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If Heather Locklear Can't Save 'Melrose Place,' What Can?

by Bryan Enk, posted Nov 19th 2009 1:29PM
The CW was hoping the triumphant return of Heather Locklear, the eternal "special guest star" of the original 'Melrose Place,' would boost the alarmingly low ratings of the CW reboot. But, alas, it seems that not even a scheming vixen like Amanda Woodward can do much to help the struggling series.

The Live Feed
is reporting that Locklear's appearance on the tenth episode of 'Melrose Place,' which aired on Tuesday, had little to no effect on the ratings. In fact, the show was only up 14 percent from last week's ratings, which were at an all-time low for the series.

Heather Locklear was nominated for four-consecutive Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress in a Television Series (Drama) for her performance as Amanda Woodward, the ambitious and manipulative head of D&D Advertising, in the original 'Melrose Place.' The series ran for seven seasons on Fox from 1992-1999.The CW was hoping the triumphant return of Heather Locklear, the eternal "special guest star" of the original 'Melrose Place,' would boost the alarmingly low ratings of the CW reboot. But, alas, it seems that not even a scheming vixen like Amanda Woodward can do much to help the struggling series.

The Live Feed
is reporting that Locklear's appearance on the tenth episode of 'Melrose Place,' which aired on Tuesday, had little to no effect on the ratings. In fact, the show was only up 14 percent from last week's ratings, which were at an all-time low for the series.

Heather Locklear was nominated for four-consecutive Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress in a Television Series (Drama) for her performance as Amanda Woodward, the ambitious and manipulative head of D&D Advertising, in the original 'Melrose Place.' The series ran for seven seasons on Fox from 1992-1999.

The producers of the new 'Melrose Place' have been planning on linking the show to its '90s counterpart from the start, promising that several cast members of the original series would be making at least guest appearances, including Laura Leighton, Thomas Calabro, Josie Bissett and Daphne Zuniga. With Heather Locklear as a series favorite, the CW had high hopes that her return as Amanda Woodward, who is now a partner at a publicity firm, would draw in fans of the original series as well as new viewers.

The plan didn't work. So, now what? What will it take for the new 'Melrose Place' to get the love (or at least the love-hate) that the original series had for seven seasons? We suggest the following measures, some of which are more drastic than others:

Lighten up!: The show needs to stop taking itself so seriously and start embracing the nudge-nudge, wink-wink self-consciousness of its initial advertising campaign (remember the "Tuesday is the New Hump Day" posters? Pretty brilliant, actually).

Bring back Dr. Kimberly Shaw: Played by Marcia Cross, Kimberly was introduced in season 1 and made several guest appearances before becoming a main cast member in season 4. Kimberly was mad-dog insane (to play catch-up: after being introduced as a love interest for Dr. Michael Mancini, she made the apartment building go boom, tried to kill Michael and kidnapped Jo's baby, amongst other shenanigans.) She was killed off in season 5. But why isn't she a ghost on the new show, haunting the characters with her random madness? If anything, her wig deserves a comeback.

Introduce a time travel sub-plot: Filming an episode, in which all of the new cast members go back in time and interact with the old cast members, splicing them in with footage of the original series (a la 'Forrest Gump'), would probably attract a few more audience members -- ok, and maybe give the post production team a nervous breakdown. But it would be worth it.

Blow it all up and start over: There could be a 'Crisis on Infinite Earths' episode, in which everyone comes together -- ie, the casts of 'Melrose Place' '92 and '09, the casts of '90210' '90 and '08 and the cast of 'Models Inc.' -- all fight each other in an epic battle, after which the universe explodes and the producers have a clean slate to start all over again.

What do you think? What will it save to 'Melrose Place'?

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