Picking up ten years later, Sydney (Laura Leighton) is the only former cast member still living in the apartment complex, despite having been killed in her last episode. Riley and Jonah are the boringly nice couple (think Billy and Allison but already in love). Hopefully the writers have some clever ways in store to punish them for their innocence. David is--get this!--an art thief, as well as Michael Mancini's son and one of Syd's ex-lovers (yes, Syd and Michael were lovers in the original show). Auggie is a sous chef that used to do and try to kick drugs and booze with Syd. Lauren is a straight-laced med student, but when her parents stop paying for school, she immediately turns to prostitution in order to pay tuition. Because, of course, in the world of Melrose Place, there are no student loans. The best character by far is Ella, the scheming, lesbian (bisexual?) publicist played by Katie Cassidy (formerly of Supernatural and Harper's Island). She's a freaking ball to watch even when no one else is doing anything particularly interesting. And very much last, Ashlee Simpson is Violet, an unstable, young, small town sex kitten who believes herself to be Syd's daughter.
All in all, it's probably a better foundation than the original show had at this point. Hopefully the writers can keep it going.