'Melrose Place' exclusive: Heather Locklear won't join reboot

One person who won’t be moving back into Melrose Place? Heather Locklear. The actress — who played the key role of Amanda Woodward on the original series — has turned down an offer to join the cast of the CW’s update of the hit Fox serial, EW has learned. “There wasn’t a way to bring her back that made sense,” says a source close to the situation. While the network and studio won’t comment, her reps do confirm that Locklear has passed. It’s no secret that the CW was aggressively pursuing Locklear and will likely want to secure another star from the original show. The reboot, which is slated for the fall, has already cast Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, Jessica Lucas, Michael Rady, and Katie Cassidy.

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  • Keith Edward Armstrong – not Kieth!!!

    It is a shame that Heather Locklear will not be reprising her role for the new Melrose Place! I can’t believe that the CW cast little twirp Ashlee Simpson after her notorious lip syncing fiasco on Saturday Night Live.
    I think the CW should bring back Lisa Rinna on Melrose Place who has nice lips, nice boobies and a nice ass!
    BTW I live in Toronto Ontario Canada – does anyone want to be my friend?

  • mario

    here’s an idea: how about tv doesnt go the way of movie by re-booting and re-tooling and re-imagining every possible idea ever conceived in the medium. its already enough we got copy-cats and knock-offs….i seriously think that execs are trying to make the most money out of a single thing and its pathetic. that why we’ve seen the last of originality like pushing daisies and lost, we consumers dont have the patience for serial shows. damm you, the general public.

  • lounge lizard

    I love Heather! It was the only reason I would have watched the reboot. Oh well, guess there’s something better in her future. We love you Heather! Hurry back!

  • Charles U. Farley

    good no old hags needed

  • Anna

    Good for her!! Not returning because it didn’t make sense. It’s true MelrosePlace ended with her & Peter married and ON THE RUN.

  • cecile

    she made the right choice, she deserves better than this crappy remake, she’s a talented actress, can you imagine her give her lines to Ashlee Simpson ? seriously ? Come on, this show is already dead before it starts.

  • J.P.

    Ok Keith or Kieth. Join Facebook/My Space or just get a life.
    On the topic, hope Heather comes back on a new show!

  • Puhlease

    Didn’t “make sense.” Uh huh. Yeah, right. The woman looks EMBALMED. She just doesn’t want to appear on hi-def TVs. That or she’s not insurable cuz she likes to take happy pills with tequila shots and try to drive. There’s more to the story when a washed-up actress won’t get back on the gravy train.

  • James

    Aww, c’mon. They can’t write something appropriate for Grandma Woodward to come back for? How come everyone was so gung ho about her return, and now poof, it’s over? I agree, something’s up. She’s turning down a sure thing, nobody’s commenting…… doesn’t smell right.

  • david

    If Heather’s not returning then why did Ausiello report a couple weeks ago that she was a “lock” to reclaim her special guest star title? Please explain, the all of a sudden change of heart…

  • shanghai

    Heather rocks…can’t blame her for not wanting to reprise the iconic role of Amanda Woodward. Somethings are better off a memory. Hope she comes back on the air soon in something new. I’ve always thought she was awesome and now I do more than ever!

  • lordnelsonpublicschool

    She shows intelligence then. Considering the unnecessary ’90210′ only received moderate to above-moderate pre-debut “buzz” and has lost HALF (50%) of its audience by late-January. This concept of a spin-off of CRAP is outrageous!

  • Mike

    Wouldn’t the way to bring her back be to have her own the building? Well, if she’s not gonna do it then they HAVE TO get Thomas Calabro. Michael was the most fun character anyway.

  • bruno

    hmmmmm…i’m thinkin it’s the other way around. my bet is the CW took one look at her new face and said….uhhhh…no…..

  • D.L.

    I’m very disappointed in this decision of Locklear, because her appearence would be mine main motivation of watching the show. However I cannot blame her for turning it down, because the show has been off air for a very long time, and what can you do with a character that has been through so much already, so it makes sense for Amanda not to come on. So having said that I will still check it out, but I’m now not as anticpated about it as I was a month ago.

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