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Melrose Place Dumps Simpson-Wentz, Egglesfield




Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Drama, Prime Time, The CW, News,

Ashlee Simpson-Wentz and Colin Egglesfield on Melrose Place

Move over dead weight. it’s time to make room for Amanda Woodward.

By early next year, you can expect to see a number of changes on . It seems Laura Leighton won’t be the only cast member to make a quick exit from the freshman drama this season; the ratings-challenged program will soon say goodbye to another two characters.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, executive producers Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer confirmed that (Violet Foster) and Colin Egglesfield (Auggie Kirkpatrick) will both exit the series in January. Their final appearances will come shortly after the murder mystery comes to a close.

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Although their departures may come as a shock to viewers, Slavkin and Swimmer claim both actors knew what may come. The plan had been to give the show a lighter tone once Sydney’s murderer was discovered. “They’re total professionals and they took it like professionals. When you go into a show you never know what’s going to evolve and what the possibilities are. But because they knew ahead of time [that leaving was a possibility], it wasn’t a complete shock,” Slavkin said of Ashlee and Colin’s reaction to the news.

- who is scheduled to be “in every episode moving forward” - isn’t the only new face we’ll be seeing in the weeks to come. Billy Campbell will have a three-episode stint as love interest for Amanda. Meanwhile, a new male doctor will be taking up residence at Melrose Place. That role has yet not been cast.

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