CW’s Retooled ‘Melrose Place’ Gets a Writer

Reports of Melrose Place returning to the air on the CW surfaced in late October. Now strings behind the scenes are being pulled to bring Fox’s nighttime ’90s soap back from the dead.

The Hollywood Reporter notes that One Tree Hill creator Mark Schwann has been tapped to write the script for Melrose 2.0’s pilot episode. The original show ran for seven seasons, from 1992 to 1999.

The CW successfully resurrected Beverly Hills, 90210 earlier this year for its title-simplified 90210 hit. While the new 90210 has made stars out of Shenae Grimes, 19, and paparazzi darling AnnaLynne McCord, 21, it also boasted the return of old-school cast members Jennie Garth and Shannen Doherty.

Can viewers expect the same with the revamped Place?

Several MP alums have gone on to find success on the small screen—most notably Doug Savant and Marcia Cross (Desperate Housewives), Kelly Rutherford (Gossip Girl) and Courtney Thorne-Smith (Ally McBeal, According to Jim).

The original series’ conniving landlord, Heather Locklear, 47, found her name in the headlines for other reasons this year, particularly a September DUI arrest in Malibu.

The Hollywood Reporter notes that Schwann’s contract with new Melrose producer CBS Paramount doesn’t begin until June. He’s expected to concentrate on running One Tree Hill in the meantime.