TV Junkyard: Melrose Place – E! True Hollywood Story

TV Junkyard is basically just me uploading a ton of random commercially unavailable crap that I’ve stored away over the years for no other reason than that I’m a file hoarder. These posts are my attempt to try and organise it the best way I can. * NOTE: If you don’t have Adblock enabled, besides a shitload of ads Vodlocker will claim you can’t view the files as a guest. You don’t need register, just get Adblock instead.

Melrose Place – E! True Hollywood Story (2003)

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E! True Hollywood Story goes backstage on the drama behind the screen on the 90s hit series Melrose Place. Originally concieved as a Beverly Hills 90210 spin-off with 20-somethings learning life lessons, it quickly went into pure soap mode when the ratings started to tank and Heather Locklear joined.

Marcia Cross (Kimberly), Daphne Zuniga (Jo) and Vanessa Williams (Rhonda) among others are interviewed.

Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6Part 7Part 8Part 9Part 10Part 11Part 12 (end credits) 

“Sure thing honey bunny”

One of my favourite things about YouTube right now is the fact that someone’s taken the time to upload Aaron Spelling’s ill-fated 1992 soap “2000 Malibu Road” that ran for only six episodes between August and September on CBS that year.

Obviously a star vehicle for Lisa Hartman-Black, who played Jade, a former hooker who was trying to turn her life around and was forced to share her Malibu beach house with three other women, among those Flashdance’s Jennifer Beals, who played a lawyer with a dead love life (literally) and a post-rehab Drew Barrymore, who was on the comeback trail at the time.

But the true breakout star was Tuesday Knight as Drew Barrymore’s scheming wiccan sister Joy. Armed with her catchphrase “honey bunny” she spent most of the series plotting about how to get her sister ahead in the acting business. She gave an electrifying performance and I was surprised that she never went on to star in other Spelling productions as she makes a perfect villain.

Despite good ratings and CBS being eager to order more episodes, it seems like politics got in the way. Some claim that it was originally filmed for the spring season and was post-poned so much that the sets were torn down and the actors’ contracts expired and it was too expensive to rebuild those sets and the stars demanded too much money now that it was a hit. Some claim it was the licensing costs that got it shut down permanently, while Lisa Hartman believed that Aaron Spelling himself killed it due to CBS scheduling it against new-comer Melrose Place at the time. Irregardless, the sudsy soap never came back and it was re-cut and sold as a three part mini-series in Europe where Lisa Hartman ended up providing closing narration for the characters fate after the cliffhanger in episode 6.

A shame really, as it could’ve gone on and become one of the popular soaps of the 90s – luckily for us it’s all on YouTube.

Episode 1+2 | Episode 3 | Episode 4 | Episode 5+6

Anyone remember “The Heights”?

Sometimes you remember random things from your childhood and one of those things for me is “The Heights” – it was an Aaron Spelling teen drama that obviously tried to feed off the giant success of “Beverly Hills” – sadly, it wasn’t meant to be and it was cancelled during 1992 November sweeps after just having produced 13 episodes.

Despite it having less-than-stellar ratings, the fictional band in the series, also called “The Heights” and had Jamie Walters (who later went on to push Donna down the stairs on the original 90210 – rude!) as the lead-singer, managed to achieve a number one single with the song “How Do You Talk To An Angel”:

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It really is too bad that Fox are so quick to pull the trigger sometimes – the show had to have something salvagable if it managed to get a number one record! Or maybe I’m just a bit delusional and don’t really remember how bad the show actually was.