Remakes, sequels and spin-offs are all the rage these days, and the CW network’s new “Melrose Place” cast caught the wave. Airing from September 2009 to 2010, the new “Melrose Place” was the spin-off of the popular 90s drama of the same name, which was itself a spin-off of cultural phenomenon “Beverly Hills, 90210.” And while some of the cast from the original made guest appearances, most the new “Melrose Place” cast was filled with faces new to fans of the original series.
Ella Simms, played by Katie Cassidy, started her career as a publicist under the mentorship of Sydney Andrews (a character from the original series, played by Laura Leighton). Horror fans might be familiar with Cassidy from movies like the “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” remake, and her recurring role as the demon Ruby on the show “Supernatural.”
Michael Rady played Jonah Miller, who worked in the IT department at Ella’s company. Rady has appeared in several big screen productions, including “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” and “InSearchOf.” On TV, he has appeared in “CSI:NY,” “Castle,” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Simpson starred as Violet Foster, the daughter of Sydney Andrews from the original series. Simpson is probably best known for her successful singing career, and the fact that her debut album, “Autobiography,” reached number one on the charts. She also appeared on Broadway in the musical “Chicago.”
Lucas joined the “Melrose Place” cast as Riley Richmond, an elementary school teacher with some issues. Lucas started her career as a regular on the popular Canadian teen soap, “Edgemont.” Currently, she has a recurring role on the soap, “The Young and the Restless.”