Melrose Place: TV Show Cancelled, No Season Two

Melrose PlaceTo no surprise, The CW has cancelled their remake of Melrose Place after just one season and 18 episodes.

The new Melrose Place revolves around the same apartment complex as the 1990s original but largely focuses on a new group of characters. The cast includes Katie Cassidy, Stephanie Jacobsen, Jessica Lucas, Michael Rady, Shaun Sipos, Colin Egglesfield, Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, Nicholas Gonzalez, Victor Webster, and Brooke Burns. Appearances by actors Thomas Calabro, Laura Leighton, Heather Locklear, Josie Bissett, and Daphne Zuniga help kept ties to the original alive.

In September, despite a lot of promotion, the first episode attracted a small 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demo and 2.31 million viewers. The numbers fell after that and never came close to even matching the premiere’s. The April 4th episode hit a season low, with a horrific 0.4 rating in the demographic and only .86 million viewers.

Even for The CW, the new Melrose Place’s ratings were absolutely terrible. Though the last episode of the season left many storylines up in the air, there was no way that it was going to be coming back.

Well, the network made it official this week. Melrose Place has been cancelled and won’t be returning for season two.

What do you think? Why didn’t this version catch on? Was it a bad idea from the start? Would it have survived if Heather Locklear signed on at the beginning or was including original characters part of why it failed?

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  1. Shayleigh says

    Melrose Place 2.0 needs to come back. I need to know what happens next!! This will forever drive me crazy!! I love this show nd the original!! Ugh!! :(

  2. Bill says

    I just finished original Melrose and Melrose 2.0 on Netflix. Several reasons why the 2009-2010 show failed: 1. A favorite character from the original (Sydney) is basically brought back from the dead (through a “faked death” rewrite) for the pilot, and she’s (SPOILER!) promptly killed off in the pilot (though she also appears in a few flashbacks and imaginings). HEY FANS, WE’RE BRINGING BACK LAURA LEIGHTON AS SYDNEY! … TO KILL HER IMMEDIATELY! WATCH OUR SHOW! 2. Sydney’s death sets up a half-season long murder mystery which has the audience looking at much of the cast, wondering which one of these a******* killed Sydney, instead of wondering who these people are. 3. There is no time to get familiar with the characters under relatively normal human drama circumstances, before the show morphs into the inevitable plots involving duplicity, backstabbing, relationship swapping, cheating, hostile takeovers, kidnapped babies, murder plots, etc. The original at least gave the audience that in its viewership-troubled first season. Twelve episodes into the original, the biggest drama was whether Michael was fully on board with Jane’s pregnancy, or whether Jake would find a job. Twelve episodes into this one, and Violet has already strangled to death Michael’s wife Vanessa in the pool. 4. Michael Mancini. Michael was generally a complete scumbag after season one of the original. But after some initial missteps in his characterization during early season 2, where he was the angry, violent guy, he was usually one of the most fun characters to watch. A big part of that was because, as much as Michael screwed over the various wives, lovers, and business partners in his life, he also screwed things up for himself. He could never quite keep up a good thing. And there was a humor to it all. But in Melrose 2.0, it’s all seriousness with Michael, who is now wealthy and at the pinnacle of career respect and success. He’s still a scumbag, but less recklessly so. And it’s a different character, beyond the fact that it’s ten years after the end of the original show. He’s meaner, and the fun is gone. 5. Lauren Yung. This character was degraded by a torturous prostitution storyline for all but four or five episodes of the season. It was a waste of character and the actress. 6. Jane Andrews. Jane was usually one of the “good” characters from the original show, and she seemed to be done with all of the nonsense by the time the original finished. She was pregnant by Michael (though out of his life), and in a happy, serious relationship with Kyle McBride. But when she returns in Melrose 2.0, there’s no mention of what happened with Kyle (played by then-husband of Josie Bissett, Rob Estes), or what happened with the pregnancy. Jane’s clothing design career is on fumes, and Jane is now a schemer. 7. Amanda Woodward. When last we saw Amanda before this show, she and Peter Burns had faked their deaths, left Los Angeles, and married each other in a tropical paradise. They did most of that so that Peter could avoid potential embezzlement charges, and Amanda could avoid a potential murder charge. So what happened with all that, such that, within ten years, Amanda has successfully reintegrated herself back into public life stateside as a named partner in a prominent publicity firm with a branch in Los Angeles? And why is Amanda an even bigger b**** than she was on the original show? It’s tiresome. Still, I would have checked out season 2 on Netflix if the show hadn’t been cancelled. It could have gotten much better.

  3. sal says

    found it by mistake, along with Schitts Creek, addicted to both, a relief from winter on the east coast. Two delicious trashy shows.

  4. Gabrielle Rudder says

    I had never heard of Melrose Place till I saw it on Netflix and I was like hmm, I started watching it and got addicted, than I saw (after I had watched all the episodes) there were no more and I was really sad because Melrose Place is the kind of stuff I watch. Like Gossip Girl, Lying Game, Pretty Little Liars, etc., I like drama shows. They are what I love watching! I really wish they hadn’t cancelled it.

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