|Katie tells us she doesn’t follow football - but she loves the Super Bowl anyway! We can relate to that … but not to the fact that she doesn’t watch TV! |
If you love to celebrate the Super Bowl, but have no idea what’s going on, then you and Katie Cassidy, 23, have something in common! At ESPN The Magazine’s NEXT party at the Fountaineblue Hotel on Feb. 5 in Miami, the Melrose Place star told HollywoodLife.com exclusively: “I don’t really follow football. I know the Saints and the Colts are playing, and I’m rooting for the Saints because my sister told me to.” Well, at the least the girl was being honest!
Katie, daughter of singer David Cassidy, brought her sister to the party and was very coy about her plans for the weekend. “I’m just here with friends,” she told us. “We’re hanging with a bunch of people and going to a bunch of parties. … I came to Miami with my sister, she’s the one who set all this up.” Once inside, Katie danced with The Hills star Audrina Patridge … even though it’s unclear how Katie knew who Audrina was! Because another thing the actress doesn’t do is watch TV!
“I don’t watch TV,” she tells us, “but I hear ‘The Jersey Shore’ is good.” Katie, it’s just Jersey Shore, and yes, it’s great!
- Corynne Steindler
December 3, 2009 by Cheril Vernon
My favorite character on The CW’s new Melrose Place is Katie Cassidy, who plays bad-ass agent Ella Simms. On Tuesday, Cassidy was spotted filming scenes for Melrose Place in a tight green dress and thigh-high black boots. I really love the boots, especially the flare at the top. She also is wearing tights under her boots, equally sexy.
Ella is tough, always has good comebacks and has a vulnerability that you see come out ever so often, especially when Jonah (Michael Rady) is around. It will be interesting to see how far Jonah and Ella go in next week’s episode, as Jonah appears to be breaking things off with Riley (Jessica Lucas). Ella has wanted Jonah forever so this is her dream come true.
Plus, now that Heather Locklear is back on Melrose Place as Amanda Wooward, she’s really intimidating Ella as her even-bitchier-boss. To make matters worse, Amanda is staying in Sydney’s old apartment at Melrose Place while her new home is getting remodeled. Watch for scenes with Amanda and Ella, these will be awesome.
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www.nydailynews.comTuesday, September 8th 2009, 7:10 AM
This isn't the main reason "Melrose Place" returned, of course, but before we start, let me just say what a pleasure it is to watch deliciously sleazy drama performed by professional actors, instead of the amateurs on "reality" shows.
That said, television's campiest prime-time soap of the '90s faces at least two tough challenges in the contemporary resurrection that kicks off tonight after "90210" (naturally) on the CW.
First, it must compete with the ghost of itself. The original "Melrose" started to drown in its own suds after a couple of years, but when it was young and fresh, it got nastier and juicier every week.
Second, it will be compared to years of those cheap "reality" shows, where just by sheer force of numbers a few contestants have had the amorality or simple bitchiness to play in the "Melrose" league.
But most "reality" shows require a lot of watching for a modest payback, while a good scripted drama gets to the good stuff fast.
It can fine-tune the conniving behavior. It can make its characters superrich. Heck, it can make characters die, which would be a major buzz-kill on a "reality" show.
What's still not clear is whether the new "Melrose Place" will become a good scripted drama.
Much of tonight's episode introduces the cast and sets up the first mystery. It also spends time featuring contemporary songs and contemporary pop-culture references, just to be sure no one thinks this is your older sister's "Melrose Place."
It does, however, wisely retain some of the elements that worked in the original, like characters who are interesting without being deep. We watch them because of what they do, not because we think there's a lot there.
Katie Cassidy plays Ella Simms, assuming some of the old Heather Locklear role as the prima bad girl. Ella will say and do almost anything, sexual or otherwise.
Laura Leighton's Sydney Andrews returns from the original, this time playing the cougar and not having grown any scruples. Confronted after doing something bad, she purrs, "I can do a lot worse. Just ask the people who used to live here."
The other major returnee is Thomas Calabro as Dr. Michael Mancini, who still does bad things to maintain his good life.
On the less intrinsically wicked side, budding filmmaker Jonah Miller (Michael Rady) is shooting a wedding and gets unintentionally gets some footage that turns out to be really, really valuable.
Multiply that sort of drama by the number of cast members, and you've got the new "Melrose Place." If you're sensing that everyone's sense of right and wrong is frequently tested, you're onto something.
You might also guess which side of that dilemma most of these folks come down on.
We expect no less. I mean, no more.
New 'Melrose Place' fills the shoes of old soap
by Linda Stasi
Last updated: 1:35am September 8, 2009
BACK when Buddha was a baby, I loved cuddling up to the easy sleaze of "Melrose Place." The affairs, the secrets, the relentless criminal activity among that group of insanely good-looking tenants always did my nasty little heart a world of good.
So, I was not happy to know that, A: A new group of tenants was living in the joint, and B: that some upstarts had the nerve to try to recreate that old black magic. But C: I was wrong. Dead wrong.
The new "Melrose Place" is as good and sometimes better than the old "Melrose Place." Think of it as a renovation, or in LA terms, a facelift.
In fact, the new tenants actually made me forget the old tenants rather quickly. Well, I didn't forget all of them, because two of them are back but in a new format. Now the series is an ongoing whodunit.
Remember Sydney Andrews (Laura Leighton) from the original series -- the one we loved to hate so much? Well, she's baaaack -- or make that back from the dead, as she gets killed in tonight's episode, but not killed off.
The show's writers somehow managed to keep all the cheese we love so much, while supplying us with a solid mystery that's fun to try to solve.
Told through flashbacks, we learn the backstory -- and it's quite a story. In fact, it turns out every one of the tenants had a reason to kill the belovedly-hateful Sydney.
The tenants with a motive include PR whiz Ella (Katie Cassidy); chef/AA buddy Auggie (Colin Egglesfield); intern/escort Lauren (Stephanie Jacobsen); wannabe-filmmaker Jonah (Michael Rady); first-grade teacher/Jonah's fiance Riley (Jessica Lucas); and new tenant, 21-year-old Violet (Ashlee Simpson-Wentz). Adding to the list of black hearts is larcenous David Breck (Shaun Sipos), who, it turns out, is the son of one of my favorite (and still insanely good-looking) characters from the old show! Delicious. I'd tell you who it is, but then it would ruin the surprise when the door of the Lamborghini opens and we see him.
So, who done it? I don't know, but I did, in fact, suspect each and every one of them as the for-sure killer at some point.
Terrific fun, and much classier than the old show, but still with plenty of cheese. If you're wondering how they turned this old package of individually-sliced cheddar into a fresh slab of brie, you'll be interested to know that the new producers are from "Smallville," and tonight's pilot was directed by Davis Guggenheim -- the Oscar winner for "An Inconvenient Truth." Geez. I hope cheese doesn't pollute the environment!
Harper's Island DVD in stores September 8, 2009
Reviewed by Uncle Creepy
at www.dreadcentral.comHorror television has a tendency to be stale. Slasher themed shows often end up being a dull and lifeless nightmare. There's no doubt the odds were against "Harper's Island" in terms of if it was going to be any good. Surprisingly enough, the show kicked a copious amount of ass for what it was. It's too bad not many people tuned in to see it. Now that "Harper's Island" is on DVD, it's your chance to make up for some lost time.
Sheriff Charlie Mills (Beaver) has a problem. A maniac named John Wakefield (Rennie) has slaughtered many of the residents of his normally sleepy little island, including Mills' wife. After a showdown that resulted in what we think is Wakefield's death, Mills sends his daughter Abby (Cassidy) away from all her friends, and even her boyfriend Jimmy (Thomason). Many years later she returns for the wedding of her best friend Henry (Gorham) to one of the daughters of the island's richest family, the Wellingtons. Of course, upon her arrival, bodies start dropping and the mystery starts boiling over. Is Wakefield back? Is he alone? Is it a copycat? "Harper's Island" does a great job of keeping you guessing until the end.
One of the things that really surprised me was how much violence they were able to get away with on a network program. Bodies are burned, harpooned, diced, chopped, and generally mangled with reckless abandon. Two of the show's more juicier moments show up on this set's deleted scenes along with a bit more exposition and some steamy PG-13 rated sex. If only this racier content was edited in. Still, it's good to see what we missed.
Six Degrees Magazine - August 2009 Issue
Written By Kevin Whipps | Photographed by Steve Shaw
People who grow up in Los Angeles don’t become farmers. It seems like Angelenos gravitate toward a career in the entertainment industry. After all, they’re surrounded by the glitz and glamour, and it’s attainable. But imagine growing up in Los Angeles with parents in the biz, and thinking about what the future holds. Think that they’ll be tilling fields in a few years?
There was never any doubt that Katie Cassidy would go into showbiz — she was destined for stardom. That’s an overused phrase, but she’s the child of David Cassidy, the famous singer/actor known best for his role on The Partridge Family, and Sherry Williams, the actress/model, and it was just a matter of time before fate caught up to her. “I knew I loved acting, and I was in theater when I was in elementary school, but I didn’t actually think that it was a reality,”
Cassidy recalls. “That it could be my career and I could actually make money doing this and support myself and a family and whatnot. And it actually ended up becoming my reality. I have the coolest job on the planet.”
Cassidy was just 18 when she decided to strike out on her own and try to get a career as an entertainer, something her mother and step-father weren’t behind. “I moved out at 18 and when I decided not to go to college, my mom and stepdad were like, ‘Well, then you’re on your own. We’re not going to pay for you to do whatever,’” Cassidy says. She struggled for a bit, but then landed on her feet doing some modeling work with Guess and Abercrombie & Fitch, as well as doing some singing.
But the acting bug was still there, so she started to go out on auditions, learning along the way the hard part about being the daughter of celebrities. “For having chosen the career that I’ve chosen, having that last name, it got me into rooms, and it got me seen, but it didn’t get me jobs or not get me jobs,” Cassidy says. “You’re either talented or you’re not. You get the job or you don’t.” Next thing she knew, she landed a part in 7th Heaven, and followed up that role with Adam Sandler’s Click, appearing as his daughter.
And now, Cassidy’s plate is full with roles in both the new Nightmare on Elm Street movie as well as CW’s remake of Melrose Place. For the past few months she’s been working on Nightmare, having positive experiences along the way. “Samuel Bayer directed [Nightmare on Elm Street] and it’s absolutely amazing,” Cassidy says. “He’s a talented artist. He’s brilliant. I’m so lucky to have gotten to work with him and I hope that he’ll become my Marty [Scorsese] and I’ll be his Leo [DiCaprio]. I want to work with him all the time — he’s fucking genius.”
Shortly after wrapping on Nightmare, Cassidy stepped back onto the set of Melrose Place. “It was interesting coming back and then having three days off before I had to start going into series,” Cassidy says. “I had to just keep drilling into my head [my character] Ella Sims. It was completely different and getting back into the other character was slightly challenging and at the same time, I knew it.”
Cassidy’s role as Sims allows her to play a wide range of emotions, as well as a fun character. “I’m having, honestly, a blast with this character and there’s no other character who I’ve wanted to play on a series, however long it goes, for a certain amount — like seven years — she’s so fun,” she gushes. Cassidy describes Sims as a “publicist, fashionista, bitch,” which is also where she drew some of her inspiration for the role. Turns out that Cassidy’s previous agent had a lot in common with the character she took on. “I just remembered how she was with me, so I was sort of like, ‘OK, let’s put a little bit of that in Ella.’ A little bit is my publicist, but she’s also exploring her sexuality. There’s a lot about this character that I think I took from a lot of different people and just created this woman.”
With the success of the new 90210, it seems like a given that the CW will be riding the Melrose Place train as long as they can, and Cassidy is in it every step of the way. And what is in the works for the crazy residents of that apartment complex in LA? Will it be just as campy and fun as before? Cassidy thinks so. “Oh yeah, it’s gonna be insane. There’s going to be craziness happening all over the place.”
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THE POWER BITCH
Ella Simms (Katie Cassidy) and Amanda Woodward (Heather Locklear)
While Amanda was technically a successful advertising exec, she's better known for messing with peoples' lives. Mega-flack Ella, a "dust-busting" publicist, is more deft at cleaning up messes than creating them. Bonus points: She's bisexual!
(courtesy TV Guide Fall Preview issue)
Wednesday, August 5th 2009
With murder, mystery and David Cassidy's daughter, Katie Cassidy, playing a "try-sexual" who "will try anything once," the updated version of Aaron Spelling's '90s classic "Melrose Place" is sure to be just as buzzworthy.
"I can say it's definitely still the most scandalous address in West Hollywood," executive producer Todd Slavkin told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour Tuesday. "That hasn't changed."
The new version, like the original, revolves around a group of young adults living, loving and more in a trendy Los Angeles apartment complex.
While the 2009 version of "Melrose" features a fresh-faced cast including Cassidy, Ashlee Simpson-Wentz and Michael Rady, original cast members Thomas Calabro, who played Michael Mancini, and Laura Leighton, who played Sydney Andrews, have returned to stir up the drama.
Josie Bissett and Daphne Zuniga will also be back as guest stars.
And others are welcome.
"The door is always open for Heather Locklear," said Slavkin. "We're huge fans and have a great way for her to come into the show."
Slavkin also acknowledged former cast member Lisa Rinna's public campaigning for a return appearance and didn't rule anything out.
"We're open to all possibilities when it comes to former cast members, it just depends on when the opportunity comes to have it happen organically," he said.
Surprisingly, none of the new faces on the show have seen the original "Melrose Place." Cassidy said her parents wouldn't let her watch because she was too young.
"Melrose" is the second remake of a classic show aimed at young adults. Just last season, the CW premiered an updated version of "90210" (also a Spelling show).
But that series had some problems retaining an audience after the curiosity from fans of the original wore off.
"We were inspired by that show and how it took the original and updated it, but we want to set out on our own track," said "Melrose" co-exec producer Darren Swimmer.
"When we set out to do our version of 'Melrose Place,' we wanted to pay tribute to the old show but create our own show with our own group of characters," added Slavkin.
CW President Dawn Ostroff hasn't ruled out a "90210"/"Melrose Place" crossover. "They are in the same city, so technically, we could do that," she said. "That would be a big event for us."
"Melrose Place" premieres Sept. 8 at 9 p.m.