Melrose Place 2.0 is an American drama soap, which aired on the CW television network.
A follow-up to the 1992 show of the same name, Melrose Place is the fifth series of the Beverly Hills, 90210 continuity. In the United States, it debuted on The CW television network in September 2009, and was canceled in May 2010, with Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer as executive producers. The series introduced a new group of characters who resided in the titular apartment complex. Of the original characters, Sydney Andrews, Michael Mancini, Jane Andrews, Jo Reynolds, and Amanda Woodward made return appearances.
- Katie Cassidy as Ella Simms
- Shaun Sipos as David Breck
- Stephanie Jacobsen as Lauren Yung
- Jessica Lucas as Riley Richmond
- Michael Rady as Jonah Miller
- Ashlee Simpson as Violet Foster (episodes 1-13)
- Colin Egglesfield as Auggie Kirkpatrick (episodes 1-13)
- Nick Zano as Drew Pragin (episodes 14-18)
Special Guest Stars
- Laura Leighton as Sydney Andrews
- Thomas Calabro as Michael Mancini
- Heather Locklear as Amanda Woodward
Ausiello's February 6, 2009 character preview introduced the series' seven new characters: David Patterson, son of the previous version's Jake Hanson "with the taut abs and thick black book to prove it;" his "omnisexual sometime lover" Ella Flynn, "a PR whiz whose tongue is as sharp as her stilettos;" Jonah Miller, an aspiring filmmaker; Riley Richmond, his "sickly-sweet schoolteacher fiancee;" Auggie Kirkpatrick, a "hunky hippie" and recovering alcoholic; "straight-arrow" med student Lauren Bishop, forced by hard times to "trade sexual favors for financial ones;" and Violet Foster, a small-town teen who is "fresh off the turnip truck" but knows how to "play the sex kitten" when necessary.
On February 25, 2009, The Hollywood Reporter reported that the first actor cast in the new series was Michael Rady, whose character Jonah was compared to Andrew Shue's Billy Campbell from the original Melrose Place. Variety announced on February 27, 2009 that Katie Cassidy had landed the role of Ella, whom Ausiello had previously compared to Heather Locklear's Amanda Woodward. On March 9, 2009 Ausiello reported that singer/actress Ashlee Simpson-Wentz had been cast as Violet, and quoted an unnamed inside source saying that talks with Locklear to reprise her role were "looking good." The Hollywood Reporter announced on March 17, 2009 that Jessica Lucas had won the role of Riley. The next day Entertainment Weekly broke the story that despite The CW "aggressively pursuing" her, Locklear had passed on the Melrose Place update, purportedly because "There wasn't a way to bring her back that made sense." On March 24, 2009, Colin Egglesfield was cast as Auggie, and Stephanie Jacobsen as Lauren. The Hollywood Reporter reported on April 3, 2009 that Shaun Sipos had landed the final regular role in the series – Jake's son David – now described as a rich kid whose "bad-boy behavior has cut him off from the family's money."
On April 5, 2009 The Hollywood Reporter broke the story that Laura Leighton would be joining the series as her original Melrose Place character Sydney Andrews. Though Sydney had seemingly been killed off in 1997 at the end of the original show's fifth season, the new pilot finds her alive and now the landlord of the titular apartment complex. TV Guide noted that Leighton would also continue in a recurring capacity should the updated Melrose Place be picked up. People reported on April 6, 2009 that Melrose Place original cast member Thomas Calabro would also reprise his series-long role as the duplicitous Dr. Michael Mancini, now established as the father of new character David (Sipos).