‘Smallville’ producers set to helm ‘Melrose Place’ reboot

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It’s official: ‘Smallville’ executive producers Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin have signed up to helm the upcoming update of ‘Melrose Place’ for The CW.

‘One Tree Hill’ creator Mark Schwahn previously had been attached to the project, but that deal never pushed through.


A script has yet to be hammered out, but a casting breakdown of ‘Melrose’s’ new tenants has become public. According to, they include the son of the original Jake (Grant Show), an Amanda Woodard-type sexpot who works in PR, a ‘Kevin Smith wannabe’ and his earnest school teacher fiancee, one recovering alcoholic, a medical student who pays the bills with sexual favors and a small-town teen/sex kitten.

‘Smallville’ fans needn’t fret that the departure of Swimmer and Slavkin spells the end of Clark and Co. While the show has yet to be renewed for a ninth season, sources assure that a greenlight for more is likely. And with Swimmer and Slavkin gone, the show’s other two executive producers, Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson, are poised step in as show runners.

-- Denise Martin

CW president talks ‘Melrose Place’ remake