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Melrose Place is an Americanmarker television series that aired on Fox in the United Statesmarker from July 8, 1992, to May 24, 1999 for seven seasons. The show was created by Darren Star for Fox network and executive produced by Aaron Spelling for Spelling Television. It is the second series in the Beverly Hills, 90210 franchise.

The series won the People's Choice Award in 1993 for 'Favorite Television Series'.

The show is set in a small apartment courtyard complex in the West Hollywoodmarker district of Los Angeles, where several young individuals reside, each with their own dreams and drives. The original plan for the show was to have minor stories conclude in every episode, but when that formula proved unpopular, the writers started developing long-term storylines to evolve during the season.

The series debuted on July 8, 1992 and was an instant hit, debuting at #19 on the Nielsen Ratings with a 10.3/19 share. The series finale was watched by 10.38 million viewers.

Filming for the series took place at a studio in Santa Clarita, Californiamarker. The show had many cast changes during the run, and Thomas Calabro was the only original cast member to remain on the series throughout its entire run.

Heather Locklear was nominated for four Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress in a Television Series - Drama for her role as Amanda Woodward on Melrose Place, in 1994, 1995, 1996, and 1997. Laura Leighton was nominated in 1995 for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series.

Heather Locklear, Laura Leighton, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Daphne Zuniga and Josie Bissett were featured on the cover of Rolling Stone on May 19, 1994 during the height of Melrose Place.

An updated version of the series, also called Melrose Place, premiered on September 8, 2009 on The CW Television Network.

Cast and characters

Melrose Place premiere season featured eight main characters: Dr. Michael Mancini (Thomas Calabro), who works at Wilshire Memorial Hospital and changes from kind, devoted husband in Season 1 to meanspirited adulterous villain from Season 2 on; Jane Mancini (Josie Bissett), his budding fashion designer wife; Billy Campbell (Andrew Shue), the struggling writer adapting to life out of his parents' control; Alison Parker (Courtney Thorne-Smith), the receptionist at D&D Advertising; Jake Hanson (Grant Show), a struggling manual laborer and bad-boy biker: Matt Fielding (Doug Savant), a gay social worker; Rhonda Blair (Vanessa A. Williams), an aerobics instructor; and Sandy Harling (Amy Locane), a Southern belle struggling actress who moonlights as a waitress at a bar called Shooters, the group's hangout. Locane was written off after 13 episodes, to be replaced by Daphne Zuniga as Jo Reynolds, a photographer running away from her abusive husband. Williams was not brought back for the second season, explained by her character's engagement to a wealthy restaurant entrepreneur.

Actress Heather Locklear, who in season one had guest starred as Alison's ambitious boss Amanda Woodward, was promoted to series regular status in the second season. Although she was always billed as a "special guest star," Locklear remained with the show through its series finale. Season two guest Laura Leighton, recurring as Jane's troublemaking spoiled sister Sydney Andrews, was upgraded to series regular as of season three.

Season four saw three new contract characters: Dr. Kimberly Shaw (Marcia Cross), a doctor with whom Michael had an affair in season one; Peter Burns (Jack Wagner), the ruthless hospital Chief of Staff introduced in season three; and Brooke Armstrong (Kristin Davis), a conniving intern at D&D Advertising also recurring the previous season. Davis's character was subsequently killed off in the middle of the fourth season while Zuniga left the series at the end of the fourth season.

The fifth season saw the addition of Rob Estes as restauranteur Kyle McBride, Lisa Rinna as his wife Taylor, and Brooke Langton as Samantha Reilly, an artist and a new tenant in the apartment complex. Bissett and Cross left the series in the middle of the fifth season as Kelly Rutherford was brought in as Megan Lewis, a prostitute who has an affair with Michael, and David Charvet played Craig Field, Amanda's new co-worker. The season finale featured the exits of series regulars Thorne-Smith, Show, and Leighton.

The season premiere of season six featured the departure of original cast member Savant while Alyssa Milano (recurring as Michael's sister Jennifer Mancini since season five) was bumped to series regular, with Linden Ashby joining the cast as the violent Dr. Brett Cooper and Jamie Luner as his seductive ex-wife Lexi Sterling.

Charvet was written out, and the beginning of season seven saw the departure of Shue, Rinna, Langton, Milano and Ashby. The show's seventh season introduced John Haymes Newton as Ryan McBride, Kyle's brother, and Rena Sofer as Eve Cleary, a woman from Amanda's past who marries Dr. Burns. Josie Bissett reprised her role as Jane for the seventh season.


DVD releases

Paramount & CBS DVD are releasing Melrose Place on DVD in Region 1. To date they have released seasons 1–5.

The series has also been released on DVD in Region 2 and 4 by Paramount Home Entertainment.

Due to music licensing issues, most of the original music has been replaced on these DVD releases. Starting with Season 1, some episodes are edited from their original broadcast versions.

DVD Name Ep # Release dates Special features
Region 1 Region 2 (Sweden) Region 2 (UK) Region 4
The First Season 32 November 7, 2006 November 13, 2006 November 13, 2006 November 1, 2006 Season 1 episode recaps
Behind the scenes featurette
Mini featurettes
Cast Interviews

The Second Season 32 May 1, 2007 April 1, 2007 March 13, 2007 May 3, 2007 Audio Commentary by Series Creator Darren Star
Melrose Place: Meet The Neighbours
Melrose Place: Complex Relationships
Melrose Place: The Best of the Worst

The Third Season 32 November 13, 2007 December 2, 2007 May 18, 2009 April 9, 2008 Melrose Place: According to Jake
Melrose Place: Seven Minutes In Hell
Everything You Need To Know About 'Melrose Place Season 3

The Fourth Season 34 April 15, 2008 March 11, 2009 March 22, 2010 April 2, 2009 none
The Fifth Season (Volume One) 19 February 10, 2009 TBA TBA TBA none
The Fifth Season (Volume Two) 15 November 24, 2009 TBA TBA TBA none

International syndication

Melrose Place has aired in international syndication in over 40 countries worldwide.

GALA Committee

A group of artists and Melrose Place producers formed the GALA Committee, headed by artist Mel Chin, in order to bring artworks out of galleries and into primetime television. GALA artists designed artworks that were used as props by Melrose Place characters in the fourth and fifth seasons, often with hidden political messages:
  • When Alison is pregnant, her quilt is decorated with the molecular structure of RU-486.
  • A bag of Chinese take-out food is emblazoned with two opposing ideograms translated from Chinese as "Human Rights" and "Turmoil"; both terms were used by the Chinese government to justify a restriction on student protesters of June 4, 1989marker.
  • Bottles behind the counter at Shooters bar are decorated with ads and documents chronicling the history of alcohol.
  • As Alison quits D&D Advertising, a framed ad in the background features a bombed-out building. The damage to the structure is in the shape of a liquor bottle, and the words "Total Proof" appear on the poster.

Chin compared the works to viruses, symbiotic and invisible. The project was called "In the Name of the Place", as part of the "Uncommon Sense" art show at the Geffen Contemporarymarker at MOCA, Los Angeles, California in 1997. A portion of the Fifth Season was filmed at the Geffen Contemporarymarker where the project was displayed. The artwork was also shown at the 1997 Kwangju Biennale in Kwangjumarker, Korea and at Grand Arts in Kansas City, Missouri in 1998. Sotheby's Auction house auctioned almost fifty of these artworks for charity.

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  2. A short street named "Melrose Place" exists in Los Angeles as an offshoot of Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood; the street contains shops, salons, boutiques and restaurants — but no apartment complexes.

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