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Melrose Place Came Out Twenty Years Ago, and We Still Love It

10 July 2012 3:15 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Melrose Place premiered twenty years ago this week. Let that sink in for a second, assuming things can still sink in through your wizened, ancient flesh. Twenty years. Was it really that long ago that naive, judgmental Allison and even-more-naive, dumb Billy first became roommates? These are the twenty things we'll always miss about the greatest apartment complex in TV history. 1. The way Allison used to say "Billy." ("Biuh-luee," dismissively. Always.) 2. The show's sensitive and informative portrayal of alcoholism and addiction. Ha, kidding. Remember when Allison used to chug giant tumblers of vodka? 3. Peter's suspenders.4. Billy's tank tops. 5. Jo's photography. 6. When Sydney was a high-end prostitute. 7. When Traci Lords brainwashed Sydney into being in a cult. 8. Flannel. Flannel everywhere. 9. Rhonda's cardio-funk classes. 10. Michael's unbelievably comprehensive medical practice. Don't ever go to a specialist — just go to Dr. Michael Mancini. 11. »

- Margaret Lyons

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'Glee' casts 'Melrose Place' vet as Puck's dad

16 March 2012 11:20 AM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

"Glee's" Meet the Parents tour is continuing, this time with Mark Salling's Puck.

We'll meet Puck's dad in an upcoming episode (does this mean he'll actually be graduating?), and TVLine reports he'll be played by a familiar face -- well, familiar to primetime soap fans.

Thomas Calabro, who starred as Dr. Michael Mancini on both the regular version and the failed reboot of "Melrose Place," will drop by Lima, Ohio in an April episode. He'll play Puck's estranged dad in the 18th episode of "Glee's" third season.

As TVLine notes, we've met Puck's mom once -- all the way back in Season 1 during the "Mash-Up" episode.

"Glee" is currently on a hiatus while a block of half-hour sitcoms fills its Fox time slot, but will return to the airwaves on April 10. »


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Glee Casts Melrose Alum As Puck’s Dad

16 March 2012 6:28 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Between Glee's histrionics, bed-hopping, lanky blonde villains, dumb jock heroes, and under-developed black female characters, it already seemed a little like Melrose Place. (Original Melrose, at least.) Now, even more so: Thomas CalabroMichael Mancini! — has been cast as Puck's dad. According to TV Line, Calabro will appear in an episode in April. Glee's had a few parent-centric stories this season, with Jeff Goldblum and Brian Stokes as Rachel's dads, and Gloria Estefan set to play Santana's mom in an upcoming episode. We would have guessed Heather Locklear would be the Melrose-Glee nexus, but live and learn. »

- Margaret Lyons

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Glee Scoop: Thomas Calabro Cast as Puck's Dad!

15 March 2012 4:57 PM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Glee fans will soon meet the parents again. Or the parent, at least.

Just a few episodes after introducing viewers to Rachel's two dads, the Fox hit has cast an actor in the role of Puck's father: former Melrose Place star Thomas Calabro!

TV Line first reported the Calabro casting and offers no further details as to why or how his character makes an appearance, but we're gonna assume it's because Puck gets in trouble for some reason.

The star will forever be known to many as the evil Dr. Michael Mancini from both the original Melrose Place and The CW remake. He'll debut on the 18th episode of the season next month.

No word yet on whether or not he'll be sporting a mohawk. »

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