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Melrose Place: Is Heather Locklear the “Murderer?” What Happened to Peter (Jack Wagner)?

Heather LocklearThis evening marks Heather Locklear’s long awaited return to Melrose Place. The producers reportedly tried to cast her in the remake early on but she wasn’t interested. She told the LA Times, “Before I saw the pilot they had asked me and I thought, ‘It’s a whole new network, new writers, how do I fit in?'”

Her character was initially going to be the one that was found murdered in the pool. When Locklear turned the part down, they hired Laura Leighton instead, resurrected her Sydney character, and killed her off again.

The producers still hoped that Locklear could be lured to appear on the remake at some point. In fact, the publicity firm where Ella (Katie Cassidy) works is WPK. They hoped that someday nasty Amanda Woodward could be revealed as the W in the company name. Amanda returns to the firm tonight, fires half the staff and puts Ella on notice.

While Locklear warmed to the idea of returning to the world of Melrose Place, she had one caveat. She told the producers, “I’m in. If I’m not the one who killed Sydney, I’m in.”

Locklear is well aware that a lot is riding on her return to the old apartment complex but is putting it all in perspective. She said, “Absolutely, this is on my mind, but hopefully my going there will bring some attention and make people watch because it’s not just about watching Amanda, it’s about bringing awareness to the show.”

Would you like to see Jack Wagner return as well?

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The tone of the series is also shifting; from the dark and mysterious to lighter fare like parties, relationships and career issues. In short, some of the same stuff that made the original so popular in its day.

Two characters, Auggie (Colin Egglesfield) and Violet (Ashlee Simpson-Wentz), are soon leaving the show and will be replaced by two new characters. Nick Zano will play Dr. Drew Pragin, a likable physician with a secret, and Billy Campbell will play Ben Brinkley, Amanda’s current boyfriend.

Whatever happened to Peter Burns (Jack Wagner)? As fans of the original series may recall, Amanda and Peter faked their deaths in the last episode and ran away together to live on a tropical island.

Locklear says, “They do address it, but you can’t blink… You’d think Amanda would be a little more content on that island and change, but she really couldn’t stand it. She is who she is and she had to get off that island. She’s a girl who needs to be in the middle of the action. A woman, actually. Amanda is a woman now.”

In real life, Wagner and Locklear have been an item since 2007. If Locklear’s return sparks the ratings increase that the network is hoping for and more episodes are ordered, one can suspect Wagner might be able to be coerced to make a guest appearance.

What do you think? Will Locklear’s return help the show’s ratings? Enough to save it from cancellation? Would you like to see Jack Wagner stop by as well?

 

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Anonymous May 25, 2010 at 3:41 pm

i agree, it’s embaressung to watch. why do they have to act so fake like half the crap on TV today? melrose place was always trash TV but it was entertaining and it flowed..whereas this 1 tries way too hard and it’s a shame they have to ruin classics these days.

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Anonymous December 29, 2009 at 7:21 pm

This show needs to be canceled! It is the worst piece of crap on TV! They took a classic TV show & ruined it! The new characters are lame & stupid. I can’t believe anyone thinks this is a good show. None of the people on it can act & the story lines are LAME! Worst of all is that plot about Jonah & his manish/drag queen girlfiend, Riley. The writers are trying so hard to make people believe that she is hot. Since when does fat, ugly, & manish equal model?!!? Get rid of those 2 characters & maybe, MAYBE the show will improve. Until then, it is UNWATCHABLE!!!!!!

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Maria December 20, 2009 at 12:27 am

I would love to see Jack Wagner back on the show! I hope this show stays on the air I am a complete fan of the old and new Melrose Place. I would be happy to some more original characters come back and mix with the new characters.

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Michael from Concord November 20, 2009 at 11:52 am

I hope so !!! I loved the original show and the problem is that some of the new characters are not very interesting or realistic. A prostitute in Medical School who only seems to meet Underwear models and Riley and Jonah are just plain BORING !!! More characters like David and Ella would help….

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Cookie November 18, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Yes I think Heather’s return will help the ratings. I will start watching it more often now. I would like to see Jack Wagner make an appearance periodically but I want him left on the Bold and Beautiful.

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Ted November 18, 2009 at 11:36 am

Yes! Bring back Jack Wagner’s Dr. Peter Burns. Melrose 2.0 needs the king back to be with his queen, Amanda. Viewers know they are a real-life couple and this would bring alot of curious audience to see these 80’s/90’s icons on-screen chemistry. Wagner is on CBS daytime so CW should easily be able to get permission to have him cross-over for a few episodes.

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