Laura Leighton moving back to 'Melrose Place'
Original series co-star reprising role as scheming Sydney
After weeks of speculation about who if any of the original "Melrose Place" cast members might drop in on the CW's new "Melrose Place," Laura Leighton has joined the CW pilot as a recurring.
She will reprise her role as the irresponsible and scheming Sydney Andrews, one of the most popular characters on the Fox series.
In the dramatic fifth-season finale of "Melrose Place" in 1997 – and Leighton's last episode on the show -- Sydney was run over by a car on her wedding day in a near-fatal accident.
While she was presumed dead for the rest of the Fox series, she now is back at Melrose Place, and while the script is being kept under wraps, sources said she would be the landlord to the new crop of tenants.
Leighton's casting on CW's "Melrose" is reminiscent of the CW's tapping of "Beverly Hills, 90210" alumna Jennie Garth to reprise her role on the new "90210."
Leighton's two-episode stint on the original "Melrose Place" in 1993 was her first acting gig. It led to a full job on the series for four years.
On "Melrose," Leighton also met her husband, co-star Doug Savant, now on ABC's "Desperate Housewives."
After finishing her contract on "Melrose Place," Leighton recurred on "Beverly Hills" alongside Garth.
Leighton, who next stars in Hallmark Channel's movie "The View From Here," is repped by APA and Untitled.
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