A revamped "Melrose Place" premiered to a new generation of fans Tuesday night. Blame it on good casting -- or low viewer expectations -- but the CW show didn't seem that bad.
Here's a rundown:
*Mystery: I'm referring to plot existence, not plot complexity. The show opened with the murder of Sydney Andrews, a cast member from the original "Melrose" who in the current season served as the complex's landlord. The "whodunit" game isn't the most complex plot line, but it's a whole lot better than what we got out of the "90210" series premiere.
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*Alums: Just when you thought all original "Melrose" stars were busy with "Desperate Housewives" gigs, the remake secures Sydney (Laura Leighton) and Michael Mancini (Thomas Calabro). Word is Jo Reynolds (Daphne Zuniga) shows up later this season. Bring us Heather Locklear, producers, and I'll commit to watching the whole season.
*Simplicity: Anyone else remember how Sydney died in the fifth season of the original "Melrose"? Tuesday, we learned that was all fake. No questions asked.
*Ashlee Simpson-Wentz: She's perhaps the biggest name in the current lineup, but her screen time was limited to mere minutes on Tuesday's premiere. Talk about a letdown.
*Formula: Yes, there was a murder. But aside from a couple moments of good dialogue, did anything constitute groundbreaking TV? Not really.
*Drama: The original "Melrose" thrived on pyromania -- not to mention some downright scary moments. Does anyone else still have nightmares of Kimberly's wig removal scene? Comparatively, Tuesday night's episode was a Sunday picnic. We got a girl who thought about turning down her boyfriend's proposal...but didn't. A guy who almost took a bribe...but didn't.
Hopefully, the future drama quotient is high. I'm banking on conniving publicist Ella, or creepy evidence-burning chef Auggie.
Did you watch "Melrose Place"? If so, will you watch again?