February 24, 2009 / 5:48 AM / 9 years ago

CW gives go-ahead to "Melrose Place" pilot

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The CW’s update of “Melrose Place” has received an official pilot order, and Oscar winner Davis Guggenheim will direct it.

<p>Cast members of the television series "Melrose Place" celebrate the program's 200th episode during a party, September 9 in Beverly Hills. (L-R) front row, Josie Bissett, Thomas Calabro, Jamie Luner. Back row, Rob Estes, Steve Wilder, Heather Locklear, Kelly Rutherford, Rena Sofer, John Haymes Newton and Jack Wagner. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>

A remake of the ‘90s series about a group of twentysomethings living in the trendy Melrose neighborhood of Los Angeles, the pilot was written by Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin (“Smallville”).

Guggenheim, who won an Oscar for the documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” is known for directing edgy TV dramas such as “Deadwood,” “24” and the pilot for “The Unit.” But early in his career, he helmed lighter fare, including Fox’s “Party of Five.”

Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters

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