Surprise: It’s a mini-Melrose Reunion! Melrose Place’s original HBIC – Amanda Woodward – makes her return to television’s hottest complex tonight and she’ll be joined by a few familiar faces.
On Tuesday, a rep for The CW confirmed that Heather Locklear (Amanda), Daphne Zuniga (Jo), Josie Bissett (Jane) and Thomas Calabro (Michael) from the original FOX primetime soap will return to the show’s iconic courtyard to shoot a scene that will air on an episode in early 2010.
At last, Heather Locklear returns as brusque leading lady Amanda Woodward on The CW’s remake of the ’90s soap Melrose Place this Tuesday night. But set spywitnesses say the biggest star on the floundering series is feeling the pressure to raise the show’s ratings and is making life Hell for the cast and crew, according to The National Enquirer.
“Heather’s creating a lot of drama with her diva antics. It’s making our lives miserable. She’s insecure and on edge. The responsibility is weighing heavily on her.”
Ashlee Simpson was reportedly kicked off The CW stinker Melrose Place because she’s — well — a non-acting diva, a disgruntled cast member divulged to FOX News on Tuesday.
“Ashlee was kicked off ‘Melrose Place’ because she was a total diva on set, late all the time, and deeply disliked by fellow cast members,” the loose-lipped informant blabbed. “It created a lot of discord among the cast. She could barely act,” the source said.
Producers, desperate to save the sinking series, wanted Heather Locklear to reprise her role as tough PR exec Amanda Woodward, but couldn’t afford her salary demands without cutting someone.
“They basically trimmed the fat and made it possible for Heather to join the show. Heather is a much bigger name than Ashlee….”
Nobody puts Jessica’s baby sister in a corner! Singer-actress Jessica Simpson is fuming over younger sister Ashlee Simpson-Wentz’s unceremonious eviction from Melrose Place — and she’s venting her frustration with the CW show via Twitter.
“CW catching up on MP.who writes this crap?i have had bad scripts to work with,but this?thank God my sister is amazing and got you some press,” Jessica Tweeted on Sunday night.
Late last month, the network announced that Ashlee and co-star Colin Egglesfield would be dropped from the Melrose cast in January following the end of the “Who Killed Sydney?” storyline.
While the move may have come as a surprise to fans, executive producer Todd Slavkin claims it was in the cards all along.