The rumors are true. Amanda’s coming back!
Heather Locklear, 47, will return to the fledgling CW version of Melrose Place starting on its November 17th episode.
Locklear, 47, will reprise her role as scheming ad boss Amanda Woodward, who was last seen faking her own death in the 1999 finale of the original Melrose Place.
The original Melrose Place struggled in the ratings until Locklear joined the cast – and no doubt, TV execs hope Locklear can help the ratings-challenged new version also.
“We’re ecstatic to have the chance to bring Amanda Woodward back to Melrose Place,” executive producers Todd Slavkin & Darren Swimmer said in a statement. “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’s real-life love Jack Wagner, who played Peter on the original Melrose Place, is not expected to return to the show, although several original cast members are, including Josie Bissett, Thomas Calabro, and Daphne Zuniga.
Laura Leighton – who played scheming Sydney in the original Melrose Place – was killed off in the first episode of the new CW version of the show – but she’s expected to make more appearances in flashback scenes.