Instead of spending Independence Day in the ER, try watching these totally addicting shows instead.
A pair of CW spinoffs landed a pair of big names for pilot episodes, roping in a pop singer and a former teen idol in lead roles. Ashlee Simpson, sister of Jessica and wife of Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz, is heading over to the new Melrose Place, and Pretty in Pink's Andrew McCarthy is headed back to the 1980s in the Gossip Girl prequel.
The long gestating Melrose Place remake finally has a due date. The CW has ordered a pilot for the new take on the 1990s primetime soap, and has attached Oscar winner Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) to direct.
In late September, word began to spread about what could be television's next favorite guilty pleasure. Actress Lisa Rinna opened her mouth and let the cat out of the bag that The CW, following the success of its Beverly Hills, 90210 update, was pondering a remake of the original 90210 spin-off Melrose Place.
Are we living the 1980s and 1990s over again? Indiana Jones is back, the Transformers are still transformin', Knight Rider is burning rubber again, and everyone still knows Beverly Hills' zip code--and that's just to name a few of the reminders.
Hollywood is obsessed with turning the old into "new," and there are no signs of stopping it. The latest television show to follow that trend could be a modern-day remake of an old show that was a spin-off of a show that's already been given a modern-day makeover.