10:30am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Unauthorized 'Melrose Place' Tell-All Next Up at Lifetime
Lifetime is going all-out for its fourth "unauthorized" tell-all movie.
The female-skewing cable network has greenlighted The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Launched in 1992 as a companion to Beverly Hills, 90210 — which is also getting the Lifetime treatment — Melrose Place became a hit in its own right. Originally designed to be an authentic, grounded look at 20-something life in Los Angeles, the Aaron Spelling series created by Darren Star became 90210’s soapier, yet equally popular, cousin. It ran for seven seasons and 226 episodes on Fox from 1992-99 and spawned a short-lived reboot that ran for one season on The CW in 2009.
The original series starred Courtney Thorne-Smith, Andrew Shue, Grant Show, Doug Savant and, later, Marcia Cross and Heather Locklear, among others. Cross' revealing "wig scene" still ranks as one of TV's most surprising scenes.
Drawing on true stories and anecdotes from interviews with the original cast and crew, the Lifetime movie will highlight the remarkable behind-the-scenes moments that shaped the series — from early casting drama and Locklear arriving to "save" Melrose Place to the actors begging its writers for even wilder storylines to make them fan favorites. The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story will be executive produced by Michael Larkin (Secrets in the Walls) and Howard Braunstein (The Informant!), produced by Christian Bruyere (A Girl’s Best Friend) and written by Dana Schmalenberg (Single Ladies). Mark Griffiths (A Novel Romance) will direct.
Melrose Place becomes the fourth movie in Lifetime's "unauthorized" series that launched with 2014's Saved By the Bell and continues with the upcoming Full House and Beverly Hills, 90210, entries. Bruyere is exec producing both Melrose Place and 90210.
A premiere date has not yet been determined.