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September 8, 2009 | MARY McNAMARA, TELEVISION CRITIC
I was a fan of the original "Melrose Place," though I can't for the life of me remember exactly why. No doubt it had something to do with Heather Locklear, who arrived in the second season and injected a refreshing note of wide-eyed campy knowingness into the proceedings. In its heyday, "Melrose Place" was television's hottest soap. Less sprawling than "Knots Landing" or "Falcon Crest," it followed similar lines -- keep your enemies close, keep your friends closer because they're the ones who'll get you in the end. An astringent palate cleanser from the existential wit of "Seinfeld" and then the more saccharine nestiness of "Friends," "Melrose Place" was a take-down of all those modern family metaphors of which the Sunday style pages were so enamored -- put a group of ambitious people in close quarters and even with nice weather and a swimming pool, they'll all go Medici sooner or later.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 2009 | Maria Elena Fernandez and Denise Martin
CW President Dawn Ostroff feels no shame in her network being a little sexist. After all, the CW's focus on 18-to-34-year-old women paid off last season with the growth of "Gossip Girl," the resurgence of "One Tree Hill," and the success of the freshman "90210." "There's nothing wrong with us specifically going after young women," Ostroff said Tuesday at the Television Critics Assn.'s press tour in Pasadena.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2009 | Maria Elena Fernandez
Last season was do-or-die for the CW -- and it did not die. The two scripted shows the young network needed the most, the freshman "90210" and the sophomore "Gossip Girl," both succeeded well enough to show that the CW can reach its target audience of 18- to 34-year-old women as well as create a brand. And veteran series "One Tree Hill," "Supernatural" and "America's Next Top Model" continued to perform well.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2009 | ROBERT LLOYD, TELEVISION CRITIC
The post-collegiate high school students of "Gossip Girl" made it through their second season Monday night -- and, for most of them, their senior year -- with a graduation ceremony, a couple of parties and a shower of nasty revelations (old news to us, but fresh to the general population of Constance Billiard/St. Jude's) that had no effect at all on anyone's social standing.
HOME & GARDEN
May 16, 2009 | LAUREN BEALE
In the real Orange County, not everyone ends up living in their custom-built home. The intended family residence of actress Kristin Cavallari has come on the market at $13.95 million in Three Arch Bay, a gated Laguna Beach community. Cavallari was playing herself in 28 episodes of "Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County" (2004-05) during part of the eight-year construction period but never occupied the feng shui-savvy residence.
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