The new Melrose Place premiered in early September. I was an avid fan of the original, but feared that, like the new 90210, it wouldn’t do it’s predecessor justice. Then, when I realized that Ashlee Simpson would be part of the cast, I decided to check it out. Now, I’m obsessed.
However, news recently broke that Ashlee would soon be leaving the cast. Critics cited her poor acting–I thought she was pretty legit, but whatever. Then, Jessica took to Twitter to defend her sister and blast the show.
“CW catching up on MP. who writes this crap? I have had bad scripts to work with, but this? thank God my sister is amazing and got you some press.”
Later, she wrote, “Watch til Jan…:),” and retweeted another user’s comment, “ashlee was too good for that show and was the ONLY reason I watched, and won’t anymore!”
Well, maybe she was the main reason I started watching the show, but her absence definitely won’t keep me from watching. And that’s probably what the CW planned for all along…use her celebrity status to create some buzz, then write her off.
The show has also been using cast members from the original series to create buzz. This week, Heather Locklear will return. While none of these have been permanent, they keep viewers’ interest spiked, which is always good.
So how will Ashlee’s leaving affect the show? I’m not sure. Her character is actually pretty important for the central plot so I’m anxious to see how they work that out…