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					“MELROSE PLACE” Tuesdays (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) on The CW In an elegant Spanish-style apartment complex in the trendy Melrose neighborhood of Los Angeles, the lives and relationships of a diverse group of 20somethings intertwine to form a close-knit surrogate family. Sydney Andrews (Laura Leighton, the original “Melrose Place”) is the landlady, still beautiful at 40, and a central figure in the lives of all her tenants, especially handsome and rebellious David Breck (Shaun Sipos, “Shark”). Sydney started an affair with David despite her turbulent history with his estranged father, Dr. Michael Mancini (Thomas Calabro, the original “Melrose Place”). Both father and son learned through experience that Sydney was not above using blackmail to control people. Another tenant, high-powered publicist Ella Simms (Katie Cassidy, “Supernatural”), once considered Sydney her mentor, but their friendship was destroyed by betrayal, and Sydney threatened to evict Ella and ruin her career. Sydney also played a pivotal role in the career of Auggie Kirkpatrick (Colin Egglesfield, “All My Children”). After they met at an AA meeting, she became a supportive friend to Auggie and encouraged his dream to become a chef. He’s now a successful sous chef at the trendy restaurant Coal, but his relationship with Sydney has gone sour since she began drinking again. The other tenants include Lauren Yung (Stephanie Jacobsen, “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”), a medical student in desperate need of money to pay her student loans, and Jonah Miller (Michael Rady, “Swingtown”), an aspiring filmmaker who has just proposed to his live-in girlfriend Riley Richmond (Jessica Lucas, “Cloverfield”), a first-grade teacher. The newest tenant, wide-eyed 21-year-old Violet Foster (Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, “7th Heaven”), has just arrived in LA and is horrified to find a bloody body floating in the courtyard pool. David is the leading suspect but, as the police are soon to discover, almost everyone living at Melrose Place had a reason to want the deceased out of the way. An updated version of the popular 1990s series, MELROSE PLACE is from CBS Television Studios with executive producers Todd Slavkin & Darren Swimmer (“Smallville”). Oscar-winner Davis Guggenheim (“An Inconvenient Truth”) is the director and executive producer of the pilot.

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Tuesdays (9:00-10:00 p.m.) on The CW September 8, 2009 In an elegant apartment building on Melrose in Los Angeles, a diverse group of 20-somethings have formed a surrogate family. Landlady Sydney Andrews is a central figure in the lives of all her tenants, especially handsome David Breck, despite her history with David’s father, Dr. Michael Mancini. When a bloody body is found floating in the courtyard pool, the police discover that everyone living at Melrose Place had a reason to want the deceased out of the way. Katie Cassidy as Ella Simms Colin Egglesfield as Auggie Kirkpatrick Stephanie Jacobsen as Lauren Yung Jessica Lucas as Riley Richmond Michael Rady as Jonah Miller Shaun Sipos as David Breck Special Guest Star Thomas Calabro as Dr. Michael Mancini Special Guest Star Laura Leighton as Sydney Andrews And Ashlee Simpson-Wentz as Violet Foster

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Todd Slavkin & Darren Swimmer Los Angeles, California CBS Television Studios Suzanne Gomez, (818) 977-4115 Suzanne.Gomez@CWTV.com

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KATIE CASSIDY Ella Simms in “Melrose Place”

Katie Cassidy stars as Ella Simms, a smart, savvy, up-and-coming publicist who strives to reach the top at any cost, on The CW’s “Melrose Place.” Cassidy was most recently seen on the drama “Harper’s Island,” a murdermystery series. Cassidy starred as the female lead, Trish Wellington, opposite Christopher Gorham. Previous television credits include recurring roles as Ruby on “Supernatural” and Zoe on “7th Heaven,” as well as guest starring turns in “The Division” and “Sex, Love and Secrets.” In addition, Cassidy recently wrapped two feature films. First up is Chris Carter’s closely guarded and highly anticipated “Fencewalker,” opening later this year. She also starred in the remake of “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” with Jackie Earle Haley for New Line Cinema, produced by Michael Bay with Sam Bayer directing. The film will have a 2010 release date. Cassidy’s other film credits include “Black Christmas,” “Taken,” opposite Liam Neeson and Maggie Grace, “When a Stranger Calls,” “Walk the Talk,” “You Are Here” and “Click,” with Adam Sandler, Born and raised in Southern California, Cassidy currently resides in Los Angeles.

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COLIN EGGLESFIELD Auggie Kirkpatrick in “Melrose Place” Colin Egglesfield stars as Auggie Kirkpatrick, a sensitive sous chef with a dark past, on The CW’s new drama “Melrose Place.” Egglesfield was born in Farmington Hills, Michigan. At the age of 10, his family moved to Crete, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, where his father continued his medical practice and his mother opened up a café. Following high school, Colin attended Illinois Wesleyan University, then transferred to the University of Iowa a year later to pursue a degree in biology/ pre-med, in hopes of following in his father’s footsteps. After earning his degree, Egglesfield took a break to travel. While exploring, he was discovered by famed photographer Bruce Weber, which immediately led to model work for Ralph Lauren, Versace and Calvin Klein. Shortly thereafter, Egglesfield was walking the runways of Milan, New York and Paris and doing photo shoots around the world. In 1997, he moved to New York City, where he furthered his modeling career and began to book national commercials and guest appearances on such TV shows as “Law & Order: SVU” and “Leap of Faith.” Egglesfield went to Los Angeles to further his career and immediately landed guest appearances on “Gilmore Girls,” “Nip/Tuck” and “Charmed.” He was also cast in lead and supporting roles in films such as “Must Love Dogs,” “Beautiful Dreamer” and “The Good Guy.” After he landed a regular role as Erica Kane’s son on “All My Children,” Egglesfield returned to New York. When not filming, Egglesfield runs his own T-shirt company, Shout Out! Clothing.” Shout Out! shirts come with Velcro letters which attach to the shirt, allowing the wearer to create endless customizable messages. This is consistent with Egglesfield’s belief in the importance of self expression; Shout Out! is a tool that empowers wearers to be whomever they want and share it with the world. Immediate plans for Shout Out! include the development of a not-for-profit branch of the company that will dedicate its resources to supporting educational initiatives for disadvantaged children. An avid runner who completed the Chicago, New York, and San Diego marathons, Egglesfield has also raised money for such not-for-profits as Team for Kids, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Lance Armstrong Foundation. In addition, he has tutored high school students at The Door Youth Center in lower Manhattan and plans to continue his quest to create better educational opportunities for disadvantaged children wherever possible. Egglesfield currently lives in Los Angeles.
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STEPHANIE JACOBSEN Lauren Yung in “Melrose Place” Stephanie Jacobsen stars as Lauren Yung, a medical student who must come up with a creative way to pay her tuition, in The CW’s new series “Melrose Place.” Born in Hong Kong and raised in Australia, Jacobsen made her debut in American television as the lead role of Kendra Shaw in “Razor,” the highly successful featurelength installment of the critically acclaimed series “Battlestar Galactica.” She was subsequently cast in the crucial role of Maya Robertson in David E. Kelley’s “Life on Mars” pilot by Emmy-winning director Thomas Schlamme (“The West Wing”). A charismatic and versatile actress, Jacobsen began her career in Australia, with appearances on the popular sci-fi show “Farscape” and the comedy series “Pizza.” She received a TV Week “Logie” nomination for “Most Popular New Talent” for her regular role on the long-running hit series “Home & Away,” which she followed with a major recurring arc on the Australian series “Headland.” Jacobsen completed a part in the military thriller “The Devil’s Tomb,” from director Jason Connery, which co-stars Ray Winstone. She was most recently seen on the series “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” as Jesse Flores. In addition to her impressive acting credits, Jacobsen attended Sydney University where she graduated with a double major in philosophy and English literature. Jacobsen currently resides in Los Angeles.

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JESSICA LUCAS Riley Richmond in “Melrose Place”

Jessica Lucas stars in The CW’s “Melrose Place” as Riley Richmond, a beautiful inner city elementary school teacher who is engaged to Jonah (Michael Rady), but has second thoughts about the marriage. Lucas has quickly established herself as a highly sought-after young actress in film and television. She was recently seen in one of the most anticipated films of 2008, J.J. Abrams’ “Cloverfield.” The sci-fi thriller opened at number one at the box office. Lucas was recently seen on the small screen in two much-buzzed-about recurring roles on “90210” and “CSI.” She quickly became a fan favorite for her arc on “90210,” when her character, Kimberly, an undercover cop posing as a student at West Beverly High, became involved with teacher Ryan Matthews (Ryan Eggold). Her other television credits include series regular roles on the popular Canadian teen drama “Edgemont” and the short-lived, yet critically acclaimed series “Life As We Know It.” Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Lucas has been acting since she was 7 years old. She began her professional training with Children’s Theatre Arts and quickly earned theater credits in local productions of “Snow White & The Seven Dwarves,” “Grease,” “Cinderella,” “Mousetrap” and the “Music Medley” series. Lucas quickly transitioned to film and television. Her film credits include DreamWorks’ romantic comedy “She’s the Man,” opposite Amanda Bynes, and a lead role in the Screen Gems/Lakeshore Film “The Covenant,” opposite Taylor Kitsch and Chace Crawford. Lucas currently splits her time between Vancouver and Los Angeles.

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MICHAEL RADY Jonah Miller in “Melrose Place”

Michael Rady plays Jonah Miller, a struggling filmmaker who lives with his fiancée Riley (Jessica Lucas), in The CW’s new drama “Melrose Place.” Rady was recently seen in “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2,” in which he starred alongside Amber Tamblyn, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera, Blake Lively and Blythe Danner. The prequel, which was released in 2005, earned Rady two Teen Choice Award nominations, including “Best Male Breakout Performance” and “Best Love Scene.” In the film Rady plays the role of Kostas, a handsome Greek student who falls deeply in love with Lena, played by Alexis Bledel. His other television credits include recurring roles on “Swingtown,” “Greek,” “ER” and “Sleeper Cell.” He has also appeared on “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Closer” and “CSI: NY.” Rady’s film credits include “The Guardian,” “Freedomland” and the independent film “Committed.” A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Rady currently resides in Los Angeles.

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SHAUN SIPOS David Breck in “Melrose Place”

Shaun Sipos stars as David Breck, the estranged son of Dr. Michael Mancini (Thomas Calabro), on The CW’s new drama “Melrose Place.” He was most recently seen in the feature film “Lost Dream,” starring as Giovanni, a young man who takes his own life in a prison cell. Sipos has also starred in the feature films “Lost Boys: The Tribe,” “Comeback Season,” “Skulls 3,” “Final Destination 2,” “Baby Geniuses” and “The Grudge 2.” Sipos was hand-picked by Mel Gibson to star in Gibson’s television comedy “Complete Savages.” Sipos played Jack, a popular teenager who aspires to be in a band. Additional television credits include guest appearances on “ER,” “CSI: Miami,” “Southland,” “Shark” and “Smallville.” He was also a series regular on “Maybe It’s Me.” Born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia, Sipos currently resides in Los Angeles.

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THOMAS CALABRO Michael Mancini in “Melrose Place”

Thomas Calabro returns to the small screen as the manipulative Dr. Michael Mancini in The CW’s new drama “Melrose Place.” Calabro was born in Brooklyn, New York, and started acting in school plays at a young age. He went to Fordham University, where he got his big break when fellow student Denzel Washington had to drop out of the school’s production of “A Midsummer’s Night Dream.” Calabro took over the role, which lead to more theater roles in New York. Looking for more stable work, Calabro decided to move to Los Angeles for six months. It was soon after that he landed his most memorable role to date as Dr. Michael Mancini. After landing the series regular role on “Melrose Place,” Calabro was the only cast member to stay on the show the entire run of the series. In addition, he directed several episodes. Between seasons, he filmed three television movies: “Sleep Baby Sleep,” “Stolen Innocence” and “LA Johns.” After wrapping “Melrose Place,” Calabro guest starred in such series as “Nip/Tuck,” “Without a Trace,” “Greek,” “Cold Case” “Columbo,” “Ned & Stacey” and “Touched By An Angel.” On the big screen, Calabro starred in such features as “Face to Face,” “”Chill,” “Safehouse” and “Detention.” He recently wrapped production on the films “Locker 13” and “Elle: A Modern Cinderella Tale,” both due out in theaters in 2010. Calabro currently lives in Los Angeles.

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LAURA LEIGHTON Sydney Andrews in “Melrose Place” Laura Leighton’s on-screen persona as Sydney Andrews on “Melrose Place” earned her a genuine place in America’s heart. As viewers grappled with their love/hate relationship with Sydney, the success of this drama became enormous. This fall, Leighton will reprise her iconic role in The CW’s updated version of “Melrose Place.” After her long stint on the original “Melrose Place,” Leighton continued to turn in memorable performances on such shows as “CSI: Miami,” “Boston Legal,” “Shark” and “Law and Order: SVU,” while at the same time raising a family. She also appeared in Jerry Bruckheimer’s “Skin” and the series “Eyes.” She was recently seen in the horror/thriller feature film “The Burrowers,” and the television movies “Love Notes,” “Daniel’s Daughter” and “Mending Fences.” Other credits include “Naked City,” “The Clean and Narrow,” an independent feature directed by William Katt and co-starring Jack Noseworthy, and “Seven Girlfriends,” with Tim Daly, Olivia D’Abo, Jami Gertz and Mimi Rogers. Born in Iowa City, Iowa, to a mid-western family, Leighton found a passion early on for the arts. Shortly after high school, she left Iowa to tour the country with the song and dance troupe Young Americans. Leighton eventually moved on to study acting, and soon began landing television commercials. She was then cast in a guest spot on “Melrose Place.” Her guest spot turned into a permanent gig, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress, an Us magazine “Entertainer of The Year” Award, and the coveted honor of hosting “Saturday Night Live.” Leighton currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and children.

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ASHLEE SIMPSON-WENTZ Violet Foster in “Melrose Place” Ashlee Simpson-Wentz stars as Violet Foster, a seemingly naïve young woman who hides a dark side, on The CW’s new drama, “Melrose Place.” Born in Waco, Texas, Simpson-Wentz became the youngest person ever admitted to the prestigious American School of Ballet in New York City when she won that honor at the age of 11. After moving to Los Angeles with her family a few years later, Simpson-Wentz began her career in television appearing on “Malcolm in the Middle” and “Saved by the Bell.” She further honed her acting chops when she landed a recurring role for two years on “7th Heaven.” In 2004, “The Ashlee Simpson Show” debuted on MTV and went on to become the number 1 show in its primetime slot. Shadowing her life as she recorded her debut album, the show helped catapult Simpson-Wentz into musical stardom. Her debut album “Autobiography,” was released in July 2004 and debuted at number 1 on the Billboard album charts, selling over 398,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. It went on to sell more than four million copies worldwide. In January 2005, her number 1 hit single from the album, “Pieces of Me,” was certified platinum. Her sophomore album, “I Am Me,” was her second consecutive album to debut at number 1 on the Billboard charts, went on to sell 3 million copies worldwide and yielded the hit singles “Boyfriend” and “L.O.V.E.” Simpson-Wentz, who later released her critically acclaimed third album, “Bittersweet World,” has also headlined two sold-out national tours. In 2006, she made her film debut as a supporting actress alongside Kip Pardue and Carrie Fisher in the ensemble film “Undiscovered,” about a group of Los Angeles actors and musicians struggling to make it big. Later that year, she took on the lead role of Roxie Hart in London’s West End production of “Chicago,” to critical acclaim, and following in the footsteps of such greats as Ann Reinking, who originally made the part famous on Broadway. To date, Simpson-Wentz is the youngest person to ever tackle the role of Roxie, and she did it with such grace and aplomb that she was invited to join the likes of Brooke Shields, Melanie Griffith, Rita Wilson, Chita Rivera, Bebe Neuwirth, Joel Grey and Reinking in a special one-night only 10th anniversary benefit performance of “Chicago” on Broadway. Simpson-Wentz currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, musician Pete Wentz, and son Bronx Mowgli Wentz.
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TODD SLAVKIN and DARREN SWIMMER Executive Producers of “Melrose Place”

Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer serve as executive producers of the highlyanticipated new drama “Melrose Place” on The CW. Previously, Slavkin and Swimmer served as and co-showrunners (along with Brian Peterson & Kelly Souders) of the critically acclaimed action-adventure drama “Smallville.” In addition to developing for television, Slavkin and Swimmer wrote the 2004 thriller “Control,” starring Ray Liotta and Willem Dafoe. Slavkin and Swimmer both grew up in Los Angeles and met each other back in Mrs. Kvitky'’s sixth-grade science class and have been friends ever since. They began writing screenplays together soon after college. After a lengthy career in features, they expanded to television in 2002, when they joined the “Smallville” writing staff.

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