The guilty pleasure factory known as Lifetime has a brand new addition to its popular “Unauthorized Story” movie franchise as they tackle one of the greatest guilty pleasures of all time, the highly addictive shark jumpathontastic 1990s drama Melrose Place!
Earlier today the network released the first official cast photo for The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story (above – click to enlarge) which, at least as far as appearances go, looks damn near perfect! And for those of you curious as to who’s who, here is a numbered photo with a corresponding numbered list of Melrose Place actors (and characters) and the actors who will be playing them:
The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story cast includes:
1. JANE MANCINI / JOSIE BISSETT played by Chloe McClay
2. JAKE HANSON / GRANT SHOW played by Ryan Bruce
3. BILLY CAMPBELL / ANDREW SHUE played by Frank Bailey
4. AMANDA WOODWARD / HEATHER LOCKLEAR played by Ciara Hanna
5. DOUG SAVANT / MATT FIELDING played by Joseph Coleman
6. MICHAEL MANCINI / THOMAS CALABRO played by Brandon Barash
7. JO REYNOLDS / DAPHNE ZUNIGA played by Ali Cobrin
8. KIMBERLY SHAW / MARCIA CROSS played by Teagan Vincze
9. ALLISON PARKER / COURTNEY THORNE-SMITH played by Rebecca Dalton
10. RHONDA BLAIR / VANESSA A. WILLIAMS played by Karissa Tynes
11. SYDNEY ANDREWS / LAURA LEIGHTON played by Chelsea Hobbs
12. SANDY LOUISE HARDING / AMY LOCANE played by Lanie McAuley
AARON SPELLING played by Dan Castellaneta
DARREN STAR played by Adam Korson
Launched in 1992 as a companion for Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place quickly became a giant television hit in its own right. Originally designed to be an authentic, grounded look at 20-something life in Los Angeles, the program soon became 90210’s soapier, yet equally popular counterpart. The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story highlights the remarkable behind-the-scenes moments that shaped the series including cast drama, Heather Locklear arriving to “save” Melrose Place, and the actors begging their writers for even wilder storylines to make them fan favorites.
And just in case the photo and the blurb doesn’t get you pumped, I know watching the old Melrose Place opening credits…
Oh man! Serious flashbacks! Where’s my red wine?!?
The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story premieres Saturday, October 10, at 9/8c on Lifetime as part of a “throwback-to-back” doubleshot that includes the premiere of The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 Story at the same time the week before on Saturday, October 3.
Here are some tweets and Instagram posts from the cast who seem just as excited about the official announcement as we are:
— Chelsea Hobbs (@ChelseaHobbs) July 22, 2015
It's official! I can talk about it!I'm portraying the wonderful Heather Locklear in the Unauthorized Melrose place https://t.co/3neQI3frnl
— ciara hanna (@ciarahanna20) July 21, 2015
— Teagan Vincze (@Teashen) July 22, 2015
Thanks man! I'm playing Amy Locane who was Sandy on the show 🙂 https://t.co/lNvzANyAD1
— Lanie McAuley (@Lanie_McAuley) July 21, 2015