Exclusive: 'Smallville' bosses mull 'Melrose' remake. Is Clark safe?

Melroseplace_lThe plot is thickening over at CW’s Melrose Place reboot. On the heels of One Tree Hill boss Mark Schwahn’s departure from the project, sources confirm that the net is now talking with Smallville show-runners Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin about shepherding the update.

It goes without saying that a likely complication in the talks is the duo’s involvement with Smallville and the uncertainty surrounding the show’s future. The net has not formally renewed Smallville for a ninth season, although Warner Bros. is already finalizing deals with the principal cast, including Tom Welling. Should Swimmer and Slavkin depart, fellow executive producers Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson would likely become the primary show-runners in season 9.

Schwahn’s exit from Melrose 2.0 was announced last week at press tour. According to insiders, the exec was unable to close a deal with producer Paramount due in part to his existing committment to Warner Bros, which produces OTH.

What say you, Smallville fans? Are you willing to lose Swimmer and Slavkin if it means getting a super Melrose Place remake? Sound off below!

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  • Tim

    Smallville is working, and Melrose Place is as close to a sure failure as I’ve seen come forward in a couple years. Even with one or two seasons of Smallville left (at best), it’s still a better bet than MP. I’m guessing that it won’t survive a 12 episode order. (And I was a big fan of the original.)

  • Michelle

    Noooooooooo! Seriously, this would be an unmitigated disaster. First off, the idea of a Melrose remake/update/whatever is ridiculous. Get an original thought, CW! Secondly, Smallville has been firing on all cylinders this year with the awesome showrunning of PS3. Why disrupt that for an ultralame remake? Makes no sense. CW, renew Smallville keep PS3 at the helm and get started on that Justice League/Green Arrow spinoff!

  • kingofcities

    This is normally the type of think I wouldn’t give two thoughts to but in this case I’d say it would be a bummer. Smallville has really been creatively recharged in a very noticeable way this season and I think its in no small part to the work of Swimmer and Slavkin as the new showrunners. I’d hate to see them go.

  • Carrie

    I am a fan of Smallville and was a fan of Melrose Place. I would hate to see Smallville suffer due to Paramont wanting to relive its glory days with old shows. They need to come up with something new and fresh not old and dead.

  • Riley

    What the heck!? Smallville pulls in one of CW’s biggest audiences, especially this season! So why would you get rid of the people who have played a big part in making this the best season of Smallville yet? Not to mention remaking Melrose Place would be a complete waste of time and energy because it’s a gaurenteed flop anyway

  • Ryan

    I just don’t know about this Melrose reboot. I don’t think anyone cares about a new group of twentysomethings. We cared about Amanda, Allison, Kimberly, Michael, Sydney, and the rest. So unless this is gonna be about something like what Amanda and Peter are up to since faking their deaths, who’s going to want to watch this? After all, I only tuned in to 90210 for Kelly and Brenda (and Nat too I guess haha).

  • Vagellis

    We don’t want Mp remake smallville is the best show ever!!

  • Gabriela

    Let Soudners and Peterson go to PM for all I care but no Swimmer and Slavkin Please!!!

  • HubbaHubba

    I think the new 90210 contains probably the dullest, most insincere acting amongst the principal cast, of any still-running show on tv. The only real actors are the parents, and maybe the guy who plays Dixon. Cant place all of the blame on the actors though- the writers putting the words “I love you” 15+ times into ONE episode, tells you that they really are looking for ways to fill in the 45 min to a show

  • Geronimo!!!!

    Mike, you seem like a pretty nice guy from your columns, but seriouly- though you would never say it, you do hate most of the CW shows, right? LOL

  • Chlark Fan

    Oh no!! Slavkin and Swimmer are really good. If there is no Smallville Season 9, then I’ll be happy for them to find another job, but I absolutely don’t want Smallville to go on without their creative influence. I know they’ve made a big impact on the show. Smallville will suffer without them.

  • EWfan

    When is the CW going to wake up and realize what a great thing they have going with Smallville. This last season has been outstanding and the 9th season has the potential to be even better! I am so sick of shows about spoiled, rich people that just sleep around and cheat on each other. Smallville and Supernatural are such a nice break from that on the CW. I really hope the network doesn’t ruin things for Smallvile. And while we are on the subject, why does EW do episode recaps on every show under the sun except Smallville???

  • Carrie

    Slavkin and Swimmer are some of the best writers on Smallville; it’s Peterson and Souders who are creatively bankrupt. Am I willing to loose S&S? NO! Hell no!
    IF one wants to make another AAron Spelling remake take the couple who thought they could make a pre-Robin show about Dick Greyson (Rather than, y’know Tim Drake). Ugh. UGH!
    Hell no. The world doesn’t need an s9 for Smallville. The world DEFINITELY doesn’t need a new Melrose Place. And such a split would move both for the worst.

  • Rebecca

    Leaving Souders & Peterson as the lone showrunners of Smallville is very Yikes-worthy to me.
    Why not ship S&P over to Melrose because they’re the ones that I always associate with all the crappy shippy stuff (mostly, the Clana) on Smallville.
    I’d rather there not be a Smallville S9 than watch a show run by those two, to be quite honest.
    Of course, in a world where I ran Television, there would also be no remakes of Melrose Place and 90210. Sorry, CW, but if you don’t have Heather Locklear, that remake is going to FAIL. You can’t recreate that, no matter how hard you try nor matter who you hire.
    They just need to end Smallville and be done with it.

  • Sparky

    After a dull season last year, Smallville has been recharged and one of my must-see TV shows this seasons. To loose 2 of the main reasons for this would be criminal. Like someone said above, do we realy need another show about the beautiful rich people that probably can’t act – just look at 90210; absolutley awful. Renew Smallville and look at the possibilty of a spin off of the Justice League or Green Arrow. Much better idea.

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