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Heather Locklear Says No to Moving Back to "Melrose Place"

Remember how Heather Locklear's Amanda Woodward stormed onto the scene of Melrose Place, all blonde highlights, power suits, and withering glare, to save the saccharine series from itself? (Devotees will remember that the early episodes featured Billy's dream to become a dancer more than it did basement bombs, blindness, bald car-crash survivors back from the dead, and secret kidnap compartments on boats.)

Looks like history won't be repeating itself. Entertainment Weekly's Hollywood Insider has learned that Heather Locklear has turned down an offer to join the cast of the CW's revival of Melrose Place, which has already attached Ashley Simpson-Wentz, Jessica Lucas, Michael Rady, and Katie Cassidy.

"There wasn't a way to bring her back that made sense," an unnamed source close to the production told Entertainment Weekly.

(It's worth noting that Amanda had faked her own death, after all, so getting her back to West Hollywood and running D&D Advertising could have been a stretch.)

While neither the CW nor CBS Paramount Network Television would comment, Entertainment Weekly did confirm with Locklear's reps that the actress had passed on a role.

A Melrose Place without one of its most iconic character? Say it's not so. Is the potential series doomed without Amanda? And will the studio go so far as to rope in Andrew Shue or Josie Bissett to provide some sort of (tenuous) link to the past?

Comments

Anonymous said…
I think Locklear is making a mistake, and post-MELROSE, she has consistently made poor career decisions. She has floundered for a decade or more. This reboot of the classic soap could be no worse than LAX! And it would make her relevant again. If the pilot gets picked up, CW will promote it to the moon and back.
Anonymous said…
I'm in the 'not a mistake' column. Reliving the past alongside a bunch of twentysomething actors isn't the wisest career choice. Melrose Place was classic for only a couple of seasons and for only one reason and that is the addition of Heather Locklear.
Why not bring back Alyssa Milano to fill in as the powerbitch? It would be natural for bring back Michael Mancini for occasional appearances, as they were sibs. Unless they killed her off. I stopped watching way before that.
Anonymous said…
That’s too bad - I think Heather would’ve added some needed credibility to the show. Ashlee Simpson? What?

Speaking of which have you all seen pics of Lisa Rinna’s ridiculous publicity stunt to get on the show this morning? Talk about desperate!

These photos are mezmerizing! Is this what aging gracefully looks like?: http://squareeyes.blinkx.com/2009/03/lisa-rinna-pouts-her-way-onto-melrose-place-20/

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