Simpson-Wentz Moves Into Melrose Place


Singer/actress Ashlee Simpson-Wentz has been tapped as a lead on the CW’s “Melrose Place” update, returning to series television seven years after landing her breakthrough role on the WB’s “7th Heaven.”

On the CBS Paramount-produced “Melrose,” Simpson-Wentz will play Melrose Place’s newest resident, Violet, a bright-eyed but shrewd small-town girl and recent L.A. transplant who has come to town with a secret.

Her character draws parallels to the original series’ blond, budding-Southern-belle starlet, Sandy Harling (Amy Locane).

On the new “Melrose,” Simpson-Wentz joins the previously cast Michael Rady and Katie Cassidy.