CW tried to revitalize the 90s hit “Melrose Place” in 2009. The original series followed the lives of twenty and thirtysomethings living together in one apartment complex. There was never enough drama or deceiving, even after characters moved out of Melrose Place. The revitalization never took off, despite original cast members returning to the show. It could have been the re-cast (a group of no named actresses mixed with those who have questionable acting skills), the lack of original members on the show or the lack of appeal for current twentysomethings.
Despite the failure, CW is looking to add a similar show to their fall lineup. “The L.A. Complex” is a Canadian soap that follows the lives of a group of wannabe actors living in the same Los Angeles apartment building. The show follows the personal and professional lives of the actors as they seek a break in Hollywood. Though critics say the show sounds an awful lot like “Melrose Place,” there are major differences in the show.
The first difference is “Melrose Place” revolved around an advertisement agency. Amanda Wooodward ran the show, while Billy and Allison worked under her. Eventually Brooke and Jo also worked for the agency as well. Others in the building attempted modeling and acting, while Jake jumped from mechanical work to owning a bar. Jane was a fashion designer, while Michael was a doctor. The residents at “Melrose Place” moved in and out from season to season as well, it was not the same group always living in the building.
Deadline reports that the cast will include Cassie Steele from “Degrassi,” Patrick Moore from “Neighbours,” Joe Dinicol from “Life With Derek” and Chelan Simmons of “Kyle XY.” A younger, relevant group of actors may mean better success for the show. So far CW ordered six episodes for the first season, but may pick up all 13 if the show is successful.