5 Storylines the 'Melrose Place' TV Movie Should Address
An unauthorized film about the series is coming to Lifetime.
By LESLEY MESSER
July 2, 2015, 4:44 PM
• 4 min read
-- "Melrose Place" aired its final episode in 1999, but it's coming back!
Well, sort of.
Lifetime is developing an unauthorized TV movie about the series that will focus on what went on behind the scenes. According to the a rep for the network, the movie will be based on anecdotes from the people who worked on the show and will incorporate everything from how the series was cast to how story lines were created.
Here are five storylines that will hopefully be addressed:
1. Matt's big romance:
In 1992, when "Melrose Place" premiered, it was considered groundbreaking to have an openly gay character, let alone one who, in 1994, had a boyfriend who tested positive for HIV. Some critics complained, however, that Matt Fielding, played by Doug Savant, wasn't as developed as the other characters, possibly because of network restrictions at the time. According to creator "Melrose" writer Carol Mendelsohn, Matt and his boyfriend weren't even allowed to be seen in the same bed. "One of them had to be in the doorway,” she told Vulture. "Then we wanted them to kiss on the beach near Michael’s house, and broadcast standards at the time would not let us have them kiss. Instead it was ‘Matt’s lover rubs his ear.’ Fortunately, we’ve come a long way in 20 years."
2. Kimberly removes her wig:
Even those people who weren't "Melrose" fans have likely heard about Kimberly Shaw, who was played by Marcia Cross. "Kimberly brought an unpredictability to the show," Cross once told VH1 -- an understatement. In the series, Kimberly broke up the marriage of Michael and Jane Mancini, stole (and breastfed) Jo Reynolds' baby, and in perhaps one of the show's most famous scenes, removed her wig after a car accident to reveal an enormous scar. Who doesn't want to know how the writers came up with her stories?
3. Amanda arrives:
When Heather Locklear's Amanda Woodward arrived in Melrose Place, it was reportedly an effort to boost the show's popularity. It worked: In season two, when she became a regular, ratings increased and Locklear became its star, ultimately earning her four Golden Globe nominations. But what did that mean for life on the set?
4. Sydney dies:
Laura Leighton's Sydney Andrews was one of the biggest love-to-hate-her characters on the series. However, she left the series after season five, when her character was run over by a car. Everyone assumed she was dead, but in 2009, Sydney came back for the "Melrose Place" reboot. So why did she leave in the first place?!
5. Alison leaves Melrose Place:
Alison Parker, played by Courtney Thorne-Smith, was a tragic character in many ways. Eventually, she developed a substance abuse problem and left the apartment complex to move to Atlanta. It's been reported Thorne-Smith left to put more energy into "Ally McBeal," but writer Charles Pratt Jr. gave Vulture another explanation: personal turmoil with her co-star and on-screen love interest Grant Show. “After a few years on a show like this, the actors all lose their minds. We were doing 34 hours a year, so they were working all the time. They get a lot of money. They start dating each other — and that’s always a disaster," he said. "Show and Courtney Thorne-Smith were together and when they weren’t, we were all pretty sure that’s why she left the show."