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Drama Queen

29 October 2009 7:03 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

When Laura Leighton got wind of the CW's plans to reboot the 1990s soap sensation "Melrose Place," she shrugged and assumed she would have nothing to do with it. "I figured I was dead," she says with a laugh.Indeed, Leighton's tenure as flame-haired vixen Sydney Andrews on the original "Melrose" ended fairly decisively: After five seasons of blackmail, prostitution, and assorted schemes gone awry, the character was mowed down by an out-of-control car on her wedding day. But producers of the new series had other ideas, and they approached Leighton with a twisty story line straight out of the golden age of nighttime soaps. "They basically thought there was a way Sydney could've faked her death," explains Leighton. "And the real twist is, in the pilot, she's found murdered in the pool. And then we'll have this interesting way of going back in time through flashbacks to put together the pieces. »

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Laura Leighton moving back to 'Melrose Place'

5 April 2009 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

After weeks of speculation about who if any of the original "Melrose Place" cast members might drop in on the CW's new "Melrose Place," Laura Leighton has joined the CW pilot as a recurring.

She will reprise her role as the irresponsible and scheming Sydney Andrews, one of the most popular characters on the Fox series.

In the dramatic fifth-season finale of "Melrose Place" in 1997 – and Leighton's last episode on the show -- Sydney was run over by a car on her wedding day in a near-fatal accident.

While she was presumed dead for the rest of the Fox series, she now is back at Melrose Place, and while the script is being kept under wraps, sources said she would be the landlord to the new crop of tenants.

Leighton's casting on CW's "Melrose" is reminiscent of the CW's tapping of "Beverly Hills, 90210" alumna Jennie Garth to reprise her role »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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