- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Locklear returns

Heather Locklear is reprising her signature role as scheming Amanda Woodward on the CW’s updated version of “Melrose Place,” network officials announced Tuesday.

According to Associated Press, Miss Locklear will make her debut appearance Nov. 17 on the prime-time soap. The revived “Melrose Place” premiered earlier this month.

The actress, 47, joined the original “Melrose Place” in 1993, at the end of the first season. She stayed throughout the series’ seven-year run on Fox, playing the ruthless head of D&D advertising agency.

Before “Melrose,” Miss Locklear was a regular on the cop show “T.J. Hooker” and the glamorous melodrama “Dynasty.” She later co-starred with Michael J. Fox on the sitcom “Spin City.”

No details were released on how many appearances Miss Locklear will make on the series.

Reason for ‘Glee’

“Glee” is the first new show of the fall to get a full-season order.

Fox has picked up the back nine episodes of the acclaimed musical comedy, the Hollywood Reporter says.

Arguably the most inventive new series of the fall, “Glee” (9 p.m. Wednesdays Fox5-WTTG) was previewed in May in what was then considered a risky move - debuting a pilot several months before the series launched. But earlier this month, “Glee” officially launched to strong ratings, making it Fox’s highest-rated scripted fall premiere in three years.

But will its success continue as “Glee” faces ABC’s freshman comedies - “Modern Family” and “Cougar Town” (reviews at right) - for the first time this week.

Also Wednesday:

• Dancing With the Stars (8 p.m., WJLA-ABC7) - Celebrity contenders trip the light fantastic for the second night for season nine of the star-studded reality hit, which premiered Monday.

• Mercy (8 p.m., WRC-NBC4 ) - Series premiere. Hospital drama centered on Iraq war veteran Veronica Callahan (Taylor Schilling) who returns to her job as a nurse at New Jersey’s Mercy Hospital. She’s also trying to juggle her crumbling marriage to contractor Mike (Diego Klattenhoff) - and the affair she had in Iraq with Dr. Chris Sands (James Tupper).

• Eastwick (10 p.m., WJLA-ABC7) - Series premiere. Rebecca Romijn, Lindsay Price and Jamie Ray Newman star in this latest take on John Updike’s 1984 novel about three New England women who encounter the mysterious Darryl Van Horne (Paul Gross).

Written and compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse

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