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A Starpulse Writer's Pop Culture TV Christmas List

December 19th, 2009 8:00am EST
Gilmore Girls
Dear Santa:

I don't believe one can ever be too old to believe in the magic and spirit of the holiday season, nor do I believe one shouldn't be able to ask for something they want. After all, if Oprah and The Secret taught us anything, it is that you have to put what you want out in the universe in order to have a shot at getting them. So keeping that in mind, here is my not-so grown-up Christmas list!

Is it just me, Santa, or is it really annoying when a studio puts out the first season or two of a favorite old show on DVD just to see what kind of response it will get but then makes...
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Which New TV Shows Should Be Saved?

October 28th, 2009 1:41pm EDT
Eastwick
The television networks are axing shows that aren't performing or haven't had a chance to perform (The Beautiful Life: TBL, Southland) and are giving full-season orders to those that are meeting expectations (Glee, FlashForward, etc.).

There are several new shows this year that are currently on the fence - and they could be either canceled or given a chance to find the necessary audience to keep them alive.

Which shows do you think deserve to stay on air? Vote in the poll, and let us know in the comments!

See more photos of Melrose Place here!

Image © The CW Network, LLC. Al...
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Sneak Peek: Photos Of Heather Locklear On 'Melrose Place'

October 15th, 2009 10:41am EDT
Heather Locklear on Melrose Place
Heather Locklear will reprise her role as scheming vixen Amanda Woodward of "Melrose Place" on November 17. Check out some photos from the episode!

In the 1980s, Locklear starred in Dynasty and as the ever-imperiled lady cop Stacy Sheridan on T.J. Hooker. She joined the popular 1990s series of "Melrose Place" at the end of season one and stayed on throughout the series' successful seven-year run. She later starred in Spin City and LAX.

Will Locklear's return to "Melrose" revive her career and/or the show? We sure hope so. This week the series hit a new low with just 1.40 million viewe...
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Heather Locklear To Return To 'Melrose Place'

September 22nd, 2009 9:08am EDT
Heather Locklear
Heather Locklear will reprise her role as scheming vixen Amanda Woodward of "Melrose Place," which airs Tuesdays (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on The CW. Locklear will make her debut appearance on the show Tuesday, November 17.

"We’re ecstatic to have the chance to bring Amanda Woodward back to ‘Melrose Place,’" said executive producers Todd Slavkin & Darren Swimmer. “Heather’s involvement in the show is something we’ve been working on for some time as we couldn’t imagine creating and producing this show without the iconic character’s inclusion.”

Locklear joined the popular 1990s series of...
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Pre-Season 2009 TV Report Card: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

September 21st, 2009 12:30pm EDT
Desperate Housewives
Since CNN has such a blast creating a report card to track the Presidency, we decided to have some fun with television. Which networks come out strong and which ones need to do better homework?

MAJOR NETWORKS

ABC: B

The Good: The dramas are what keep us coming back to ABC. Grey's Anatomy, Brothers & Sisters, FlashForward, and V are worth looking forward to. The one comedy that stands out and may hold itself against NBC's stellar comedies, Modern Family, is worth a few episodes past the pilot.

The Bad: Dancing With The Stars is extremely popular, however sometimes too much of a ...
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Ten New Fall 2009 Shows We Can't Wait To Watch

September 8th, 2009 9:41am EDT
New fall 2009 TV
Summer coming to an end can only mean one thing - it is time for our favorite television shows to return. Along with the top-rated shows we've come to love, such as Dancing With The Stars and CSI, the fall 2009-10 schedule is filled with newcomers just waiting to hit number one.

Check out our list of the 10 new fall shows we cant wait to watch:

Because one of something is never enough, the CW has taken on another cult-classic remake - Melrose Place. This time around the clothes are skimpier, the people are sexier and the fights are much more entertaining. While the show will have the...
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Q&A: Laura Leighton & Colin Egglesfield Dish About The New, Dark & Edgier 'Melrose Place'

September 8th, 2009 9:18am EDT
Melrose Place
Laura Leighton and Colin Egglesfield, stars of the newest CW reboot Melrose Place, recently sat down with Starpulse to chat about what fans can expect from the new series.

Starpulse: The show reads like a standard daytime soap. Do you see any real difference?

Laura Leighton: It is definitely a nighttime soap, but this version is definitely modern and much more sophisticated than in the 90s, and I was there for that one. It's more sophisticated cinematically and its more dark and edgier. It's been everyone's pleasant surprise to tune in and say, 'Wow, they've done some interesting t...
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'Melrose Place' Hotties

September 4th, 2009 11:44am EDT
Melrose Place
Calling all those who miss the mid '90s! The Melrose Place remake is almost here, and you are not going to want to miss it! The new "Melrose Place" is said to be hotter, sexier, darker and much more dramatic, and it all starts with a dead body found in the pool.

Original "Melrose Place" alums Thomas Calabro and Laura Leighton will reprise their roles of Dr. Michael Mancini and Sydney Andrews, but it is the newcomers that everyone is anxious to see. Will they live up to the high standards of the cult classic? Find out on the premiere, Tuesday, September 8, 2009 on the CW.

"MELROSE PL...
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Heather Locklear May Return To 'Melrose Place'

August 21st, 2009 10:51am EDT
Heather Locklear
Heather Locklear is in talks to possibly reprise her role as the conniving ad exec Amanda Woodward on the upcoming revamp of the popular ’90s series "Melrose Place," according to People.com.

Original series stars Laura Leighton, Thomas Calabro, Josie Bissett and Daphne Zuniga are starring in the new show.

The CW and Locklear’s rep declined to comment on the reported talks.

See more photos of Heather Locklear here!

Image © Albert L. Ortega / PR Photos

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TV Shows On The Verge Of Jumping The Shark

July 15th, 2009 11:23am EDT
24
The concept of 'jumping the shark' is a fatal one for many involved in television. It all began in the tragic episode of 'Happy Days' in which iconic character, The Fonz, literally jumps over a shark, thus placing a death toll on the rest of the series. Decades later, some TV writers have playfully used the term in decidedly ironic tones, both 'The X-Files' and 'Supernatural' have episodes titled 'Jump the Shark' (Note: a portion of 'Supernatural's' crew are 'X-Files' alum) that tiptoe the line of throwing a series into oblivion.

We will have a few current TV shows that we believe ar...
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Sneak Peek: The New 'Melrose Place'

June 16th, 2009 9:55am EDT
Melrose Place
The pilot episode of The CW's revamped "Melrose Place" includes a murder, an engagement, prostitution and so much more.

Like its predecessor, the show revolves around a bunch of 20-somethings who live in the same apartment complex. This drama has just the right elements to make a primetime soap fan giddy: inappropriate relationships, bribery, death and, well, you get the point.

On the series premiere, original characters Michael Mancini (Thomas Calabro) and Sydney Andrews (Laura Leighton) make appearances, and while one is major the other is forgettable. Where is Heather Locklear whe...
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Some Recent TV Spinoff Successes And Failures

May 12th, 2009 11:29am EDT
Boston Legal
With an eagerly anticipated Gossip Girl spinoff in the offing, as well as a number of other spinoffs and remakes, the 2009-2010 television fall schedule feels awfully familiar. Unfortunately, there's no rhyme or reason as to whether these spinoffs actually fly. For every Frasier, there is a Joey. The winners are shows that garnered critical acclaim and/or cult status. The losers are shows that destroyed the integrity of beloved characters and were generally poorly written and conceived.

Some of the more recent TV spinoff successes and failures:

Successes

Frasier - Who would ...
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New TV On DVD, Feb. 10

February 10th, 2009 8:00am EST
Melrose Place
Melrose Place (1992-99) centered on the lives of a group of young adults in California. Season 5, volume 1 is now on DVD. Also in stores: Simon & Simon season 2 and One Foot in the Grave seasons 5 and 6.
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Look! I'm A TV Star!

September 24th, 2008 10:00am EDT
The Hills
People used to believe in fictional television. They didn't believe that it was real, simply that it was an honest fabrication of reality, a mild funhouse reflecting life as it is lived. They watched whether they could identify with it or not; they watched to imagine the lives they saw on the screen. Some still do. But others, a growing majority, watch reality television; they take comfort in the truthful depictions, no, profiles of the lives of others. These shows cannot be melodramatic, cannot be dismissed as over-the-top like Grey's Anatomy. They are "real."

America's fascination wi...
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'90210' Recap: Does It Live Up To The Original?

September 3rd, 2008 2:03pm EDT
90210
"Beverley Hills, 90210" premiered when I was a junior in high school, which made me the exact age the main group of characters were portraying. Not actual age, mind you. Though Gabrielle Carteris' character, Andrea Zuckerman, was my age, Carteris herself was 13 years older. Regardless, I was infatuated. I, too, had started a new school during my high school years. I felt a connection with the Walsh twins, Brandon and Brenda, as they were uprooted from their Minnesota roots and moved to the comparatively posh lifestyle of West Beverly High School.

Now, 18 years later, we have a new gene...
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Slideshow: From Porn To Pop Culture Icons

August 27th, 2008 4:30pm EDT
Jenna Jameson
Years ago it was unthinkable for a porn star to be taken seriously in mainstream Hollywood or to be recognized outside of their inner circles. Times have changed. Many porn stars have gone mainstream and become a part of pop culture. Whether it's because they're dating someone famous or appearing on a VH1 reality show, the following adult stars have made names for themselves outside of pornography:

Perhaps one of the most recognizable faces of porn is Jenna Jameson. The winner of over 20 adult film awards, she also founded a pornographic entertainment company. She broke into the m...
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Famous June Brides: Happily Ever After?

June 3rd, 2008 8:30am EDT
Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban
Historically, some married in the month of June to honor Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage. Others did it to time conception so births wouldn't interfere with harvest work. Brides in the 15th century chose to marry in June because it coincided with their "annual bath" - you read right - thus ensuring a relatively sweet-smelling honeymoon.

Centuries later, June has remained the most popular month to wed. In MGM's 1954 Academy Award-winning musical, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers the song "June Bride" trills: "Oh, they say when you marry in June, you're a bride all your life."

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Realistic 'Coming Of Age' Shows Desperately In Need Of A Comeback

April 21st, 2008 10:00am EDT
My So-Called Life
Take a look at the television landscape, and you will see a mix of good and bad. There are medical dramas, shameless reality television programs, quirky sitcoms, and sappy TV movies. There are gritty action-thrillers, animated comedies, and shows that break the time-space continuum. There is one television genre that has been noticeably underrepresented: realistic, coming of age programs.

Quick, name three recent programs that dealt with young people finding their way in the world that didn’t pander to the audience, wasn’t a show driven by sexuality, and wasn’t a program that tied ...
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New TV On DVD, April 15

April 15th, 2008 8:00am EDT
lrose Place
Season four of Melrose Place is now on DVD. It kicks off with Kimberly (Marcia Cross) in the middle of the courtyard threatening to blow everyone up. Are there any casualties? What's the outcome? Check out the season four DVD to find out.
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8 Sexy Redheads Who Leave Us Hot & Bothered

March 28th, 2008 12:00pm EDT
Amy Adams
Despite recent rumors that redheads are going extinct, they're here to stay. According to new research from Germany, they also have more sex than their blonde and brunette counterparts. Who needs blondes and brunettes when we have redheads to help us start a fire? Here are a few who leave us feeling all hot and bothered:

The Veterans: Seasoned redheaded beauties who've paved the way. "Veteran" is in no way a negative term here, it's an accolade. We're paying homage.

Marcia Cross

Age: 46

Notable Work: "Desperate Housewives," "Everwood," "Seinfeld," "Melrose Place," "K...
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TV Stars We'd Like To See On The Big Screen

March 6th, 2008 2:34pm EST
Stephen Colbert
Television. It's a compelling medium in itself - but also frequently acts as a launching pad for actors chasing big screen dreams. To think that full-fledged movie stars like Tom Hanks, Jennifer Aniston, George Clooney, and Katherine Heigl all got their big breaks on television shows. So, who should the next TV-turned-movie star be? Here's our Top 10 List to get you thinking.

10. Morena Baccarin. Beauty meshed with an all-around intriguing persona should make Morena Baccarin a natural pick for big film projects. Yet, somehow she's flown largely under the radar, instead developing a str...
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Hoover High Class of '88 Showed Promising Sitcom Cast

March 5th, 2008 4:26pm EST
Dance
Dance Til Dawn: 20 Years Later: The fall of 1988 threw a bunch of up-and-coming sitcom stars into the great mixing pot equalizer of a made-for-TV movie. It didn't matter who was already on top with their own shows (like Tracey Gold in Growing Pains); it didn't matter who was virtually unknown (As The World Turns' Brian Bloom); and it didn't even matter who was completely green (Chris Young): suddenly, they were quite literally thrust back into high school (quite literally, actually), where any trace of awkwardness was exploited and popularity was simply a state of mind.

That movie was...
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'Melrose Place': Where Are They Now?

February 25th, 2008 12:00pm EST
Melrose Place
Sixteen years ago we were first introduced to Melrose Place, an innocent (at least it started that way) spin-off of Beverly Hills, 90210 that took place in a West Hollywood apartment complex. I know as an 8-year-old boy I was excited to see what the lives of 20-something people would be like. I assumed lots of swimming and talking about art. I was wrong, so very very wrong. Seeing as the show ended its run almost 10 years ago we should look back and see just where those over-sexed and off-kilter roommates have gone. Now I can relate to what the show was about!

Thomas Calabro (Dr. ...
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CBS To Offer 'Star Trek,' 'Twilight Zone' & Other Classic Shows Online

February 21st, 2008 1:10pm EST
Star Trek
CBS Interactive today announced that it will begin offering Television Classics from the CBS Library, which is one of the largest television programming libraries in the entertainment business, online and across the CBS Audience Network.

The initial lineup includes full-length episodes of Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, MacGyver, Hawaii Five-O and Melrose Place, with more programs and clips to be added in the coming months. The distribution of Television Classics across the CBS Audience Network follows the same open, non-exclusive strategy that CBS has been using for its content online ...
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Top 10 TV Bad Guys

December 27th, 2007 10:06am EST
Prison Break
They're sneaky and snarky. They scheme and slay. TV is full of bad guys (and girls), from those who make being bad look like fun to those who make us clutch the pillow to our chests.

It takes some excellent writing and an excellent performance to make a bad guy who is a worthy opponent but also one that the fans don't want to see defeated. It's no easy job, but these guys and girls met the task:

1.) Angelus (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) - Buffy was full of bad guys and villains - vampire duo Spike and Drusilla, rogue slayer Faith, Angel's sire Darla and a new Big Bad every season li...
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Starpulse Quiz: Test Your TV Knowledge

December 19th, 2007 12:36pm EST
Grey
Think you know everything there is to know about today's TV stars and their climb to fame? Then take our quiz to see how tuned in you really are:

1) Which "Grey's Anatomy" actress starred in "Knocked Up?"

Katherine Heigl

Sandra Oh

Ellen Pompeo

Sara Ramirez

Katherine Heigl

Sandra Oh

Ellen Pompeo

Sara Ramirez

We started with an easy one to give you confidence.

2) In what film did "Heroes" actress Hayden Panettiere get her start?

Finding Nemo

Fantastic Four

Antz

A Bug's Life

Finding Nemo

Fantastic Four

Antz

A Bug's Life

Ha...
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 27

November 27th, 2007 3:00am EST
Michael Vartan
Family Matters' Urkel Jaleel White (1976), Melrose Place actress Brooke Langton (1970), Alias actor Michael Vartan (1968), actress and former pugilist's wife Robin Givens (1964), actor Fisher Stevens (1963), Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia (1958), Bill Nye the Science Guy (1955), rock legend Jimi Hendrix (1942), country pop star Eddie Rabbitt (1941), and prolific actor and kung-fu master Bruce Lee (1940).
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New TV On DVD, Nov. 13

November 13th, 2007 8:00am EST
Gilmore Girls
The close bond between a single mother and her teenage daughter is often tested in the dramatic television series Gilmore Girls. Lorelai Gilmore became pregnant at 16, and, against the wishes of her mother and father, chose to keep the child and raise it on her own. The complete series is now on DVD. Also in stores: the complete series of The Addams Family, Miami Vice, and Northern Exposure, as well as season three of Melrose Place.
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Rob Estes Joins ABC's New Drama Series 'Women's Murder Club'

July 31st, 2007 9:26am EDT
Rob Estes ("Melrose Place") has joined the cast of the upcoming ABC drama series, "Women's Murder Club." Estes plays Tom Hogan, a politically savvy police lieutenant and Lindsay Boxer's (Angie Harmon) ex-husband, for whom she still has some unresolved feelings. "Women's Murder Club" will premiere Friday, October 12 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET).

Based on author James Patterson's bestselling novels, "Women's Murder Club" is a new one-hour drama about four successful working women in San Francisco Homicide Inspector Lindsay Boxer (Harmon), Medical Examiner Claire Washburn (Paula Newsome), Assist...
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Celebrity Birthdays, July 24

July 24th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Jennifer Lopez
Happy Birthday to "The Ring" actress Daveigh Chase (1990), "Mrs. Doubtfire" actress Mara Wilson (1987), "X-Men 3" actress Anna Paquin (1982), "Firefly" actress Summer Glau (1981), WWE Diva Torrie Wilson (1975), singer/actress Jennifer Lopez (1969), "Melrose Place" actress Laura Leighton (1968), "The West Wing" actress Kristin Chenoweth (1968), actor Kadeem Hardison (1965), controversial baseball superstar Barry Bonds (1964), country singer Pam Tillis (1957), "Good Will Hunting" director Gus Van Sant (1952), "Wonder Woman" star Lynda Carter (1951), "Seinfeld" actor Michael Richards (1949), "...
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