The CW is determined to continue making a niche for itself as the home of teen dramas even though its top rated scripted dramas have been “Smallville” and “Supernatural“, both shows falling well outside of that targeted niche. And both shows continue to hold their own despite lower ratings this year as a result of one being moved to Friday, commonly referred to as the death slot, and the other facing even more Thursday night competition than ever before. Luckily for The CW, their freshman drama “The Vampire Diaries” has proven to be a bona fide hit, as it capitalizes on the Twilight craze, even though technically Vampire Diaries was the novel published first.
In the ever-present cycle of what’s-old-is-new-again, Melrose Place is a reboot of the 1992 series of the same name that featured the sexy misadventures of a diverse group of twenty-something residents at the apartment complex from which the show got its name, and dominated the night-time soap scene of the time despite a rocky introductory year. Along with the original Beverly Hills: 90210, it offered an unbeatable ratings team at the time, which The CW was anxious to recapture with the newly resurrected versions.