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Five burning questions from 'Melrose Place' so far


The CW folks have given us a week of free rent in our favorite West Hollywood complex. And while they go about fumigating and updating the apartments (we hope you leave a forwarding address, Auggie!) as the new tenants prepare to move in (see ya in November, Amanda!), Show Tracker is taking this hiatus to ponder a few questions about what we've learned so far.

Is anything more going to be done with Michael's secret blackmail files that sticky-fingered David managed to snatch?
This was by far one of the biggest throwbacks to the first "Melrose Place." And I know, I know. They're different shows. The actors haven't even seen the Fox version. But c'mon! The good doctor went through all the trouble to keep tabs on his former neighbors and paramours, the least the show can do is leak some of that to the viewers so that we can get a good cat fight or 10 in before the Valentine's Day episode. Plus, it'd be a great excuse to bring back more characters ...
Speaking of older characters, what ever happened to (cry)baby Jane?
Remember when she was just a pathetic, easily abused and picked-on fashion designer with a passive-aggressive anger streak? Sydney's grieving sister came back in 2009 with a backbone and made enemies out of Ella and Violet, both of whom she turned over to the cops and both of whom seemed to have gotten out unscathed. Shouldn't she be screaming from her tower somewhere and plotting more ways to ruin these young 'uns? Or at least be around to collect their rent? Maybe she can smoke them out.

Ella-pool-melrose-place Oh yeah, wasn't there a murder?
I love that these new "MP" kids are so self-centered that they just shake off Sydney's stabbing and it's literally "everybody back in the pool" by the second episode's group barbecue. Since Jane's AWOL, is anyone else going to investigate this? Shouldn't everyone be looking at Violet, if not for being the killer then as the one to avenge her "mother's" slaying? It's not uncommon for shows to do two or three episodes with a juicy story line and then drop it for some other arc (I'm looking at you, "Nip/Tuck." And I'm still holding a grudge over the weak payoff with the Carver), but wasn't this supposed to be the major storyline for the first season? Executive producers Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer said they would have this case closed by Episode 12, but who cares if we've all forgotten about it anyway?

Lauren-melrose-place Will Lauren get into more repercussions from her prostitution side job?
Aside from one rough encounter, Lauren's had a pretty good ride working in the world's oldest profession. Sure, she had to ditch whiny Riley's hunt for wedding dresses, and apparently Wendi's the only one who calls her cellphone, but she's made a friend in the biz who's willing to help her off of a yacht. And despite the far-off stares of "how did I get into this mess?" that she projects during and after the "dates," she seems to like it enough that she'd rather do her own illegal deeds than take the cash David makes from his black market art deals. Since those detectives have stopped hunting for Sydney's killers, will they have time to bust her?

Will there be a final blowup and breakup for Jonah and Riley?
The world's most unrealistically happy couple seem to hover on breaking up every episode, then calm down to discuss the same old "I don't like your relationship with Auggie/Ella" and then make veggie burgers. Jonah met that D-girl for drinks to discuss his vision. Will he have it in him to seal the deal? Please say yes. Because I don't know if I can take another week of this.

What about you? What would you like to see get resolved on "Melrose Place"? Share your comments below.

-- Whitney Friedlander

Top photo: The new "Melrose Place" cast: Katie Cassidy as Ella, Shaun Sipos as David, Stephanie Jacobsen as Lauren, Colin Egglesfield as Auggie, Ashlee Simpson-Wentz as Violet, Michael Rady as Jonah and Jessica Lucas as Riley. Credit: Richard Phibbs / The CW

Middle photo: Ella enjoys the pool a few days after Sydney's stabbing. Credit: Michael Desmond / The CW.

Bottom photo: Lauren stares and contemplates her second job. Credit: Michael Desmond / The CW

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More Jane - she shows up as the landlord and then disappears? Come on - where is she? More of the original characters is a good thing. What a look forward to on the show. I'd also like more background on what the original characters have been up to since the original MP ended!

The first question I'd like resolved is: Why did they call this 'Melrose Place' and then go about creating something so unlike the original? I know, I know: the first season of the original show was bad, too. But isn't that more of a reason why this revamp's first season should be good? It's far too episodic in that NOTHING ever seems to continue on to the next episode. What happened to Violet's threat against Michael? Completely forgotten by the next episode--and it had been the cliffhanger! Where's Jane? Does anyone remember that Sydney was murdered? What's in those files David found? How come neither Jo nor Jane mentioned that the building was blown up at one time and neither one mentioned how god awful unrealistic that remodel job is. (Come on--how many of us live in apartments that cost a great deal? Do our apartments look like that? The origianl series apartments and courtyard were more realsitically sized and worn looking.) I have so many more questions. . .but I'll just keep watching and hoping that the writers realize they're writing a soap--and a campy one at that--and not some earnest show like The OC and Everwood. There's a reason no one talks about those shows and why the name 'Melrose Place' brought so much initial attention. They need to start living up to the name. No one needs twentysomething.

Well i for one am defintely enjoying the new and improved Melrose Place. I never saw the old one and don't plan on it cuz i tried with the pilot anf got bored after 10 minutes. I do agree that the the files that Michale have need to be brought back. Im sure that it will defnitely cause trouble for the new and old residents. The murder mystery returns in the upcoming epsiode and will finally wrap up by epsiode 12 cuz im so bored with the murder thing. Just get Sydney out of the way and focus on the living characters. Its been reported that Jane will return hopefully to feud with Michae and Amanda. Laurens prostite thing also returns in the upcoming epsode which i cant wait for cuz shes on of the best characters. And finally i love Riley but cant stand Jonah. Hes like a little baby complaing about who Riley should and shouldnt talk to. Personally im ahppy Ashlle is gone but rather see Jonah go and leave Auggie. But hopefully if Nick Zano agress to join the show, and with Heather Locklear. The show will almost certainly make a turn around.

I think Jane will be back because I remember Josie Bissett said she'd be on for two (or three?) episodes, and so will Jo who also said two, I think they're spacing the storylines and their appearances out, and both said the producers have left the door open for them to return and they said they have also. All in all, it's going great, November sweeps start and then Heather Locklear is back!

Violet's threat against Michael didn't completely disappear, it was just put on hold until November sweeps and of course until the FINAL FINAL END of the MURDER MYSTERY OBVIOUSLY (also read Thomas Calabro's twitter you guys), also just because it wasn't immediately handled the next episode doesn't mean that it's not continuing, what happened obviously is that Violet quit the babysitting job as soon as that happened, and then everything is just gonna build up until the mystery is resolved where her threats really take hold, a storyline doesn't need to be solved immediately, that's also not what happens in real life, not all problems are solved immediately in a week in real life, sometimes they linger on longer, and that's the case also with Violet and Melrose Place and the murder mystery.

I've never thought of this version of Melrose Place as campy since they were trying to make this version more realistic if anybody hasn't noticed, and I also hate the word campy, I think people who watched the old show expect this new one to be like the old one, but that's a different era in the 90s, you can't expect it to be like the old version since this is a completely new show, and I like the more realistic approach they're taking now.

What drove me insane was reading how some people said they can't believe that a med student could become a prostitute, trust me, I'm from New York, I grew up in cities my entire lives, people are not what they seem and things like that happen, when people say things like that I can see that they're probably from the suburbs or small towns living some magical sheltered life where everybody is perfect driving magical cars and where young people never have sex before marriage and never do drugs and bisexual or gay people don't exist.

I wanna see Jonah have an affair with the D girl and also see him get involved with the big wig producer he met with and watch his "vision" get co-opted and ultimatley snuffed out like it really happens in Hollywood. Come on, where is the gritty realism in this show?

Well, continuity is their first issue. As pointed out by other comments, so many things get left up in the air for weeks. And not even in the good, suspenseful way. More in the 'did i miss an episode and they tied that up' way! Michael's secret files, Violet's revenge on Michael etc.

The casting also left a bit to be desired, and I am kind of not pleased with the way they brought back the old characters. I found the new Jane a little bit unrealistic. Must all the old people come back to cause trouble? The fact she has not reappered is also just plain odd.

Glad Auggie is gone, but they should have bumped David as well. What exactly does he do? Where is his character going? Why do we care? In 7 episodes all he has done is roam around being a "spoilt bad boy". I was well over it weeks ago.

I also personally think killing Sydney off was a bad idea, as she was clearly a show favourite and can't be brought back again without it being beyond ridiculous.

I think that there is still a lot to look forward to. Personally I don't care if Jane ever comes back. I do not find her character intriguing and kind of off from original Jane. I do hope that they expand on Michael's secret files though. Those could be pretty interesting! The murder is clearly going to be covered, but I agree that it should be brought up more in the storyline since so many characters had ties to Sydney.
I think some better questions would be "How could the apartments possibly be the size they are now compared to the old show?" I mean Sydney had a stinkin PIANO in her apartment! Even Jonah and Riley's apartment is like two times the size of the tiny early twenty something apartments in Melrose Place.
"Who is this chick that Michael is married to?" I mean come on! She has to be pretty hard core to put up with him and to bear his demon seed. ;) Let's get to know her some!

-- Scott

Mostly, we're trying to figure out what happened to the laundry room that used to be in the basement of the building...


I was a big fan of the original, so I'm having a hard time digesting the tone and pace on this one. I do like elements of this Melrose, but it's like they are making it up as they go, as if no season arc has been given any thought. So far every original cast member brought back has a bitter edge to them as if living at Melrose Place ruined their lives. No one seems to be having any fun, it's all doom and drama. Maybe that's why the sun in the courtyard always seems as if there's an eclipse above. The original cast all seemed grounded in real jobs and day to day problems as well as the over the top dramas. I'll keep watching, but at some point it better find it's footing and lighten up. THANK GOD VIOLET IS GOING!

I've been watching Melrose Place 2009 since the beginning. There is no flow from one episode to the next. It's like a couple of writers with severe attention deficit disorder wrote this series. It's convoluted and confusing. It's like if you miss episode, don't worry, the next episode will have no logical link to the past episode, so you're not missing out.

I hope Violet ends up in the pool just like Sydney. That's one character (and actress) that adds nothing to the show!


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