(From the Associated Press)
Ashlee Simpson-Wentz (3rd from right) and Colin Egglesfield (middle) are moving out of Melrose Place.
Their characters will make a final appearance on the CW drama in January, the network said Thursday. Entertainment Weekly magazine's Web site first broke the news.
Heather Locklear, who starred as Amanda in the 1990s Melrose Place, is joining the new edition starting with the Nov. 17 episode.
Ashlee's Violet and Colin's Auggie have been part of the murder mystery involving Sydney (Laura Leighton), whose death kicked off the season and who's been seen in flashbacks. Original cast member Thomas Calabro also co-stars.
While I know (from reading various message boards and blogs) that many fans will be happy to hear the news about Ashlee, as many have pegged her as a not-so-good actress who "ruins the show," I am surprised that Colin is being let go. His recovering alcoholic character — who may or may not be harboring a dark secret — is quite interesting, and Colin's subtlety mixed with volatility is exciting to watch. Instead of Colin, Melrose needs to lose Jessica Lucas (pictured far right), who plays Riley. Her (not-so) innocent schoolteacher act is snoozeville.