Though the new 90210 got off to a solid start in the ratings, viewership has declined for later episodes. Still, the remake has brought some much needed attention to the ratings-starved network. Did any of this year’s freshman shows generate nearly as much buzz? Because of this, the new 90210 was the first of the season’s freshman shows to receive a full season order for 22 episodes.
The CW is co-owned by CBS Paramount Television, part of the conglomerate that bought the Spelling Television company assets and library (including Melrose and the original 90210) several years ago. In addition to bringing more viewers to the CW, a remake of Melrose would likely generate increased interest in the original episodes, currently airing on SoapNet and being sold on DVD.
There aren’t many details available thus far regarding plans for a new Melrose but it’s expected that the show will launch in the fall of 2009. A writer for the project is currently being sought.
It remains to be seen if there will be any connection between the new Melrose and the new 90210 but it seems like a natural. The original Melrose was launched as a spin-off, with tough-guy Jake Hanson (Grant Show) dating West Beverly alum Kelly Taylor (Jennie Garth). Since Garth is part of the 90210 remake, a new spin-off could easily be launched in a similar way.
Part of the attraction for fans of the new 90210 has been the inclusion of actors from the original series. It makes sense that the network will follow a similar formula for the new Melrose. The campy nighttime soap had so many memorable characters that it seems like a natural.
Though some original castmates are busy on other shows — Courtney Thorne-Smith on According to Jim, Marcia Cross and Doug Savant on Desperate Housewives, and Rob Estes on 90210 — there are plenty of others that are available. Do you think Heather Locklear’s phone has started ringing already? Stay tuned!