Episodes: 18 (hour)
TV show dates: September 8, 2009 — April 13, 2010
Series status: Cancelled
Performers include: Katie Cassidy, Colin Egglesfield, Stephanie Jacobsen, Jessica Lucas, Michael Rady, Shaun Sipos, Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, Laura Leighton, and Thomas Calabro.
TV show description:
Set in the same Spanish-style apartment complex as the original Melrose Place, this drama follows the lives and relationships of a diverse group of Los Angeles twenty-somethings who form a “close-knit” surrogate family. Sydney Andrews (Laura Leighton) is the still-sexy landlady and a central figure in the lives of all her tenants, especially handsome and rebellious David Breck (Shaun Sipos).
Sydney started an affair with David despite her turbulent history with his estranged father, Dr. Michael Mancini (Thomas Calabro), her former husband and the man who helped her fake her death years earlier. Both father and son learned through experience that Sydney isn’t above using blackmail to control people.
Another tenant is high-powered publicist Ella Simms (Katie Cassidy). She considered Sydney her mentor, but their friendship was destroyed by betrayal, and Sydney threatened to evict Ella and ruin her career.
Sydney also played a pivotal role in the career of Auggie Kirkpatrick (Colin Egglesfield). After they met at an AA meeting, she became a supportive friend to him and encouraged Auggie to realize his dream of becoming a chef. He’s now a successful sous chef at the trendy restaurant Coal, but his relationship with Sydney has gone sour since she began drinking again.
The other Melrose tenants include Lauren Yung (Stephanie Jacobsen), a medical student in desperate need of money to pay her student loans, and Jonah Miller (Michael Rady), an aspiring filmmaker who has just proposed to his live-in girlfriend Riley Richmond (Jessica Lucas), a first-grade teacher.
The newest tenant is wide-eyed 21-year-old Violet Foster (Ashlee Simpson-Wentz) who’s just arrived in LA. Soonafter she discovers a bloody body floating in the courtyard pool. David is the leading suspect but, as the police are soon to discover, almost everyone living at Melrose Place had a reason to want the deceased out of the way.