Thursday, May 21, 2009

Another Upfront, Another Blast From The Past…

Okay, admittedly, I was pretty upset about the upfronts the other day, when ABC announced bringing back a bunch of old stars with crappy shows just to attempt to regain control of their nights through nostalgia ratings. I ranted a bit about how no one can be original anymore and name always seems to win over talent. Grant it then, I should be equally upset today, with the official unveiling of yet another redo, Melrose Place on The CW. However, like the true hypocrite that I am, I found myself squealing at my desk despite the equally bad writing here as say on, oh I don't know, Cougar Town! (But with the addition of Caprice Crane to the writing staff, that will all probably change and fast!)



I did the gay gasp when I saw how fabulous Laura Leighton looks today, so many years after she appeared in the original. I clapped my hands when I saw the fantastic Katie Cassidy in a role that may actually have her sticking around for awhile. I felt a lump in my throat at seeing the old courtyard once again. And I clapped my hands wildly when Thomas Calabro pulled up in his fancy, fancy car. I ignored the cheesy lines and even worse delivery and body language. I pretended Ashlee Simpson was someone else. I pushed aside the fact that the dead body floating unseen in the pool is a character (no spoilers here; email me if you want to know who it is now) I would have liked to see stick around because of all of the added drama he (or she!) will undoubtedly stir up. I couldn't, however, not stop for a moment to wonder if the original was just as poorly written and if I just didn't notice then because I was just a kid. Ultimately, though, I decided it doesn't matter. It's a campy, soap guilty pleasure, and it always has been. Just because the cast has changed doesn't mean the purpose will! And I will be there every Tuesday at nine p.m. to root them on and hope for a few choice cameos of other castmembers past.

3 comments:

Kate, Dating in LA said...

I must admit, I had no interest in this one. But now that you've said Caprice Crane is invovled in the writing, I might have to bend.

Is it a do-over, or is it supposed to be years later? I don't remember how Melrose Place ended, but didn't they blow up the apartment complex?

danielletbd said...

She didn't write the pilot, but I heard through the grapevine (ie Twitter) she will be on staff during the season...just in time for her new book to come out.

danielletbd said...

Also, it's not a do-over. It's years later with a new cast of characters (some being relatives of old characters). They didn't blow up the complex; they blew up the house Peter and Amanda were hiding out in.