Melrose Place is an American television drama series developed by Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer and based on the original 1990s series of the same name, which follows the intrigues of a group of young adults living in a West Hollywood, California apartment complex.
The series aired in the USA on The CW from 8 September, 2009 to 13 April, 2010. There are 18 hour-long episodes in one season. It was not renewed for a second season.
The series originally aired in South Africa on M-Net and DStv's M-Net HD channel from 16 September, 2010 to 13 January, 2011. It later aired on SABC3. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Melrose Place premiered on SABC3 on Wednesday 29 June 2011, at 19h30. New episodes broadcast weekly.
In an elegant Spanish-style apartment building in the trendy Melrose neighbourhood of Los Angeles, a diverse group of 20-somethings have formed a close-knit surrogate family.
Sydney Andrews (Laura Leighton, the original Melrose Place) is the landlady, still beautiful at 40, 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, the original Melrose Place). Both father and son learned through experience that Sydney was not above using blackmail to control people.
Another tenant, high-powered publicist Ella Simms (Katie Cassidy), once 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 Auggie's sponsor and encouraged his dream to become a chef. Now a successful sous chef at the trendy restaurant Coal, Auggie has been avoiding Sydney since she began drinking again.
The other 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, 18-year-old Violet Foster (Ashlee Simpson-Wentz), has just arrived in LA with her own secret connection to Sydney.
When a bloody body is found floating in the courtyard pool, David is the leading suspect. However, as the police are soon to discover, almost everyone living at Melrose Place had a reason to want the deceased out of the way.
An updated version of the popular 1990s series, Melrose Place is from CBS Television Studios with executive producers Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer. Davis Guggenheim is the director and executive producer of the pilot.
There are 18 episodes in one season
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 16 Sep 2010 | Finale: 13 Jan 2011 | Thursdays, 19h30
Channel: M-Net HD | Premiere: 16 Sep 2010 | Finale: 13 Jan 2011 | Thursdays, 19h30
Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 29 Jun 2011 | Finale: 26 Oct 2011 | Wednesdays, 19h30