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Melrose Place remake will be directed by an Oscar winner

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We know your minds are on the eroding economy and President Obama's national address tonight so we thought we'd deliver some happy, fluffy news.

The CW officially picked up today the much-discussed remake of "Melrose Place" and has hired Davis Guggenheim, who nabbed an Academy Award for directing "An Inconvenient Truth," to direct it.

Earlier this month, "Smallville" producers Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin signed up to write the pilot, which apparently CW executives like since they've greenlighted the project and will begin casting next week.

Like the remake of "90210" that premiered this season, the updated "Melrose Place" will focus on a new group of tenants, some of whom will be related to the original characters, such as the son of Jake (Grant Show). CW President of Entertainment Dawn Ostroff has also said she would love for some of the original cast to appear in the new series.

Whom would you like to see again?

-- Maria Elena Fernandez

Photo: Heather Locklear as Amanda Woodward in the original series. Credit: Fox Broadcasting Co.
 
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