The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story is in the works at Lifetime. The former Fox soap becomes the fourth tell all to get a tell all movie treatment at the network.
According to a Lifetime representative, as quoted by Us Weekly, "Drawing from true stories and anecdotes from interviews with the original cast and crew, 'The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story' will highlight the remarkable behind-the-scenes moments that shaped the series — from early casting drama and Heather Locklear arriving to 'save' Melrose Place to the actors begging its writers for even wilder story lines to make them fan favorites."
The original show followed the lives of a group of young adults living in an apartment complex called Melrose Place, in Los Angeles, California. Its large cast featured, among other notables, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Josie Bissett, Doug Savant, Grant Show, Andrew Shue, Heather Locklear and Marcia Cross.
The CW brought “Melrose Place” back in 2009, but it didn’t last beyond the first season. The revival was, unfortunately, absolutely horrible. The revival could've been more of a success, in my opinion, if more of the original cast made appearances throughout the season, if the show included a much better cast, and if they didn't kill Sydney off so soon.
Here are who I hope to see portraying our Melrose favorites:
Danielle Panabaker as Marcia Cross
Who can forget Marcia Cross' unbelievably performance as, my personal favorite, Dr. Kimberly Shaw. From her multiple personalities, explosions, and love interests she was ultimately one of the craziest women. I believe actress Danielle Panabaker, currently known for her time on The CW's The Flash, would properly portray Cross in the Lifetime movie.
Sophie Tweed-Simmons as Brooke Langton
Brooke Langton made her Melrose Place appearance in Seasons 4-6 as Samantha Reilly. I'm going to assume Lifetime will be focusing more on the main cast, but if they decide to include Brooke Langton I believe Sophie Tweed-Simmons would nail the role. Simmons is known for her appearances in Gene Simmons: Family Jewels and for her various movie roles.
Jessica Lowndes as Kristin Davis
Kristin Davis portrayed Brooke Armstrong in Seasons 3-4. If Lifetime decides to include Davis' limited time on the show I believe Jessica Lowndes would play Davis perfectly. Lowndes is known for her time on 90210 (A revival of Beverley Hills, 90210 which aired on the CW) and she was on Lifetime's A Deadly Adoption which aired in 2015.
Taylor Momsen as Josie Bissett
Who could forget Josie Bissett's portrayal of Jane Mancini! I believe Taylor Momsen would be an interesting choice. Momsen is known for her time on Gossip Girl. Currently, she is more widely known as the front women of her band The Pretty Reckless.
Jenna Dewan as Daphne Zuniga
Who didn't love Daphne Zuniga's role as Jo Reynolds? Hell, I was always disappointing Jo and Jake never rekindled their relationship. Anyway, I believe former Witches of East End actress Jenna Dewan would perfectly portray Zuniga in the Lifetime film.
Erin Richards as Courtney Thorne-Smith
Who could forget Courtney Thorne-Smith as Allison Parker? If you perhaps did forget, she was the one who never seemed to blink and constantly said cried Billy. I believe Erin Richards, of Gotham, would be an interesting choice!
AnnaLynne McCord as Heather Locklear
Finally, Heather Locklear nailed her role as Amanda Woodward. In fact, her character is definitely one of my favorites from the show. Without Heather Locklear Melrose Place wouldn't have lasted as long as it did. I believe former 90210 star AnnaLynne McCord would portray Locklear perfectly.
I, unfortunately, couldn't think of anybody else so I'll leave the rest of the cast up to you. It is hard to get excited about this upcoming Lifetime disaster. I'm sure Lifetime's casting decisions will be MUCH worse than mine.
Currently, a premiere date has yet to be announced for the Lifetime movie. I'll probably check it out but I'm not exactly looking forward to it.
What do you think? Who do you think should play our Melrose favorites? Comment!