EW gathered the casts of our favorite TV shows and films for its annual reunion issue. This year they reunited the cast of one of the 90s guiltiest pleasures, Melrose Place. The entire cast, short one Thomas Calabro (he declined to participate in the EW shoot and story) appeared on one of four collectible EW covers.
Former cat members Grant Show, Courtney Throne -Smith, Andrew Shue, Josie Bissett, Doug Savant, Daphne Zuniga, Laura Leighton, Heather Locklear, Marcia Cross and series creator Darren Starr gathered together to reminisce about the campy show.
Melrose Place was a spin-off from Beverly Hills 90210 that debuted in 1992 on Fox and lasted seven seasons. The series centered on a group of twenty-somethings living in the same apartment building. The show had a slow start and was hampered by its connection with 90210. Heather Locklear was brought in by producer Aaron Spelling to spice things up. The show went off the rails with the introduction of the Amanda Woodward character. It opened up the possibility of doing nighttime soaps for TV.
Series creator Darren Starr went on to create Sex and the City. He shared in EW how the addition of Heather Locklear helped changed the direction of the show.
“No One could play a bitch better than Heather. She gave me permission to go off the deep end.”
“We did 32 episodes that first season, so we had a lot of time to work out the kinks. It wasn’t until around 23 or 24 that I felt like I was able to embrace the soap aspect. That was the guiding principle: Let’s just try to do anything to keep the viewers hooked and entertained.”