Tuesday“Melrose Place’’ (The CW)
Stars: Michael Rady, Ashlee Simpson-Wentz (pictured), Thomas Calabro
The concept: A remake of the 1990s series, with pretty 20-somethings trying to become adults amid murder, betrayal, and bathing suit action around the apartment pool. Returning old-timers include Michael and Sydney, who has returned from the dead.
Our take: Oh how I expected to despise this. As a mad lover of the original, with its bad acting and absurd plots, I was offended by the very idea. The revamp isn’t a complete bust - it’s soapy enough to engage. But the actors, notably Simpson-Wentz, need to find the camp. Only Rady, as the innocent Andrew Shue type, offers instant distinction.
Alternate name: “Heather Schlocklear’’
Grade: C+ (Sept. 8)