returning, it makes it hard to care too much about anyone. But really, who needs to care when you've got nostalgia?

Our Excitement Level (Out of 10): 6

Premiere Date: Tues., Sept. 8, 9PM ET on The CW

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