Ashlee Simpson joining new 'Melrose Place'
Entertainment Weekly says the wife of Pete Wentz will play Violet, a jail-baitish small-town girl who acts naive but knows how to use what her mama gave her. She joins Katie Cassidy and Michael Rady as confirmed stars. It's unknown whether Heather Locklear will return, but a source telles the mag "both sides are talking." Good, she needs something to keep her busy.
Still unconfirmed for the Good Ship Melrose's muster is Mischa Barton, who had been rumored to be ditching The O.C. tag to play a straight-laced med student or a nice teacher, according to EW. That truly would involve some acting.
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