Lifetime TV‘s Unauthorized Melrose Place Story aired on Saturday night, giving viewers some insight into what was really going on behind the scenes of the famous 90s drama Melrose Place.
There was a lot to take in from the special — some tidbits more believable than others — but if you missed it and want to re-live your glory days (LOLz!), here are the five most important things we took away from the TV tell-all:
1. Courteney Cox nearly joined the cast
That one was a doozy! LOLz!! It was revealed on the show that the future Friends star nearly joined up on Melrose Place, and Jason Bateman, Paul Rudd, and Matthew Perry were all at one point or another considered for the role of Billy Campbell (which of course eventually went to Andrew Shue).
2. There was tons of making out!
Courtney (played by Rebecca Dalton) and Billy (Shue) weren’t just all about that on-screen drama — the two were gettin’ jiggy with it off camera, too! Plus, Laura Leighton and Grant Show had an off-screen relationship, too — that is, until Leighton broke it off and got with Doug Savant!
3. Size matters
Poor, poor Stephen Dale. The Canadian actor was initially hired to play the role of Billy, but after Dale gained a couple pounds and lost his six-pack abs, Dale was fired, and the role was handed to Shue. Keep it right, keep it tight.
4. Melrose Place almost broke new ground
Apparently, Savant nearly made television history on the show — the producers shot an on-screen gay kiss between Savant’s character and another. Unfortunately, though, the show cut the kiss at the last minute, despite Savant apparently lobbying hard for the scene, as well as his character more generally to appeal to the gay community.
5. Melrose Place brought us… Sex And The City?!
Yep! After creating MP, Darren Star got sick of primetime drama, so he decided to do what he does best — come up with arcs based on sex and relationships — in a slightly lighter setting. The result? Sex And The City, his new show. Not a bad career!
Did U catch the Melrose Place tell-all?? What’d U think of the big reveals?!
[Image via Lifetime TV.]