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'Melrose Place' exclusive: Heather Locklear won't join reboot

Mar 18, 2009, 05:38 PM | by Dan Snierson

Categories: TV Biz

One person who won't be moving back into Melrose Place? Heather Locklear. The actress -- who played the key role of Amanda Woodward on the original series -- has turned down an offer to join the cast of the CW's update of the hit Fox serial, EW has learned. "There wasn't a way to bring her back that made sense," says a source close to the situation. While the network and studio won't comment, her reps do confirm that Locklear has passed. It's no secret that the CW was aggressively pursuing Locklear and will likely want to secure another star from the original show. The reboot, which is slated for the fall, has already cast Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, Jessica Lucas, Michael Rady, and Katie Cassidy.

siri Sun, Mar 22, 2009 at 09:11 AM EST

Charles Farley,

You must be very very insecure in your masculinity to make a comment like that.

eLISE Fri, Mar 20, 2009 at 04:30 AM EST

I do not know why people are hating on Ashlee so much, I do not like her either but she is not going to be the reason the show tanks, in my opinion it will be the writers, example A: We couldn't find a way to get Locklear back, which is very mind-bottling since after all we are writers, aren't we?. If some of the old writers from the original Melrose came back then there wouldn't be much of a problem, and Ms. Locklear would of secured her place with a very high salary to go with it LOL

Charlene Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 06:37 PM EST

I am so happy that Heather has decided to stay in the now...I love Heather...I just got the second season of Melrose Place,one of may fav. seasons of the show...

This show will flop....Ashlee Simpson, Oh Please!...That is a joke!

I love Jamie Lunar...Sexy Lexi Honey!..I loved her on Savannah as Payton and Melrose Place as Lexi.

mandy Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 05:57 PM EST

Melrose without Heather is not Melrose. I will not be tuning in now. Heather is the best!

Danny Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 02:52 PM EST

ashlee simpson has turned this remake into an official joke. i don't blame her as for not having a valid reason for her coming back, its called creative writing people, its called the new writers have no imagination whatsoever or they would realize you can always find a way

Kat Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 12:30 PM EST

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?:

Simon Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 10:13 AM EST

Melrose 2.0 will flop just like BH 90210 2.0 - Heather needs to find a new tv vehicle!

jd_tv_fan Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 10:07 AM EST

Jamie Lunar cannot join...word has it she has just joined the cast of All My Children.

TorontoTom Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 09:53 AM EST

Sounds like she want more money?!?

tdog Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 09:49 AM EST

Like what else is she doing ???
other than getting busted while being all stoned....

Adam D. Hall Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 09:06 AM EST

Will Heather Locklear be the new troublemaker on "Desperate Housewives"?

Jason Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 08:30 AM EST

Let's all be honest: This news officially spells the demise of Melrose Place 2.0. Thank heavens. Can we just move on to a fresh idea, please? Get the Vampire Diaries up and running, and stop recycling old chick shows.

Jeff W. Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 06:25 AM EST

"There wasn't a way to bring her back that made sense," Since when do things on soap operas make sense? This excuse makes no sense. Why would Heather, who doesn't have a lot going on these days except making ongoing bad choices in her relationships, turn this down?

Hunter Roberts Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 05:56 AM EST

Ashley Simpson??? LMAO! Wow, This is already off to a bad start! What a joke! pooooooor CW... pooooooooooooooor CW

sue Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 05:28 AM EST

Without Heather Locklear, the show will not be what is was. As a die hard fan of Melrose, I will not watch it with out her on it.

jen Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 04:41 AM EST

first she made the right choice for her, but now i know that i´m not going to watch the new melrose

Jane Avenue Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 01:39 AM EST

2 words ---

Jamie Luner

Nuff said

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Tim Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 10:35 PM EST

They need to bring back Thomas Calabro as Michael. I always thought this guy was tremendously talented and thought it was a shame his career stalled after Melrose. (And with Marcia Cross over at DH, I had been hoping for some stunt guest casting.)

Missy Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 10:12 PM EST

I heard about Natasha's death sad news. About Melrose Place, I think Locklear will come back eventually, but I do know Grant Show will be the first original to return because Jake's son David is on the show.

Eep Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 09:51 PM EST

Melrose is just down the street from the La brea tarpits. maybe they could bring back a whooly mammoth

Kelly Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 09:22 PM EST

"Jo could easily be moving back to L.A. and now living with her now twenty-something daughter or something?"

Jo had a son, not a daughter, and he would only be 13 or 14.

PGP Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 09:15 PM EST

I still think Tiffanie Amber Theissen should bring her 90210 character of Valarie Malone over to the new Melrose Place! She could easily pick up with Amanda left off! Theissen was amazing and they can even use the new 90210 as a starting point again! If they must bring back a former about Thomas Colabro, Grant Show, Josie Bisset, or Alyssa Milano???

Matthew C Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 08:58 PM EST

Seriously i suggest casting Thomas Calabro as Dr. Michael Mancini or Josie Bissett as Jane Andrews Mancini. If you can't get them get DAPHNE ZUNIGA as Jo Reynolds. Jo could easily be moving back to L.A. and now living with her now twenty-something daughter or something? perhaps she now owns the building?

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CORY Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 08:42 PM EST

After learning that the brilliant actress, Natasha Richardson, has left the world way too soon, who really gives a damn about a sophmoric soap opera.

D.L. Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 07:19 PM EST

I'm very disappointed in this decision of Locklear, because her appearence would be mine main motivation of watching the show. However I cannot blame her for turning it down, because the show has been off air for a very long time, and what can you do with a character that has been through so much already, so it makes sense for Amanda not to come on. So having said that I will still check it out, but I'm now not as anticpated about it as I was a month ago.

bruno Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 06:52 PM EST

hmmmmm...i'm thinkin it's the other way around. my bet is the CW took one look at her new face and

Mike Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 06:49 PM EST

Wouldn't the way to bring her back be to have her own the building? Well, if she's not gonna do it then they HAVE TO get Thomas Calabro. Michael was the most fun character anyway.

lordnelsonpublicschool Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 06:34 PM EST

She shows intelligence then. Considering the unnecessary '90210' only received moderate to above-moderate pre-debut "buzz" and has lost HALF (50%) of its audience by late-January. This concept of a spin-off of CRAP is outrageous!

shanghai Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 06:34 PM EST

Heather rocks...can't blame her for not wanting to reprise the iconic role of Amanda Woodward. Somethings are better off a memory. Hope she comes back on the air soon in something new. I've always thought she was awesome and now I do more than ever!

david Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 06:23 PM EST

If Heather's not returning then why did Ausiello report a couple weeks ago that she was a "lock" to reclaim her special guest star title? Please explain, the all of a sudden change of heart...

James Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 06:06 PM EST

Aww, c'mon. They can't write something appropriate for Grandma Woodward to come back for? How come everyone was so gung ho about her return, and now poof, it's over? I agree, something's up. She's turning down a sure thing, nobody's commenting...... doesn't smell right.

Puhlease Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 05:57 PM EST

Didn't "make sense." Uh huh. Yeah, right. The woman looks EMBALMED. She just doesn't want to appear on hi-def TVs. That or she's not insurable cuz she likes to take happy pills with tequila shots and try to drive. There's more to the story when a washed-up actress won't get back on the gravy train.

J.P. Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 05:55 PM EST

Ok Keith or Kieth. Join Facebook/My Space or just get a life.
On the topic, hope Heather comes back on a new show!

cecile Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 05:52 PM EST

she made the right choice, she deserves better than this crappy remake, she's a talented actress, can you imagine her give her lines to Ashlee Simpson ? seriously ? Come on, this show is already dead before it starts.

Anna Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 05:32 PM EST

Good for her!! Not returning because it didn't make sense. It's true MelrosePlace ended with her & Peter married and ON THE RUN.

Charles U. Farley Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 05:31 PM EST

good no old hags needed

lounge lizard Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 05:20 PM EST

I love Heather! It was the only reason I would have watched the reboot. Oh well, guess there's something better in her future. We love you Heather! Hurry back!

mario Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 05:15 PM EST

here's an idea: how about tv doesnt go the way of movie by re-booting and re-tooling and re-imagining every possible idea ever conceived in the medium. its already enough we got copy-cats and knock-offs....i seriously think that execs are trying to make the most money out of a single thing and its pathetic. that why we've seen the last of originality like pushing daisies and lost, we consumers dont have the patience for serial shows. damm you, the general public.

Keith Edward Armstrong - not Kieth!!! Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 05:15 PM EST

It is a shame that Heather Locklear will not be reprising her role for the new Melrose Place! I can't believe that the CW cast little twirp Ashlee Simpson after her notorious lip syncing fiasco on Saturday Night Live.

I think the CW should bring back Lisa Rinna on Melrose Place who has nice lips, nice boobies and a nice ass!

BTW I live in Toronto Ontario Canada - does anyone want to be my friend?


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